Obituaries

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Dephillips

John Francis DePhillips

John Francis DePhillips, 73, of Johnston, died after a battle with pancreatic cancer on Feb. 19, 2024, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. John was born on July 26, 1950, in Des Moines. He grew up in West Des Moines in a strong, Catholic family where his faith and devotion continued to grow throughout his life. John attended Dowling Catholic High School and later earned a bachelor’s degree from Briar Cliff University. He joined the United States Navy in 1969 and was proud to serve his country. He married Kathleen Duff at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines. John worked his entire career in the telephone industry, starting as an engineer and working his way into upper management.
He enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and shooting skeet and trap. He loved his cars, especially his Jeep, Corvette and T-Bird. His final years of life were spent enjoying his grandchildren and deepening his faith. John was a generous man and helped many people, but he often did so quietly and discreetly.
John is survived by his wife, Kathy; children, Elizabeth, Brian and Laurie; and grandchildren, Audrey, John, Lucy, Madelyn, Sienna, Gabriella and Mary Kate. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milo and Mary; brother, Paul; mother-in-law, Geraldine Duff; father-in-law, William Duff; and sister-in-law, Maureen Duff.
A Latin Funeral Mass was held Friday, Feb. 23, at St. Augustin’s Catholic Church. Burial followed at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery with military honors. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic School to be used for student tuition assistance. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.
Tuel

Thomas Lee Tuel

Thomas Lee Tuel, 75,  died Feb. 9, 2024, in Des Moines. He was born on Sept. 13, 1948, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Tom was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Tom worked at John Deere in Horicon, Wisconsin, for more than 20 years then moved to the Des Moines area in 1991. He retired from Des Moines Area Community College in 2013. He loved spending time with family and friends, competing in sports and watching his grandkids compete. Tom was an avid golfer, bowler and softball player. He especially loved his annual fishing trip to Red Lake, Canada, and his hunting trips in Wisconsin. He was a devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
He is survived by his wife, Jan (Mount) Tuel; his children: Tony Tuel, Terri (Mark) Moser, Jason (Melanie) Broich and Matt (Jodi) Broich; grandchildren: Grant Moser, Madelynne Broich, Cody Broich, Jaxon Broich and Sadie Broich; his siblings: Bill (Linda) Sonneman, Mike (DeeDee) Tuel, Gray Tuel (John Taylor), Debbie (Doug) Hoffman, Linda (Bob) Zamzow, Beth (Todd) Ehlendeldt, Jon (Joan) Tuel, Diane (Mike) Sullivan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benton and Elinor Tuel; his sister, Suellen (Bill) Bartos; and his brother, Mark (Rita) Tuel.
A service to honor and celebrate Tom’s life was held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Friday, Feb. 16. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church or the MercyOne Richard Deming Cancer Center.
Arrangements were by Iles Westover Chapel.
Decamp

Robert Ray DeCamp

Robert Ray DeCamp, 85, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, at Bickford of West Des Moines after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Bob was born on July 3, 1938, in Des Moines and graduated from Adel High School in 1956. Shortly after, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served from 1956 to 1959.
Bob married Sharon V. McKinney on Aug. 23, 1956. He worked as an auto mechanic with his father for several years then joined the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office in 1966, first as a deputy, then was ultimately elected sheriff from 1976-1979. In January 1979, he took a break from the Sheriff’s Office to operate a fishing resort in northern Minnesota for the next eight years, after which he returned to Dallas County as a deputy and finally retired in 2005. He selflessly dedicated more than 30 years of service to protecting his community.
Bob was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, bird watching, gardening, traveling, WWII history and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Due to his caring nature, he was an adopted grandpa to many, lending an ear to whoever was in need.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sharon, of 67 years; daughters: Kathy (Jim) Baldwin of Adel, Deb Jensen of Maple Grove, Minnesota, and Margie (Tim) Branam of Adel; grandchildren: Mike (Jill) Baldwin, Jamie (John) Wetter, Ryan (Erin) Jensen, Kristen (Kyle) Stump, Cody (Molly) Branam and MacKenzie (Tom) Walter; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert C. and E. Marie DeCamp.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bickford of West Des Moines and Suncrest Home Health and Hospice of West Des Moines. A private memorial service will be held. Interment will be at Waukee Cemetery.
Kutzner

Jerry Alan Kutzner

Jerry Alan Kutzner, 76, of Marshalltown died Jan. 29, 2024, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston. He was born on March 4, 1947. He graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1965. He owned a woodworking and cabinet making business, Kutzner Cabinets. He was also in the Army Reserves at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.
Jerry married Cynthia Swartz on June 17, 1972.  They just recently were able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner at Greenbriar in Johnston.
Jerry had a full life with his three children and eight grandchildren. He enjoyed being a father and grandfather and was always helping them with any and all home projects. He and his wife enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and often invited friends and family to come as well.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Cynthia Kutzner; three children, Angela (Mike) Trachta, Jamie (Edina Sabic) Kutzner and Julie (Charles) Hill; eight grandchildren: Emma, Molly and Alice Trachta, Hart and Mallory Kutzner, Lillian, Hendrik and Oliver Hill; and a brother, Gary (Pam) Kutzner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elvin and Barbara Kutzner.
Memorial funds can be mailed to Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory, 8201 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322, for equipment for the Industrial Arts program at Marshalltown High School. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston in the chapel. A celebration of life follows at Backpocket Pin & Pixel from 4-6 p.m.
Bill wright

William ‘Bill’ David Wright

William “Bill” David Wright, 88, died at home. He was born on Aug. 11, 1935, in Des Moines and grew up in Adel where his dad was a dentist for more than 50 years. Bill helped start what is now SonRise Baptist Church in Adel, which started in his parents’ home. He attended Iowa State University, graduated from Coyne Electrical School (Chicago), and attended Moody Bible Institute (Chicago). He married Joan Orr May 29, 1959.
He worked for Rockwell Collins and Iowa Power and Light before starting his own business, Wright Appliance Service. In 2017, Bill and Joan moved to Des Moines. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, working on his inventions, and sharing Jesus with others until his death.
Bill is survived by Joan, his wife of almost 65 years; his children, James (Debbie) Wright, John (Donna) Wright and Jane (Kevin) Subra; 21 grandchildren, Ethan, Kathryn, David, Shari, Benjamin, Dawn, Esther, Hannah, Nathan, Deborah, Elisabeth, Carissa, Susanna, Joshua, Stephen, Abigail, Mary, Makari, Daniel, Joseph and Samuel; 33 great-grandchildren; brother, Tom (Susan) Wright; and nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother, Jon, and Jon’s wife, Barbara.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at Maranatha Baptist Church in Grimes with family greeting friends one hour prior beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery in Adel. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com. Memorials may be given to SonRise Baptist Church, Adel, or Maranatha Baptist Church, Grimes.
Baldon

