Memorial Services of Iowa

At Memorial Services of Iowa, we feel it is an honor to serve you, your family, and our community. Our funeral professionals have been committed to earning your trust. With decades of combined experience, we can help you create a lasting tribute to your loved one that truly reflects his or her unique life and fulfills your family's needs and traditions.

Celebrations of life can take many forms. No matter what type of service your family designs, we promise to serve you to the best of our ability and to uphold our five core values: Dignity, Respect, Professionalism, Commitment and Fairness.

We listen... carefully. We know that some of us find great comfort in traditions, and we work tirelessly to honor those traditions. Others find greater meaning in more personalized services--playing a favorite song, visiting an important place, re-creating a significant life event. Our professional team gets to know each and every family to help each and every individual remember, share, and ultimately move toward healing.


Our Obituaries

Naomi Munson

October 21, 1927 - May 12, 2019

Naomi (Jackson) Munson, 91, of Ankeny died of multiple systems failure at Taylor House Hospice. No services are planned, as she had donated her body to the University of Iowa. Naomi was born near Rockwell, Iowa October 21, 1927. Her family moved to Dunbar, IA in 1937. She attended Dunbar Consolidated school where she graduated in 1944. She married Norman Munson in 1950 and he preceded...
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Gerald Tiffin Tomlinson

November 2, 1931 - May 12, 2019

Gerald T. Tomlinson, 87, of Ankeny passed away May 12, 2019 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. A visitation will be held 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sat. May 18th at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Burial will be 1:30 p.m. at Byers/Cory Grove Cemetery in Elkhart. Gerald was born Nov. 2, 1931 in Bondurant, IA, the son of the late Tiffin and Nellie Tomlinson. He worked for V.W....
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David Wayne Wilson

August 24, 1955 - May 8, 2019

David Wayne Wilson, 63, passed away peacefully on May 8 at Kavanaugh House in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2019 at Lutheran Church of Hope, 520 N.W. 36th St. in Ankeny. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Born in Des Moines to Leo and Kathryn (Twit) Wilson, David was a lifelong resident of Central Iowa, graduating from Ankeny...
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Lowell Burdette Brendeland

August 2, 1953 - May 2, 2019

Lowell Brendeland, 65, of Huxley passed away May 2, 2019. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Palestine Lutheran Church in Huxley. A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8th, also at the church. He was born August 2, 1953 in Ames, Iowa. He grew up, and lived in the Alleman and Huxley area. Lowell had worked in production at Dee Zee...
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Jimmie Dean Schuessler

December 16, 1935 - May 2, 2019

JIMMIE DEAN SCHUESSLER - ALLEMAN, IOWA Jim Schuessler peacefully passed away from congestive heart failure at his home on May 2, 2019 surrounded by his wife, family and friends. Jim was 83 years old. Jimmie Dean was born on December 16, 1935 in Waukee, Iowa to Howard and Gladys Schuessler. Jim was raised in rural Johnston with three brothers: Vernon, David and Elwood and two sisters:...
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Gary "Jess" Walker

July 25, 1947 - May 2, 2019

Gary "Jess" Walker, 71, of Ankeny passed away May 2, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church (510 E 1st St). a visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 6th, also at the church. Jess was born July 25, 1947 in Knoxville, Iowa. He was a graduate of Saydel High School in 1966. Following graduation, he...
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Harold Walfred Linden

July 10, 1925 - April 28, 2019

Harold Walfred Linden Harold Linden, 93, was born in Oakland, NE and died at home in Ankeny, IA on April 28th. His faith and family were very important to him. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Harold graduated first in his class from Uehling (NE) high school at age 16. From there he attended Luther College in Wahoo, NE. He joined the Navy in 1944,...
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Lucille "Lucy" Susic

July 19, 1923 - April 28, 2019

Lucille "Lucy" Susic, 95, of Ankeny ,IA, went home to be with her beloved Savior on April 28th at her residence at Edencrest in Ankeny. Visitation will be at 1:00 at Ankeny Memorial Gardens on May 2nd, funeral services will immediately follow at 2:00. Lucy was the oldest of six children, born to Herman and Bernice DeBok in Russell, IA, where she lived on a farm until graduating from...
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David Alan Whisenand

July 7, 1967 - April 27, 2019

David Alan Whisenand, 51, of Des Moines passed away April 27, 2019. A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Ankeny Memorial Gardens funeral home(4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 6 to 8:00p.m., Friday, May 3rd, also at the funeral home. David was born July 7, 1967 in Des Moines, Iowa to Robert and Sandra Whisenand. He graduated from East High School...
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Gary N. Uhl

