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Steven ‘Steve’ Riedemann

Steven “Steve” Riedemann, 63, died Sept. 20, 2023. He was born on Dec. 14, 1959, to Elwood and Charlene (Schoning) Riedemann in Storm Lake. He graduated from Iowa Central Community College. In 2019, he joined the Kettleson RV family.
Steve was a devoted man with a heart of gold and a dry sense of humor that could light up a room. His dry wit and quick laughter will be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him. But it was his unwavering love and commitment to his family that truly defined him. For nearly 42 years, he and his beloved wife shared a bond that grew stronger with each passing day.
Steve enjoyed fishing, camping and fixing anything that came his way. Steve’s collection of Hawaiian shirts and sarcastic T-shirts were a testament to his personality and his knack for bringing color to the world around him. His fascination with motors was a lifelong affair. He enjoyed pit crewing for the SR22.
He is survived by his wife, Sue; children, Garrett (Heather) Riedemann and Hannah (Jeff Jr.) Byers; dog and companion, Rex; grandchildren, Tierney, Emerson, Malachi Riedemann and Michaela and JT (Jeff III) Byers; sisters Carolyn (Bob) Adcock and Sandra (Ed) McNamara; father-in-law Earl Sande, brother-in-law David (Nanci) Sande, sister-in-law Kathy (Mark) Beaman; several nieces and nephews and numerous friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to be designated at a later date.
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Terry L. Davis

Terry L. Davis, 76, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, due to surgery complications. The family will hold a celebration of life from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Agora Events Center, 7692 Hickman Road, Des Moines.
Terry was born July 8, 1947, in Des Moines. She went to Waukee High School and had a long-time career at the Iowa DOT. Terry enjoyed gardening, cooking and cleaning, and provided a welcoming home that many were able to call their own during their hard times.
Terry and Robert were married on Sept. 26, 1965. They had three children and resided in Ankeny. Terry cherished the time spent with her family, enjoyed having a margarita, dancing, and was known for her spirited conversations. Terry and her husband, Robert, spent hours enjoying the casino and racetrack during their 55 years of marriage.
Besides her two children, Robert Davis III (Tina) and Tina Deer (Darin), she is survived by nine grandchildren, Timothy Duquette (Doris), Chassidy Butler (Nick), Stephanie Davis, Jeff Hanke, Jr., Michael Weber (Jade), Chantell Markert (Kyle), Robert Davis IV, Kaylee Davis; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Bill McCuen, Jim McCuen (Barb) and Dan Davis; and sisters, Edna Klein (Rich), Susan Lambert, Suzane Richardson and Nina Anderson (Don) and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Davis Jr.; daughter, Michele Davis; brothers, John McCuen and Merle McCuen (Val); brother-in-law, Jerry Davis; and close friend and sister-in-law, Brenda McCuen.
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Harold Ray Bergman

Harold Ray Bergman died on Sept. 3, 2023, at Edencrest of Green Meadows in Johnston. His funeral was Saturday, Sept. 9, at The Bridge in Johnston. Interment was Monday, Sept. 11, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg.
Harold was born on Sept. 25, 1924, on a farm home near Stout. He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1942. He was deferred during World War II to farm with his father and three uncles and was eventually drafted in 1945. As an occupation troop in the Army Ordnance Corps, he reached the rank of staff sergeant, serving a total of two years in France, Germany and Austria. In 2009, he was on an Honor Flight with fellow veterans to Washington, D.C.
In 1946, he resumed his education at the University of Iowa and finished in August of 1950 with a degree in mathematics and a teaching certification. On Aug. 21, 1950, he married Frances Jean Kalkwarf, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Mulder) Kalkwarf, in Parkersburg. He taught for a brief time then became a field manager for the Iowa Farm Bureau, for which he worked for 37.5 years in numerous locations. He retired in 1989, and the couple moved to Des Moines.
An avid cyclist throughout his life, he competed in the Senior Games Time Trial in 2004. He was a member of Reformed Churches of America, served as an elder, was on several committees and sang in the church choir. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Audubon Lions Club. During his retirement years, he was a volunteer tutor and a member and president of the Golden K. Kiwanis Chapter in 2000-2001.
He and Frances were the parents of three sons: Michael and Ellen (Brandt) Bergman, Timothy and Kenna (Taylor) Bergman and Philip and Donna (Der) Bergman. He has four grandsons: Alex and Brandt (Michelle Kuei) and Brett and Kenny. Harold also claims foreign exchange students Bassam Mourad of Brazil and Anne (Moitry) Vacant of France as their American Field Service children. Harold is survived by siblings Marlyn, Mid, Mary Ann (Larry) Jansen, and Jim (Jan). He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; a sister who died in infancy; brother, Bob; brothers-in-law John Bode, John DeGroot, Johnny Kalkwarf and Harold Kalkwarf; and sisters-in-law Bonnie Bergman, Eunice Kalkwarf and Dorothy Kalkwarf.

Kristina Lynn (Selander) Galle

Kristina Lynn (Selander) Galle died at her home in Johnston surrounded by her family on Aug. 27, 2023, from an inoperable brain stem tumor that ravaged her body but not her mind. Kristina was born in Des Moines on April 20, 1979, to Thomas Selander and Linda Krypel.
Friends and family described her as quiet, a bit shy, creative, smart, funny and very kind. She always seemed to have a beautiful smile for everyone. However, her shy, quiet personality disappeared when she was around her best friends who loved divulging stories of her antics in college and beyond.
As a child, she won several city-wide awards for her art and an invention. Kristina graduated from Hoover High School and studied graphic communications at the University of Northern Iowa. After graduating UNI, jobs in the art world were difficult to find, and Kristina had become interested in a pharmacy career. She then attended Drake University, College of Pharmacy. She graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2008 and worked as a pharmacist at Walgreens near Drake until her illness.
She met and fell deeply in love with Jason Galle. They were married on Dec. 30, 2006. Kristina accepted Jason’s young son, Jordan, as her own and was blessed to give birth to Ian in 2013. Kristina adored being a mom, and Jason, Jordan and Ian became the loving center of her world. She turned her artistic abilities toward photography and crafting and especially enjoyed gardening.
Kristina was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Leonard Krypel and Irene and Chris Xigogianis; her paternal grandfather, Donald Selander; and her stepfather, Lon Larson. Her much-loved Pomeranian, Rhino, also recently preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Jason Galle; her son, Ian Galle; stepson, Jordan Galle; mother, Linda Krypel; father, Thomas Selander; stepmother, Becky Selander; brother, Eric Selander; stepbrothers, Chris and Brett Larson; grandmother, Dorothy Selander; mother-in-law, Sandy Galle; best friends, Cindy Gronert Palmer, Kari Berven and Megan Camarata; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Unitarian Church or Grace Lutheran Church, both in Des Moines.
Visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 8 from be 5-8 p.m. at Iles Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman Road in Des Moines. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 5201 Urbandale Ave. in Des Moines. Online condolences may be expressed at Arrangements are by Iles Westover Chapel.

Patricia A. Spoerry

Patricia A. Spoerry, 87, of Adel, died Aug. 25, 2023, at Adel Acres Nursing Home.
Pat was born on April 29, 1936, in Arnett, Oklahoma, to Charles and Nellie (Harmon) Bowles and moved to Adel in 1947. She was first married to Ennis Stevens and had four children: Joyce, Donna, David and Deborah. The two later divorced and Pat married Morris Spoerry and had one daughter, Naomi. Pat spent most of her working years helping people with mental illnesses.
In her free time, Pat enjoyed coloring and watching birds. She loved animals and her cats. She always had a sense of humor and knew how to play a good prank on family members. She was the matriarch of the family and whatever she said went. She never missed out on the recent gossip and loved her family visits over the years. Pat will be missed greatly by her family and friends.
Pat is survived by her children, David (Vicki) Stevens, Deborah (George) Anderson and Naomi (Dan) Ebner; sisters, Louise Mague, Fern Stucker and Rita (Jim) Windust; brother, Andy (Bonnie) Bowles; grandchildren, Daniel (Rebecca) Slater, Erica (Russell) Hall, Stephanie Slater, Jeannene (Jeramy) Marean, Rebecca (Duy) Pham, Jessica Anderson, Matthew Anderson and Jeffrey Ebner; and great grandchildren, Connor Slater, Michael Slater, Carter Slater, Halie Marean, Morgan Marean, Max Wagner, Maddy Wagner, Daphne Pham, Joseph Anderson, Tasha Anderson, Skyler Anderson, Penelope Phillips, Delaney Ebner, Kaylee Ebner, Cameron Slater, and Bailey Hall.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Joyce Slater and Donna Wilson; and two siblings, Florence Stucker and Charles Bowles.
A memorial service was held Aug. 31 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Adel Chapel. Burial followed in the Oakdale Cemetery in Adel. Online condolences may be left for the family at Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Rosemary Kay Orput

