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Josefina Diaz Hernandez

March 19, 1965 - September 22, 2012

Fue una hija una Esposa una Madre una Abuela y una amiga ejemplar. Una mujer llena de vida que con su amor iluminaba nuestras vidas. Un ser divino llena de alegria. Una mujer valiente que a dejado un legado de convivencia, unidad familiar y que dio amor a cada persona que llego a su vida. Josefina is survived by her husband, Alfonso Hernandez; sons, Fernando and Adrian; daughters, Yessica,...
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Grace A. Sickels

May 31, 1922 - September 18, 2012

Grace Alice Russell Sickels died September 18, 2012 at Parkridge Nursing and Rehab Center, Pleasant Hill, Iowa at the age of 90 years, from complications related to Alzheimer's Disease. Grace was born May 31, 1922 in Batavia, Iowa to Adelbert "Gene" and Pauline (Mosey) Russell. She also lived in Tama, Earlham, Ankeny and Des Moines before becoming a beloved resident of Parkridge in 2005. ...
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William C. Duver, Sr.

August 1, 1933 - September 16, 2012

William served on the Des Moines Fire Department for 30 years as an engineer and served in the Army during the Korean War. He also was the owner of Duver Concrete Construction Company for many years and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Catherine "Kate" Duver; children, Stephanie (Jon) Miclot, William Duver, Jr., Catherine Landers and Robert ...
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Barton Polson

October 10, 1958 - September 14, 2012

Barton, 53, passed away Friday, September 14, 2012 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. His funeral will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, at Brooks South Town Chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Barton's family will greet friends from 5-8 p.m., Monday, at the chapel. Barton Lee Polson, the son of Maynard and Gail (Black) Polson, was born October 10, 1958 in Des Moines. He was a graduate of...
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Grandville H. Wheeler

September 10, 1936 - September 10, 2012

Grandville is survived by his two children, Grant (Robyn) Wheeler of Des Moines and Mary (Roy) Shortt of Waterloo, IA; four grandchildren: Laura, Matthew, Steven and Jacob; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Grandville was a retired Security Guard from Pioneer Hi-Bred, where he worked for over 30 years.
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Ruby M. Kent

June 24, 1933 - September 10, 2012

Ruby was born June 24, 1933 in Derby, Iowa to Richard and Gladys (Tickle) Elwood. Ruby retired from Farmland Insurance in 1996. She was an avid bowler, loved traveling, spending time with her family and friends. Ruby is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dwight Kent; children: Becky (Larry) Krouch, Carole Craft and Brian (Julie) Kent; grandchildren: Brandon (Tiffany) Krouch, Lindsay Krouch...
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Cheryl Joyce Welch

April 16, 1941 - September 10, 2012

Joyce, 71, passed away September 10, 2012 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. Her funeral will be 1 p.m., Saturday, September 15 at Brooks South Town Chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Joyce's family will greet friends 6-8 p.m., Friday, at the chapel. Cheryl Joyce Welch, the daughter of Duane and Cordillia (Walter) Pond, was born April 16, 1941. She was a graduate of Logan High School,...
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Victoria Fitpold

November 1, 1916 - September 4, 2012

Victoria was born November 1, 1916 and raised in Des Moines, and then spent much of her life in Chicago before returning to Des Moines for her elder years. She worked for some years and then was a homemaker. She performed in many school plays and was athletic, excelling in track. She was a great dancer, especially ballroom dancing.
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Patricia B. Moore

March 16, 1945 - August 31, 2012

She was born March 16, 1945 in Portland, Oregon, and then grew up in Des Moines, graduating from Broadlawns School of Nursing. In 1971 she continued her devotion to helping others and made her home in Phoenix to continue her passion of nursing. Patricia will be missed by her sister, Carla (John) Fees; brother, Robert (Jill) Moore; best friend, Judy (Don) Hunt; and nieces and nephews. She was...
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Steven H. Kelly

September 13, 1926 - August 28, 2012

Steven Howard Kelly passed away peacefully after a brief illness on August 28, 2012 at the age of 85 in Des Moines, Iowa. A private service will be held at Merle Hay Funeral Home. Steve is survived by his loving wife Anita, children (Mike) Michael (Colleen), Ann-Marie (Shawn), Steven (Ellie), Brian (June), John (Alison), brothers Alec, Nick, Ted, and Ron. Steven will be missed by his 13...
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Marjorie Stauble

February 24, 1922 - August 28, 2012

Marjorie A. Stauble, 90, passed away on Tuesday, August 28th at the Kavanagh Hospice on 56th. A Rosary will be said in her honor at 4:30 pm on Friday, August 31st, with visitation to follow until 6:00 pm. At 6:00 pm a Scripture Service will begin, all will be held at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 2929 Beaver Ave. On Saturday, September 1st at 10:30 am a Mass of Christian Burial will...
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Harry Edward "Ed" Hines