December 12, 1939 - April 16, 2019

Gary Uhl, 79, of Ankeny passed away April 16, 2019. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Friday, April 19th, also at the funeral home. Gary was born on December 12, 1939 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Edward and Elizabeth (Flammang) Uhl. As a boy he was raised...
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Violet Lucille Seehorn

June 1, 1925 - April 14, 2019

Violet Lucille Seehorn, 93, of Ankeny passed away April 14, 2019. A visitation will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the First Church of Christ in Ankeny. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 19th, also at the Church. Violet was born June 1, 1925, in Malcolm, IA, to Harry Tobias and Nellie Photena (Harness) Lamb. She was raised on different farms in...
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Carol Faye Bigbee

October 14, 1937 - April 8, 2019

Carol Faye Bigbee, 81, of Ankeny, passed away April 8, 2019. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home. Carol Faye Peters was born October 14, 1937 on a farm near Marengo, Iowa to Forrest and Hazel Peters....
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Marjorie Fern Pannkuk

August 22, 1924 - April 8, 2019

Marjorie Fern Pannkuk, age 94, formerly of Titonka, Iowa, met her Lord and Savior on April 8, 2019. She passed away at The Bridges of Ankeny, where she recently moved to be closer to family. A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 13th, 11:00 a.m. at Ramsey Reformed Church, Titonka, Iowa. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service also at the church. Marjorie was born...
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Sarah Kirsten (Bein) Espinoza

April 19, 1980 - April 4, 2019

Sarah Kirsten (Bein) Espinoza, 38, of Ankeny passed suddenly into the arms of Her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ April 4, 2019. Services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday April 9, 2019 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 517 SW Des Moines St., Ankeny. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Sarah was born April 19, 1980 to her proud parents John and Nancy Bein of Bondurant, Iowa. She...
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Stanley Lee Junod

July 26, 1952 - April 4, 2019

Stan Junod, 66, of Ankeny passed away April 4, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 8, 2019 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church (510 E 1st St, Ankeny). A visitation will be held 4 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 7th, also at the church. Born to Robert and Helen Junod, he grew up in Sioux City, Iowa, and graduated from East High School in Sioux City. He went on to...
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Nancy "Kay" Colton

September 14, 1934 - April 2, 2019

Nancy "Kay" Colton, 84, of Ankeny passed away April 2, 2019 at Mill Pond Care Center. Mass of Christian burial will be 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2019 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the Mass. Kay was born in Creston, IA to Gerald (Hicks) and Mabel Higginbotham, on September 14, 1934. She attended St. Malachy's School and graduated...
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Gary Everett Christiansen

September 15, 1938 - March 31, 2019

Gary E. Christiansen, 80, of Ankeny passed away March 31, 2019. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Gary was born September 15, 1938 in Des Moines, Iowa, and was a proud graduate of East High School, class of 1957. Following his graduation Gary joined...
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Julie J. Cloud

May 25, 1943 - March 27, 2019

Julie J. Cloud, 75, of Ankeny died March 27, 2019. A Memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday April 2, 2019 at Ankeny Presbyterian Church, 317 SE Trilein Dr. A visitation will be held Monday, April 1st from 5 – 7 p.m., also at the church. Julie was born May 25, 1943 in Storm Lake Iowa to Claire and Ethelyn Tymeson. She graduated in 1961 from high school and in 1965 from Buena...
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James Quentin Beatty

October 24, 1924 - March 26, 2019

James Q. Beatty, age 94, of Ankeny, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Funeral services will be held on Friday April 5, 2019 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church In Ankeny, Iowa. Visitation will be at 10:00 AM followed by funeral services at 11:00 AM. Born October 24, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of James and Anne (Nels) Beatty. He attended high school at De Lasalle...
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Gordon R. Pralle

May 23, 1963 - March 18, 2019

Gordon R. Pralle, 55, of Des Moines passed away at Methodist Medical Center on March 18, 2019. Born May 23, 1963 in Hampton, Iowa he was the son of Harold and Elfrieda (Kracht) Pralle. He was a 1981 graduate of Cal Community in Latimer, Iowa. Gordon worked for Citigroup in Des Moines in the credit department. He enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes both basketball and football. His...
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Mark Arnold Block

March 10, 1952 - March 17, 2019

Mark Block, 67, of Ankeny passed away in his sleep due to a cardiac event March 17, 2019 at home. A visitation will be held at Memorial Services of Iowa 5-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 27th. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 28th at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. Mark was born March 10th 1952 to Claus Arnold (Arnie) and Ivabelle (Ivy) Block in Great Lakes,...
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Calvin "Cal" Mitchell

February 13, 1991 - March 2, 2019

Cal had a zest for life. If you knew Cal, you knew joy. His love for music was second to none. He was the only guy I knew who could head-bang to country music, and pull it off. He also loved bowling and swimming when he got the chance and even took state in a Special Olympics Bowling Tournament. He might not have ever spoke, but he spoke volumes. Most everyone I know has a Calvin story and...
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Deborah Kay Eaves

