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Richard DeLong Henstorf

October 1, 1946 ~ January 5, 2019 (age 72)

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Richard DeLong Henstorf, 72, of Corning, Iowa and formerly of Clarinda and Farragut, Iowa passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at CHI Health Mercy Corning.  Richard deeded his body to the Nebraska Antomical Board for the further advancement of medical education and research.

A celebration of Richard's life will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah with Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating.  The family will greet friends and relatives with visitation one-half hour prior to the service at the funeral home beginning at 10:30 AM.  Inurnment will take place in the Farragut Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are being directed to Easterseals Iowa and Camp Sunnyside in Richard's name.


Richard DeLong Henstorf was born to Robert Harrison and Doris Louise (DeLong) Henstorf on October 1, 1946 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away on January 5, 2019, in Corning, Iowa, at the age of 72.

He was a newspaper boy from the ages of 10 through 16 and graduated in 1965 from Farragut Community School as salutatorian. 
Richard was a camper for five years at YMCA Camp Foster on East Lake Okaboji and then a counselor. He also directed day camps at Corning, Clarinda, and Shenandoah from ages 17 through 19. 

In June 1966, he collided head on with a drunk driver near Shenandoah. While recovering, he spent a rewarding sophomore year at Tarkio College. In 1969, he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Economics Major from the University of Iowa. 

Richard moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1972 and lived there for 17 years. He earned 19 graduate hours in child care at Radcliffe Institute Harvard University and completed his practicum at Radcliffe Gymnasium Preschool. 

He acted as Director-Head Teacher for 15 preschoolers at the Haitian Multi-Service Child Care Center. Richard was also employed by the American Friends Service Committee and Harvard Community Health Plan in accounting. He was an assistant sexton for the YMCA and First Church in Cambridge Congregational, UCC.

Because of his life-long interest in children, Richard helped establish the state Office for Children. One volunteer activity that gave him special pride was serving 800 hours at Boston Childrens Hospital taking care of children whose parents were seeing genetics doctors. He was glad when friends volunteered and told him they felt better for doing it. 

Richard married Gloria Elsa Vasquez on June 22, 1976. His parents took the couple to Rocky Mountain National Park, and Elsa’s parents took them to Ecuador. They divorced in October 1982.
Richard returned to southwest Iowa in October 1989. He spent two years closing his father’s business, Henstorf Insurance Agency that his grandfather Robert Otte Henstorf started in 1907. The other event of October 1989 was a birthday gift of a house from his parents. 

In August 1996, he took up residence at Terrace View Residential in Clarinda. Richard enjoyed helping others in the community, including playing Santa Claus. In December 2015, he moved to Corning Specialty care.
He is survived by his sister Harriette Woodward, her four children, and two grandchildren, and eight Henstorf and DeLong cousins.

To send flowers to Richard's family, please visit our floral section.


January 17, 2019

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service
405 W Thomas Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Celebration of Life
January 17, 2019

11:00 AM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service
405 W Thomas Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601

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