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Richard Elefson

Richard Eugene Elefson, 86, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at Columbus Regional Health in Columbus, IN.

Richard was born Sept. 6, 1935, in Osage, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Josephine (Pullen) Elefson. He attended Mount Pleasant High School and received his bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Iowa.

On June 23, 1957, Richard was united in marriage to Beverley Mills in Washington, IA.

Richard was a devoted realtor for more than 60 years. He served on the board of directors of the Missouri Association of Realtors, president of Southeast Iowa Realtors, president of Bagnall Dam Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors.

Richard was also a member of the Farm Land Institute. He was a member of the Methodist Church, and served in many different capacities.

Richard served his community as a city council member and mayor of Mount Pleasant, IA. He was an avid reader and enjoyed researching genealogy.

Richard is survived by his wife Beverley; four children: Steven (Alla) Elefson, Susan (John) Moriarty, Bradley Elefson, Amy (Wes) Doyle; and eight grandchildren: Stephanie, Alesa and Kateryna Elefson; Kelsey and Makenzie Moriarty; Kyle and Sarah Elefson; Shaelyn Doyle.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Josephine Elefson, stepmother Edna Elefson and sister Mary Jo Elefson.

Memorial Service was held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel in Mount Pleasant. Pastor David Bracht-Wagner officiated. Burial was in the Forest Home Cemetery. Visitation was held from 9:30 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.

A memorial fund has been established for the American Heart Association and New McKendree United Methodist Church, Jackson, MO.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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