Rosemary Kay Orput, 85, of Johnston, died Aug. 20, 2023, at Vintage Hills in Indianola. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Inurnment will be at Resthaven Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa or AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport. For updates, visit
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Mary Jo Quinn

Mary Jo Quinn died peacefully on Aug.13, 2023, at the Bishop Drumm Skilled Nursing Care Center. Mary Jo was born in Whittier, California, on May 25, 1954, to John and Harriet (Rawlings) Quinn. She graduated from Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, New Jersey, and attended DMACC. Mary Jo worked in the health care industry — from Woodward State Hospital to nursing centers, and in Columbus, Ohio, as a medical insurance coder. Mary Jo was a skilled crocheter and an avid reader. Mary Jo always seemed to remember details of childhood stories that everyone else forgot.
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents, John and Harriet Quinn. She is survived by her sisters, Kathleen “Kitty” Quinn, Pat (Jerry) Nosbish, Peg (Tim) Gutshall and Karen Quinn; brother John (Lesa) Quinn and many nieces and nephews. Additionally, she is survived by 11 great nieces and nephews.
Mary Jo’s wishes were to be cremated. Arrangements are being handled by Iles Funeral Homes. A celebration of Mary Jo’s life will be held by her family in the spring of 2024.
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Greg Tully

Greg Tully, 38, was born Aug. 16, 1984, in Des Moines to John and Connie Tully and was raised in Johnston. Greg died Aug. 11, 2023. During high school, Greg met the love of his life, Brandi Wylie. They made their home in Madrid, where they raised their two sons, Gage and Jaden. Greg and Brandi were married Feb. 9, 2008. Brandi died suddenly in 2021. He was devastated by the loss of his life-long soulmate.
Greg worked at Casey’s in Madrid for many years, Beaverdale Gutter, and most recently with his uncle Richie in Madrid doing home improvement projects. Greg enjoyed fishing, playing pool, bike rides, growing plants and creating gifts out of wood.
He is survived by his sons, Gage and Jaden; mother, Connie; sister, Anjy (Avis);  brother, Jay (Kim); half-brother Brad (Stephanie); father-in-law Chuck (Marla); brother-in-law, Chuck II (Melanie); along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Brandi; father, John; mother-in-law Deb; maternal grandparents, Roger and Sally Harrison; and paternal grandparents, Ernest and Francis Tully.
A celebration of life was held Saturday, Aug. 19, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home in Urbandale. Burial followed in the Hopkins Grove Cemetery near Madrid. Memorial contributions may be directed to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Online condolences may be left to the family at
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Janice Louise Houk

Janice Louise Houk, 84, Johnston, died on Aug. 15, 2023, after a brief illness. Janice was born on April 25, 1939, to Clara and Theodore Rydynski in South Bend, Indiana. She grew up in South Bend, graduating from St. Joseph High School in 1957.
Janice met George Houk at a dance and the two married in 1959. After a few relocations for work and military service, they settled in Urbandale to raise their three children. They enjoyed all of life’s adventures in their 63 years of marriage. Some of the things Jan was particularly fond of included conversations with friends, reading novels and traveling.
She was a member of St. Pius X church in Urbandale and volunteered in many ways at the church. In her late 40s she graduated from Iowa State University. She often held a part-time job and especially liked working at Sandy’s Plaza Florist.
Janice is survived by her husband, George; sons, David and Tim (Sara); daughter, Jenn Houk; grandchildren, Ben (Yancy) Houk, Zach (Anna) Houk, Kirsten (Kurt) Rutledge, Ashley (Eric) Burns, Lauren (Khalil) McMeans, Sam (Jess) Houk and Jack Houk; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Ann Barrell.
Visitation will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3663 66th St. in  Urbandale. A funeral mass will follow at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at Glendale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church. Online condolences may be left to the family at
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Kenneth L. Morrell

Kenneth L. Morrell, 88, son of William and Hazel (Foster) Morrell, was born Jan. 4, 1935, near Scranton. He died peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 8, on the land he farmed for almost 70 years.
In his early years, the family moved from rural Scranton to a farm near Linden. Kenneth graduated class president and valedictorian from Linden Community School. He married Flossie Jones on April 28, 1956, at the Shiloh Church. Kenneth farmed his entire life and enjoyed nothing more than hard work. Agriculture was not a job to him; it was a way of life.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 67 years, Flossie, of rural Adel; two sons, Steven and daughter-in-law Janice of rural Adel and Scott of Portland, Oregon; two grandsons, Ethan and Gavin; and a brother, Clyde Morrell. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters JoAnne Ruble and Dorothy White; and brothers Keith and Norman.
Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 14, at the Twigg Funeral Home, Panora. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Prairie Center.

Shirley Ann Petro

Shirley Ann Petro, 80, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, died peacefully on Aug. 8, 2023. She was born on Nov. 6, 1942, near Perry, to Harry Henry and Gladys Irene (Charlet) Sheets.
Growing up near Perry, Shirley attended a country school, where she developed a strong foundation for learning and a deep appreciation for the simple joys of life. On this journey, she met and married Frank Petro. Her family was her heart’s treasure, and she poured her love and energy into raising her children with care and kindness. She found joy in simple pleasures like crocheting, knitting and tending to her garden.
She is survived by her children, Cindy Phipps, Donald Petro, Connie Petro, Harold Petro and Mike Petro; grandchildren, Anthony Joynes, Joseph Joynes, Alisha Mullens and Justin Joynes; 17 great-grandchildren; siblings, Patricia Charlet, Dicky (Sheryl) Sheets and Ronnie (Darcy) Sheets; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth Petro; her parents; and siblings, Roy Hurd, Bobby Hurd, Jerry Sheets, Johnny Sheets, Jackie Sheets and Diana Zenor.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory in Adel. Interment was in Panther Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the family.
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Mary Jane Shedenhelm Gajewski

Mary Jane Shedenhelm Gajewski, 93, of Johnston, died Aug. 4, 2023. She was born on Nov. 26, 1929, in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her dad was a technical director in the Civil Aviation Administration (later the FAA), and so Mary grew up in East St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; Hempstead, New York; Houston, Texas; and Oklahoma City.
Mary met Leonard, a soldier buddy of an in-law who was on holiday leave on July 4, 1952. They married after going on only three dates on Jan. 24, 1953. This year they celebrated their 70th anniversary. Leonard was employed by IBM and his career took Mary and their five children to Oklahoma City; Rochester, Minnesota; Endicott, New York; and Wichita, Kansas.
Mary attended Oklahoma City University in the 1940s. She graduated from Wichita State University in 1991 at the age of 61, taking several courses along with her daughter, also Mary Jane, which certainly caused some confusion in class.
Mary’s faith was central to her life, and she found comfort in praying the Rosary daily for nearly 60 years.
Mary was the ultimate volunteer, active in Meals on Wheels, Hospice, United Way, Mercy Medical Center, and the Iowa Historical Society. She also transcribed books in Braille, assisted disabled students at Wichita State University, and worked in the office of her children’s grade school. In 2000 she received the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award.
Mary had many passions. She loved to travel and visited every state and many national parks on annual family camping trips, as well as 29 countries around the world. She was a Civil War enthusiast (her ancestor John Shedenhelm served in the 24th Iowa Volunteer Infantry) and an avid reader, always with a stack of books beside her chair. She also enjoyed creating beautiful pictures in needlepoint, counted cross-stitch, and crewel.
Mary is survived by her five children: Mark (Janet) Gajewski, Terri (Rocky) Valentine, Kathy (Robert) Parks, Patrick (Stacy) Gajewski, and Mary (Paul) Vial, as well as 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was Saturday, Aug. 12, at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to a volunteer organization of your choice since volunteering was such a passion of Mary’s. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
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Frank S. Severino, Sr.