February 18, 1959 - February 28, 2019

Deborah Kay Eaves, age 60, passed away peacefully at the Taylor House, surrounded by her children and loved ones, Thursday, February 28th, 2019. A visitation will be held at Christian Life Assembly of God (9001 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321) on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., with a remembrance service at 6:00 p.m., with food and fellowship to follow. She was born...
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Mary Lou Miller

December 24, 1931 - February 28, 2019

Mary Lou Miller, 87 of Ankeny, IA died Thursday, February 28th, 2019 after a brief battle with lung cancer. A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the Mass. Mary Lou was born December 24th, 1931 to Joseph and Julie Untrauer, who in 1921 immigrated to America from France. She was the...
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Gary Lee Richardson, M.D.

November 10, 1944 - February 20, 2019

Gary Lee Richardson, M.D., FACS, 74, passed away February 20, 2019. A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5th at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd) Gary was born in Kellogg, IA November 10, 1944 to Leroy Richardson and Joy Faye Patterson. He was raised in Monroe Iowa and was a graduate of Monroe High School. Gary went on to attend Grinnell College and later...
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Jane Martha Sheehy

August 28, 1935 - February 19, 2019

Jane Martha Sheehy, 83, passed away February 19, 2019. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23rd at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, Feb 22nd, also at the funeral home. Jane was born August 28, 1935 to Forest and Corinne (Knutson) Hyler in Story County. Jane grew up in Des Moines graduating...
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James "Jim" Ellis Pardock

July 28, 1943 - February 17, 2019

Jim Pardock, 75, died peacefully on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at the Des Moines VA Hospice Unit from Alzheimers/Dementia complications. A visitation will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2019, followed by the funeral services at 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Services of Iowa, 4208 N Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, Iowa. Jim will be laid to rest at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa, Jim...
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Beth Anne Bloom

October 24, 1947 - February 14, 2019

Beth A. Bloom, 71, of Des Moines passed away February 14, 2019. A visitation will be held 2 to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, February 23, at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Beth was born October 24, 1947 to Charles and Alice Dumais in Warroad, Minnesota. She received a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota. She taught in Minneapolis before...
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Margaret Helen Yori

December 29, 1928 - February 9, 2019

Margaret Helen (Podnar) Yori, 90, passed away February 9, 2019, in Ankeny, Iowa, re-joining her husband of 66 years, Ray Yori, who passed away nearly two years ago. A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 14, at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny. Visitation will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ankeny Memorial Gardens with a celebration of life following. Margaret...
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Kevin B. Strah

June 2, 1976 - February 3, 2019

Kevin "DjKdogg" Strah, 42, of Ankeny passed away February 3, 2019. A visitation will be held 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Kevin was born June 2, 1976 in Ames, Iowa and grew up in Huxley. He attended Ballard High School where he played football, participated in school plays, and played with the high school band....
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Rick L. McIntosh

February 15, 1955 - February 1, 2019

Rick Lee McIntosh, of Des Moines, age 63 passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 at Taylor House Hospice House in Des Moines, IA. Cremation has been accorded, and no services are scheduled at this moment. Memorials may be mailed to Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home P.O. Box 909 Ankeny, IA 50021
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Benjamin Cavlovic

January 30, 2019 - January 30, 2019

Benjamin Cavlovic was born January 30, 2019. A visitation will be held 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. following the visitation, with burial to follow at Ankeny Memorial Gardens.
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Kathy Ann Bleiziffer

June 20, 1959 - January 30, 2019

Kathy Ann Bleiziffer, age 59 of Ankeny, passed away on the afternoon of January 30, 2019 at her home with family at her side. No services are planned at this moment. A gravesite service will be held at a later date at the Jerome Cemetery in Jerome, IA.
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Santos Guadalupe Calderon-Alvarado

March 26, 1948 - January 24, 2019

Santos Guadalupe Calderon-Alvarado, age 70 of Boone, IA, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Boone on the morning of January 24, 2019. A memorial gathering will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.). Santos was born March 26, 1948 in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon. He lived in Iowa for many years where his was...
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Russell C. Tomlinson, Jr.

