ANTHON, Iowa | Richard "Rich" Hamann, 84, of Anthon, entered into the heavenly mansion of his Savior Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, following a battle with melonoma cancer.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Midway, rural Battle Creek, Iowa. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Midway. Visitation will be 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are with Armstrong Funeral Home in Anthon. Condolences may be left at

Rich was born Jan. 28, 1929, near Anthon, Iowa, the son of Frank and Dora (Strackbein) Hamann. He attended Midway Country School through eighth grade, and graduated from Anthon High School in 1946.

On Sept. 5, 1948, he married Donna Hansen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Midway. In 2013, Rich and Donna were given the gift of having shared a 67-year relationship and celebrating the year of their 65th wedding anniversary.

Rich had extensive land and cattle holdings in the area and developed many lifelong friendships through his years of cattle buying and feeding across the country. He had his registered brand in five states and purchased cattle in more than 20 states. He was an ambitious and determined man, took pride in his work, and was known for his many philanthropic endeavors in Anthon and the surrounding area, such as building the Hamann Memorial Library in Anthon.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church at Midway for 84 years, where he was baptized, confirmed and married, and was especially supportive of its mission work. He held most of the church offices and was a member on the building committees of both the new church and parsonage.

Richard was very interested in the history of the Midway Cemetery and of St. Paul Lutheran Church and wrote a book about everyone buried in the cemetery during the first 110 years of its existence. His grandparents were some of the founders of the cemetery, and his great-grandfather was the first person buried in the cemetery. Most of his ancestors are buried there as well.

He was an officer of many organizations during the years. He was a part of many other endeavors, such as part owner of a radio station and co-owner of the Lakewood Ballroom and Convention Center in Lake View, Iowa, for seven years.

Rich and Donna were blessed to travel to every state and all parts of each continent in the world including Antarctica and also a mission trip around the world, stopping at many mission stations.

Survivors include his wife, Donna of Anthon; a daughter, Marcia Delperdang and her husband Carl "Marty" of South Sioux City; a son, Darwin Hamann and his wife, Sharon of Correctionville, Iowa; six grandchildren, Travis (Jennifer) Delperdang of Sioux City, Amber (Kenny) Smallcomb of Sioux City, Courtney (Terence) Willson of Sioux City, Jason (Julie) Hamann of Correctionville, Lance (Jana) Hamann of Correctionville, and Kattie Hamann of Clive, Iowa; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Herald Hamann of St. Louis, Mo., and Donald (Lorna) Hamann of Anthon; a sister, Pauline Feddersen of Anthon; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in memory of Rich.