Frank S. Severino, Sr. died on Saturday, July 29, 2023, peacefully at his home. A memorial mass was held Friday, Aug. 4, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale.
Frank S. Severino, Sr. was born June 26, 1941, in Des Moines to Charles and Gilda Severino. He attended St. Anthony’s Catholic Grade School, Dowling Catholic High School and graduated from Drake University. He was a captain in the United States Air Force stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. On June 20, 1964, Frank married Margaret Hagie. They lived in Urbandale for many years.
Frank held several positions throughout his work career including with the Health Policy Corporation of Iowa, but what he enjoyed the most were his years spent at the Iowa State Capitol as a multi-client lobbyist. Frank actively volunteered on several campaigns as a strategist. Frank served on the Urbandale Planning and Zoning Commission and the Dowling Catholic High School Board.
Frank enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s extracurricular activities, monthly gatherings with his childhood classmates at Noah’s Ark, and authentic Italian cooking. He had a generous heart and was devoted to praying the rosary daily and attending mass.
Frank is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margaret; children, all of Des Moines, Susan Fenton (Scotney), Frank, Jr., and Melissa Linder (Steve); grandchildren Ben Severino, Katie Severino, Sam Linder (Gabby), Will Linder, Sarah Linder and John Fenton; sisters, Rose Marie Schneider Hunter and Joy Lepere (Victor); brothers-in-law Ted West and John Hagie (Barb); and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gilda Severino; parents-in-law, Ray Hagie and June Hagie; sister-in-law Kathryn West; brothers-in-law Raymond Schneider and Fred Hunter.
Memorial donations may be directed to Dowling Catholic High School or Saint Pius X Catholic Church.
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Quentin ‘Tom’ Hart

Quentin “Tom” Hart, 73, died July 30, 2023. Tom was born Oct. 29, 1949, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Quentin and Mary Jane (Shaeffer) Hart. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970 where he did two tours in Vietnam with a rank of E5 sergeant. His main profession after leaving the army was a machinist where his work ethic, attention to detail and high standards served him well through his career. He enjoyed playing board games with his children and grandchildren and fixing things around the house and yard. Tom fought a courageous battle with cancer.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Faith Hart; daughters, Catherine Douglas and Mary Jane Mehre; son-in-law Wayne Mehre; grandchildren, Sydney Mehre, Jordyn Mehre and Darrell Douglas Jr.; and sister, Linda Greenawalt.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Quentin and Mary Jane Hart; sister, Bonnie Buell; and his son-in-law, Darrell Douglas.
Family will have a private graveside service at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel at a later date. Memorial contributions can be directed to the ARL and Wounded Warrior Projects. Condolences may be expressed at
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Dolores ‘Dee’ (Barker) Long

Dolores “Dee” (Barker) Long of Adel was born at home in Cooper on Dec. 11, 1931, to Lysle and Della (Remele) Barker. She died July 30, 2023, at Adel Acres Care Center in Adel surrounded by family and many who had cared for her in her last months.
Dee married Jack Long on Nov. 19, 1950, in Fremont. They had five children, DeAnn (Chuck) Bandy, Deb (Denny) Kolk, Jim (Tammie) Long, Jodi (Mike) Draisey and Jeff (Mona) Long; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She spent most of her married life at home raising her children and had some part-time jobs as her children got older. She enjoyed knitting, quilting and puzzle books. Saturday nights were for dances as she followed Jack to every dance that he played throughout the years. She and Jack enjoyed traveling and wintering in Arizona.
Dee is survived by all her children and grandchildren; her two sisters, Shirley Deitch and Kay (Jim) Schultz; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, parents-in-law, grandson-in-law and other extended family members.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Adel Chapel. Burial followed at the Otterman Cemetery in rural Adel. Memorials may be directed to the family for a future designation.
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Harold “Harry” J. Hinrichs

Harold “Harry” J. Hinrichs, 88, died July 8, 2023, at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines. Harry is survived by his wife, Starr (Scherf) Hinrichs; three children from his first marriage to Joan (Foster) Hinrichs, Renate Hinrichs (Todd Johnson), Erika Hinrichs-Biehle (Frederick Biehle) and Harold Hinrichs (Felicia Beanum Hinrichs); grandchildren, Lincoln, Zora and Calder; four step-sons; seven step-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Karen Hinrichs Ohnen (Virgil Ohnen); and niece, Susan Hinrichs (Alan Carroll).
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Herbert; and sister, Erna Hinrichs.
Harry earned his bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College, divinity degree from Wartburg Seminary, master’s in theology and doctor of ministry from Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Center, Massachusettes. He was a certified clinical pastoral educator and offered the second congregationally based training program in the country.
Harry dedicated his life to serving others first, as a Lutheran pastor in Chicago’s southside and later in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was during his time in Green Bay that his love for the Packers began to grow. Harry moved on to Minneapolis where he served for 13 years as director of Family Life and Aging for the American Lutheran Church. He then moved to Milwaukee to develop and direct Caring Community, Inc. He retired from a 14-year career with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. In 1997, Harry married Starr Scherf and lived in Johnston for more than 25 years.
Following his retirement, Harry’s caring and dedicated service in community continued with Golden K Kiwanis, as board advisor for the Storybook Project, as a volunteer at ChildServe, Johnston, and as a reading mentor at Findley Elementary.
Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 600 Sixth Ave. in Des Moines with burial in Flatville, Illinois. Memorials are suggested to ChildServe of Johnston, Wartburg College Scholarship Fund, or Golden K Kiwanis.

Dr. Deb Bishop

Dr. Deb Bishop, 65, died unexpectedly July 22, 2023, at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. She was born March 11, 1958, in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of David L. Sprunger and Frances E. Sprunger. Deb graduated from Fort Madison High School in 1976. At Iowa State University, she received her bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD in Industrial Engineering. Deb worked for more than 25 years as a professor at Drake University being a teacher and mentor. She was involved with many service organizations around the world including Rotary, where she was recently elected the president of Johnston Rotary for 2023-2024; Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and the Mandela Washington Fellowship; Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE); Delta Sigma Pi International Fraternity; faculty advisor for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at Drake; nearly 20 years of taking students to Uganda for life changing cultural exchange experiences; and supporting Drake and the Shining City Foundation in building a clinic in a rural village in Uganda. She was also actively involved in her church, Greater Life Community Church, and served on the Nazarene District Advisory Board. In January, Deb, with her son, Bryan, and his wife, Lesley, stepped foot on Antarctica to reach her seventh continent and 31st country.
Deb was predeceased by her father, David. She is survived by her son, Bryan Bishop, and his wife, Lesley; daughter, Dr. Lisa Bishop and her husband, Jeremy Schuck; her three grandchildren, Trevor, Leo and Jacoby Schuck; mother, Frances Sprunger; sisters, Sandy (Curt) Hilding and Jean (Roger) McEowen; brothers, David (Marty) Sprunger and Randy (Susan) Sprunger; many nieces, nephews and their children, and many people around the world that she thought of as part of her family.
A service of remembrance was held Saturday, July 29, at Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University. Deb will be buried in Sandusky next to her father. Memorials are suggested to the Shining City Foundation with requests to support the Uganda Medical Clinic, International or Johnston Rotary Clubs, and/or Greater Life Community Church. Arrangements are by Iles Westover Chapel.