April 4, 1923 - January 22, 2019

The Rev. Russell C. Tomlinson Jr., age 95 of Ankeny, Iowa went to be with his Lord on January 22, 2019. A Memorial service will be held at the Ankeny Presbyterian Church on Friday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 a.m. Russell was born in Cicero, Indiana on April 4, 1923 to Russell and Unity Tomlinson. He served honorably in the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II. He...
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Aliya Lauryn Hesseltine

October 25, 1999 - January 20, 2019

Aliya Lauryn Hesseltine, 19, of Ankeny passed away January 20, 2019. A funeral service will be held 12:00 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (517 S.W. Des Moines Street). A visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2019 also at the church. Aliya was born October 25, 1999 in Des Moines, Iowa to Ryan and Angela Hesseltine. She grew up...
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Emily C. (Ribbey) McColly

February 28, 1940 - January 8, 2019

Emily C. (Ribbey) McColly, 78, of Ankeny passed away January 8, 2019. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 15, 2018 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 1hour prior to the funeral. Emily was born February 28, 1940 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She graduated from East High School in 1958 and went to work for Northwestern Bell...
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Georgia "Jane" Maggert

December 22, 1932 - January 6, 2019

Georgia "Jane" Maggert, 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, IA. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (517 SW Des Moines St) in Ankeny, Iowa. Visitation and lunch will be held at 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12 also at the church. Jane grew up in Albia, Iowa,...
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C. Scott Gottula

December 30, 1973 - January 3, 2019

C. Scott Gottula, 45, of Arvada, Colo., died suddenly on January 3, 2019, in Ankeny, Iowa. No memorial or obituary can capture the essence of Scott who loved his family and friends with gigantic gusto. He will long be loved and missed. Scott was born Dec. 30, 1973, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, the youngest child of Larry L. and the late Ginger S. (Bassett) Gottula. Ankeny...
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Viola Hall

August 12, 1923 - January 2, 2019

Mrs. Viola Hall, age 95 of Alleman, Iowa, passed away in the afternoon on Wednesday, January 2, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Viola's wishes were to be cremated. No services are planned at this moment for the Hall family. Once decided, a full obituary and service details will be published.
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Tommy Ray Cook

April 6, 1927 - January 2, 2019

Mr. Tommy Ray Cook, age 91, passed away at his home in Huxley, Iowa with family at his side, on the morning of Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Tom's wishes were to be cremated. No services are planned at this moment for the Cook family. Once decided, a full obituary and service details will be published.
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James "Kenny" Oftedahl

July 8, 1920 - January 2, 2019

James (Kenny) Oftedahl, 98, of Ankeny passed away January 2, 2019. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held at 2:00 p.m. prior the service. Kenny was born July 8, 1920 in Hope, MN to Bertha and Sam Oftedahl. He served his country in the US Army from 1944 to 1947 while being...
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John Lowell Johnson

August 13, 1926 - January 1, 2019

John Lowell Johnson, age 92 of Ankeny, IA, died on Jan. 1, 2019 in company of wife Audrey, and children Gloria, Linda, David, Susan, and Elizabeth. Preceded in death by parents Victor and Ruth Johnson, and siblings Vivian, Robert, and Milton. Survived by wife Audrey, sisters Charlotte and June and his five children. Survived also by much loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John was born...
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Richard Ray Schneider

April 12, 1948 - December 31, 2018

Richard Ray Schneider, age 70 of Dubuque, passed away at his home in Dubuque on December 31, 2018. Arrangements are pending at this moment.
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Jeffery David Goldstein

May 4, 1959 - December 31, 2018

Dr. Jeffery Goldstein, age 59 of West Des Moines, passed away Monday night, December 31, 2018 at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. No services are planned at this moment for the Goldstein family. Cremation rights have been accorded. A full obituary will be posted when provided.
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James Harold Waters

February 24, 1940 - December 30, 2018

James Harold Waters, 78, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away on December 30th, 2018 peacefully surrounded by his family. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., January 5, 2019 at Ankeny Memorial Gardens (4208 North Ankeny Blvd) with graveside service to follow. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., prior to the service. Pastor Owen Cayton of Ankeny Christian Church will be...
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Bennie Roskowski

April 23, 1920 - December 30, 2018

Bennie Roskowski, age 98 of Madrid, Iowa formally of Gary, Indiana, passed away on December 30, 2018 at Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny, Iowa. Cremation rights have been accorded, and services are going to be held at a later date back in Indiana. A full obituary will be uploaded when constructed. Memorials may be mailed to Memorial Services of Iowa P.O. Box 909 Ankeny, IA 50021
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Dorothy Ann Donaghy

November 11, 1934 - December 26, 2018

Dorothy Ann (Hannam) Donaghy, 84, of Ankeny passed away December 26, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church. A visitation will be held 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., prior to the Mass. Dorothy was born November 11, 1934 at her parents' farm in Melrose, Iowa, to Mortimer and Margaret (Peg) Hannam. Dorothy attended...
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Sarah Carter Rapp

March 8, 1951 - December 24, 2018

Sarah Carter Rapp, 67, passed away peacefully the morning of December 24, 2018. Visitation will be 4 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 6th at the Ankeny First United Methodist Church, 206 SW Walnut Street, Ankeny. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 7th also at the church, with a lunch to follow. Friends and family will have the opportunity to share stories of love and...
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Barry Vincent Fisher