William Fred Baldon

William Fred Baldon, 91, of Adel, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Fred was born on Jan. 4, 1933, in Adel, to William “Dutch” and Helen (Morey) Baldon. Fred graduated from Adel High School in 1951 and was the class president. After high school, he proudly served in the Coast Guard from 1951 to 1955. At the time he held the record for the most parachute jumps in one day.
On Dec. 14, 1954, he married Josephine Byrnes. In 1959, Fred graduated from Drake University with a degree in education. He owned and operated Baldon & Son Plumbing and Heating. In 1980, Fred and Jo bought the hardware store in Adel, Baldon Hardware.
Fred and Jo enjoyed traveling, especially to Yellowstone National Park and Nashville, Tennessee, to the Grand Ole Opry, as well as camping in Roaring River State Park at the Ozarks in Missouri. They enjoyed many years wintering in Mission, Texas, and going to Drake basketball games.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Chris Baldon; and daughter-in-law, Julie Baldon. Also preceding him in death were his sisters, Anna Walker, Creta Ward, Barbara Widmer Nuzum, Betty Winget Lallinger, Dorothy York and JoAnn Brooker.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Josephine Baldon; his sons, Bill (Cindy) and Tim (Karen) Baldon; granddaughters, Katie (Matt) Bootier and Jenny (Rick) Baldon; six great-grandchildren, Connor Baldon, Will and Evelyn Bootier, Westen, Sawyer and Charlotte Baldon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service for Fred will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, at Oakdale Cemetery in Adel with full military honors. Memorial contributions are encouraged to First Christian Church in Adel or the American Legion Penoach Post No. 464. Online condolences can be made to the family at caldwellparrish.com.
Karnstedt

Kurt David Karnstedt

Kurt David Karnstedt, 58, of Adel, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024. He was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, on March 18, 1965. He spent his childhood in Illinois until he attended the University of Iowa. He married Kim Roberts on May 21, 1988.
After college, Kurt served in the Army from 1988 to 1993. Upon his return from combat, Kurt worked as a mechanical engineer and spent almost 22 years at Shive-Hattery. When he wasn’t at work, Kurt always made physical fitness a priority. He was a talented gymnast during his time at Iowa, and he continued to remain active throughout his life. Kurt and Kim were active members of the American Legion, he was a coach for his son, Kevin’s, Little League team and leader for his Boy Scout troop, and, in Davenport, was a member of Coram Deo Church.
Kurt was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara; his grandfather, “Pops” Bertotti;  his brother-in-law, Brendan Luby; his sister-in-law, Peg Petersen; and his beloved dog, Lilly.
He is survived by his wife, Kim; his son, Kevin (Sophie) Karnstedt; his father, Keith; his sisters, Kay Dorjath and Kelley (Howie) Schwartz; and his grandson, Gus Karnstedt.
Kurt’s celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 9, at the American Legion in Walcott at 1 p.m. Memorials are suggested to K9’s for Warriors or Wounded Warriors Project. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.
Boals

Frederick Michael Boals

Frederick “Rick” Michael Boals was born in Des Moines on Aug. 30, 1943, to Marcellus F. and Gladys E. (Davies) Boals. He lived in Urbandale most of his life before building a home in Adel. He died on Jan. 24, 2024.
In eighth grade, Rick met the love of his life, Cherie, which was the beginning of their 63 years together. He cherished and loved his family, had many lifelong friendships, and made new friends with everyone he met. Rick worked at Overhead Door in Des Moines and later began his own construction company. In 1974, he was the first director of the Urbandale Parks and Recreation Department, a career that he had for 30 years. Rick was instrumental in the development of park land and bike trails that attracted interest from cities all over the country. After retiring from the city, he continued working for many years as property manager at Bob Brown Chevrolet.
Rick was a natural athlete, playing baseball, hockey, semi-pro football for the Des Moines Warriors and was an avid golfer. In 1999, he won the raffle of a lifetime, a Harley Davidson Fatboy motorcycle and enjoyed traveling with a group of friends with Cherie on the backseat holding on tight.
Rick was preceded in death by an infant brother, David Boals; brothers, Daniel and Mark Boals; a sister, Gladys Hartley; and his parents, Marcellus and Gladys Boals. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl “Cherie” Boals; daughter, Kellie Connelly (Mike); son, Steven Boals (Toni); sisters, Margaret Ann Boatright and Carol Sue Light; grandchildren, Megan Connelly, Michael Connelly, Zach Boals (Bailey), Madeline Boals and Mitchell Boals; great grandchildren, Eleanor Edwards, Addison Boals and Barrett Boals, as well as several nieces, nephews and their families.
A celebration of Rick’s life will be held on Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Urbandale Senior Center, 7305 N.W. Aurora Ave., Urbandale, beginning at 2 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Interment at McDivitt Grove Cemetery, Urbandale, will be held at a later date. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com. Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.
Beach

Ann Beach

Catherine Ann Beach was born on June 13, 1935, to Eli and Irene Iris (Bolger) Rees in Coon Rapids, where she graduated from high school in 1954. She worked for Bankers Trust and was later employed at Aid Insurance, Continental Life Insurance, HyLine and Nationwide.
Ann married Charles Knute Beach on Jan. 6, 1957. They had one daughter, Dorene. They lived in Nevada where Charles worked for the Iowa DOT and moved to Ralston and later to Redfield in 1967.
Ann was a member of Questers and the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Redfield Methodist Church and later became a regular attender of New Hope Church in Adel. She enjoyed time with her daughter, doing ceramics, embroidery, and going out to eat.
Ann died Jan. 23, 2024, at Adel Acres Nursing Home. She was 88.
Ann is survived by her daughter, Dorene Beach of Redfield; sister-in-law, Lavonne Rees; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Chuck” Beach; parents, Eli and Irene; sister, Jessie McGuire; and brothers, Tom Rees and Richard B. Rees.
A visitation and funeral service were held Monday, Jan. 29, at New Hope Church in Adel. Burial was in the Coon Rapids Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimers and Dementia Society and/or Suncrest Hospice. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.
Easton

