Richard Wafer


Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Richard P. Wafer, 80, a lifelong resident of Davenport will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport, with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion, Post 26. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home. Everyone is invited to join the family for a prayer service at 4 p.m. to begin the visitation.

Dick died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport following complications from an aortic aneurysm. 

Richard Paul Wafer was born May 16, 1929, in Davenport a son of William and Hilda (Abrahamson) Wafer.  He was united in marriage to Helen Theresa Stalzer on Aug. 4, 1956 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Haverhill, Iowa. 

He graduated from St. Ambrose Academy in 1948, and later attended AIC Business School.


Dick was proud to have served our country during the Korean War.  He served with the  U.S. Army, 979 FA Battalion.

He retired in 1988 after 30 years of service for Equifax Services, where he worked as an insurance investigator.

Dick was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church for 50 years.

Memorials can be made to Holy Family Church or to All Saints Catholic School.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Theresa; children, Richard M. and wife, Vicki, of Davenport; Kathryn and husband, Robert Griffin, of Muscatine; Stephen Wafer, of Davenport; and Michael and fiancée, Barb Dietsch, of Davenport; nine grandchildren, Brandon Wafer, Brett Burda and wife, Susan, Megan Burda, Adam Griffin, Emily Griffin, Rebecca Griffin, Josh Dietsch, Amanda Wafer and Theresa Wafer; sisters, Anne Freund, and husband, Harold, of Cincinnati, and Mary Freund, of Davenport, and a brother, Thomas Wafer, of Davenport.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Elizabeth and Catherine, two brothers, James and John, and a grandson, Matthew Wafer. 

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Dick’s obituary at


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