Please note this was written by R.D., he always wanted the last word…

Rev R.D. Streeter left this world kicking and screaming on Dec. 23, 2018. Cause of death, living life! He was surrounded by his eager heirs to which he left all his credit card bills. He always said, “Heaven is my home, I’m just not home sick yet.” Well, now he is there! The family is happy to know he is singing on tune for the first time in the angel choir, comparing his curly long hair with Samson, and listening to the master's stories.

R.D. was born Sept. 20, 1943, in Osceola, Iowa, to Carl and Edith (Swartzlander) Streeter. He graduated from Des Moines East High with the class of 1961. He served in the United States Navy from 1961-1966, stationed in Vietnam for six months. After returning to Iowa he and Delores Marie Simmerman were married Oct. 22, 1966. To this union were born two children, Karla and Morgan. The first 10 years after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy he worked in various Firestone retail stores. In 1976 he was called into the ministry of the United Methodist Church and received his first appointment in 1977. He served Allerton-Clio-Lineville five years, Sheffield/Chapin seven years, Guthrie Center-Bowman Chapel four years, Carlisle seven years, Arnolds Park five years, Staves Memorial six years and Colfax seven years.

R.D. is survived by De Streeter, his wife of 52 years; daughter Karla (Bill) Voboril and son Morgan (Heather) Streeter; eight grandchildren: Ashely, Rachael and William Voboril, Chloe, Skye, Lex, Clark and Ryan Streeter; sister Rose(Don) Simmerman and his brother-in-law Francis (Jo) Simmerman.

We will be celebrating his life on Jan. 8, 2019, 10 a.m. at the Staves Memorial United Methodist Church, 2747 E. Madison Ave., Des Moines, IA 50317. All are welcome, but know that R.D. asked that you remember him with joys and laughter. If you can only remember him with tears and sorrows, don’t remember him at all. Be sure to bring a good story to tell. In lieu of flowers please send pictures of dead presidents and inventors, preferably Jackson and Franklin. God bless! Online condolences may be made at

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