Richard, Adele Elizabeth


Adele Elizabeth Richard, 84, of Benkelman, Nebraska, died June 9, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Adele was born on February 18, 1933 to Joe and Fannie Barenberg on a farm eleven miles southeast of Atwood, Kansas.  She shares her birthday with a twin sister, Esther Caroline who died when the twins were eighteen days old due to pneumonia.

The family lived south of Atwood until Adele was five years old.  They then moved to a farm in the South Fork area.  In 1941 they moved to the old Hines Ranch, five miles southeast of Benkelman which is still owned by her nephew, Steve Barenberg.

Adele attended country school at District 31 through the eighth grade.  She attended Benkelman High School and graduated in 1950.  After graduation Adele attended McCook Community College and taught District 31 the 1950-1951 school term.  She went back to school that summer and then taught at the same school during the 1951-1952 term.

Adele met Lawrence Richard when he returned home from service in the Korean War and they were married at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman, Nebraska on July 12, 1954. They lived for a short time north of St. Francis, Kansas and moved to Benkelman where they lived the rest of their lives.  They were blessed with three children Dixie, Kent and Dana Jo.

On August 18, 1952, Adele was employed by the Dundy County Production and Marketing Association (PMA)  Office, later known as the Dundy County Agricultural and Soil Conservation Service (ASCS) office.  She worked there for over 32 years and retired in February, 1988.  She enjoyed working with the farmers in the local area and all her co-workers.

Adele spent many hours with Lawrence, friends and family fishing at Enders, Rock Creek and Swanson Lakes.  Her family was always her number one priority and her community and church were close behind.  She was active in the Saint Joseph Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Boy Scouts, 4-H, the Extension "Coffee Cuppers"  and was humbled and honored to receive the Benkelman "Good Guy" Award.

Adele was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; her twin sister, Esther; her parents, her brother Walter Barenberg; her sister, Josephine Preston; her daughter, Dana Webster and her son, Shane Webster.

Adele is survived by her daughter Dixie Cobb of Lincoln, Nebraska and her husband Wes; her son, Kent Richard of Lincoln, Nebraska and his wife Patty and their children, Jessica, Deidre, Justin and Derek Richard; grandson, Seth Cobb of Lincoln, Nebraska and his wife Marcelina and their two children Josiah Lawrence and Aubrey Ann Adele Cobb,  granddaugher, Sheila Long of Kearney, Nebraska and her husband Kade, and their two children Micajah and Keller Long; son-in-law, Larry Webster of Lakeside, Nebraska; her brother-in-law, Jerry Preston of Benkelman, Nebraska, her sister-in-law, Sharon Barenberg of Benkelman, Nebraska, her brother-in-law, Leonard Richard of St. Francis, Kansas and his wife Joann, her sister-in-law, Phyllis Whitmore of St. Francis, Kansas and her husband Don.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Benkelman on June 19, 2017, at 10:30.  Interment will follow at the Benkelman Cemetery.  Rosary will be Sunday evening, June 18, 2017, at 7:30, also at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Memorials to be determined by the family including the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Benkelman, Nebraska.

Guestbook for Richard, Adele Elizabeth

8:30PM Jun 15th, 2017
Grandma Del, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for me. From as early as i can remember until your last days here on earth you have loved me and accepted me through all my ups and downs. You have always been there. You have taught me through your life how to honor God, family, and to live selflessly. I can only hope to leave such an impact on so many people as you have. I love you so much. My heart hurts that I can't call you or see you again but it gives me comfort knowing in the depths of my heart that you are in heaven enjoying all of those you have lost along the way and spending eternity with God. You werent just an incredibly amazing grandma, you were the best! I miss you Grandma.
Seth Cobn (Lincoln, NE)
6:30AM Jun 15th, 2017
Very sad to see you go but we know you are with the love of your life and no longer suffering! We love you, Aunt Adele!
Jodi Wolfe (Rawlins, WY)

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