Gayle Eileen Easton

Gayle Eileen Easton died Jan. 21, 2024, from complications of diabetes. She was born Jan. 10, 1951. She attended grade school in Maquoketa and graduated from Marshalltown High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Truman State University, formerly Northeast Missouri State University.
Gayle worked for Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines for 38 years, first as a recreational therapist, then as a social worker. She enjoyed her work, cared about the people she helped, loved her family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She loved dogs and, through the years, cared for at least one, sometimes two.
Gayle was preceded in death by her parents, Marguerite and Harlan Easton, and a sister, Barbara Easton. She is survived by her sisters, Sandra (Len) and Martha Ann (Dennis); nieces and nephews, Neil (Kristen), Jason (Anna), Jennifer (Cole); and grand nieces and nephews, Keaton, Marguerite, Garret, Leila and Maya; and many cousins.
A celebration of Gayle’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or an animal rescue organization of the donor’s choice. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com. Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.
Southard

Martha Joan Southard

Martha Joan Southard, 90, died on Jan.18, 2024, at Kavanaugh House where she had only been for a few hours. Joan was born on Oct. 10, 1933, in the home of her maternal grandparents 5 miles southeast of Adel to Ada Darlene (Brown) Wright and Gilbert Edwin Wright. It was on that farm she was raised along with her siblings, Ed Wright, Larry Wright, and twin sisters Sandra Sargent and Sharon Shufelt.
Joan graduated from Adel High School in 1950. In 1951, she married Edward Cooper. To this union, three children were born: Vickie Cooper, Stephen Cooper and Jeffrey Cooper. In 1969, Joan married Wayne Southard, who preceded her in death.
Joan was a member of the New Hope Church of Adel.  She loved horses. Early in their life together, Ed and Joan rode in horse shows. One desire she had was to “ride again.” Thanks to Michelle Jenkins at New Hope Church and Dean and Peggy Scott, she thoroughly enjoyed her time on a horse once more. Joan loved and supported her family.  She found great joy in her children, grandchild, and great grandchildren.
Joan retired from the Brenton Bank in Adel in 2001. She and her husband, Charles Walston, enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, Branson and many other places.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Ed Wright; a sister, Sharon Shufelt; a sister-in-law, Donna Wright; and two nephews, Scott Wright and Jason Shufelt.
Joan is survived by her children; a granddaughter, Melissa Dohlman (Matt); four great-grandchildren, Eliana Dohlman, Hayden Dohlman, Davis Dohlman and Tate Dohlman; her sister, Sandra Sargent (Roy); and a brother, Larry Wright; as well as many nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren.
Visitation and service were Jan. 22 at the New Hope Church, Adel. Internment followed at the Otterman Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to New Hope Church, 25712 290th St., Adel, or Everystep Hospice, 3000 Easton Blvd., Des Moines. Online condolences can be expressed to the family at caldwellparrish.com.
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Ruth Schuler

Ruth J. Schuler, former mayor of Johnston, died on Jan. 11, 2024, after a brief illness. Ruth was born on Sept. 17, 1935, in Hampton to Esther and Ernest Winter. She graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1953 and attended the University of Iowa for one year. On Nov. 26, 1955, she married her high school sweetheart Donald “Dean” Schuler. They had two daughters, Christina and Kathleen, after moving to Des Moines.
She was a legal secretary and administrative assistant in Des Moines until the early 1970s when she became a buyer and retail seller of fine gifts and quality merchandise for Josephs Jewelry in Des Moines. She worked there for more than 25 years until she retired in the mid 1990s. During her time in Iowa, she lived with her family in Johnston.
Ruth was involved with local politics in Johnston and held many positions, including being mayor in 1980 and 1981. She was the first of three women who have served as the mayor of Johnston.  For many years, she also served on the Johnston City Council, as well as the Planning and Zoning Commission.
She and her husband, Dean, spent their early retirement years in Marco Island, Florida. She was elected to the first city council of Marco Island in 1997 and served until 2001 when they moved to Naples, Florida.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Donald Dean Schuler. Ruth is survived by her sister Mary (John) Leonforte, a nephew and nieces, and Ruth and Dean’s two daughters, Christina (Gregory) Woods and Kathleen (Warren “Shep”) Sparks.  She is also survived by her four grandsons, Jeffrey and Zachary Woods, Warren and Winter Sparks.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Cremation has been entrusted to The Beachwood Society in Naples.
Massure

Leonard L. Massure

Leonard L. Massure, 92, of De Soto, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Leonard was born in Dallas County on Oct. 12, 1931. He graduated from Linden High School and attended college. He lived in the De Soto area since 1968 and in Dallas County most of his life.
Leonard worked in building maintenance most of his career, including working as a welder and doing body shop work. He once was a member of Early Wheels of Iowa Car Club.
Leonard is survived by his sons, Steve (Becky) Massure and Richard Massure; his daughters, Gail McAvoy and Sharon Lopez; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Clare Massure; a son, Larry Massure; and brothers, Glen Massure and Merrill Massure.
A memorial service will be held at a later date with burial in the West Linn Cemetery in Linden. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a future designation. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.
Obitua

Denny Grill

Denny Grill died Jan. 10, 2024. He was born to George and Hazel Grill on Dec. 4, 1938. Denny graduated from Tech High School in 1957 where he studied engine and airframe mechanics. After graduation, he worked for Central Life Insurance in data processing. In 1959, he married Janet Morain. After a brief time working in Davenport, he moved his family back to Des Moines, where he got a job in IT working with a local insurance company. He retired on his 58th birthday. The second chapter of his life was spent enjoying his family, friends and favorite pastimes. He and his life partner, Agatha, bought a place in Florida and spent 25 years as snowbirds. His favorite pastimes were fishing, golfing, traveling and driving his classic Corvette.
He is survived by his life-time partner, Agatha Norton; son, Jim Grill (Nelda Davis); daughter, Lora Sanderson (Mark); grandchildren: AJ Grill, Tanner Grill, Drew Grill, Brad Sanderson (Maddi), Scott Sanderson and Samantha Sanderson. He was preceeded in death by his brother, George Grill, daughter-in-law, Ann Grill, and grandson, Kyle Welch.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 20, at Iles Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman, Des Moines. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., with funeral services at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Glen Echo Christian Church. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com. Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.
Larson

David Alan Larson

David Alan Larson, 59, of Alleman, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2024, at his home. Dave was born June 14, 1964, in Kansas City, Missouri, to David Neil and Kathleen Ann (Leaming) Larson. He attended North Polk High School, graduating in 1984. He was trained as a mechanic and performed maintenance on automobiles and finally production machinery. He retired from Tension Envelope. David Alan liked to tinker and was a talented mechanic.
He is survived by his mother, Kathleen Larson; brothers, Matt Larson with sons Tyler (Ashleigh), Jordan (Kirsti), Owen, Nathan, and Sean (Chris) Larson, and Bryan (Lindsay Scott) Larson with sons, Chandler and Collin; and many extended relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Neil Larson, and infant brother, Andrew Larson.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date to be announced for spring 2024.
Heefner

