Dennis “Richie” Lynn DeLuna of 1176 Maple Drive, Mason City, died Thursday (July 4, 2013) at the University of Minnesota Medical Center surrounded by family.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday (July 9, 2013) at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd Street NE, Mason City.
Visitation will be held from 5 through 7 p.m. on Monday (July 8, 2013) at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel in Mason City. Graveside Services will be held following the service at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Should friends desire, memorials may be left in Richie’s name in care of his family.
Dennis “Richie” Lynn DeLuna was born on February 12, 1953 in Mason City, the son of Ralph and Minnie (Perez) Luna. He graduated from Mason City High School. Those left to cherish his memories are his brothers R.P. and David and sisters Sylvia (Roger) Kalke, and Yolanda (Don) Halferty. He was an uncle to many nieces and nephews. From an early marriage one son was born, Shane VanGampleare. He is survived by many numerous aunts, uncles and relatives.
Richie learned to play the guitar from his Dad at an early age. He wrote lyrics to many of his own songs which he copyrighted and recorded. He would eventually be the lead singer in the band he formed called Corn Fed. He played at many surrounding clubs such as the Stagecoach and Surf Ballroom. Corn Fed would be the opening band for the first Buddy Holly Tribute with Wolfman Jack at the Surf Ballroom and open for the rock band Black Oak Arkansas. Richie also toured with his band Corn Fed throughout Canada. Richie taught many musical artists in the area to play their guitars and some of those musicians are now in the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He released many cds with Electric Love being his biggest seller which is being re-released.
Richie’s many talents lead to writing music, painting miniature toy soldiers, collecting various electric and acoustic guitars, Beatle memorabilia and music and movie cds. He had such a sense of humor and a generous heart. His favorite foods were his mother’s homemade Mexican food. He also enjoyed studying the Bible with Al Williams.
He is preceded in death by brother Hector Luna, maternal grandparents Ignacio and Juana Perez, paternal grandparents Antonio and Ernestina Luna, uncle and aunt Domingo and Cruz Garza, uncles Oscar Perez and Richard Perez, and several nephews.
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St NE, Mason City, 50401,