December 29, 1951 - December 7, 2018

Barry Vincent Fisher, 66, was born on December 29, 1951 and passed away December 7, 2018. He was born in Maryville, MO and moved to Des Moines, Iowa where he grew up and graduated from North High school in 1971. He served with the US Navy during Vietnam. He worked as the detail manager for Toyota of Des Moines for over 15 years. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed bowling and watching NASCAR...
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Judith Kay Lindner

May 12, 1942 - December 4, 2018

Judy Kay Lindner passed away December 4, 2018. A funeral mass will be held Monday, December 10, 2018 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 510 East 1st St., Ankeny, Iowa. Judy was born May 12, 1942 to Archie and Hazel(Strain) Lunbom. She attended school in Watertown, S.D. and graduated from Watertown High School with the 1960 graduating class. She then attended the School of...
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Tanie J. Smith

August 12, 1970 - December 3, 2018

Tanie J. Smith, 48, of Ankeny passed away December 3, 2018. She courageously battled cervical cancer for 3 years with support from her family and friends. Her favorite quote was "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have" A visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6th at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd,...
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Nona Jeanne Smith

November 21, 1933 - December 2, 2018

Nona Jeanne Smith, age 85 of Des Moines, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018. No services are planned at this moment. Her wishes were to have her body donated for medical science to the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. Memorials may be mailed to Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home P.O. Box 909 Ankeny, IA 50021
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Christopher J. Skelton

April 22, 1978 - November 28, 2018

Christopher J. Skelton, 40 lost his battle with alcoholism on November 28, 2018. Visitation & celebration of life will be held at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny from 4-7 pm on Thursday, December 6, services will be at 11am, Friday, December 7 with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Ankeny Memorial Gardens Cemetery. He was born on April 22, 1978 in...
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Damian Lee Somsanith

November 26, 2018 - November 26, 2018

Damian Lee Somsanith, loving infant, was born & entered into rest on November 26, 2018. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd), with Christopher Kayser officiating. A interment will be held following the funeral at Ankeny Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
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J. Marvin Rankin

June 16, 1928 - November 23, 2018

J. Marvin Rankin passed away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Friday, November 23, 2018, surrounded by his children. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Lutheran Church of Hope in Ankeny. A visitation will be held 9:30 to 12:00p.m., with a Masonic Rights service will be held at 11:30 on Thursday, November 29th prior to the service. Marv was born June 16,...
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Phyllis Eileen Byrnes

February 3, 1935 - November 15, 2018

Phyllis Eileen Byrnes passed peacefully from this earth to be with our Lord on November 15, 2018. She was surrounded by family. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Assumption Catholic Church (1906 Sycamore, Granger, IA). A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., with Rosary at 7:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19th, also at the church. Phyllis was born to...
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Robert Francis Scanlan

October 16, 1928 - November 13, 2018

Robert Francis Scanlan 90, died November 13, 2018. A funeral will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 19th at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church (510 East 1st St., Ankeny, IA 50021). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Robert was born October 16, 1928 in the Valley Junction area of West Des Moines: the son of John Justin Scanlan and Pauline McDermott Scanlan. He...
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Julie Ann Jacobson

July 1, 1973 - November 5, 2018

Julie Ann Jacobson, 47 of Ellsworth, IA, passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018 in the comfort at her home. Cremation rights have been instructed. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date with the family. Memorials may be mailed to Memorial Services of Iowa P.O. Box 909 Ankeny, IA 50021
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Joyce Ann "J.C." Pennington

October 4, 1943 - November 4, 2018

Joyce Ann "JC" Pennington October 4, 1943 – November 4, 2018 JC won her courageous battle with cancer and ran straight into the arms of Jesus on November 4, 2018 at the age of 75. She was surrounded by family, as she always loved to be. A Celebration of Life service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 16th at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, IA. A visitation will...
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Carol Jean Hanisch

December 4, 1934 - November 1, 2018

Carol Jean Hanisch, 83 of Ankeny, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at her home with her family at her side. Cremation rights have been instructed and a gravesite service will be held at a later date at Ankeny Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorials may be mailed to Memorial Services of Iowa P.O. Box 909 Ankeny, IA 50021
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Maria Imelda Gutierrez

June 2, 1950 - November 1, 2018

Maria Imelda Gutierrez, 68 of Ames, passed away at her home with her loving family. Maria was a devoted mother and grandmother. Maria grew alongside her brother Guadalupe Calderon in Montemorelos, NL and eventually moved to Weslaco, TX during her adolescent years. Later in life, Maria moved to Ames, Iowa where all her seven children resided. Maria was a homemaker and a woman of many talents. She...
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Donald Clifford Romig