Mark O. Heefner

Mark O. Heefner, 73, died on Jan. 3, 2024, at home after a long battle with Diffuse Lewy Body Disease. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan.13, 2024, at 1 p.m. at Panther Creek Church of the Brethren. Mark was born on April 5, 1950, in Cedar Rapids to Richard and Dorothy (Miller) Heefner.
Mark graduated from Cedar Rapids Washington High School in 1969 and from McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas, in 1973. He married Patricia (Pat) Logsdon on Aug. 24, 1969. After graduating from college, Mark and Pat moved to Adel where they raised their four children. He was a member of Panther Creek Church of the Brethren. Mark and his brother, Dan, began their own construction business, Heefner Construction, in 1973. They operated the business for 50 years building 75-plus houses in the Dallas County area. All of Mark’s kids worked for Heefner Construction at one time or another, with Jay eventually joining the business working alongside his dad.
Mark enjoyed anything woodworking, fishing, spending time with the grandkids and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes. He loved coaching his kids in Little League baseball and softball. He tried giving his daughter, Jamie, a few tips on bowling and miniature golf, but she would have none of that. He thoroughly enjoyed watching the kids play sports, especially high school baseball and softball. He also spent time with the high school softball program helping with field work or whatever else needed to be done. When the kids were in high school, he also enjoyed the many hours spent helping with the Panther Creek Church youth group.
Mark is survived by his wife, Pat, of Adel; his children, Jeff (Jenny Purvis) Heefner, James (Leosan) Heefner, Jay Heefner and Jamie (Josh) Hachmeister; eight grandchildren, Sean Heefner, Lauren Heefner, Jake and Scarlett Heefner, and Nash, Nyah, Nell and Nori Hachmeister; two brothers, Dan (Jana) Heefner and Sam (Cindy) Heefner; two brothers-in-law, Jim (Donna) Logsdon and Kenny Logsdon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Galeda Burkholder; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Virgil and Coletta Logsdon; and his beloved little Chihuahua, Sadie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Panther Creek Church of the Brethren or Wesley Life Hospice.
Barron

Jack Joseph Barron

Jack Joseph Barron, 74, Johnston, died unexpectedly on Dec. 31, 2023, at UnityPoint Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines. Visitation was Jan. 5 at Iles Westover Chapel. A rosary and vigil service followed. A Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 6 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Urbandale. Interment at Glendale Cemetery will be held at a later date.
Jack was born on Sept. 11, 1949, in Oak Park, Illinois, to parents, Frank and Bernice (Hewelt) Barron. He graduated from Lake Park High School, Medinah, Illinois, then continued his education at Drake University, Des Moines, graduating in 1971, with a major in music education. He was an accomplished musician. He began his teaching career as a high school band instructor with Belle Plaine High School. He also worked at Maquekota Valley in Delhi and Harmony High School before retiring from Van Buren County High School in 2010.
He enjoyed playing in many musical groups, including an Irish band, The Lowly Brass, The Tarnished Brass and the West Des Moines Community Band. For 25 years, while living in Ottumwa, he directed the Ottumwa Municipal Band. He enjoyed walking, bike riding and spending time with his family.
On Aug. 11, 1973, he married Cecilia Woolway at the Rose Garden in Des Moines. They raised their two children, Mark and Anne, in Ottumwa and, upon retirement in 2010, they moved to Johnston. Jack was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, where he directed the guitar group at mass. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Jack is survived by his wife, Cecilia; children, Mark (Valerie) Barron of Coralville and Anne Barron of Des Moines; grandson, Jayden Griffin of Des Moines; twin sister, Jill (David) Koerperick; mother-in-law, Janet Woolway; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary (Rick) Carroll, Joan (Terry) Roberson, Beth (Mike) Benesh and John (Jackie) Woolway, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Bernice Barron, and his brother, Steven.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Jack Barron Memorial Scholarship, St. Pius X Catholic School Music Dept. or to Dowling Catholic High School. Arrangements were handled by Iles Westover Chapel.
Whitten

Bob Reece Whitten

Bob Reece Whitten, 87, died on Jan. 2, 2024 at Edencrest in Johnston, where he resided for the last five years. Visitation was Jan. 8 at Iles Westover Chapel in Des Moines with a funeral service following. Interment was later in the day Jan. 8 at the Union Township Cemetery, Coon Rapids.
Bob was born on Dec. 28, 1936, in Coon Rapids to Leonard and Grace (Neal) Whitten. He moved to Des Moines in 1966 where he worked for more than 30 years at Anderson Erickson Dairy.
Bob is survived by his children, Mandy Whitten, Rachel Perry, Connie Dove, Don Bridgeman, Mary Davis and Mark Webster; seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents; his wife, Betty; a son, Jay Whitten; and 10 siblings.
Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com. Arrangements were by Iles Westover Chapel.
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Audrey E. Tesdell Fry

Audrey E. Tesdell Fry, 101, died at her home on Dec. 27, 2023. She was born March 8, 1922, in Van Meter to Orie and Emma Thomas and raised in Carlisle. Audrey married Severt Tesdell and to that union two sons, Erik and Leif, were born. Severt died in 1996, and she later married William “Jack” Fry.
Audrey worked as a registered nurse at Iowa Lutheran Hospital as a floor nurse. She enjoyed playing basketball in high school and watching ever since. Audrey was an avid bridge player and enjoyed planting flowers every spring.
She is survived by her children, Erik Tesdell, Leif (Fiancé Jeanine Killion) Tesdell; grandchildren, Brandon Tesdell and Logan Tesdell; four great grandchildren; and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Severt Tesdell and Jack Fry; and sister, Vivian.
A funeral service was held Jan. 2 at Iles Westover Chapel, Des Moines, with burial in Bethlehem Cemetery in Slater. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ilesCares.com.
Schutte

