Richard was born on July 3, 1938, to Mary Helen (Hudson) and Bernard Yeoman, spending most of his life in Algona and graduating from Algona High School in 1957. Two years later, in April 1959, he joined the United States Army. During his Army career he was a military police officer, drove for the motor pool, learned helicopter repair and served in Korea with the 45th Transportation Company, 55th Transportation Battalion. In 1964, he was one of the finalists for the Army Maintenance Tech of the Year award. He was honorably discharged in 1964, and returned to Algona. He had worked at Arnold Motor Supply and Faber Construction before settling into a career with AFECO (now Cozzini) for more than 30 years.
His sister introduced him to Nancy Leigh, and on Aug. 7, 1968, the couple married in St. James, Minn. They raised three children: Steven, Michael and Sheryl. Richard was an active member of the American Legion, VFW, Vietnam Veterans of America and AmVets. He was featured as a Hometown Hero in the Algona Upper Des Moines in 2012. Following his retirement, Richard began a hobby as a photographer, becoming the unofficial track photographer for Mineral City Speedway and for the past four years, a freelance photographer for the Algona Upper Des Moines. He documented the progress of projects for G Force Customs and the renovation of the Algona Depot for Train Wreck Winery. He also covered the North Iowa Off Road Group’s Ice Races for the Algona Upper Des Moines. He made sure everyone he photographed received a copy. Everyone at the newspaper will miss his talent and dedication. Richard was a jack-of-all-trades who never had an unkind word for anyone. He could, and did, make friends everywhere he went.
Richard passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at the age of 75, following a 13-year battle with cancer. He was a kind and honest man who loved God, his country and his family.
He will be missed by many friends, along with his wife, Nancy, of Algona; son Steven Yeoman and wife, Andrea, of Council Bluffs; son Michael Yeoman of Algona; and daughter Sheryl and husband, Bob Sweeny, of Polk City. Also left to cherish their memories of their grandpa are Shawn Yeoman; Ethan Uthof; and Cody, Mason, Austin and Blake Sweeny; and step-granddaughters Alex, Taylor and Kenna McKeighan. He is survived by one sister: Margaret Lieb and husband, Gene, of Waverly; and one sister-in-law, Mary Yeoman of Marion. He was preceded in death by his parents; little sister Anne Yeoman and brother David Yeoman.
Casketbearers for Richard are Steven and Michael Yeoman; Bob Sweeny; Dennis and Gary Leigh and Gene Lieb. Honorary casketbearers are his beloved grandchildren: Shawn, Cody, Ethan, Mason, Austin, Blake, Alex, Taylor and Kenna.