Richard Pound

Richard (Dick) Alan Pound, aged 81, died on Feb. 3 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.  

Dick was born in Jefferson on June 19, 1939, to Alan Willard Pound and Edna “Irene” (Starling) Pound.

Dick graduated from Scranton High School with the class of 1957. He then enrolled at Wayne State Teacher’s College, Wayne, Neb. It was at Wayne State that he met his future wife, Karen Augusta (Britton) Pound, when they were both in the same freshman English class.

One day after English class, Dick offered Karen a ride home that weekend as he would be driving through Denison on his way to his hometown, Scranton. Dick and Karen were married on Aug. 28, 1960, at the First Presbyterian Church in Le Mars, where Karen’s parents lived at the time. 

Dick and Karen graduated from Wayne State the following May, 1961, and both taught in the northeast Nebraska area. Two years later, they both accepted teaching positions in Webster City. During their 25 years in Webster City, they were blessed with two daughters, Mary Alison and Melinda Ann.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Alan and Irene Starling Pound, of Jefferson, and granddaughter Marina Nicole Alvarez.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Pound, of Jefferson; his daughters, Mary (Art) Rivas, of Houston, and Melinda (Ken) Gallagher, of Jefferson; sister Jane (Jerry) Howard, of Johnston; brother Tim (Sheilah) Pound, of Jefferson; eight grandchildren (Ryan Alvarez, Austin Alvarez, Alison Gallagher, Britton Gallagher, Braden Gallagher, Brenner Gallagher, Adison Gallagher and Amelia Gallagher); three great-grandchildren (Gavin Alvarez, Emry Alvarez and Ramsey Alvarez); and several cousins, nieces and a nephew.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be scheduled in the future. Private interment will be held at the Scranton Twp. Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made given in Dick’s name to the Raccoon Valley Muzzleloaders Club or First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.

Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at

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