November 2, 1931 - August 26, 2012

Surrounded by his family Ed passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the age of 80. Born November 2, 1931, Ed was a Korean War Veteran who worked hard to provide for his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister, infant daughter and first wife. He leaves behind three sons, his second wife, one stepson, two stepdaughters and many grand and great...
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Howard S. Cowles

January 5, 1939 - August 10, 2012

Howard Cowles, 73, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 10, 2012. Howard wore many hats during his working life including: accountant, realtor, consultant and handy man after serving two years in the United States Army. Howard is survived by his daughters, Sarah Cochran and Susan Cowles; granddaughter, Jennifer (Jordan) Cleigh and sister, Neva Anderson. He was preceded in death by...
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Alene Carter

July 4, 1922 - August 8, 2012

A Memorial Service to honor her will be held on Thursday evening, August 16th at 7 pm at the Bread of Life Ministries, 2727 E. Railroad Ave in Des Moines. A Funeral Ceremony will be held on Friday afternoon, August 17th at 1 pm at the Faith Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, 131 9th Street in West Des Moines. Viewing and visitation will be held from Noon until service time on Friday at the...
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Judith Mary Chivers

August 8, 1951 - August 8, 2012

Judy Chivers passed away August 8, 2012, on her 61st birthday. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 13th at 10:00 a.m. at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines. A visitation will be held, Sunday, August 12th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Judy was an avid Iowa State fan and also loved the Cubs. She enjoyed gardening, especially tending to her roses. She entered...
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Lorraine Gisvold

November 11, 1918 - July 30, 2012

A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, August 2st at 10:30 am at the Merle Hay Funeral Home Chapel at 4400 Merle Hay Rd in Des Moines. Internment and a private family service will be held at a later date at the Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis. Memorials may be directed to the Augustana Lutheran Church in Boone, Iowa or Hospice of Central Iowa
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Susan R. Howard

October 4, 1961 - July 26, 2012

Susan, 50, passed away July 26, 2012 at Kavanagh House on 56th Street. Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m., Monday, July 30 at Merle Hay Funeral Home. Susan's family will greet friends immediately following the service.
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Ron E. Hall

July 17, 1935 - July 24, 2012

Ronald Eugene Hall, 77, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 1012 at Mercy House in Johnston. Visitation will be Friday, July 27th from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3600 75th St. in Urbandale. Celebration of Life services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 28 at Aldersgate Church with burial to follow at McDivitt Cemetery in Urbandale. Ron was born July 17, 1935...
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Anna L. O'Dea

October 2, 1915 - July 21, 2012

Ann O'Dea, 96, passed away July 21, at the Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston, Iowa. She was born to Edith and William McClure in England, Arkansas, and moved to Valley Junction (now West Des Moines) at age 7. Ann graduated from Valley Junction High School (now WDM Valley.) Her parents, husband, Lyle O'Dea, and her four brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Ann worked for many years in...
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Charlene Hobson

April 19, 1941 - July 20, 2012

She is survived by her husband, Larry of Des Moines; three sons, Charles Ryan of Des Moines, Michael Bjork of Colorado, Randy Jo Korbyn of Arizona; daughter, Cheryl Oxford of Des Moines; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and brother, Dave Dilliner of California. Memorials may be directed to the family.
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Robert Hicks

May 25, 1926 - July 18, 2012

Robert Hicks, 86, died on July 18, 2012 at the VA Hospital/Hospice in Dallas, TX. He was one of five sons and eight daughters born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe G. Hicks in Kings Mountain, NC on May 25, 1926.Robert was a WWII US Army veteran stationed in NJ, a graduate of Catawba College in NC, a retired salesman, and resident of Iowa most of his life.
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Josephine Mae Parsons

October 14, 1921 - July 18, 2012

Josephine Mae (Freese) Parsons, 90, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Granger Nursing and Rehab Center in Granger, Iowa. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Friday, July 20 at Merle Hay Funeral Home. Josephine was born on October 14, 1921 in Central Iowa to Herman and Mary (Wells) Freese. In 1941, she married Rex Parsons. They began a family together in Iowa, living mostly in Guthrie Center...
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Wayne Whited

February 7, 1920 - July 15, 2012

Wayne Whited, 92, passed away July 15, 2012. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 19 at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines.
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James "Eddy" Reeves, Jr.