Karen Sue Samuelson

Karen Sue Samuelson, 79, died July 22, 2023, at her home in Johnston. She was born Feb. 12, 1944, to Harold Schultz and Marlys Schultz (Martin). She grew up on her parents’ farm in Pomeroy. After graduating high school, she married Phillip Samuelson in 1962, and they were constant companions, celebrating their 60th anniversary last year.
Karen and Phillip raised their two sons, Doug and Greg, in Norwalk. She began working at Farmland Insurance in 1982 in the filing department, and, after it became Nationwide Insurance, she worked in the underwriting department until retiring in 2010.
Karen’s favorite activity was visiting with family, and she loved going to her grandchildren’s activities. She and Phil also enjoyed taking driving vacations to see the country. Karen and Phil have been active members of New Life Lutheran Church in Norwalk since 1973.
Karen is survived by her husband, Phillip; brothers, Michael (Miriam) and Jerry (Carol); sister, Gloria (Mike); sons, Doug (Mindy) and Greg (Tracy); and her grandchildren, Luke, Lydia, Lauren, Amelia and Logan. She is preceded by her sister, Kathy (Dick).
Visitation was July 27 at Iles Norwalk Chapel. Funeral service was July 28 at New Life Lutheran Church in Norwalk.
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Rebecca Sue Newman Stevens

Rebecca Sue Newman Stevens, 69, died July 6, 2023, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
Becky was born July 24, 1953, in Des Moines to Gilbert Elmer Newman and Edith Pauline Main Newman. Growing up, she lived in Mitchellville then Collins. She was active in 4-H and served as Story County 4-H president. She graduated from Collins High School in 1971 then Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in home economics education in 1975.
She married Rodney Marvin (Rod) Stevens June 22, 1974. They celebrated 49 years of marriage. They had three children; Eric, Sarah and Alison.
Becky taught home economics at Brody Middle School for three years. In 1977, after the birth of her first child, she started her clothing alteration business. She volunteered at Rolling Green Elementary. She was on the PTO and helped spearhead the beginning of the Publishing Center, a place that helped turn kids’ stories into books that they could illustrate and take home. She was a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader. She was also active at her church, Immanuel United Methodist. Becky was a youth group leader, took several mission trips, made countless prayer shawls, and created all the banners the church hangs in their sanctuary throughout the year. In retirement, Becky spent time helping weekly at the DMARC River Place Food Pantry. She was an avid quilter and was a member of the Rather Bee Quilters and the Bitty Bees. The family enjoyed visiting many National Parks and traveling.
She is survived by her husband, Rod and their three children; Eric Stevens and Maren Mahoney, Sarah and Bryan Korth and Alison and Josh Nielsen; grandchildren, Teagen and Kallie Nielsen, Colden and Benton Korth and Zach and London Mahoney Stevens. Becky was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Edith Newman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the DMARC Food Pantry or the John Stoddard Cancer Center.
Visitation will be held at Immanuel United Methodist Church on Friday, Aug. 18 from 4-7 p.m. with a Celebration of Life also at Immanuel United Methodist Church on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.
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George Thomas Robison

George Thomas Robison, 84, of Adel, died Tuesday, July 11, 2023, in Dallas Center. A visitation was held at Iles Brandt Chapel July 17. A private interment was Thursday, July 20, at Booneville Cemetery.
George was born to Irvin Thomas and Dorothy Elizabeth (Humphreys) Robison on Oct. 30, 1938, in Des Moines. He grew up on the family farm east of Waukee and, at age 18, took over running the farm when his father passed away. In 1970, he moved the family to the current farm east of Waukee where he farmed until he retired at age 75.
He married Jo Ann Christiansan Schultz on Aug. 12, 2000. For 16 years, they enjoyed spending winters at River Ranch in Rio Hondo, Texas, where they had gatherings, potlucks, celebrations and fishing with friends. George also enjoyed fishing in Canada, visiting national parks, anything with farming, collecting hats, and spending time with family, especially his grandkids. He was a lifelong member of St. Boniface church in Waukee where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and keeper of the fish shack. He was also a member of FFA while growing up, served on the Board of Directors at the Waukee Co-op, and was a member of the morning coffee club there. For many years, Tuesday evenings were spent at the Isaak Walton League in Des Moines. George loved red and kept true to it by making sure his farm machinery was the “right color.” He loved to tell stories and jokes and share his opinion, and he never met a stranger.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann; Jake, the friendliest dog ever; sister, Mary Spatz, and children Johnne Kochheiser (and her children, Meaghan Kochheiser, Erin Kochheiser (son Comet)); Lauren Kochheiser (and her son Seth Heddings); Irvin Robison (son, Josh Robison), and Michael Robison. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Kathryn Schultz, Cindy Schultz (husband Jeff Simpson and son Logan Schultz), Jon Schultz (wife Krista and children River Rose, Alexis and Connor). He was preceded in death by his parents, Irvin and Dorothy Elizabeth; his brother, Tommy; brother-in-law, Dayrle Spatz; ex-wife, Nancy Morrison; and son-in-law Dawson Laws.
Arrangements are by Iles Brandt Chapel.
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Marlene M. Sutter

Marlene M. Sutter, 91, died on July 10, 2023, at the Madrid Home in Madrid. Private family graveside services were held at the Lincoln Township Cemetery in Alleman.
Marlene was born in Polk City to Vernon and Opal (Fread) Sutter on Aug. 6, 1931. She lived in the Polk City area all her life. Marlene worked for Blue Cross & Blue Shield insurance and retired from there after 30 years. She is survived by her brother, Melvin, of Ankeny, and three nieces, Denise Pittman (Neil) of Altoona, Donita (Terry) Barrett of Ankeny, and Doreen (Doug) Shetterly of Polk City, as well as other extended family.

Michael Larry McCloud

Michael Larry McCloud, 83, died on July 5, 2023, in Johnston. A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, July 11 at the Hyperion Field Club in Johnston.
Mike was born in 1939 in Des Moines. He received his undergraduate degree from Drake University and his master of science from Colorado State University. He joined the Navy at age 17 and served three years. He joined the Air Force in 1964. During his military career, he was awarded 20 medals including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He retired after 19 years, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. He retired to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and was a devoted educator for 15 years. He returned to the Des Moines area in 1999 and later married his high school sweetheart, Kathy McCloud.
He enjoyed boating, being near the ocean, classic and exotic cars, riding his Harley at the Sturgis Rally each year, and traveling with his wife, Kathy. He was a lifelong learner of philosophy and had a passion for sharing his knowledge.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, Clarence, and his mother, Mary. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his brother, Craig (Martha) McCloud; three daughters, Mary (Jon) Barnette, Michelle (Joe) Rivera and Jennifer Geis; six grandchildren: Natalie, Jonny, Corinna, Melissa, Jake and Jaren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Online condolences are welcome at
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Kurt Wayne Van Veldhuizen

Kurt Wayne Van Veldhuizen was born on June 18, 1983, to Dan and Laurie (Horstman) Van Veldhuizen in Sheldon. He grew up on a farm outside of Primghar. He graduated from Hartley Melvin Sanborn High School and the University of Northern Iowa then earned his doctorate of chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport. Kurt opened a chiropractic practice in Johnston where he served for 14 years. He loved what he did, but more than anything, he enjoyed getting to know his patients who became family to him.
Kurt married Stephanie (Fox) on Oct. 9, 2015, in Santa Rosa, California. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with their families and friends. His children, Elyse, 4, and Jude, 1, were the light of his life. He will be remembered as a selfless, caring person. In his spare time, he enjoyed the outdoors hunting, hiking and fishing.
Kurt died on July 7, 2023, at the age of 40. His family trusts and believes that he is now at peace. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie of Johnston; two children, Elyse and Jude; his parents, Dan and Laurie Van Veldhuizen; siblings, Kayla (Tom) Conway, their children, Finn, Oliver and Lydia, and Leigha (Cody) Ginger; his grandmother, Jeane Van Veldhuizen; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Travis; his grandmother, Elsie Horstman; his grandfathers Gene Van Veldhuizen and Irv Horstman; and great friend Will Nutter.
Memorials will be directed to Kurt’s children’s college education fund.
Visitation will be held on Monday, July 17, 2023, from 3- 5 p.m. at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home and Crematory in Urbandale. A funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Leslie “Les” Vulgamott

Leslie “Les” Vulgamott, 70, of Elkhart, died July 3, 2023, in Des Moines. The family held a celebration of life at their home on July 9.
Les was born to Neil and Ruby Vulgamott in Webster City on Jan. 8, 1953. Upon his graduation from high school, Les began working as a forklift driver and continued to do this throughout his career in various warehouses.
Les is survived by his wife, Sheila Vulgamott.
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Jack Hoffman

Jack Eugene Hoffman, 93, of Shannon City, died Friday, July 7, 2023, at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center. A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 15, at Powers Funeral Home in Afton. Pastor Al Rusk will officiate. Full military honors will be provided by Theodore J. Martens Creston V.F.W. Post #1797. Burial will be private. Open visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, prior to the service. A luncheon will be served following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shannon City Methodist Church, the American Legion of Creston, or Spurgeon Manor of Dallas Center. Online condolences may be made at
Jack was born on Sept. 13, 1929, in rural Shannon City. He graduated from Shannon City schools in 1947. Jack then joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Illinois before being transferred to Griffith Air Base in Rome, New York. While in the Air Force, Jack was an instrument specialist for F86 jets.
On March 10, 1949, Jack married Althea Bessie Means in Creston, and the two settled in Shannon City on their farm. Jack spent his days farming and raising livestock. In his retirement years, he enjoyed traveling and camping with Althea, friends and relatives. In May of 2017, Jack participated in a Veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He was also awarded a Quilt of Valor on Flag Day, 2023.
He was a member of the Farm Bureau, the American Legion, and the Shannon City Methodist Church.
Surviving Jack are his wife, Althea Hoffman of Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center; son, Timothy (Elaine) Hoffman of Adel; a brother, Jerry (Ella Jean) Hoffman of Urbandale; his grandchildren: Kerry (Tom) Ausmus and Kathryn Hoffman; along with his great-grandchildren: Benjamin and Samuel Ausmus. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dale Hoffman; a sister, Bernadine Jones, and a grandson, Nathan Hoffman.

