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Anderson Funeral Home
Saturday July 24th, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

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Celebration of Life

Anderson Funeral Home
Saturday July 24th, 2021

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Richard Lake

Richard K. Lake passed away June 20, 2021 in Gallatin, Tennessee. He will be remembered as a considerate and amiable person by the many who knew him. His generosity for others was demonstrated by his commitment to his community, to Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow, Boy Scouts, Unity of Music City, and to those who worked with him in community college education in Iowa and Illinois. Rich was an administrator of career and technical education at community colleges in Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, and Waterloo, Iowa before finishing his career at Parkland College as Dean of Career Programs in Champaign, IL. He was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1943 and earned degrees from Wichita State University and University of Nebraska. He was active in the American Technical Education Association and served for two years as its president. Rich was an avid reader, loved camping and hiking, music, and enjoyed extensive world travel. He was a man of many interests and hobbies, and valued the time he spent with friends and colleagues. He will be remembered for those good times by those who knew and loved him. Survivors include his wife Marcia Powell of Gallatin, Tennessee; a daughter Deborah Moore (Greg) of Des Moines, Iowa, grandchildren Kaydin, Kira and Kassidy Moore; a son Dan Lake of Des Moines; a sister Marcia McFarland (Lew Shelton) of Manhattan, Kansas, and a brother Donald Lake (Miriam) of Mahomet, Illinois. Also, stepdaughter Amy Sheumaker (Dan) of Decatur, Illinois and their children Kelsey and Laif. He was preceded in death by his parents Wendell and Lucille Lake and his first wife Rosemary Vandergriff. A celebration of life will be conducted on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11:00 A.M.  from the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 2000 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville TN 37203, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to the Anderson Funeral Home, 202 E. Main Street, Gallatin.


Sorry to hear of Rich's passing. He was a regular member of my lunch bunch for a few years at Parkland. He will be missed.

John Sheahan Jun 30 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to read of Richs passing. He was a kind and gentle soul, and he helped me make an important career move. Thank you Rich!

Tom McDonnell Jun 27 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to learn of Richs passing, though happy for him that he is in a better place, free of pain and soaring with the Angels. From a Unity friend, Sue Gass

Sue Gass Jun 26 2021 12:00 AM

The staff of the American Cancer Fund at www.AmericanCancerFund.org is sorry to hear of Richards passing. We have received a memorial donation in his name and our sincere condolences go out to his family.

American-Cancer-Fund Jun 25 2021 12:00 AM

Rich was such a nice gentleman. My husband and I enjoyed visiting with Rich and Marcia during our Hand and Foot games and dinners out. We also enjoyed al the pictures of his outings with the hiking club and stories of his travels. Sincere condolences to Marcia and family during these difficult days.

Allison & David Leonard Jun 25 2021 12:00 AM