Russell Lawrence Schutte

Russell Lawrence Schutte, 60, of Adel died Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, after a long battle with Parkinsons Disease. His family was by his side. Russ graduated from Belle Plaine High School then attended Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.
Russ enjoyed a good round of golf with friends and watching football in his “man cave” at Sun Valley Lake. His favorite place to vacation was Marco Island, Florida. Russ worked for Younkers Card Services and Access Financial before joining the Wells Fargo team, where he spent the last 25 years. His coworkers were a big part of his life and often referred to him as “a great mentor.”
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jody; daughters, Ashley (Brad) Wurster and Sidney (Luke) Anderson; grandchildren, Mason, Easton, Reagan, Carson and Hensley; and siblings, Judy, Cathy and Betty.
He was preceded by his mother, Geneva Schutte, and his baby brother, Kenneth.
A visitation was held Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – Adel Chapel. A private burial will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to EveryStep Hospice.
Kimrey

Jodi Kimrey

Jodi Kimrey, 54, of Minburn, died unexpectedly on Dec. 23, 2023, at the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. She was born on Feb. 4, 1969, in Des Moines to John and Dixie Kimrey. She was a graduate of Dallas Center Grimes High School and went on to get a nursing degree. Jodi worked as an LPN for many years.
In her free time, Jodi enjoyed taking trips to Florida and spending time with family and friends. She also liked to cook and try out new recipes. Her dogs and cats were extremely important to her.
Jodi is survived by her significant other, Jon Fox; parents, John and Dixie Kimrey; daughters, Taylor (Matt Robertson) Danhauer and Jill Fox; grandchildren, Hayden and Gage; and brothers, Jeff (Suzanne) Glanville, Jeff (Jody) Kimrey, John (Terri) Kimrey and Robert (Laura) Glanville. She was preceded in death by her aunt, Mary Keck.
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Donald Cook

Donald Cook died Jan. 1, 2024, at home with his family by his side. A visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, from 9-11 a.m. at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home - Adel Chapel, 735 S. 14th St., Adel. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery.
Don was born on Feb. 3, 1936, in Waukee. He graduated from Adel High School in 1956, where he excelled in numerous sports.  He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane Jones of Dallas Center, on Nov. 23, 1956.
He was an active golfer well into his 80s at Hillcrest Country Club, where he was a member for more than 50 years and hit a hole-in-one. Don took many fishing trips to Canada with friends. Don was a charter member of the men’s morning coffee club at the Corner Tap.
Don worked for the Iowa DOT for 10 years then Iowa Power and Light/MidAmerican Energy, where he retired after 29 years of service. He was a proud member of the IBEW Local 499.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane of Adel; his two children, Melody (Clarke) Marshall and Tim (Linda) Cook, both of Adel; four grandchildren, Colton (Betsy) Marshall, Carson Marshall, Allie Cook and Sam (Rachel) Cook; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard, William “Bump” and Doug; and one sister, Linda (Cook) Peck.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the ADM Alumni Association or Wesley Life Hospice.
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John Martinez

John Martinez, 87, of Johnston, died at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023. He was born in Des Moines on Aug. 7, 1936, to Joseph and Augustina (Bernal) Martinez. He attended Lincoln High School where he was active in football and wrestling. A big accomplishment was that he made it to the state wrestling tournament all four years of high school. John was also the homecoming king his senior year.
John worked as a bricklayer for 50 years, retiring from Ross Masonry. John also volunteered three mornings a week for 15 years at the VA for a total of 7,500 hours.
John is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Theresa (Paul) Drew, Carla (Terry) Garber, Gina (Chad) Paine and Elizabeth (Douglas Isackson) Martinez; son, John Christopher Martinez; grandchildren, Erin, Amber, Amanda, Matthew, Maria, Danielle, Kristin, Natasha, Joseph, Julia, Tyler, Hannah, David Wyatt, and Alyssa; brothers, Arthur, Vincent and Albert; and sisters, Dolores, Margaret and Raquel. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Anna Mitton and Mary Ellen Chapman.
Visitation was Dec. 17 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home and Crematory with a rosary service. Mass of Christian burial was Monday, Dec. 18 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.caldwellparrish.com.
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Jean Marie Barrett

Jean Marie Barrett, 65, died with family by her side on Dec. 3, 2023, at UCSD hospital in La Jolla, California. She was born Aug. 29, 1958, to John Melvin and Jean Moorman (Liggit) Dunleavy in Ames. Jean graduated from Ames High School and married her high school sweetheart, Michael Barrett, in 1978. Five years and four children later, they moved to Adel, which they called home for the last 38 years. Mike and Jean most recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.
Jean dedicated her life to her husband, kids, grandkids and countless friends she’s made over the last 65 years. She was a lover of nature, gardening and healthy living. She loved cheering her kids and grandkids on with all of their activities. Close to her heart was her rescue dog, Maggie.
She is survived by her husband, Mike; children, Joel (Erica) Barrett, Nick (Rae Ann) Barrett, Lindsay (Ryan) Knight and Suzanne (Nick) Talley; grandchildren, Alison, Donovan, Ashley, Hailey, Carter, Barrett, Graham and Nora; siblings, John (Linda) Dunleavy, Linda (Ron) Christianson and Mary Dunleavy; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her parents-in-law, Bonnie Laura and John Marvin Barrett.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 4-7 p.m. at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, 735 S. 14th St., Adel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be directed to AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and The La Jolla Family House.
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Bruce Algreen

Bruce Algreen, 60, of Adel, died unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, at his home. He was born on Sept. 1, 1963, to Ronald and Sharilynn (Carter) Algreen in Dexter. He was a 1982 graduate of Dexfield High School.
Bruce is survived by his daughter, Amie Algreen; father, Ron Algreen; sisters, Deb (Steve) Goodner and Pam Finnell; grandchildren, Kailey (Spencer), Amber and Carter; and one great grandchild, Hudson. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sharilynn; and his son, Ben Algreen.
A private burial will take place in the Dexter Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be donated in memory of Bruce. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.
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Joyce Ann Kamm

Joyce Ann Kamm, 71, of Van Meter, died at her home after a long, courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. She was born May 27, 1952, to Harold and Shirley Libich in Liberal, Kansas, and grew up in Hooker, Oklahoma, until her parents moved to Des Moines. They lived in Des Moines for about two years prior to moving to Booneville.
Mark and Joyce were married on May 24, 1968. They made their home in Booneville and then Van Meter for more than 50 years.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Mark; three sons, Douglas (Karla), Dennis and Daniel (Dani); three grandchildren, Kendre, Kolby and Payton; and a sister, Pamela (Ben) Adams. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Shirley; brother, Michael; and sisters, Kathy and Brenda.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Van Meter American Legion Hall. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 20, also at the Van Meter American Legion Hall. Burial will follow at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m., after the burial, at the Van Meter American Legion Hall. Memorial contributions may be directed to UnityPoint Hospice, the John Stoddard Cancer Center, and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 403. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.
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Carol Fox