Janet Marie Porter

Janet Marie Porter, 81, died Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center. She was born on Nov. 29, 1941, in Rockford, Illinois, to Melvin and Lillian (Gregersen) Swanson. She graduated from Alta High School in 1960.
On June 25, 1961, she married Clayton “Clay” Porter. The couple settled in Des Moines, where Janet worked as a secretary for Grand View University. In 1977, they relocated to Adel, and Janet began working for the Dallas County Extension, dedicating herself to her profession until her retirement in 1997.
She enjoyed travels with her husband, their Florida vacation home, and her hobbies, which included gardening, reading and visiting Civil War parks and plantations.
She is survived by her husband, Clay; her children, Jeff Porter, Carri (Mike) Lauterbach and Randy (Lavender) Porter; her grandchildren, Kristina, Taylor, Jacob, Nicholas (Haley), Lacey (Alex) and Nathan; her great-grandchildren, Ari, Thomas and Hayes; her sisters, Lorraine (Bill) Plander, Phyllis (Don) Witzel and Jo (Garny) Gaffey, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A private memorial service will be held. The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Dallas County EMS or Spurgeon Manor.
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Erin Ann Hughes

Erin Ann Hughes, 43, died at home on July 10, 2023, after battling many illnesses. Erin was born on April 14, 1980, in Des Moines to Rich and Mary Hughes of Adel. She graduated from Adel-DeSoto-Minburn schools in 1998 and DMACC in 2000, after which she was employed by Farm Bureau for several years.
Erin enjoyed reading biographies, collecting Precious Moments, and watching Hallmark movies. She was an enthusiastic fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes. She also enjoyed traveling with her family and volunteering at the Good Samaritan Food Pantry.
Erin is survived by her parents; brother, William Hughes of Milwaukee; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many loving friends. In lieu of flowers, enjoy a tipple of Bailey’s Irish Cream in Erin’s honor, and make any memorials to the Adel Public Library or the Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 14, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Adel. Interment will be held at a later date in the Grant Township Cemetery near Tama.

Frances Jean Bergman

Frances Jean Bergman was born on Jan. 18, 1929, on a farm east of Parkersburg. She graduated from Parkersburg schools in 1947. Frances married Harold Ray Bergman in Parkersburg in 1950. She worked at a variety of jobs over the years. In 1989, she retired from her final employment at the Audubon County Clerk of Court office where she was deputy clerk. Frances was the first woman elected to the Audubon city council. She helped Harold with his job with Farm Bureau, attending meetings and hosting many events in her home.
Frances and Harold have three children, Mike (Ellen), Tim (Kenna) and Phil (Donna); four grandsons, Alex, Brandt (Michelle), Brett and Kenny. She was loving, caring and very involved with her children, their spouses and her grandchildren.
Frances and Harold hosted two foreign exchange students: Bassam Abou Murad (1971-1972) from Brazil and Ann Moitry Vacant from France (1980-1981) who continued to visit Harold and Frances regularly. She was a member of Meredith Drive Reformed Church and supporter of a mental health support group that had broad attendance. Frances also was a trained volunteer at hospice and spent many hours comforting others.
She was preceded in death by her parents; older brothers, Johnny and Harold Kalkwarf; sisters-in-law, Eunice and Dorothy Kalkwarf and Bonnie Bergman; and brothers-in-law, Robert Bergman, John Bode and John DeGroot.
Frances is survived by husband, Harold, her sons and their spouses, her grandchildren, several brother- and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
Frances died on July 4, 2023, at Edencrest at Green Meadows in Johnston. Her funeral was July 8 at The Bridge in Johnston. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg.
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Harlan Delano Chapman

Harlan Delano Chapman Sr., 89, of Adel, died June 26, 2023, at the Community Living Center -Veterans Hospital Campus in Des Moines. Funeral services were Thursday, July 6, at Iles-Brandt. Burial followed at Panther Creek Cemetery west of Adel.
Born during the Great Depression on Nov. 20, 1933, to Herbert and Rosa Chapman, he grew up in a large family: two brothers, three half brothers and two half sisters. Harlan grew up helping his family on the farm and farming became his passion as well. He served his country in the 97th Signal Battalion from 1954-1956. Harlan was a farmer, a mechanic, a people person, and a lover of nature. He had the ability to make something out of nothing and the gift of storytelling. He touched many lives through his hard work on the farm and playing his harmonica at local cafes. He was an active listener and reflective dispenser of advice. His kids remember him as a strong individual. Harlan suffered many losses during his lifetime. The loss of his farm in the 1980s and the death of his first wife, his siblings and his daughter. He took these losses in stride and persevered. He treasured time spent with family, friends and his dogs.
Harlan is survived by his second wife, Annamaria; daughters, Debbie Webb (Tom), Deloris Gibbons (Ron), Donna Halbach (Todd), Dana Chapman-Barber (Tom) and Heidi Chapman-Fisher (Jim); sons, Daniel Chapman and Harlan Chapman, Jr. and their families, including 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and a brother, Kenneth Chapman (Linda).
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, brothers, first wife, Marian, and daughter, Denise.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Des Moines VA Medical Center. Online condolences are welcome at
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Gerald Dale Meineke

Gerald Dale Meineke, 96, died June 18, 2023, at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines. Visitation was held at Iles Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines on June 29. A funeral mass was held June 30 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee. A private burial service will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Williams.
Gerald was born on Nov. 20, 1926, at home near Galt. He graduated from Dows High School in 1944 and continued to farm with his dad. He married Sadie Maubach on July 9, 1951. He served in the Air National Guard then returned to the Dows area and farm life. He served on the Dows Community School District Board of Education for 12 years. He and his wife were active in their church, St. Mary’s,. He taught religious education and was Confirmation sponsor for the boy who is now Father Rick Dagit, celebrant at Gerald’s funeral Mass.
In 1971, health concerns necessitated a career change. The family moved from the farm, and Gerald worked in agricultural lending for the next 12 years. They lived in Dows, Iowa Falls, Webster City and Bella Vista before moving to Waukee in 2008. They joined St. Boniface Catholic Church and helped serve congregate meals in the Waukee area. In November of 2020, Gerald and Sadie moved to Martina Place Assisted living in Johnston.
He is survived by his wife, Sadie, of nearly 72 years; sons, Bernie (Sally) and John (Jo); daughter, Mary; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Meineke Cantu; grandchildren, Chris (Traci) Meineke, Scott (Breena) Meineke, Lindsey (Kris) Perret, Adam and Kirill Meineke, John (Paige) Gourley, Matt Gourley (Sophia Le), Nathan (Jill) Meineke, Daniel (Allie) Meineke, Ryan (Jules) Meineke, Preston (Jenny) Meineke, and Blake (Joelle) Meineke; 16 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a large “family” of friends and caregivers at Martina Place Assisted Living and Bishop Drumm Care Center.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Steven and Mark; sisters, Bernice Meineke and Evelyn Schroder; niece, Darla Schroder; and nephew, Bill Schroder.
Donations are suggested to The Food Bank of Iowa in Gerald’s memory.
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Helen Louise Shepard