February 3, 1962 - July 14, 2012

Eddy Reeves, 50, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012. Visitation will be Thursday, July 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. Brooks South Town Chapel, 7601 Fleur Drive. Eddy was born February 3, 1962 to James, Sr. and Dorothy Reeves. Eddy was employed with many auto parts stores in the Des Moines area, most recently at O'Reilly Auto Parts. He played in many pool leagues in the Des Moines area,...
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Mabel Joan Walker

June 12, 1933 - July 12, 2012

Joan was an animal lover who enjoyed nature and gardening. She is survived by her daughters, Denise (Stan) Procyk, Jennifer Walker, and Annette Barr; grandchildren, Jessica (Bill) Hughes, Stephen (Kate) Procyk, Shannon Barr, Cameron Barr, and Brandon Barr; great-grandchildren, Grace and Eva Procyk; and sisters, Barbara Reese, June Stuart, and Lois Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents...
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John Baker

July 8, 2012

John was born April 29, 1935 to Fern and George Baker. He worked on the farm and graduated from Stuart High School in 1953 which is where he met Jaqueline Ann Todd and they married in 1955. John spent 35 years as a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local #347. Left to cherish his memory forever are his wife, Jackie; children Rick (Luanne, West Des Moines) and...
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Howard L. Nelson

October 13, 1916 - July 2, 2012

Howard L. Nelson, 95, passed away Monday, July 2, 2012 at Calvin Community where he was a resident. He was born on October 13, 1916 to John B. and Pearl Herbert Nelson. They lived on a farm in Audubon County. He attended a one-room country school through eighth grade and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1934. After high school Howard worked on the farm and in 1938 moved to Des...
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A. Lorraine Michelson

October 19, 1921 - June 26, 2012

Alice Lorraine (Downey) Michelson, 90, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at MVCC in Mitchellville, IA, where she had lived since June, 2008. Her funeral will be 11 a.m., Friday, June 29 at Brooks South Town Chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the funeral service. Memorial contributions may be directed to Mitchell...
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John "Jack" M. Van Sloun

August 1, 1932 - June 26, 2012

John "Jack" Van Sloun, 79, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Wesley Acres. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 29 at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church, 4600 Meredith Drive, Des Moines. The family will greet friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines. Interment with military honors will be Monday, July 2...
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Mildred Cox

October 6, 1919 - June 22, 2012

Mildred, 92, passed away June 22, 2012 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Her funeral will be 3 p.m., Tuesday, June 26 at Merle Hay Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Mildred is remembered by her husband, Donald; sister-in-law, Ila Agler; many nieces and nephews; and many friends. Memorial contributions may be left with Mildred's family, who will designate...
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Eber Lloyd German

June 23, 1920 - June 21, 2012

Lloyd, 91, went home to be with the Lord on June 21, 2012. His funeral will be 1:30 p.m., Monday, at Merle Hay Funeral Home, where his family will greet friends beginning at 12:30. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery. Lloyd is remembered by his daughter, Barbara (Ewing) Lambert; two grandchildren, Doug (Karen) Lambert and Sarah (Luke) Sturdevant; and two great-grandchildren, Jared Lambert and...
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Lisa Dianne Patterson

February 2, 1971 - June 6, 2012

Our Beautiful Rose Today we gaze on the Beautiful Rose that was the life of Lisa Dianne Patterson of Ankeny, Iowa. Over the past 41 years, this rose had grown from its first bud, to a beautiful rose in full bloom. As we look at each part of our rose, we will recall the full beauty of Lisa. The rose first budded on February 2, 1971, when Lisa was born to Ed and Sandy in Dallas, Texas. ...
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Joyce Lee Bouchard

December 26, 1947 - June 5, 2012

Joyce, 64, passed away June 5. Her funeral will be 10 a.m., Friday, at Merle Hay Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. Joyce Lee Firestine, daughter of Joseph and Eloise (Baker) Firestine, was born December 26, 1947 in Long Branch, New Jersey. She was united in marriage with Roland Bouchard on March 25, 1966. Joyce enjoyed camping, playing with her...
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Debra L. Kelley

August 26, 1955 - May 26, 2012

Debra Kelley, 56, passed away May 26, 2012 at home following a 7 month courageous battle with cancer. Memorial services will be Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11:30 am. at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines. Visitation will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Debra was born in San Francisco into an armed services family and moved many times in her youth. She will be...
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Dameon Parker

September 16, 1980 - May 25, 2012

"When you die your headstone has your date of birth and the date you died, but the dash in the middle is the most important." 09/16/80 - 05/25/12. Dameon, 31, peacefully passed in Olympia, WA on Friday. He carried a wisdom most never achieve in a lifetime. He will be forever cherished by those he leaves behind and loved by his family; father and mother, Carl and Danette, brother Derek, sister...
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Ruth S. McGill

December 25, 1924 - May 20, 2012

Ruth McGill, 87, formerly of West Des Moines, passed away May 20, 2012 peacefully in her sleep while under hospice care at Urbandale Health Care Center. Funeral services will be at 12 p.m., Friday, May 25 at Merle Hay Funeral Home officiated by Monsignor Hess. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m. Ruth was born in Spencer, Iowa on Christmas Day...
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Beverly F. Hunter

September 12, 1932 - May 20, 2012

Beverly Frances Hunter, 79, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012, while surrounded by her loving family in her Beaverdale home. The family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverdale. A rosary and wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. A Memorial Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May...
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Hank Sears