Carol Fox of Minburn died Dec. 8, 2023. She was born Jan. 28, 1942, in Perry. A memorial gathering will be held at the Ray R. Estle Memorial Library,1308 Walnut St., Dallas Center, on Sunday, Dec. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. Arrangements are by Iles Brandt Chapel.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ben; daughter, Jennifer Fox Ellerman; son, Jon (Jodi Kimrey Jensen); grandchildren Tyler (Erin) Ellerman and their son, Orson, Suzanne (Ben) Neff and their son, Oliver, Cassidy (Wes) Hammer and their daughter, Macey, Ben Fox and Jill Fox; and siblings: Linda (Tom) Nevitt, Keith (Margie) Kenyon, Susan Kenyon Smith, Jeff (Cheryl) Kenyon, Kim (Larry) Goodman, and Laurie (Bill) Morgan; sister-in-law, Mary Potter Kenyon (Nick Portzen), and her brother- and sister-in-law, Bob and Barb Fox.
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Joshua Villa

Joshua Villa, 45, of Adel, died in a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in Des Moines working as a tow truck driver.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, at the New Hope Church near Adel with a visitation taking place one hour prior beginning at 9:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a future designation. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.
Josh was born on June 10, 1978, in Santa Clara, California, to James and Laura (Cater) Villa. He attended Ponderosa High School and worked at UPS in the warehouse for many years prior to moving over to work at Rick’s Towing as a tow truck driver. Even though his time as a truck driver was short, he enjoyed the work that he did.
Josh was an avid sports fan and loved his Bay Area teams. He especially enjoyed watching sports with his sons, dad, brother and his friends. He loved to spend time bonding with his kids, as his family was his life. Josh tried hard to make sure his kids were provided for and taken care of. His infectious laugh, humor and kind hearted spirit will remain and be missed by so many.
Josh is survived by his wife, Tracy Villa; parents, James (April) Villa and Laura Galvan; sons, Anthony and Matthew Villa; daughter, Bailey Villa; brothers, Nicholas Villa, Christian Villa and Jake Galvan; and sisters, Lindsey McLaughlin, Katarina Grabowski, Madison Pineda, Chandler Villa, Audrey Grabowski, Emily Karpinski, Jennifer Ormsby and Samantha Arbuckle. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Love and Grandpa Villa; and maternal grandparents, Sherman and Virginia Cater.
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Dallas Eugene Rohrs

Dallas Eugene Rohrs died peacefully at Edencrest Green Meadows in Johnston on Nov. 11, 2023. He died of a broken heart after losing his wife of 68 years on Oct. 8, 2023. Dallas was born on Nov. 16, 1930, in Mitchell, South Dakota. In 1946, the family moved to Bridgeport, Nebraska, and Dallas graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1948. It was in high school he met his future bride, Gerry Berta.
He attended Chadron State College for a short time before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. He was deployed to Korea. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1952. After leaving the military, he returned to South Dakota and began work with Black Hills Power. He married Gerry Berta on June 4, 1955. In September 1961, Dallas took a job with an electrical equipment distributor, and the family moved to Des Moines. He continued to work in that field until he retired in 1997 after working several years for Cahoon Sales of Iowa City.
Dallas enjoyed his retirement years and delved into a multitude of home projects. He was a handyman who could fix anything involving his cars or his home. He attended hundreds of sporting events involving his son, grandson and great-grandson. He was a quiet, kind, generous and gentle soul who would do anything for his family and friends.
He is survived by his son, Patrick (Sally); grandson Daniel (Anna); great-grandchildren, Elijah, Rebecca and Elizabeth; cousins Dick Johnson and Connie Nelson; and several nieces, nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gerry; parents, Walter and Nadine; sister, Patricia Collins; and in-laws, Ray and Renie Jessen, Tony and Vera Reano, and Wilson Berta.
Funeral services were Nov. 16 at Iles Dunn’s Chapel. Internment was at Glendale Cemetery with full military honors. Donations may be directed to Care Initiatives Hospice in Dallas’ memory.
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Donella Sue Lint

Donella Sue Lint was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Shannon City, the daughter of Francis “Roy” and Nina (Sloan) Crowell. She grew up near Des Moines and Johnston and graduated from Johnston High School in 1953. On Oct. 16, 1954, she married Martin “Marty” Lint. Donella worked at Allied Mutual Casualty for seven years. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards and putting puzzles together. She was a member of VFW Auxiliary No. 9662 and Des Moines Women’s Bowling Association. Donella died Nov. 12, 2023, at Urbandale Health Care Center. She was 89.
Donella is survived by her sisters, Joy Cummings, Ramona Ward and Dorothy Brooks; as well as sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers Nathan, Gene, Ron, John and Donald.
Visitation was Nov. 15 at Iles Westover Chapel. Graveside services were Nov. 16 at Lincoln Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Grand View Lutheran Church, where she was a member.
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Cory Daugherty

Cory Daugherty, 39, was born July 24, 1984. He died Nov. 4, 2023. He was born in Adel to Kelly Daugherty and Kristi (Morrison) Hamilton. Cory had a heart of gold and could always make others smile. He had a bear tight hug and cared deeply about his family. He was a free spirit, a wanderer, someone who sought to squeeze every drop of adventure out of life. He lived on his own terms. However, it’s no secret that Cory faced an internal struggle, one that he battled courageously.
Cory is survived by his sons, Blayne (Angela Bowe-Shaw) and Nakota (Nadia Clark-Sharp); father, Kelly (Leilani); mother, Kristi (Skip); brother, Chad (Crystal) Daugherty; nephew, Dausen; niece, Kinsey; and many other friends and loved ones.
A memorial gathering was held in Cory’s honor Nov. 15 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home - Adel Chapel. Memorial contributions are suggested to Joppa Outreach, www.joppa.org/?form=give. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.
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Sister Rosalia (Mary Andrew) Riedel

