Obituary: Richard Menke


Richard “Rich” H. Menke, 76, of Long Grove, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his family. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, at Weerts Funeral Home. Celebration of Life was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at Eldridge Methodist Church. Memorials may be left to Long Grove Fire Department, Pleasant Valley Education Foundation or Eldridge United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at

Rich was born on Dec. 24, 1946, in Des Moines, to Harold and Carol (Gloege) Menke. He attended South Dakota State and Iowa State universities. He proudly served in the United States Army, where he was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War.  Rich was united in marriage to Deborah Goodwin on Aug. 12, 1972, in Winterset. His work history includes working at Central Trust Savings Bank in Eldridge as a trust officer. He also was an independent contractor, building and remodeling homes. He finished his career as a project manager for a masonry company. 

Rich was a member of the Lions Club, and for 17 years served as a dedicated fireman for the Long Grove Fire Department. Rich was also a member of Eldridge United Methodist Church. He enjoyed woodworking and model railroading. He also enjoyed building and designing homes. He was a huge supporter of his family and their various sporting and music activities.

Rich is survived by his loving wife, Debbie; children, Martin (Heidi) Menke of Bettendorf, Jay (Christy) Menke of Worthington, Minn.; grandchildren, Mateah Menke, Margo Menke and Miles Menke; and one sister, Jan Harpole.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joan.

Rich was a loving husband, father and all around wonderful person. He will be missed dearly by his family.

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