May 21, 1936 - October 31, 2018

Donald C. Romig, 82, of Sioux City passed away October 31, 2018 at Iowa Methodist Hospital, surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday November 3, 2018 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Don was born May 21, 1936, the son of Cliff and Cloyd Romig. He married Inez Souza and...
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Georgia Donna Lincoln

January 1, 1944 - October 25, 2018

Georgia Donna Lincoln, 74, of Des Moines passed away October 25, 2018. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Northridge Baptist Church, 3700 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50313. Georgia was born January 1, 1944 in Des Moines, Iowa. She attended North High School. She met Edward Lincoln, and the couple was married November 13, 1961. They had one child,...
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Mark Steven Hughes

July 13, 1955 - October 25, 2018

Mark Steven Hughes, 63 of Ankeny, died at his home in Ankeny, IA. Services are going to be held at a later date at Ankeny Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorials and condolences may be mailed to Memorial Services of Iowa P.O. Box 909 Ankeny, IA 50021
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Charles Edward Morgan

October 2, 1930 - October 19, 2018

On October 19, 2018 Charles Edward Morgan, 88, entered the kingdom of God peacefully at Kavanagh House on 56th Street in Des Moines. Charles fought in the Korean War. He was a community leader who was actively involved in improving South Des Moines. Charles was a member of the Des Moines Fire Department for over 40 years. This kind and loving man spent his life caring for others. He loved cooking...
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Doris Feaster

October 26, 1929 - October 18, 2018

Doris Feaster, 88, passed away following a brief illness Thursday, October 18, 2018. Visitation will be 5 -7 pm, Monday, October 22nd at Ankeny Memorial, 4208 North Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA. A funeral service will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, October 23rd at Ankeny First United Methodist Church, 206 SW Walnut, Ankeny, IA. She was born October 26, 1929 in Philadelphia, MO. She married Lynn...
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Dale Norman Sloan

August 1, 1931 - October 18, 2018

Dale Norman Sloan, 87, of Nevada, IA, died Thursday, October 18th, at home surrounded by his family. Visitation: 1:00pm to 3:00pm Sunday, Nov 11th and Memorial Service: 10:00 a.m. Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 1st United Methodist Church in Nevada, IA. Dale was born August 1st, 1931 in Champaign, IL, the son of Jess and Fairy (Schwartz) Sloan. Dale was raised in the Fernwood area of Chicago. He...
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Sue Anne Luedtke

June 11, 1957 - October 16, 2018

Sue Anne Luedtke, 61, of Ankeny passed away October 16, 2018. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Sue was born June 11, 1957 in Fargo, North Dakota. She earned a bachelor's degree at North Dakota State University, where she met the love of her life, Roy Luedtke....
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Jerry Duke Lee

October 11, 1937 - October 13, 2018

Jerry Duke Lee, 81, of Ankeny, Iowa, died at home on Friday, October 12, 2018. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 30, 2018 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home. He was born October 11, 1937 in Durham, North Carolina, to Wilbert and Miriam (Moore) Lee. Jerry grew up riding horses bareback, working in the tobacco fields, and "pickin' and singin'" on his guitar. He...
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Raymond Floyd Ameigh

July 5, 1972 - October 13, 2018

Raymond Floyd Ameigh, 46 of Des Moines, Iowa. Raymond was born on July 5, 1972 in New York. Ray earned his wings on October 13, 2018. Ray loved spending time with his family and friends, helping others, working around his garage, and riding his Harley, Ray is survived by his wife Kathy of 30 years, two children Jason and Missy; 5 grandchildren; his parents Jerry and Clara; two brothers Marty and...
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Marie Therese Pitts

October 7, 1926 - October 13, 2018

Marie Therese Pitts, 92, of Ankeny passed away October 13, 2018. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Marie was born in Freistroff, France Oct. 7, 1926. During the war, she worked on an American Army base where she met and LeRoy...
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Scott Van Der Heyden

April 23, 1963 - October 7, 2018

Scott Van Der Heyden, 55 of Ankeny, passed away at his home on October 7, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 SW Walnut), with burial to follow at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, October 12, also at the church. He is survived by his wife Michele Van Der Heyden; his two...
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Arthur "Art" Herman

August 7, 1936 - October 6, 2018

Arthur "Art" Herman, 82, of Ankeny passed away October 6, 2018. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. He was self-employed, purchasing, repairing, and selling used equipment. Art is survived by his wife Shirley; 2 sons, Frank and Donny Herman; 3...
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Rodney Alan Boyle

February 18, 1955 - September 28, 2018

Rodney Alan Boyle, 63, of Ankeny died September 28, 2018, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 2, at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny with burial following at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., with Rosary at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, October 1 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 North...
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Kyle Wayne Harlan

