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David Dean Nolan

Posted June 24, 2013 in Ankeny, Boone, Des Moines West, Obituaries, West Des Moines

September 12, 1953 – June 22, 2013

David Nolan

David Nolan

David Nolan, 59, died on June 22, 2013. A memorial gathering will be held from 6-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. time of sharing on Thursday, June 27, at Iles Funeral Homes-Dunn’s Chapel, 2121 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 28, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, north of Woodward, Iowa.

David was born on September 12, 1953, in Boone, Iowa to R. Dean and Virgina (Nelson) Nolan. He graduated from Boone High School and attended DMACC in Ankeny and Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, graduating with a degree in floral design.

David worked for Valley West Florist in Des Moines. He also was self-employed as a florist working with the Ritz Carlton in Tuscon, AZ, decorating celebrity homes, including Paul Harvey. He later worked as a florist for Avante Gardens in CA and for 12 years as a Cruise Ship Florist. He was a long-time, dedicated member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD).

David will be missed by his father, R. Dean Nolan (Mary); sisters, Connie Orth (Mark); step-sisters, Debi Armstrong (Ron), Judi Bendt (Don) and Donna Heaivilin; best friend, Donald Jones, and many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Nelson; step-brother, Carroll Heaivilin; uncle, Charley Nolan, and aunt, Pauline Marie Burham.

Memorial contributions may be made to John Stoddard Cancer Center, 1221 Pleasant St. Des Moines, IA 50309 or the family. Online condolences may be sent to


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Dunn’s Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

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