February 16, 1940 - May 18, 2012

Hank Sears, 72 of Des Moines, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family and friends on May 18, 2012. Hank was born February 16, 1940 in Russell, Iowa to Walt and Gladys (Callahan) Sears. The family moved to Des Moines in 1958 and Hank graduated from East High School. Hank spent his working years in the printing industry where he retired at the age of 59 from Holm Graphics to...
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Joseph Dickerson

October 14, 1916 - May 17, 2012

Dr. Joseph Holmes Dickerson died on May 17, 2012 at Wesley Acres Retirement Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Services will be held May 25, at First United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. The family will be present at 10:00 for greeting. The cremated remains will be interred at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church or...
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Jerry Neal Thorpe

April 26, 1934 - May 3, 2012

Jerry Thorpe 78, joined the Lord and his loved ones on May 3rd at Kavanaugh House Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa. Jerry was employed at the Paxton Lumber Company a number of years then on to General Growth Properties. Later he went on to manage rental properties that he had acquired over the years. Jerry is survived by his children: Ric and Tami Thorpe; grandchildren: Alicia Raines, Derek and Zach...
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Mary Katherine Drew

August 16, 1920 - May 1, 2012

Katherine, 91, passed away May 1, 2012 at Scottish Rite Park. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Friday, at Merle Hay Funeral Home, with burial at Chapel Hill Gardens. Mary Katherine Drew, daughter of Lawrence and Leah (Truman) McVey, was born August 16, 1920 in Chariton. She grew up in the Knoxville area and graduated from Knoxville High School. Katherine was united in marriage with Cloyde Drew...
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Betty Lou Schultz

May 15, 1928 - April 26, 2012

Betty, 83, passed away April 26, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center. Her funeral will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 1 at Merle Hay Funeral Home with burial at Chapel Hill Gardens. Betty's family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be given to the family. Those left to remember Betty include her daughters: Pam Ginther, Elizabeth...
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Alex Pabon

November 25, 1921 - April 24, 2012

Alex retired from the U.S. Post Office in June, 1990. He served in the US Navy from November 1942 through October 1945 during World War II in the South Pacific. He was a member of the American Legion, Visitation Catholic Church, and the local council of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) for over thirty years. He loved to dance and bowl. He continuously volunteered his time to...
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Jerry L. Horpestad

January 20, 1947 - April 20, 2012

Jerry passed away April 20, 2012 in Des Moines. His funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 28 at Westkirk Presbyterian Church, 2700 Colby Woods Drive in Urbandale. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Joe. Jerry is remembered by his mother, Faye; his siblings: Jeffrey Horpestad, Nancy (Irvin) Schmit, and Michelle Otto; and several...
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Jerry L. Horpestad

January 20, 1947 - April 20, 2012

Mr. Horpestad was born January 20, 1947 in Des Moines to Joe and Faye Horpestad. He passed away Friday, April 20, 2012 at the age of 65 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services are pending.
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Esther E. Clark

September 7, 1921 - April 20, 2012

Those left to cherish her memory are children, Donald E. Smith, Mary K. Rife, Lorenzo Clark, Frederick Clark, Anna Marie Colvin and David W. Clark; brothers, Orville "Danny" Lyle and John Lyle as well as a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doc "John" Clark; grandson, Michael A. Knox and...
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Mildred I. Fee

April 20, 1933 - April 19, 2012

Millie will be remembered and mourned by her three daughters, Marsha Ver Steeg of Carlisle, Debbie Fee of Pleasant Hill and Linda (Jeff) Frey of Newton, AL; four grandchildren, Cory and Christopher Frey and Katie and Stephanie Ver Steeg; three siblings, Florence Bachmann, Sam Kuntz and Nell Abrisz. She is preceded in death by her faithful husband of 50 years, Arlos and brothers, Edward, Edwin,...
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Dorothy McBride

March 17, 1914 - April 14, 2012

Dorothy Ester Hanson McBride was born March 17, 1914 and passed away April 14, 2012. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 19 at 1:05 p.m. at Brooks South Town Chapel, 7601 Fleur Drive, Des Moines with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the ARL of Iowa.
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Betty McAfee

January 8, 1922 - April 13, 2012

Betty McAfee, age 90, died Friday, April 13 at Calvin Community. She was a proud member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for many years. Betty was a loving wife, mother, and good friend. Betty is survived by her son, Paul II and his wife Anda, and a grandson, Paul III, all living in Tempe, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 47 years, Paul McAfee; and brother...
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Ernest "Jim" Dooley

October 12, 1918 - April 12, 2012

Jim died April 12, 2012. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m., Sunday, April 15 at Merle Hay Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, April 16 at the Our Lady of Peace Chapel at Bishop Drumm Care Center with burial to follow at Chapel Hill Gardens will full military honors.
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Martha Elaine Adamson

