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Lester E. “Les” Calvert

Posted August 28, 2014 in Obituaries, West Des Moines

August 30, 1920 – August 17, 2014

Les Calvert

Les Calvert

Lester E. “Les” Calvert was born August 30, 1920 in Bayard, Iowa. He went to be with his heavenly Father on August 17, 2014 after a life well lived. Les proudly served in the Army and Army Reserves which carried him to service both in World War II and the Korean War. During this time, he met the love of his life, Ruth Darlene Bower. They married on September 28, 1941. Through his life, Les led many great adventures including starting a Dixie Cream doughnuts franchise in Fort Dodge, IA, proudly serving in our armed forces, and as a prominent corner of Des Moines real estate. He served a total of 21 years on the Des Moines Plan and Zoning Commission, and for 40 years as an independent appraiser for the City of Des Moines. Les was President of the Des Moines Association in 1959, of the Iowa Association 1965 and regional vice president for the National Association in 1976. He was named Realtor of the Year of the Des Moines Association in 1966 and 1978 and of the State Association in 1967. Les was chairman of the State Association’s Legislative Committee for a number of years and a member of the former Realtors Washington Legislative Committee. He was a member of the Iowa Real Estate Commission from 1969 to 1977. Les was instrumental in establishing continuing educational requirements for all real estate licensees. He proudly supported the local Kiwanis and Special Olympics. Les loved golf, of course at “Mother” Waveland! He enjoyed writing letters to the editor and was often surprised when they were published!

He is survived by his sons, James (Carol) and Jeffrey (Heather); three grandchildren, Robert Carico, Dr. Lindsey Calvert-Downey, and Cherry Calvert; and four great-grandchildren. Les was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; parents; and two brothers, Max and Leo. He will be greatly missed, especially by his golf friends who used to win all their bets with him!

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, at Immanuel United Methodist Church, followed by Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 22, at the church, with burial at Resthaven Cemetery, in West Des Moines.

A special thanks to the staff at Calvin Community and Hospice of Central Iowa. Any contributions may be made to Immanuel United Methodist Church, Hospice of Central Iowa or Special Olympics Iowa.

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

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