Helen Louise Shepard, 88, died June 22, 2023, at Valley View Village. Her memorial service was Thursday, June 29, at Iles Westover Chapel.
Daughter of Frederick August and Barbara Rose (Schloss) Cook, Helen was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Rhodes. She has lived in the Des Moines area since 1947. Helen worked as a secretary at Firestone and later for Visiting Nurse Services. She was a member of Highland Park Christian Church. She enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles and was an avid animal lover, evidenced by her many beloved schnauzers.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, four brothers and four sisters. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be given to Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

Michael Mallberg

Michael, (Mike, Big Mike, Moon Pie, Grandpa Turkey and Mally) Mallberg, died June 17, 2023, at Taylor Hospice House. A funeral mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 23, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Adel. Burial will take place following the mass at Oakdale Cemetery in Adel.
Mike was born March 23, 1949, in Douglas, Arizona. Mike grew up in Minnesota where he played football; married Janice (Jan, JK, Toots) Braun on March 20, 1971; started his family; and spent half of his life. They settled in southern Minnesota and eventually moved to Adel.
Mike spent the bulk of his vocational life behind a wheel of some sort. He drove everything from an 18 wheeler to a limo, a shuttle van to a courier car. He finished his work life after selling AFLAC insurance and working in legal aid. But his true passion was his side hustle: high school and college football officiating. He continued to “work” after losing a lung to cancer and even after collapsing on a college field from cardiac arrest. He was back at it later that fall.
Mike was a great friend, a helpful member of his community, and man of deep faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dean Sr. and P. Virginia Nielsen, and his parents-in-law, Harry and Candice Braun.
He is survived by daughters Stacia and her husband Kevin Christians of Coralville and Tricia and her husband Shawn Crain of Nevada; his grandchildren, Bailey Crain, Gray Christians, Dane Christians, Briar Crain, Maeve Christians and Bryn Crain; his brother, Dean Jr. and wife Marilyn; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and friends.
Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Catholic Church in Adel or Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. Online condolences to the family may be left at
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Michael Jay Clifton

Michael Jay Clifton, 56, died at MercyOne Medical Center, June 12, 2023. In respect to Mike’’s wishes and the family, there will be no services held. A celebration of life will take place in the near future.
Mike was born Jan. 19, 1967, to Arnold and Janet Clifton. He attended ADM High School. He worked in construction most of his life and most currently worked at Kate-Lo tile in Urbandale. Mike had three children and made his home in Des Moines and later in rural Adel. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, camping, shooting and watching races. He enjoyed riding and working on motorcycles. He was always ready to lend a helping hand, offer simple advice or simply be a listening ear. Mike’s presence brought comfort and joy to those fortunate enough to have known him. No matter the circumstances, he always had a smile on his face.
He is survived by his wife, Bobette; three biological children from a previous marriage:  two daughters, Katie (Josh) Fenton of Des Moines and Brianna (Johnny) Alexander of Des Moines and son Michael Clifton of Des Moines; two bonus children, Kenny (Nicole) Thelen of Roland and Kim Mitchell Hanysh of Boone; four great-grandchildren, Addison, Brian, Kayla Klayden and one on the way; sister, Debbie Meinersand; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Janet Clifton; brother, Scott Clifton; his grandparents; an aunt; two uncles; and several cousins.

Sharon Lee (Fultz) Meisenheimer

Sharon Lee (Fultz) Meisenheimer, 81, of Johnston died June 9, 2023.
She is survived by two sons: Brent (wife Jody Gehl, daughter Ella) and Blake (wife Rebecca, daughters Zoe and Sadie). She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, parents, and brother, Marlin.
Sharon was born on July 20, 1941, and raised on a farm near Pulaski by William Lloyd and Nellie Fultz. She graduated from Pulaski High School and attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College on a teaching grant, graduating in 1963. She immediately began a teaching career that would take many forms and span seven decades.
She was married in 1969 and raised her family in Urbandale. She’s remembered as patient wife and kind mother — one who frequently distributed her wisdom from behind a set of knitting needles or a sewing machine.
Sharon was a voracious reader and took tremendous joy in passing along the gift of literacy to children. This led to a professional focus in early elementary grades with stops in Clive, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Catholic School and Lucas Elementary (Capitol View). Following retirement, her classroom work pivoted to that of a volunteer reading coach.
In recent years she taught adult education in quilting and needlework. She was active in Des Moines Area Quilters’ Guild and its offshoots. She taught sewing classes for immigrants and low-income mothers at Creative Visions as well as helped organize and participated in the Iowa State Fair Sew-In. An adoptee herself, Sharon took particular joy in creating and gifting quilts to welcome children to their forever families on Iowa Adoption Saturday.
Sharon’s family requests memorials to Westminster Church or The American Heart Association.
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Michael Patrick Tracy

Michael Patrick “Mike” Tracy, 76, of Waukee died June 5, 2023. He bravely battled lung cancer after being diagnosed in December 2022. He was born on Aug. 6, 1946, in Ottumwa. He grew up around Des Moines. After graduating from Dowling Catholic High School in 1965, he enlisted in the Army Reserves where he served for the next six years. During that time, he began his career with Hy-Vee and would go on to a career in management.
On Sept. 16, 1967, Mike married Marjorie Myers in Des Moines, and they had three sons. While with Hy-Vee, the family lived in Des Moines, Marshalltown and Ames. In 1983, Mike and Marj bought Horseshoe Lanes in Adel, where their sons would graduate from high school.
After owning Horseshoe Lanes, Mike began to drive for Hy-Vac Laboratory Eggs in Adel. He was a member of Hillcrest Golf & Country Club in Adel.
Mike and Marj divorced in 2000, and he relocated to Waukee, where he joined Regency Homes as a warehouse manager. Eventually, he found his calling as a driver for the Iowa Donor Network (IDN). Throughout his career, regardless of his job, Mike never missed his Thursday tee time at Hillcrest.
He was a devout Catholic throughout his life.
Mike is survived by his former wife, Marj Tracy; children Jeff Tracy (Jen), Steve Tracy (Kelly) and John Tracy (Amy); eight grandchildren, Emillie, Joclyn, Cory, Nathan, Carson, Megan, Clare and Jack; sister Liz Stewart (Howard) and brothers Tim Tracy (Diane), Kevin Tracy (Sandy), Brian Tracy (Marcie) and Chuck Tracy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Iowa Donor Network,
Mass of Christian burial was Tuesday, June 13 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee. Burial will be at Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Family greeted friends at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – Adel Chapel in Adel. Online condolences may be left at
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Sammuel Cluts

Sammuel Cluts was born on April 14, 1928, in the small farming community of Panora. Sam attended a one-room schoolhouse until he went to high school in Redfield.
It was in high school that Sam’s ability in math was noted, and he was encouraged to attend college. In 1945, Sam enrolled at Iowa State University receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1949.
Also, in 1949, Sam married his high school sweetheart, Beverly A. Lamb, and the two moved to Indiana. Sam worked various jobs in engineering, ultimately ending up at Sargent and Lundy Consulting Engineers in Chicago. Sam received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1959.
Sam and Bev lived in Chicago until 1957. They had three children. In the 1970s, Sam became the head of the Sargent and Lundy Transmission and Substation Division. His department was responsible for designing much of the electrical grid in this country and overseas. Sam became a well-known expert in the field of power distribution, often appearing as an expert witness in court cases and in Public Service Commission hearings. He often appeared as a keynote speaker at large industry conferences. Even after he had retired, Sam was called to the C.I.A. Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, to advise the C.I.A. on protecting the grid from attack after 9/11.
Sam retired in the 1990s, and he and Bev enjoyed camping and traveling abroad. Sam was a lifelong Cubs and Bears fan.
Sam is survived by his three children, Diane (James) Terrell, Janet (Michael) Levine, and Jonathan (Nancy) Cluts; and his two grandchildren, Nicholas Cluts and Kathryn (Nicholas) Clobes. Sam was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters; and his wife, Beverly.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the American Heart Association at or to a charity of your choice.
Services were held June 12 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home in Adel. Burial was at East Linn Cemetery, Redfield.
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Nathan Hoffman