December 23, 1927 - April 10, 2012

Martha, 84, passed away April 10, 2012 at Bishop Drumm in Johnston. Martha is survived by her husband of 57 years, Bill; daughters, Marla (Don) Hall of Johnston and Michalle (Galen) Harvey of Urbandale; four grandchildren: Luke (Shelly) Hall, Jessica Hall, Nick Harvey and Nathan Harvey; and great-granddaughter, Hadley Hall. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and a brother....
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Gloria Karnes Estes

October 24, 1927 - April 1, 2012

Gloria Karnes Estes, 84, passed away April 1, 2012. A Graveside service will be April 6 at 1 p.m. at Chapel Hill Gardens with a visitation 1 hour prior at Merle Hay Funeral Home. A lifelong resident of Des Moines, she graduated from Lincoln High School and was employed with the State of IA, worked for Campaign Disclosure and loved politics, enjoyed watching all sports and was a mother of three...
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Beverly Chandler

May 24, 1937 - March 29, 2012

Beverly Jean Chandler, 74, passed away at the Grandview Health Care Center in Dayton, Iowa the evening of Thursday, March 29, 2012. Beverly was a former Des Moines resident but has resided in Boone for many years. In both communities she attended the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A visitation will be held for her on Monday, April 2nd from 5 to 7 pm with a funeral ceremony to follow, all at the...
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John "Jack" Kendzora

September 24, 1925 - March 28, 2012

Jack passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Visitation will be on Sunday, April 1, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM at Merle Hay Funeral Home at Chapel Hill Cemetery. A rosary will be recited at 4:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 2, at 10:00 AM at Holy Trinity Church in Des Moines. Jack was born in Des Moines on September 24, 1925, to...
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Raymond Bond

September 25, 1921 - March 27, 2012

Ray enjoyed delving into genealogy, as well as bowling, coin and stamp collecting and gardening, with a particular affinity for roses. Ray and Jeanne Bond were faithful Drake Relays fans and would attend in any kind of weather. In earlier years, they were avid square dancers; after retirement, they kept fit by becoming dedicated mall walkers. Mr. Bond is survived by his wife, Jeanne; daughter...
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Kenneth Myer

August 14, 1958 - March 19, 2012

Kenny was lovingly cared for at New Hope Village in Carroll since 1985 where he will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Janice. He is survived by his sisters: Sherryl Reeves and husband Gerald, Christine Goodrich and husband Lee, Marlene Allen and husband Bill; brother, Denny Myer and companion Jan; nieces, Lisa, Jenny, Sara, Amy, Jolene and Jaime; nephews,...
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Joann Arlene Warden

August 22, 1940 - March 17, 2012

Joann Arlene., daughter of Clifford Vernon Roe and Mildred Louine ( Kooker) Roe, was born on August 22, 1940, in Arnolds Park, IA. and passed away on March 17, 2012 at home, the age of 71 years. Joann was united in marriage to Glenn Lonnie Warden on Dec. 14th 1957 in Des Moines. He survives her of their home, in Grimes, IA. She is also survived by two daughters, Glenda Warden, Grimes, IA and...
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Beatrice J. Ancell

July 29, 1925 - March 12, 2012

Bea, 86, passed away Monday, March 12, 2012 at Calvin Community. Her funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 15 at Epworth United Methodist Church. Private family burial will be at Chapel Hill Gardens. Bea is remembered by her husband, Ray Ancell; children: David Ancell of Lansing, MI, Jeanne Paschall of Elida, OH, Beverly Conrey of Murfreesboro, TN, and Cindy Dunahoo of Brentwood, TN;...
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Eddie "Ed" A. Potter

November 28, 1932 - March 2, 2012

Ed Potter, age 79 passed away peacefully in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday, March 2. Ed resided the last three years at 3801 Grand, and has been a resident of Des Moines for 40 years, after retiring from the Army. Ed was a 20 year Veteran of the United States Army, including 2 tours of duty in Korea and one in Vietnam. During his first tour of duty in Korea, he met and married his wife Violet,...
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James "Jim" Winget

July 22, 1954 - March 1, 2012

James Winget, known as Jim to family and friends passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at his home in Des Moines. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 5th at 2:00 pm at the Merle Hay Funeral Home Chapel at 4400 Merle Hay Rd in Des Moines. Visitation will be an hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Garden Cemetery.
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John G. Windschitl

April 23, 1957 - February 17, 2012

John Windschitl passed away peacefully with family at his side February 17. John accomplished many things in his life. Having his own company, "That Video Guy", was one of which he was most proud. He belonged to many organizations over the years. Most recently, he was a member of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce and the Men's Club and Knights of Columbus at his church. John was a very...
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Jo LaRue Baedaro