Sister Rosalia (Mary Andrew) Riedel, CHM, 99, died at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston on Oct. 31, 2023. Services were held Nov. 6 at Bishop Drumm Our Lady of Peace Chapel and Nov. 7 at Humility of Mary Center, Davenport. Mass of Christian burial was followed by interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.
Rosalia Louise Riedel was born Nov. 23, 1923, in Milford, Ohio, to Dr. Ferdinand and Rosalia (Riehle) Riedel. She entered the congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1945 and professed vows in 1948 as Sister Mary Andrew.
Sister earned an AA in elementary education from Ottumwa Heights College, Ottumwa, and a bachelor’s degree from Marycrest College, Davenport. She attended Scott Community College, Davenport, graduating as a certified nursing assistant in 1994.
Sister Rosalia began teaching in Centerville in 1948 then taught at St. Leo’s, Lewistown, Montana; Lourdes Memorial, Bettendorf; St. Pius X, Rock Island, Illinois; St. Mary’s, Albia; St. Theresa’s, Des Moines; St. Mary’s, Oskaloosa; and Sacred Heart and St. Patrick’s in Ottumwa. She served in evolving positions at Center for Aging Services, Inc. (CASI) in Davenport.
As an adult, she traveled frequently on bus tours, pilgrimages, for workshops, and for volunteer programs such as Seeds of Hope, visiting 22 states and Washington, D.C., between 1973 and 2002. In 1950, in accordance with Pope Pius XII’s declaration of a Holy Year, she traveled with Sodality of the Blessed Virgin on a tour of Marian shrines in Europe, allowing her to visit Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Lourdes (France), Paris and Lisieux. She also took multiple trips to Canada and riverboat journeys up the Mississippi River.
After retiring, she wrote: “I think I enjoyed traveling because, when I was young, I had lived in three states before I was 9. Now that I am older and have trouble walking, I would rather stay home.” Sister loved music, cards, jigsaw puzzles, and assembling photo albums dedicated to her travels.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and one sister. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and her CHM community. Memorials may be made to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary.
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Sharon Rae Shufelt

Sharon Rae Shufelt, 81, died Oct. 31, 2023, at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines. She was born Sept. 20, 1942, to Gilbert Edwin and Ada Darlene (Brown) Wright in Des Moines. Sharon graduated from Adel High School and then moved to Aurora, Illinois. In 1973, she married Neale Shufelt, who preceded her in death. She later moved to Sarasota, Florida, where she found great joy in the warm weather and the beach.
She was a talented musician who enjoyed music and played multiple instruments, sometimes more than one at a time. Sharon and her father would often entertain the rest of the family with their music.
Sharon is survived by a son, Jeremiah Shufelt (Jen Jankowski); sisters Joan Southard and Sandra Sargent (Roy); a brother, Larry Wright; and many nieces and nephews.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ed Wright; her son, Jason Shufelt; and many friends. A graveside service was held Nov. 3 at the Otterman Cemetery in Adel. Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Adel, was in charge of arrangements.
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Susan Kay Chew

Susan Kay Chew, born on Aug. 19, 1953, in Minnesota to Wally and Ruby (Dewald) Faller, died on Oct. 22, 2023, at her home in Dallas Center, surrounded by loved ones. On April 21, 1973, Susan married the love of her life, Michael David Chew, in Perry. Together, they shared 44 wonderful years of marriage, raising their son, Kevin, and building a life filled with love, laughter and cherished memories. Susan was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and her family was the center of her world.
She is survived by her son, Kevin (Melissa) Chew; grandchildren, Kaylee and Konner Chew; sister, Deborah (Greg) Young; her brother, Bruce (Julie) Faller; and sister-in-law, Sheila (Alan) Eyerly.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael David Chew, and her parents, Wally and Ruby (Albaugh) Faller.
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James Michael Roth

James Michael Roth, 69, died on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, at Taylor House Hospice surrounded by his family. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Adel Chapel. A mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Adel. A burial will follow mass at the Oakdale Cemetery in Adel. Memorial contributions can be made to UnityPoint - Taylor House Hospice, https://www.unitypoint.org/giving, in honor of James. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com. A full obituary was not available at press time.
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Randy Allen Clements

Randy Allen Clements, 57, of Adel, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at Taylor House Hospice after a long battle with cancer. Randy was born in Lakeland, Florida, on Jan. 24, 1966. Randy met his wife, Tammy, at Haines City Junior High in 1980. Randy attended the University of Florida, where he earned his PhD in food science and engineering while he and Tammy were raising their sons. He spent a majority of his life in Florida until he and his family relocated to Iowa in 2008. Randy worked as a senior business analyst with Nationwide Agribusiness.
Randy was a problem solver; he enjoyed taking on challenges and was incredibly strong-willed and passionate about the things he cared about. He had a unique ability to make connections with those around him, whether it was playing “Call of Duty” with groups of friends or going to the grocery store. Randy always knew how to talk to people and never met a stranger. Randy loved thought-provoking discussions and believed strongly in the importance of dialogue with others. He loved teaching himself — and others — anything he found interesting. He also loved cooking, grilling and cheering on the Florida Gators. However, Randy’s biggest passion in life was undoubtedly his family. He was an extremely proud father and supportive husband, and cherished any time he got to spend with them.
He is survived by his parents; his wife, Tammy (Moody) Clements; his two sons, Kyle (Morgan Ogg) and Austin Clements; his brother, Bill (Nash Martinez) Clements; his sister, Patty Hovis; and many other loving relatives.
A memorial service for Randy was held Saturday, Oct. 28, at The Adel United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be directed to AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport, https://aheinz57.networkforgood.com/, or UnityPoint Hospice - Taylor House, https://www.unitypoint.org/giving, in honor of Randy. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.
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Steven ‘Steve’ F. Schaer

Steven “Steve” F. Schaer, 50, died unexpectedly at home in Johnston on Oct. 7 due to a heart attack. A celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines, 8250 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston, on Friday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be one hour prior at 10 a.m. A luncheon will follow.
Steve was born on March 31, 1973 in Des Moines. He grew up in Beaverdale and attended King-Perkins, Callahan, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1991. He attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, and graduated from Upper Iowa University in Fayette with a business degree. He worked at Sprint in Overland Park, Kansas, before returning home to work with his dad at Investor’s Realty. Steve was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines. He will be remembered for his kindness to, and caring for, his family and friends, and his appreciation of the simple pleasures of life, including conversation and laughter, boating, fishing, and watching the Chiefs games.
Survivors include his mother, Martha; sister, Mindy (Jim) Sawtelle; brother, Dave (Vicki) Schaer; nieces, Anna Sawtelle, Samantha (Jesse) Rose, Caroline Sawtelle, Allyson Schaer and Natalie Schaer; nephews, Joseph Sawtelle and JD Schaer; extended family; and many friends. Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, and his nephew, Tristan Sawtelle.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church or the American Heart Association. Arrangements are by Iles Westover Chapel.
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Jack Otto Kramer

