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Garland Winston Seibert

Garland Winston Seibert, 87, died on Jan. 15, 2023. Garland was born March 3, 1935, to Hayden and Mamie (Steibel) Seibert in Des Moines. He grew up on a farm on N.W. 86th Street in Johnston. He was active in 4-H and was selected to attend Boys State while in high school, where he participated in football, basketball and track. In 1954, after graduating from Johnston High School, he enrolled at Drake University in Des Moines, attending on a football scholarship. He was honored by teammates as a co-captain his senior year. Garland received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Drake University in 1959 and 1962, respectively. He was Kappa Delta Pi (honorary education) and National Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities while at Drake. He was honored to be named to the All-Decade team.
Garland taught at the secondary level of education for 23 years, beginning at Mitchellville High School in 1959. He was athletic director, teacher, coach of football, track and field, and started the wrestling program at Johnston High School. Garland also taught and coached at Bettendorf, Saydel, then at East and Roosevelt high schools in Des Moines, completing his career at Harding Middle School, Des Moines. Following retirement, he volunteered at the Johnston Historical Society, Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny, IPTV, Festival Of Trees, and was a member of DMARSPA.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marlys; son, Brian; two grandchildren; and sister. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Memorial Services of Iowa in Ankeny, with burial at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. The family requests no flowers, and memorials may be directed to Drake University School of Education, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50511.
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Mary Helen Jaeger

Mary Helen Jaeger, 81, died Jan. 20, 2023, at Edencrest in Johnston. Mary was born on Sept. 15, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois, to Frank and Mary (Porath) Perl. She married Ronald Gordon Jaeger on May 6, 1961. Mary was a homemaker for many years until she decided to return to school in 1976 to pursue a degree in nursing. She attended Drake University and Mercy College of Nursing, graduating in 1980 as a registered nurse. Mary and Ron founded Chicago Speakeasy in 1978, and Mary enjoyed working Friday nights in her latter years. After losing Ron in 2002, she settled in Johnston where she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Mary is survived by her four children, Julie Moore, Jeffrey (Renee) Jaeger, John (Laurence) Jaeger and Jennifer (Scott) Scothorn; nine grandchildren; great-grandson; sister; and many other family members. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother.
Visitation and funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines, with burial at Resthaven Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Puppy Jake Foundation in Mary’s honor.

Cynthia R. Sund

Cynthia R. Sund, 89, of Johnston, and more recently of Spurgeon Manor, Dallas Center, died Jan. 22, 2023. Cynthia was born Nov. 26, 1933, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Theodore R. and Susan (Welde) Mundt.
Cynthia is survived by her daughters, Christine (Dan) Keller and Stephanie (Jim) Cunningham; son, Daniel (Angie) Sund; grandchildren, Julie (Matt) Ruzek, Betsy (Brook) Hansen, Joe (Karissa) Keller, Megan Cunningham, Nick Cunningham (Perla De Anda), Brock (Olivia) Sund, and Jake (Kelly) Sund; great-grandchildren, Olivia Ruzek, Will Ruzek, Ben Hansen, Ellie Hansen, Sam Keller, Isla Keller, Emmy Keller, Emiliana De Anda-Cunningham, Madeline Sund, Patrick Sund, and Jonathan Sund. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Howard E. Sund; her parents; and brother, Theodore G. Mundt.
Cynthia was a wonderful mother and Granny. She enjoyed fellowship at St. James Lutheran Church. A memorial service was Monday, Jan. 30 at St. James Lutheran Church. Memorials may be directed to Spurgeon Manor or St. James Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at
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Charles Claude Blanchard Jr.

Charles Claude Blanchard Jr. died Jan. 16, 2023. He was born in Madrid on Feb. 2, 1929, to Charles Claude Blanchard and Mary “Molly” (Slaten) Blanchard. They settled in Adel. He served in the U.S. Army Air Guard, attended college, was a coal miner and inductee into the Iowa Miners Hall of Fame, and managed a multi-state financial company where he was known as “Doc.” He excelled at sports and can be found in the Adel High School athletics records.
He married Beula Jo (Reed) Blanchard in 1948. They lived in Omaha and Denver before moving to West Des Moines in the 1970s.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 2009; his brother, Bob Blanchard; sisters, Margaret Lepley, LaVurn Sheary and Opal Westerbeck; as well as his brothers- and sisters-in-law. Left to honor his legacy are his sons and their families: Tom Blanchard and his children, Cori (Chris Ulane) and Jeremy (Renee); Randy Blanchard and his wife, Mae, and their children, Jillian (Brian Fassburg), Sam, and Jenna (Tyler Asmus); Scot Blanchard and his wife, Shelly, and their children, Ryan and Joel (Sara); Marty Blanchard and his wife, Ginger, and their children, Maggie (Luke Miller), Reed, Lexie and Anna; sister Joy Fedson; sister-in-law Bonnie Blanchard; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Private family graveside services will be held.
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Roger Raymond Martin