Nathan Hoffman, 48, of Waukee, died unexpectedly on June 12, 2023. He was born on Dec. 6, 1974, to Timothy Hoffman and Gwynn (Grout) Christiansen. He graduated from Adel-De Soto-Minburn Schools in 1993. Throughout his high school years, he made the honor roll every semester. He then attended the University of Northern Iowa.
Nathan was a plumbers union apprentice and worked for 11 years at Costco, where he was recognized as employee of the year.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Nathan will be remembered for his gentle nature and generous heart. Nathan found enjoyment in playing pool with his grandpa, Jack, his father, Tim, and his brother-in-law, Tom. He enjoyed swimming and cooking. He loved all animals, especially his cat, Mae.
Nathan is survived by his parents, Tim (Elaine) Hoffman and Gwynn (Jame) Christiansen; sisters, Kerry (Tom) Ausmus and Katie Hoffman; grandparents, Jack and Althea Hoffman; and nephews, Ben and Sam Ausmus. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Loren and Lois Grout; step-father, Mike Zeisler; and uncle, Gary Grout.
Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m., Friday, June 16, at New Hope Church near Adel. A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 17, at New Hope Church. Memorials may be directed to the AHeinz57 Pet Rescue in De Soto, and/or to the Furry Friends Refuge. Online condolences may be left for the family at
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Pamela Ann Ellis

Pamela Ann Ellis, 75, of Redfield died on May 27, 2023, at MercyOne Medical Center surrounded by her family. She had battled renal failure for approximately three years, having dialysis three days a week. She was diagnosed with an aggressive lung cancer shortly before her death. She was born Pamela Ann Hale on Jan. 28, 1948, in Sikeston, Missouri, to Geraldine Reva Allen and raised by William K. Smith. She spent much of her childhood living in Linden. On Aug. 5, 1964, she married Charles Keith Ellis. They had three daughters.
Pam was a homemaker and took care of the farm, especially the livestock. In 1989, she went to work at Prairie Meadows Casino as a server. After she and Charlie divorced, she moved to Stuart. She worked part-time as a bartender at Ruby’s and Johnie’s Tap. Eventually, she went to work at VALO and moved to Menlo where she lived for close to 20 years. After 10 years at VALO, she spent her last years for work at Adel Acres as a cook. She eventually moved to back to Redfield in 2011 to live closer to her sister, Peg.
Pam enjoyed raising Australian shepherds and mini dachshunds and spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She found her faith in God in the latter part of her life and was active with the church ladies.
Pam was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Peg Bowman; twin grandsons, Timmy and Tommy; and her mini dachshund, Lou.
She is survived by her daughters, Laurie Allsup (Larry) of Menlo, Stacey Shannon (Brian) of Redfield, and Shelly Ellis (Doug) of Fontanelle; her brother, Pat Hale of Craig, Missouri; brother-in-law, Darrell Bowman; grandchildren, Stephanie, Matthew, Amberly, Billy, Tyler, Anna, Joseph and Lane; great-grandchildren, Brylan, Trenton, Aubrey, Ailyn, Riot, Ronan, Nora, Malakhi, Gretalyn, Archer, Thora, Ayla and Charlee Grace; niece Amber Baker; nephew Trevor Baker; many cousins; and her Chi-weenie dog, Chi.
A memorial service was held June 4 at the Redfield Christian Church. Donations can be made to the family to help with Pam’s funeral expenses or to the Redfield Christian Church.
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Robert “Bob” Wesley Sloan

Robert “Bob” Wesley Sloan died Sunday, May 21, 2023, at his home in Waukee. He was born April 24, 1940, to Velma and Ralph Sloan in Earlham. He graduated from Earlham High School. He worked at Culligan in Adel and then the Dallas County Road Department until his retirement.
He enjoyed sports, especially the Kansas City Chiefs. He also enjoyed camping and fishing.
He is survived by his daughters, Robin (Jim) McAlister and Rita (Ron) Rice; son, David (Candy) Sloan; grandchildren Hannah Van Roekel, Sara Schmeling, Noah McAlister, Jacob, Kale and Lilly Rice, Jaxon and Leah Sloan, and Cody, Abigail and Madison Feller; several great-grandchildren; brother, Larry (Jan) Sloan; sister, Carolyn Mitchell; several nieces and nephews; and his long-time partner, Mary Buckman, her daughter, Kori Cannata, and Kori’s children, Meriah Erdman-Cannata, Ryker Cannata and N’Kai Cannata.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Donna Smith and Shirley Ford.
A celebration of life will be held June 17, 1-4 p.m. at Adel Lodge No. 411, S. 12th St., Adel.
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Marilyn Jean Bass Smith

Marilyn Jean Bass Smith was born May 6, 1930, in Red Oak. In 1943, she won the Montgomery County Spelling Bee and placed fifth in the Iowa State Championship. Following graduation, Jean was an organist in Red Oak and attended junior college for two years. She taught one year in country school and then several years at Stennett School before graduating from Drake University with a degree in music education. While at Drake, she was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a music sorority, and Kappa Delta Pi, an education sorority. In 1956, she married Bob Smith and moved to Adel. To this union was born Robert G. Smith (Rosemarie) and Catherine J. Leafblad (Mick). She had two grandchildren, Stefanie Leafblad Becerril (Carlos) and Jonathan Leafblad (Monika), and two great-grandchildren, Conor and Veronica, who survive.
After marriage, she taught music at Van Meter until 1967 when she taught elementary music in Adel until 1990 when she retired.
In Adel, she was known for her school Christmas programs and was piano accompanist for Mike Cooper at Adel High School. Jean was a 50-year member of P.E.O. and Lady Washington Chapter of Eastern Star. She gave piano lessons and was a long-time pianist and organist at the First Christian Church in Adel. In 2003, she moved to Illinois to live with her daughter and family. In 2008, she won the Illinois Regional Spelling Bee and went to the state contest, placing seventh. She remained in Illinois until 2019 when she moved to Pennsylvania to be near her son and his wife. Jean lived in an independent living retirement community, Ivy Creek, where she was instrumental in forming a community choir, played keyboard for prayer services, and entertained on the grand piano.
A visitation will be held Monday, June 5, at the Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home in Adel from 5-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the Adel Christian Church in Adel. Burial will take place at the Oakdale Cemetery following the funeral service. Memorials may be directed to the Adel First Christian Church. Online condolences may be left at
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Meridie Burger

Meridie Burger, 45, died on May 28, 2023. She is survived by her children, Avelyn and Allison; her husband, Jason; her parents, Jack and Sheri Williams; her brother, Keith (Amber) Williams; her niece, Corbin; and grandmother, Jackie Williams. The family will host a private service and celebration of life. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.
Meridie was born Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1977, in Osage. She graduated from Waukee in 1996. She was a talented musician, playing the French horn for both the Des Moines Youth Chamber Players and the Greater Des Moines Youth Symphony. She was selected for All State in the instrument four years in a row, sitting first chair in both the band and orchestra. She was also a gifted pianist. In high school, Meridie was captain of the volleyball team, a state participant in tennis, and a member of the softball and basketball teams. Her senior year, she was the drum major of the marching band. She was a member of the Waukee National Honor Society.
During her first year in Waukee in 1993, Meridie and Jason started their 30-year-long relationship. They married July 21, 2001. Meridie attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning bachelor’s degrees in French horn performance and communication - electronic media. She worked at the UNI radio station and recorded concerts for the music department. After graduation, she worked in various capacities in the insurance industry.
Arrangements were made by Iles Westover Chapel.
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Francis Wayne Aldrich

Francis Wayne Aldrich, 88, of rural Adel died Friday, May 19, 2023. Wayne was born Nov. 17, 1934, on the family farm in Dallas County. He graduated in 1952 from Redfield High School. In high school, he was active in baseball, football, choir, DeMolay and FFA and even drove a school bus.
On Sept. 10, 1955, Wayne married Ruby Elaine Bacon of Panora. They had four children. In 1960, the couple moved from Des Moines to their current home in rural Adel. He worked for Delavan Manufacturing Company in West Des Moines for 25 years as a quality control inspector. He then went back to the family farm and also owned a fertilizer spreading company.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby; daughter Karen (James) Ash of Dallas Center; sons Brent Aldrich of Dallas Center and Tim (Stephanie) Aldrich of Johnston; brother Vernon (Jean) Aldrich of Dallas Center; grandchildren, Jennifer (Greg) Waldrop, Heather (Scott) Chatton, Cristy and Stacy Ash, Taylor (Peyton) Honeck, Tara Aldrich, Jayson (Cassie) Aldrich, Jessica (Zack) Woods, Stacy (Tanner) Soderstrum, Jeremy Mains, Joe Mains, Justin (Tonya) Jenkins, Kristin (Josh) Jorgensen, Josh (Sarah) Aldrich, and Amanda (Curtis) Thompson; and 30 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings, his son, Steve, and daughter-in-law, Pam Aldrich.
Graveside memorial services will be June 18 at 3 p.m. at the Wiscotta Cemetery near Redfield. Memorials can be directed to the Aldrich family.
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Marsha Jo Lindahl

