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Allen Lawson

Posted September 09, 2013 in Obituaries, West Des Moines

July 27, 1952 – September 7, 2013

Al Lawson

Al Lawson

Al Lawson, 61, died Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Iles-Westover Chapel with burial to follow at Masonic Cemetery.

Al was born July 27, 1952, in Centerville, Iowa to Hollis and Marie Lawson. He attended school at Callahan Junior High and Tech High School in Des Moines. Al then enlisted in the US Army where he served in Germany. He attended the American Institute of Technology and upon graduation Al was employed by Copy Systems Inc. He was later reunited with Phyllis “Martha his first lady” Kimrey. Al later became self-employed selling nuts, hence the “Nut Man”. He had a love for trains and was always tinkering with something to do with electronics which earned him the nickname “McAlver”.

Al is survived by his wife Phyllis, his son Casper Lawson of Avalon, PA, sister, Sue (Lori Pointer) Whitlatch of Des Moines, step children, John (Julie) Kimrey of Indianola and Jeffrey (Jody) Kimrey of Johnston; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Diane Lawson and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father Mr. True Boyer, and his brothers Gene, Bill, Larry and Gerry Lawson.

The family will receive friends at Westover Chapel from 5 – 7 pm Tuesday, September 10. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Iowa Railroad Club, located at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 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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