February 9, 1926 - February 12, 2012

Jo LaRue Baedaro, 86, passed away peacefully February 13, 2012. A Memorial Service will be held, Thursday, February 16 at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moine at 2 p.m. A memorial visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a Rosary to follow at the funeral home. Jo was born February 9, 1926 to Ernest and Hazel Hoyt Prather in Ottumwa. She was...
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Dorothy Darlene Milton

July 30, 1927 - January 31, 2012

Dorothy, 84, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 4 at Merle Hay Funeral Home, where her family will greet friends beginning at 12:30. Dorothy Darlene Milton, the daughter of George and Adeline (Laidley) Mains, was born July 30, 1927 in Linden, Iowa. She graduated from Panora High School in 1945. Dorothy...
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Vera Mae Thompson-Cannon

March 5, 1921 - January 31, 2012

Vera Mae Thompson-Canon, 90, passed away at the Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. She was born on March 5, 1921 in Russell, Iowa to Howard & Edna (Feight) Baughman. Vera graduated from Indianola High School and was united in marriage to Homer Loren Thompson. They made their home in Des Moines and he preceded her in death in 1985. Vera married Dolar Cannon...
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Cheryl Blunt

June 5, 1957 - January 28, 2012

Cheryl Ann Blunt, 54, died Saturday, January 29, 2012 following a extremely hard battle with cancer. Before her retirement she was a telemarketer and loved her job, she was born to talk.She is survived by three children, Michelle (Steve) Rieger, Leland Hill, Jr., and Nicole Verro, her mother, Alize Grosz, a sister, Lynda (Gary) Millard, a brother William (Martha) Grosz, six grandchildren and a...
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Raymonde F. Williamson

January 9, 1928 - January 28, 2012

Raymonde was born January 9, 1928 in Paris, France and was a World War II war bride marrying Kenneth Williamson when they met in France. Raymonde enjoyed needle point, shopping and spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Raymonde is survived by her daughter, Linda (Mario) Rodriguez and grandchildren, Daniel (Rachel) Rodriguez and Yvette Rodriguez.
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Lori L. Steelman

October 24, 1957 - January 27, 2012

Lori Steelman, 54, took her solo ride on January 27, 2012 at Mercy Hospice surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at Merle Hay Funeral Home with burial to follow at Harper Cemetery in Redfield, IA. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home Tuesday evening. Lori was born October 24, 1957 in Des Moines and married...
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Marjorie Josephine McBee

August 17, 1918 - January 22, 2012

Marjorie Josephine McBee passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012 at Bright Kavanagh Hospice House. Marjorie was born August 17, 1918 in Decatur County, IA. She married Charles Ray McBee August 6, 1937 and was loved by her family spanning five generations. Preceding her in death was her husband of 67 years, Charles; brothers, Julian Van Winkle and Gordon Stout; daughter, Sandra; son, Gerald;...
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Bob Burt

April 19, 1926 - January 20, 2012

Bob, 85, died January 20 at Mercy Medical Center. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, at Brooks South Town Chapel, 7601 Fleur Drive. His funeral will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, also at the funeral home, with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Robert Lavern Burt, son of Vivian and Frances (Brandon) Burt, was born April 19, 1926 in Des Moines. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School,...
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Kenneth "Kenny Paul" Corbin

November 25, 1951 - January 16, 2012

Kenneth P. Corbin passed away Monday, January 16, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center at the age of 60 years, 1 month and 21 days. Kenny was born on November 25, 1951 to Lloyd and Lois (Crook) Corbin. In his youth, Kenny spent much of his time camping, fishing, and bicycling. Yet, despite all these activities, he could always find the time to torment his little sister. The time Kenny spent with...
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Mary Belle Worthington

October 7, 1929 - January 15, 2012

MaryBelle is survived by her children, James, Penny (Michael) Monohon, David (Jeannie) and Kathleen Hayes; sister, Annette Keith, 8 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest, infant daughter, Jacqueline, son, Kevin and brother, Andy Coker. MaryBelle was a lifelong resident of Des Moines and retired from the State of Iowa...
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Mary Virginia Schrock

November 17, 1951 - January 15, 2012

Mary Virginia Schrock died Sunday, January 15, 2012 after a short battle with leukemia. Mary was surrounded by family and friends when she left us to join her family in heaven. Visitation will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, with a memorial service at 8:30. Mary was born November 17, 1951 in Kimball, WV. She graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High...
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Helen Powers

October 20, 1914 - January 14, 2012

Helen enjoyed family and friends. She especially enjoyed the close friendships she made in her sewing club and the Pinochle Club that she and Paul shared. She loved attending civic music performances and band concerts on Capital Hill Lawn. Helen was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and actively contributed to her community.
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Maxine V. Amodeo

January 23, 1935 - January 12, 2012

Maxine is survived by her children, John (Shirley) Calvert, Renee (Steve) Anderson and Herk (Karen) Calvert; nieces and nephews, Mary (Jim) Hague, Terry (Rick) Greene, David (Madge) Meisters and Phillip (Kathy) Meisters; brother, Fred (Evelyn) Meisters as well numerous friends. Maxine will be remembered as a strong, loving and compassionate person who was deeply devoted to her family. She will...
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David Alan Hogbin