November 29, 2001 - September 23, 2018

Kyle Wayne Harlan, 16, of Ankeny passed away at his home September 23, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. A visitation will be Friday, September 28, 2018 from 6-8 pm at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Funeral services will be 10:30 am., Saturday, Sept. 29th, also at the funeral home. Kyle was born in Hampton, VA on November 29, 2001. Kyle then moved to Iowa in...
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Mary Elizabeth Gillette

June 6, 1930 - September 20, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Gillette (Blacktopp), 88 of Ames, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 AM, Saturday, October 13 at St Paul Lutheran Church (610 15th Street, Ames). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Mary was born in Duluth, MN., June 6, 1930, to George & Louise Blacktopp. She grew up in Westby, WI., and graduated from Two Harbors,...
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Jennifer Louise Duede

March 8, 1950 - September 18, 2018

Jennifer L. Duede, 68 of Ankeny, passed away on Sep. 18, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA. A visitation will be held at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd.) on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 2:00. Jennifer grew up in Guthrie Center through her high school years. Her work career started as a beautician for...
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Vicki Best

September 15, 2018

Vicki Best, 59, of Ankeny, passed away September 15, 2018 under the care of the nurses at the Kavanagh House ending a 4 year battle with cancer. A visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p. m., Thursday, September 20 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home, 4208 N Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, Iowa. Vicki Lea Scudder was born on December 27, 1958 to Lee and Kay Scudder. She grew up in Pearl City, IL...
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Ruth L. Burrows

October 15, 1925 - September 6, 2018

Ruth Burrows of Ankeny died Sept. 6, 2018 at Ramsey Village after a valiant fight against old age. Ruth was born Oct. 15, 1925 on the family farm outside Glen Haven, WI. She was the youngest of six children born to Matt and Anna (Ackermann) Vogt. Her father died when she was six. Raised during the depression, life was hard, but she had many great stories of "making due" with what they had. ...
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Medha K Johnson

March 14, 1939 - September 2, 2018

Medha Petzenhauser Johnson was born on March 14, 1939 in Auburn Iowa. She was passionate about music, travel and collecting interesting rocks and semi precious stones. She is survived by her husband of 59 years James Johnson, a daughter, Medha Johnson, a son Shane Johnson and his wife Melanie along with four grandchildren, Rachel Johnson, Devin Johnson, Lydia Johnson and Zachary Johnson and...
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Vyrlee "Lee" Ahlberg

December 11, 1933 - September 1, 2018

Vyrlee (Lee) Faye Ahlberg (Crawford), 84, passed away on September 1, 2018 at Journey Senior Living Center of complications of Alzheimer's disease. A graveside service honoring her life will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Ankeny Memorial Gardens, 4208 North Ankeny Boulevard in Ankeny. A reception will follow the service. Lee Ahlberg was born on December 11, 1933 on a...
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Guido Sanger, Sr.

June 4, 1929 - September 1, 2018

Guido Sanger Sr., 89, of Carney passed away September 1, 2018. A funeral will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 6th at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (517 SW Des Moines St., Ankeny). A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Wed., Sept. 5th at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Guido was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Carney, Iowa. He served with the United...
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Gary Lee Cloud

December 8, 1942 - August 31, 2018

Gary Lee Cloud, 75, died August 31, 1018 at Bethany Manor in Story City. A Memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday September 5th at Ankeny Presbyterian Church, 317 SE Trilein Drive, Ankeny, Iowa. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 4th from 5 – 7 p.m., also at the church. Gary was born December 8, 1942 in Dayton, Iowa to Harold and Mildred Cloud. He graduated in 1961...
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Elaine Mildred Wiese

May 31, 1941 - August 29, 2018

Elaine Mildred Wiese, 77, formerly of Ankeny put her trust in the Lord Aug. 29th and due to complications from surgery, she went to be with God her Savior, and Family. A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 24, at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Chapel (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25th, also at the funeral home. Elaine was born...
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Fumiyo "Marian" Reis

July 27, 1925 - August 28, 2018

Fumiyo "Marian" Reis passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at the age of 93. Fumiyo was born on July 27, 1925 in Heito, Taiwan (then known as Formosa, under Japanese rule), to Yoshio and Ine Morita. She enjoyed a happy childhood on the island, taking after her mother in her love of flowers and pets. After the passing of her parents, she lived with her aunt and uncle. Later, after the start...
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David "Dave" Snodgrass

June 6, 1937 - August 23, 2018

David "Dave" Warren Snodgrass, 81 of Des Moines, passed away at his home with family by his side. Services are pending at this moment for the family. Dave was survived by his son Mark Warywoda; grandson Richard Smithart; great grandchildren Anastasia and Ryder Smithart. Dave was a longtime employee of IMT insurance in Des Moines for many years. He was dearly loved by his close friends and family.
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Marjorie Ann "Margi" Clark