Jack Otto Kramer, 85, died Oct. 20, 2023. Funeral services will be at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Iles Westover Chapel. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.
Jack was born May 11, 1938, in Klemme and graduated from Garner High School with the class of 1957. He entered the U.S. Navy after high school and was honored to serve six years on the USS Renville. After serving, he married Judy, and they had just celebrated 60 years of marriage in September. They traveled the world with many trips Judy earned from her business and made some beautiful memories. They lived in Des Moines for more than 50 years before moving to Johnston.
Jack worked at Owen Christ Body Shop for many years and had his own auto repair business, JOK Auto. “Jack of all trades” was an appropriate title. His passion and incredible talent was restoring and painting show cars. He earned several car show awards. He could fix anything car related and made sure his grandkids had vehicles. He also could build anything and remodeled several homes. Jack had a generous heart and was willing to lend a hand to family, friends and neighbors.
Jack is survived by his wife, Judy Kramer; daughter, Anne (Larry) Hyler; son, Dan (Jan) Kramer; sisters Judy Smith, Diane White and Tammy (Tim) Allison; five grandsons, Andrew (Kayse) Hyler, Kevin (Sarah) Hyler, Jeffrey Hyler, Joel Hyler and Gabriel Kramer; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlene and Art Kramer, and a sister, Sharon Smith.
Memorial contributions in memory of Jack may be made to a veteran organization of the donor’s choice. Online condolences are welcomed at www.IlesCares.com.
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Ann Froning Dickinson

Ann Froning Dickinson, 88, died Oct. 19, 2023, two days shy of her 89th birthday. She was born on Oct. 21, 1934, in Des Moines. She graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended William Woods University and the University of Iowa. She married Warren Wilmot Dickinson, and they raised their four children in Des Moines before moving to Johnston in 1982.
Ann enjoyed her friendships in Tri Delta sorority, Junior League and PEO. She liked to lunch with friends, spend time at the pool, needlepoint, knit and vacuum. Ann was a loving wife and mother, and a stellar grandmother to her nine grandchildren.
Ann is preceded in death by husband, Warren, and brother, Herman David Froning, Jr. She is survived by brother, John Otis Froning (Jean Redding Froning); children, Deborah Barry, Pamela Garbett (Tim Garbett), Diana Dickinson (Mark Green) and William Dickinson (Amanda Hartman); grandchildren, Diana Mahoney, Nick Barry, Ruth Barry, Sam Garbett, Anna Garbett, Walter Davis, Emma Davis, Garin Dickinson and Vance Dickinson; and great-grandsons, Conor and Nicholas Mahoney.
In lieu of flowers, Ann would like friends and family to make donations to their favorite charity. Private services were held.
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Janet Jenkins Prideaux

Janet Jenkins Prideaux, 87, of Johnston, died on Oct. 11, 2023, at Ramsey Village. Visitation was Oct. 20 at Iles Westover Funeral Home. Funeral service was Oct. 21 at First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines in Johnston. Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Missouri Valley.
Janet was born Aug. 8, 1936, in Council Bluffs. She was a member of the 1954 graduating class of Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs and a 1958 graduate of Iowa State Teachers College (UNI). She earned her master’s degree in deaf education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Janet was a teacher of the deaf for 38 years, teaching at the Iowa School for the Deaf (Council Bluffs), Hope Haven School (Rock Valley), Crippled Children’s Hospital and School (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), and Des Moines Public Schools. She volunteered at church, at the VA Hospital and for Heifer International.
She met Kenneth Prideaux at church, and they were married in 1964. Janet was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth; and her daughter, Amy Prideaux. She is survived by her sons, Todd (Jodi) Prideaux and Corey (Amy “Brem” Bremers) Prideaux; her daughter, Michelle Prideaux; her granddaughters, Ashlea Prideaux, Rachel Prideaux and Hannah Prideaux; her grandsons, Trenton Prideaux, Micah Prideaux and Donovan Prideaux; and her great-grandson, Isaac Prideaux.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Iowa School for the Deaf.
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Clyde Bradford

Clyde Vernus Bradford, 87, of Johnston, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, at Kavanagh House with his family at his side. He was born Jan. 16, 1936, in Columbus Junction. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean War. He was an over the road truck driver/owner operator his entire career. In retirement, he lived with his spouse in Martina Place, Mesa, Arizona. He was loved by his many friends and enjoyed playing tennis and pickleball.
Survivors include wife, Carol J. Bradford; son, John (Kelly) Bradford; daughter, Peggy (Mike) Harmeyer; stepson Roger (Allison) Gulling; seven grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and 17 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Judith J. Bradford; parents, Allen and Neva Bradford; son, Ron Bradford; and stepson Donnie Gulling.
Clyde was cremated and no services are planned. Iles Grandview Park Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
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Marilyn Elaine (Spearing) Chance

Marilyn Elaine (Spearing) Chance, 88, of Adel, died on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, at the Stuart Community Care Center following a long battle with Alzheimers.
Marilyn was born in Bangor, Maine, on May 5, 1935, to Ralph Michael and Evelyn Ruth (Fielding) Spearing. She met her husband, Bob, there during his time in the service. The two were married for 69 years and had five children. Marilyn was known for her baking skills. She will be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Dorothy, Walter, Alice, Harry, Roland, Kenny, Bobby, Paul, Donna, Donald and Everett; her grandson, Joseph; and her great-grandson, Liam.
Marilyn is survived by her loving husband, Bob Chance; her five children, Cindy (Richard) Weems, David (Jeanette) Chance, Janice Howard, Sue Wunsch, and Marty (Patti) Chance, as well as nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Thursday, Oct. 12, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Adel Chapel. A private family burial will take place in the Oakdale Cemetery in Adel. Memorial contributions may be donated to the American Red Cross and/or St. Croix Hospice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.caldwellparrish.com.
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David Lynn Fox

David Lynn Fox, 69, of Johnston died on Sept. 29 due a complication during surgery. He was born on Aug. 15, 1954, in Des Moines. David was a doting father, a loving grandfather, a brother, and a selfless individual who was a friend to everyone.
David attended Johnston Community High School and started work at the Iowa DOT in 1991, retiring in 2015. He enjoyed photography, bird watching, fishing and spending time outdoors. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.
David is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Tarin (Marcus) and Katherine Fox, as well as his grandchildren, Landon and Kamryn, his brothers Michael (Ann) and Christopher (Margo), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane, his mother, Marilyn, and his father, Ronald.
A private family service and burial will be held to honor David’s life. The family requests that any cards, gifts, or condolences be sent to the family home or Funeral Home: Iles Westover Funeral Home 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50322.
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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.
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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 www.IlesCares.com. Arrangements are by Iles Westover Chapel.
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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 www.caldwellparrish.com. 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 www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com.