December 23, 1954 - January 11, 2012

David is survived by his siblings, Jon (Vicki) Hogbin, Carol (Kenny) Harvey and Cristina Wilson; nieces and nephews, Ben Hogbin, Kristin (Craig) Volentine, Sarah and Hannah Knotts and Evan and Lauren Wilson; numerous great nieces and nephews and many friends. David was employed at Gannett with the IT Department and was a member of Luther Church of The Good Shepherd. He will be remebered for...
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Maxine Marie Kern

December 22, 1925 - January 6, 2012

Maxine, 86, passed away January 6, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at Christ the King Catholic Church with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Her family will greet friends 5-8 p.m., Monday, with a vigil service at 7:30 at Brooks South Town Chapel, 7601 Fleur Drive. Maxine Marie Kern, daughter of Francis and Frances (Hurley) Cole, was born December 22,...
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Margaret Fern Sander

March 28, 1915 - December 31, 2011

Margaret, 96, passed away December 31. Her memorial service will be Thursday, January 5 at noon at Merle Hay Funeral Home, where her family will greet friends 30 minutes prior to service. Margaret Fern Sander, daughter of Albert and Hattie Swalla, was born March 28, 1915 in Madrid, Iowa. She was a longtime Des Moines area resident, and worked as a waitress many of those years. Margaret was...
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Wilbur Bill Miller

December 21, 1915 - December 21, 2011

Wilbur C. Miller known as Bill or W.C. passed away Wednesday, December 21st at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa on his 96th birthday. A memorial service celebrating the lives of Timmy and Bill, will be at 11 a.m., December 29, 2011 at St. John's Lutheran Church. The family will greet friends starting at 9:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Wilbur was born on December 21, 1915 to Anna...
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Helen Leinen

June 28, 1924 - December 16, 2011

Helen, 87, died December 16, 2011 at Sunnyview Care Center in Ankeny. Visitation will be 3-6 p.m., Monday, at Merle Hay Funeral Home, with funeral services beginning at 6. Helen S. Huebner, daughter of John and Lena (Plambeck) Huebner, was born June 28, 1924 in Portsmouth, Iowa. Following high school, she was united in marriage with Victor Leinen, and together they raised five children. ...
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Eldon Jutting

February 24, 1934 - December 14, 2011

Our beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather, Eldon John Jutting, passed away during the early morning hours of December 14, 2011. A visitation will be held at the Ankeny First United Methodist Church, 206 Southwest Walnut St., at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 19, with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. Eldon was born February 24, 1934 to Susan Jutting nee Jurgens and John Henry...
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Merle Cooper

August 20, 1921 - December 13, 2011

Merle was born in Seneca, Iowa on August 20, 1921 to Clyde and Cora Cooper. After graduating from high school he joined the Navy and served for 4 years as an Aviation Ordnanceman First Class during World War II. Following his time in the Navy, he worked for 26 years for the Postal Service, retiring in 1978. He loved farming and did so along side his friend, Ken Carlson, for many years
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Margaret Louise Elliston

March 10, 1924 - December 9, 2011

Margaret is survived by her children, Gary (Tina) Elliston, Marvin (Johnetta) Elliston, Bobbretta (Cecil) Brewton and Kathy (Arthur) Elliston; grandchildren, Kenny, Jay, Ayana, Aerial, Zhvanni, Gary Jr., Yolanda, Moneeco, Asim, Tommy Lee, Brandon, DeShawn, Eris and Tony; great-grandchildren, Amber, Asia, Autumn, Marquis, Michaelria, Choice, Deondre, Azhane, Autumn, Asia, Devlon, Shelby and E.J.;...
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Katherine Osborn

November 29, 1937 - December 8, 2011

Katherine Sue Osborn passed away on December 8, 2011 at the age of 74. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 12th from 4 to 7 pm and a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 2:30 am, all at the Merle Hay Funeral Home Chapel at 4400 Merle Hay Rd in Des Moines. A gravesite dedication will follow.
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Jack La Mar

December 8, 2011

Jack Irwin La Mar, 78, passed away at the Veterans Hospital on December 8, 2011. A memorial service will be held Monday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines.
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Jeanette Hawkins

June 4, 1924 - December 7, 2011

Jeanette Hawkins, 87, passed at home on December 7, 2011. Funeral will be 10 a.m., Monday, December 12 at Park Avenue Presbyterian Church with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Jeanette's family will greet friends 4-6 p.m., Sunday, at Merle Hay Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be donated to Park Avenue Presbyterian Church.
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Norman Lee Dudley, Sr.

