On April 15th, when others were filing their taxes, Richard Piel, a.k.a. "Uncle Richard," a living angel to the Good Shepherd Humane Society, took his rightful place among the angels in Heaven. He died at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville of complications from a stroke following a six-month illness.
Born Aug. 12, 1926 in Beecher, Ill., Uncle Richard farmed the land in Kankakee where he and wife Rosalie raised their three children. After retiring, he went into the scrap metal business in Hastings, Minn.
Following the deaths of his wife, brother and the last of their children, he moved to Eureka Springs to live with his sister-in-law, Evie Kuhlman. The last four years found him volunteering at the Doggie Thrift Shop five days a week until last October when his body would no longer take him there.
In addition to his family and the animals, Uncle Richard loved polka and county music, having played the accordion in his own country western band back in Illinois.
Preceded in death by his wife, three children and one brother, he leaves behind another brother, his grandson, two great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.
Uncle Richard's ashes will be sent to his grandson in Momence, Ill. There will be a memorial service held there at a later date. Richard requested that any memorials be sent to the Good Shepherd Humane Society, P.O. Box 285, Eureka Springs, AR 72632.