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Dennis Shay

Posted February 24, 2014 in Obituaries, Windsor Heights

July 3, 1923 – February 20, 2014

Dennis Shay

Dennis Shay

Dennis R. Shay, DDS, 90, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Bickford Cottage in Urbandale.

Dr. Shay was born in Maloy, Iowa to Dennis and Monica (O’Connor) Shay. He was a graduate of Maloy High School and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He married Janet M. Glasscock on November 11, 1947 in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Shay was a Korean Navy War veteran, retiring with the rank of Commander in 1983.

For 41 years, Dr. Shay served the community with his dental office in Windsor Heights, retiring in 1988. He was active in the American and Iowa Dental Associations, Retired Naval Officers Association, Gyro Club of Des Moines, St. Theresa Catholic Church, Hyperion Field Club and the University of Iowa Alumni Club. He was an avid golfer and supporter of the University of Iowa athletics.

Survivors include his children: Susan Shay of Des Moines, Sandra (Steve) Todd of Sturgis, MI, Kevin (Kris) Shay of Urbandale; grandchildren: Adam Todd of Columbia, MD, Emily (Thomas) Harding of Waukee, Julia Shay of Van Meter; great-grandchildren: Cody Harding and Avery Harding of Waukee. He was preceded in death by his wife Janet in 1994.

A memorial mass will be 10:00 am on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at St. Theresa Catholic Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Private family inurnment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorial contributions are being made to St. Theresa Catholic Church. On line condolences are welcome at


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

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