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W. Kenneth “Ken” Henss

Posted May 07, 2013 in Obituaries, West Des Moines

July 18, 1929 – May 6, 2013

Ken Henss

Ken Henss

W. Kenneth Henss, 83, passed away from heart failure on Monday, May 6, 2013, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Per his wishes Ken’s body was donated to Des Moines University. Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 10, at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel.

Ken was born on a farm southwest of Wayland, Iowa to Lester and Roma Henss. He attended both elementary and high school in Wayland. Ken attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Ken was a small business manager, serving two for-profit businesses and two non-profit organizations. While in the Peace Corps he served as a business consultant for small businesses in Micronesia. Ken enjoyed square dancing as a member of the Merry Mixers.

In June, 1956 Ken married Shirley Irene Lundy and with her raised three wonderful children, who are Lynne Miller (Bob) of Osage Beach, MO, Jacki Bogolia (Michael) of Elmhurst, IL, and Tom (Mary) of Urbandale, IA. He has six grandsons, Scot, Christopher, Matthew, Joshua, Bryan, Jacob, one granddaughter, Megan, two great grandsons, Kaden and Kameron, one great granddaughter Kenna (8/28/2010 – 1/11/2011) and his sister Elizabeth “Betty” McNeeley. Shirley died in 1976.

In 1995 Ken married Mary Lou Langlinais and with her acquired two stepsons, Curtis and Kevin (Michelle) Langlinais and one grandson Nate. Ken and Mary Lou have lived very happily in West Des Moines.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday at Westover Chapel. Memorial contributions may be sent to Bidwell Riverside Center, 1203 Hartford Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315. Online condolences will be welcomed at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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