Richard J. "Dick" Paxson

Apr 9, 2017
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2:00 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017 at Locke Funeral Home


3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Locke Funeral Home.,



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Richard J. "Dick" Paxson, 81, of Waterloo, died at Covenant Medical Center on Sunday, April 9, 2017 of natural causes.

He was born December 2, 1935 in Marshalltown, the son of Oliver and Margaret Springer Paxson. He graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1953 and received his Bachelors degree in Business Education in 1961 from Iowa State Teachers College.

Dick was a corporal in the United States Marines Corps and was honorably discharged in 1956. In 2014, he made the Cedar Valley Honor Flight accompanied by his son, Phillip, also a Veteran.

He married Barbara J. Burnham September 1, 1957 in Marshalltown.

Dick was a partner in the Paxson-Harty-Guss Insurance Agency in Waterloo for 36 years. He served as Black Hawk County Magistrate for 20 years, retiring in 2007. He was honored by the Black Hawk County Bar Association as Person of the Year in 2008 and served on the Magistrate Appointing Committee until the time of his death.

Dick was a member and past president of the Waterloo Independent Insurance Agents. He was also a longtime member of the Elks Club, Lions Club, and had served on the Sunnyside Country Club board.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Joseph (Kelley) of Cedar Falls and Phillip (Debbie) of Bellevue; a daughter, Ann (George) Kuhter of Toledo; a sister, Judy (Don) Stalzer of Haverhill; a brother, Dennis of Marshalltown; and 6 grandchildren: Ben and Alex Paxson, Joe and Sam Kuhter, Amber Dullard and Jennifer Paxson.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer and a sister, Betty Shutt.

Dick enjoyed many trips to Deadwood, SD with his wife and other family members and friends. Dick was a golf enthusiast and avid spectator of collegiate football and basketball especially the University of Northern Iowa sporting events. He enjoyed playing billiards and was a master at table tennis. He enjoyed playing cards with the same group of friends for over 40 years. He made daily trips to his office until the very last days of his life. Dick’s greatest joy was to be surrounded by family especially his grandchildren and good friends to celebrate anything or nothing at all. Dick’s humor and quick wit will be dearly missed by all those who knew him well.

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  1. Jane C. Choulett | Apr 21, 2017

    Barb,  I'm so sorry to hear about your husband.  Please accept my condolences.Praying for you and your family.

  2. Rob Demuth | Apr 19, 2017
     Sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies. I remember selling light bulbs with Phil as a kid for Dick who was very active with the Lions Club. He will be truly be missed.
  3. Joan Meany | Apr 13, 2017
    Thinking of your family and offering our prayers for comfort in the difficult days ahead.
  4. Thomasa McCleave | Apr 11, 2017

    I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences. May you find comfort in warm memories. And the coming promises from the Bible. 

    Revelation 21 : 3,4  " With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say :' Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. ' "

  5. Sheri Lund | Apr 11, 2017
    My deepest sympathies to all.  Dick was such a help when Jon passed away and I moved back to Waterloo with the kids.  Keeping all of you in my prayers.
  6. Lyle Miller; Hintz Ziegler Miller; Oelwein | Apr 11, 2017

    Joe, Phil; Please accept our condolences. Didn't know Dick well, but seems to me he always had a cigar close by.  May he rest  in peace.

  7. Anne Strawn, Oelwein | Apr 11, 2017
    Sincere sympathy on loss of your father. Thinking of you.

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