Richard (Dick) Wayne Kintigh, 79, of Geneseo, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Allure of Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. An inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.
He was born March 26, 1941 as the only child of Harry T. and Devota L. (Tipton) Kintigh in Cherokee, Iowa. Dick grew up on a farm near Larrabee, Iowa and attended Larrabee Consolidated School, from which he graduated valedictorian in 1959. Dick attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in the fall of 1963. Upon graduation, he began employment at the John Deere Spreader Works as an Industrial Engineer. He transferred to the Corporate Offices of Deere & Company in 1965 in Industrial Engineering where he worked as a computer programmer, data developer and completed a 4-month assignment in Madrid, Spain.
In January of 1964, Dick joined the Iowa National Guard, with which he served until 1969. He completed Basic and Occupational Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina in 1964 and entered Officers Candidate School in 1965 at Camp Dodge in Des Moines, Iowa, from which he received his commission in 1966 and served as the Ammunitions Officer with
the Davenport Iowa Artillery Service Battery.
In Belle Plaine, Iowa on March 1, 1969, Dick married Mary M. (Martin), formerly of Belle Plaine, Iowa, who was a teacher in the Bettendorf Community School District. They have three sons: David F. (1970), Jeffrey (Jaffa) M. (1973) and Richard (Rick) H. (1975). David and wife Stacie (Brandle) and grandson Michael (2005) live in Eldridge, Iowa and David teaches English at Davenport West High School. Jaffa with husband Jack Marunde lives in Chicago, Illinois and works in retail management. Rick with wife Kayla (Macias) lives in Chicago, Illinois and is an architect with Sterling Bay.
In 1970 Dick accepted a management position with the A. B. Dick Company in Niles, Illinois as Manager of Cost Analysis and later as Manager of Manufacturing Engineering where he served until 1977, until rehired by Deere & Company as a Project Manager on the Corporate Staff. While employed by A. B. Dick Co. the family resided in Palatine, Ill. and then moved to Geneseo, Illinois in 1977, where all three sons graduated from Geneseo High School.
As a Project Manager with Deere & Company, Dick completed many construction related projects including the reconstruction and startup up of an acquired facility in Saltillo, Mexico, as a tractor factory and the site acquisition and construction of a tractor- manufacturing factory in Augusta, Georgia. Named the Manager of Corporate Real Estate in 1990, Dick completed many property and site acquisitions for the company, until his retirement at the end of 2001. His final project for Deere was as the engineering supervisor in the acquisition, development, and startup of the Deere Run golf course in Silvis, Illinois.
Dick was an avid sports fan, wood worker and gardener. He, along with his wife Mary, enjoyed traveling and were committed patrons of Quad City Music Guild, Richmond Hill Theater, and other local theaters throughout their many years in Geneseo. They served as President of the Geneseo High School Choral Boosters Board and chaired the high school Madrigal Committee. Dick belonged to the Kiwanis Club of Geneseo for several years serving as both Secretary and President and enjoyed helping provide tax assistance for members of the community. Dick and Mary were long time volunteers and hosts to international guests through the Geneseo International Thanksgiving Fellowship Program. Dick shared his lifelong love of farming with his family, through his diverse gardens, orchards, vineyards, patches and groves. Together they cultivated, preserved, and sold their produce to neighbors and at farmers' markets.
Dick Kintigh succumbed to metastatic melanoma on March 24 th , 2020 two days shy of his 79 th birthday. He was preceded in death by his parents and survived by his wife, sons, their spouses and his grandchild. Memorial donations can be made to a charity that is close to your heart, and reflects one’s connection to the earth, commitment to personal independence, health, intellect and creativity – all qualities he esteemed and fostered in others.