January 3, 1934 - December 6, 2011

Norman Lee Dudley, Sr., 77, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 9 at Brooks South Town Chapel, 7601 Fleur Drive, with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. Norman retired from Bridgestone-Firestone and enjoyed traveling and camping with his wife and family. He served...
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James Lake

March 23, 1925 - November 30, 2011

James Wayne "Mike" Lake, 86, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at Arbor Springs with his loving family by his side. A celebration of Mike's life will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at First Assembly of God Church, 2725 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Burial with military honors will be...
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Norma Breeden

November 22, 2011

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 26th at 1:00 pm at the Merle Hay Funeral Home at 4400 Merle Hay Rd in Des Moines. Visitation will be held from noon until service time. Burial will be at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
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Gary Gillen

December 15, 1939 - November 22, 2011

Gary, 71, died Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Taylor House in Des Moines. His funeral will be 11 a.m., Friday, November 25 at Brooks South Town Chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.
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Carol Kueck

December 25, 1940 - November 19, 2011

Carol, 70, died Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center. Her funeral will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 23 at Merle Hay Funeral Home with burial at Chapel Hill Gardens. Carol's family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.
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Frances Yancy

June 30, 1916 - November 16, 2011

Frances A. (Atzenhoefer) Yancy, 95, passed away November 16, 2011 at Perry Lutheran Home in Perry, Iowa. Frances was born June 30, 1916 in Triumph, MN. After marrying Lester M. Yancy, she moved to Des Moines where she lived for 60 years and was a long-time member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church. She was a homemaker for her family and enjoyed cooking, polka dancing, playing cards and fishing. She...
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Lorraine Jenks

November 10, 2011

Lorraine Jenks, 92, passed away on November 10, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Friday, November 18, 2011, at Merle Hay Funeral Home, where the family will greet friends two hours prior to the service. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens.
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Terry R. Overton

October 10, 1950 - November 6, 2011

Terry graduated from Carlisle High School in 1969 and worked many years as a laborer in the construction, concrete and railroad industries. He enjoyed watching movies in his spare time. Survivors include his mother, Ruby Overton; father, Melvin (Helen); siblings, Cheryl (Wayne) Herd, Gary, Larry (Jeanne), David (Lori), Bruce (Pip), Pat (LaDonna) and Mike Overton; 7 step-siblings. He was...
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Inez Wardene Isenhart

November 7, 1936 - November 4, 2011

Wardene was born November 7, 1936 to Guy and Etta Thompson in Stuart, Iowa. She grew up in Stuart and married William Earl Isenhart on January 23, 1959. Earl and Wardene moved to Des Moines where she worked the night shift at Farm Bureau for many years so she could be home with her girls, Deb and Cindy, during the day. Wardene enjoyed gardening, flowers, knitting and crocheting. She loved cooking...
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Ruth Koehl

April 3, 1916 - October 28, 2011

Ruth Emily Koehl, 95, passed away Friday, October 28 at Adel Assisted Living. Visitation will be Monday, November 7 from 6-8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Adel. Burial will be Tuesday, November 8 at 9 a.m. at Chapel Hill Gardens in Des Moines. Ruth's Celebration of Life Service will be Tuesday, November 8 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Adel. Memorial contributions are suggested to...
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Kirk William Pederson

October 12, 1962 - October 17, 2011

Kirk Pederson, 49, died Monday, October 17, 2011 at home. His funeral will be 10 a.m., Friday, in the Johnston High School Gymnasium with public burial to follow at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m., Thursday, at Merle Hay Funeral Home, where his family will be present 5-8 p.m. Kirk William Pederson, son of Roger and Mitzi (Winkler) Pederson, was born October...
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Loren G. Peters

November 30, 1986 - October 17, 2011

Loren George Peters, 24, a Norwalk graduate and student at Iowa State University, passed from this life on Monday, October 17, 2011. He was in the fourth year of his quest to obtain an Aerospace Engineering Degree at ISU. Loren leaves behind those who enjoyed his quick wit and funny comments. His many interests included scuba diving, flying airplanes, canoeing, camping, and spending time...
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Gordon Dixon

July 21, 1912 - October 2, 2011


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Betty Joan Koopal

September 19, 1934 - September 30, 2011

Betty, 77, passed away Friday, September 30, 2011 at Methodist West Hospital in West Des Moines. Memorial service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 4 at Merle Hay Funeral Home. Betty Joan Koopal, daughter of John and Bessie (Herr) Madson, was born September 19, 1934 in Albert Lea, MN. She attended school in Austin, MN, and graduated in 1952. Following graduation, she worked as a secretary...
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Darlene DeBolt

November 13, 1917 - September 29, 2011

Darlene Emma (Creed) DeBolt passed peacefully on September 29, 2011, after a ten year battle with Alzheimer's. Funeral Services will be held at 2 pm on Monday, October 3, 2011, at Merle Hay Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior. Entombment will follow at Merle Hay Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Reformed Church in Darlene's name.
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