Marsha Jo Lindahl, 72, died peacefully at her home in Polk City on April 16, 2023, from lung cancer. Marsha was born on Jan. 15, 1951, in Des Moines to Howard and Maralyn Hammond and was raised in Slater. She graduated from Ballard High School and attended Des Moines Area Community College and Drake University. She spent the majority of her career in various positions at Principal Financial, and she completed her working years at Homemakers Furniture.
Marsha enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her family. They share countless wonderful memories, including vacations in Minnesota where they laughed, shopped, ate, swam, fished, and sat around the campfire enjoying each other’s company.
Marsha is survived by her husband, John Lindahl; son, Michael Ray, of Slater; daughters, Sarah (Matt) Celski of Minnesota and Ann (Brad) Mohns of Wisconsin; grandchildren, Blake Stevens, Trent, Emma, and Ellie Ray, Isabel and Nathanial Celski, Ava, Brady, and Bailey Mohns; and her great-grandson, Hendrix Ingoli. She is also survived by her brother, Mark (Ellen) Hammond of Johnston, and nieces, Amelia and Greta Hammond.
Marsha was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Alan Hammond, and her nephew, Jorgan Hammond.
A private service for family and close friends will be held to celebrate Marsha’s life. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to Animal Rescue League of Iowa or Blank Park Zoo in memory of Marsha.
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Richard ‘Dick’ Lee Thornton

Richard “Dick” Lee Thornton, 90, died on May 20, 2023. He was born March 3, 1933. During the Korean War, he served in the Navy as a Seabee stationed in Guam. When he returned home from the Navy, Dick married his wife of 64 years, Marlys Ruth Anderson. They had four children: Mark Thornton (Jan), Dawn Thornton-Crow (Randy), Rick Thornton, and Amy Thornton-Zenner (Chad); and nine grandchildren: Danielle, Michelle, Sara, Marlyssa, Dylan, Brian, Lindsay, Calvin and Elle; and six great-grandchildren: Addie, Ava, Adrien, Saetia, Nash and Ford.
Dick completed his training as a plumber and steamfitter and dedicated years to commercial refrigeration. He was a Plumber and Steamfitters Local Union 33 member. He founded his own business, Marick Refrigeration. Alongside his sons, he built Marick into one of the largest commercial refrigeration providers in the Midwest.
He was a frequent travel companion to his sister Betty and her husband, Phil. Traveling was one of his greatest passions. On their 35th anniversary, Dick and Marlys visited Aruba, and, for 25 consecutive years, they returned every spring with family. In 1997, Marlys and Dick found a winter home in Las Vegas.
Services were held at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines on Friday, May 26. Burial was at Colo Cemetery in Colo on Saturday, May 27.
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Dennis ‘Denny’ Storey

Dennis “Denny” Storey died May 18, 2023, at the Kavanagh House in Des Moines. Denny was born on Oct. 18, 1944, in Des Moines. He graduated from Johnston High School in 1963 then from Iowa State University, where he was a full scholarship letter winner football player and earned his degree in industrial engineering. He was married to Deborah Hall on June 17, 1966, and had three children: Scott, Jeff and Melissa.
He worked at John Deere, Gibbs-Cook, Ziegler Caterpillar, and eventually started his own heavy machinery business, D. Storey Inc. in 1988. He was member of NorthPoint Church in Johnston and, previously, Meredith Drive Reformed Church in Des Moines. He was also an active member of the Iowa State Letter Winner’s Club.
He enjoyed his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. Denny and Deb enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include Deborah, his wife of nearly 57 years; his children, Scott (Kristi), Jeff, and Melissa (Dave) Gourley; grandsons, Drew, Jacob, Joel, Sam and Nick; siblings, Dave (Linda) and Kate Stall; one niece and three nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law, Phyllis Hall.
Celebration of life services will take place on June 1 at 11 a.m. at NorthPoint Church in Johnston. The family will greet guests at 10 a.m. A private graveside service will be held at Highland Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to NorthPoint Church.
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Cleo Rose Lord

Cleo Rose Lord, 97, died May 23, 2023, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston. Cleo was born on Aug. 20, 1925. She worked as a civilian for the FBI in Washington, D.C., and for the Navy as a secretary in San Diego, California, where she met Charles Lord. Charles and Cleo were married in 1946 and made their home in Des Moines, where they raised their five children.
Cleo worked for Sears for more than 20 years and was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale, where she was involved with the Altar and Rosary Society and helped with many funeral dinners.
Cleo is survived by a daughter, Teri (Ron) Vanden Brink; sons, Curt (Jamie) Lord, Mike (Carol) Lord and Todd (Stephanie) Lord; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Lorna Pick; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles; her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy (Fred) Coffin and six siblings.
Cremation rites have been accorded and private interment will be at Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences are welcome at
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Sherryl Sue McAvoy

Sherryl Sue McAvoy was born March 23, 1949, in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Harry and Irene Kephart. She graduated from Central High School there in 1967, then attended Drake University in Des Moines for one year before transferring to Northwest Missouri State University where she met her future husband, Jon, in a Social Dance class. They were married Sept. 6, 1969.
They moved to Des Moines where Jon had taken a job at Bankers Life (now Principal). She worked at the Register & Tribune Syndicate where she was secretary to the president of the company. In 1976, Sherryl became the mother of twins, Sean and Megan. The family moved to Adel in 1978 and remained there.
Sherryl was an active volunteer, serving as secretary of the board for the nonprofit Adel Childcare Center and serving as volunteer and treasurer at the Adel Food Pantry. She also volunteered at her kids’ schools and was a member of the Adel Federates Club. She was a 47-year member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines where she was a member of the Presbyterian Women’s Club and organized an annual fundraising craft fair. She was named small group coordinator for the congregation and taught Bible studies.
She is survived by her husband, Jon, of 54 years; her son, Sean (Chris), and their kids Cynnava and Grayson; and her daughter, Megan, and her kids, Kellan, Braedon and McKenna.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Presbyterian Women of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines.
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Dena Bricker McGlothin

Dena Bricker McGlothin, 89, died May 16, 2023, at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center. Dena was born Dec. 25, 1933, in Perry to Christian and Mary Bricker. She married David McGlothin on Dec. 25, 1957.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, May 24, at Iles Brandt Chapel.
Dena was a member of Old Order River Brethren Church.
She is survived by her children, Daniel McGlothin and wife Susan, Nitavonne Herr and husband Jerome, and Daphene McGlothin; Daniel’s children: Ariel, Athalie, Hadasha, Zack, Micah and Jerusha; Nitavonne’s children: Jessica and Caryn; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David; grandson, Jeremy McGlothin; and brother, Roy Bricker.
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Robert ‘Bob’ Jackson

Robert “Bob” Jackson, 95, died Nov. 28, 2022, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston. Born Oct. 27, 1927, in Marshalltown to Don and Mary Jackson, he graduated with honors from Loras College in 1947. He met Thelma “Mooch” Nankival while in Dubuque, and they married on March 29, 1948.
Bob and Thelma began their married life in Marshalltown as the owners of Ideal Pastry Shop and began raising their four children. In 1965, they moved to Des Moines where Bob began a new career in the insurance business. In 1976, Bob’s career returned them to Dubuque, and, in 1982, to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he became nationally known for his expertise in state insurance compliance law. He retired in 1995 to Platte City, Missouri, to be near his daughter, and they all returned to Des Moines in 1997.
Bob is survived by three of his children, Jim (Melinda), Dave (Candace), and Sue Eppenauer (Tom); 11 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Dick; his sister, Mary Kay Hudspeth; his wife, Thelma; and his oldest son, Bob Jr.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated June 17 at 2 p.m. at the Bishop Drumm Chapel followed by a reception at McAuley Terrace. Memorials are suggested to Bishop Drumm for charity care, 5837 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131.