June 26, 1950 - August 15, 2018

Marjorie Ann (Monke) Clark, 68, of Ankeny, Iowa, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, after her battle with ALS. Margi was born June 26, 1950 in Ogden, Utah to Earl and Dona Monke, joining her older brother, Bob Monke. She grew up living in California, Oregon, Montana, and Wisconsin. She graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School in 1968. Following graduation, she...
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Carole Catherine Holmes

June 9, 1938 - August 11, 2018

Carole Holmes, age 80, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away Saturday evening August 11, 2018 at Kavanagh House in Des Moines, Iowa. No services are planned at this time for the Holmes family.
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Dean Laverne Heggen

April 6, 1925 - August 10, 2018

Dean Laverne Heggen, 93, passed away in Des Moines on August 10, 2018. Dean was born in Alleman, Iowa to Henry and Nora Heggen. He graduated from Alleman High School and attended AIB in Des Moines. He retired from the Iowa Department of Transportation. Survivors include his loving wife of 71 years, Sylvia; two sons, Joseph D. (Maureen) Heggen of Pleasant Hill and John (Sandra) Heggen of...
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Doneta Arlene McVey

November 30, 1950 - August 9, 2018

Doneta Arlene McVey 67 of Des Moines Doneta passed away in her sleep early in the morning Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Granger Nursing Home in Granger, Iowa, after a long struggle due to an undiagnosed deteriorating condition. Doneta was born November 30th, 1950 alongside her twin brother. In her adult life she spent many years working in hospitality for many hotels in the Des Moines area....
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Orval Earl Spence, Jr.

December 15, 1944 - August 7, 2018

Orval Earl Spence Jr., Ankeny, Iowa, age 73, departed his earthly life on August 7, 2018 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends during his journey home. Visitation will be held from 5-7PM on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home, 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd. Funeral services will...
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Larry Joe Fruhling

January 3, 1941 - August 6, 2018

Larry Fruhling, 77, retired Des Moines Register storyteller, dies of Lou Gehrig's disease Monday, August 6, 2018 at his Ankeny home. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Services of Iowa in Ankeny. Visitation will precede the service at 5 p.m. Larry worked 28 years for the Register and its former sister newspaper, the Des Moines Tribune, before retiring in 1997. He...
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Max Gene Welshhons

August 3, 1930 - August 6, 2018

Max Gene Welshhons, age 88, of Ankeny, IA died peacefully on Monday, August 6, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove in Des Moines. Burial will be private at Hartford Cemetery in Hartford, Iowa. Max was born August 3, 1930, in Beech, IA. He grew up on the family farm where he developed the lifelong...
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H. R. "Dick" Luke

January 24, 1935 - August 3, 2018

"Dick" Luke, 83, of Ankeny, passed away at home on Friday, August 3rd, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 5p.m., Wednesday August 8, 2018 at Saylorville Church (6429 NW 6th Dr, Des Moines), where Dick and Carol have been long-time members. A visitation will be held from 7-9pm following the memorial service. Dick donated his body to Des Moines University for research. Cremation and...
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Jeanette Grace Olofson

March 16, 1921 - August 3, 2018

Jeanette "Jan" Grace Olofson was born in Marathon, Iowa on March 16, 1921, daughter of Franz Oscar and Ida (Lindgren) Danielson. She passed away Friday, August 3, 2018 at the age of 97. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Ankeny Presbyterian Church (317 SE Trilein Dr.). A visitation will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, at Memorial...
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Melvin Eugene Flanders

April 2, 1945 - August 1, 2018

Melvin E. Flanders, 73, of Ankeny (formerly Polk City) passed away August 1, 2018 due to complications of Congestive Heart Failure and several system complications of "Agent Orange" A visitation will be held 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 4, 2018, with a memorial service at 1:00 p.m., at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 n Ankeny Blvd) He was born April 2,...
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Judy Elizabeth Davis

September 6, 1945 - July 29, 2018

Judy Davis, age 72, of Altoona, passed away on Sunday morning, July 29, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Judy was survived by her husband Donald D. Davis of Altoona; an her son Mark Davis of Ankeny. Services are pending at this time for the Davis family.
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Felix Mandujano

September 3, 1949 - July 22, 2018

Felix Mandujano, 68, of Des Moines, Iowa passed away at his home in Des Moines. Arrangements are pending at this time.
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Howard Charles Ruder Jensen

August 10, 1931 - July 20, 2018

Howard Jensen, 86 of Des Moines, passed away at Trinity Center at Luther Park on the morning of July 20, 2018. A memorial gravesite service will be held at a later date at Hughes Cemetery in Jackson County, MN.
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