Roger Raymond Martin, 92, died on Jan. 16, 2023. He was born near Redfield to Karl and Vera Martin on Aug. 27, 1930. He graduated from Redfield High School in 1948 where he met LaVonne Harmison, the kindergarten teacher who later became his wife. They married on Aug. 21, 1949, and enjoyed 73 years of marriage. Seven children were born into this union.
The family first lived on a small farm on Kennedy Station Road near Redfield. Roger farmed for his dad then later purchased his own home and land in Adel. Roger and LaVonne later moved back to his dad’s farm near Redfield. With the addition of more farmland, Roger formed a partnership with Richard Ticknor for the past 28 years.
Roger and LaVonne built a second home at Lake Panorama in 1970. They were members of the HALO club and Par 3 Golf Course where Roger shot a hole-in-one. He enjoyed golfing and playing cribbage and never missed his “free” morning coffee at the Redfield Co-op. Roger was an active member of the Adel Methodist Church, Adel School Board, PTA, Farm Bureau, Jaycees, Dallas County Pork Producers Association, and Co-op Board. He received an award for Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year.
Roger is survived by his wife; children, Darwin Martin (Joyce), Natalie Pendroy (Jim), David Martin (Karen), Dallas Martin, Minalee Scheuerman and Duane Martin (Lorie); 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Roger was preceded in death by his parents; son, Daniel Len; brother, Gene Martin; and sister, Jeanine Freestone.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Adel United Methodist Church, 115 S. 10th St., Adel. Visitation will begin one hour prior. 
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Shirley Jean Fuller

Shirley Jean Fuller, 93, died Jan. 15, 2023. She was a dedicated wife to Bob Fuller (married 53 years until his death in 2001) and his loyal business partner at Fuller Petroleum in Adel. Shirley was born April 7, 1929, in Ottumwa to Harold and Blanch Fredrickson. She was the middle child and loved well by her parents and two brothers and two sisters. Shirley met Bob on a blind date, married Oct. 3, 1948, in Dallas Center and eventually moved to Adel where they raised their four sons.
Shirley loved her family, ceramics, her work as a travel agent, her time in Eastern Star, fishing in Minnesota, Adel Sweet Corn Parade, vacations (especially Colorado and San Francisco), riding her bike, watching old movies, playing cribbage and dominoes with her grandkids, apple salad and homemade ice cream. Throughout her last years, she displayed incredible fortitude, bravery and a strength of character and resiliency that was a shining example to her family.
She is survived by children, Kelly (Debra), Terry (Cathy) and Tom (Linda); 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Rick, and sister, Roxie. Her husband, Robert, son, Gregg, and two siblings, Glenn (Bud) Fredrickson and Corrine Grogan, preceded her in death.
A memorial service for Shirley will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 in Adel at Faith Lutheran Church followed by a private burial in Oakdale Cemetery.  Family and friends are invited to remember and celebrate Shirley and attend a luncheon in her honor directly following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel. 
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Perry Herman Sims

Perry Herman Sims died Jan. 16, 2023, at home, just one month from his 66th birthday. Perry was born Feb. 16, 1957, in Bainbridge, Maryland, to Perry and Kathryn (Humphrey) Sims. Perry graduated from Temple Texas High school in 1975. He attended Temple Junior College and graduated in 1980 with a degree in vocal music. Perry retired from Wells Fargo. He enjoyed working with youth and serving on the worship band at church. He shared his love of Christ through his singing and helping with youth camps. Perry enjoyed playing and watching sports, especially baseball, “Go Cubs!” He is in the San Diego Little League Hall of Fame. Perry also enjoyed taking his sons on hunting and camping trips.
Perry is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Lynne (Chichester) Sims; sons, Joshua Isaiah Sims and Christopher Austin (Cera Olson) Sims; parents; sister, Joy Laryn (David) Julian; brother, Kendall (Susie) Sims; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeremiah Nathaniel Sims; grandparents; and nephew.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 20 at Crestwood Baptist Church in Des Moines. Memorial contributions can be directed to Crestwood Baptist Church. Condolences may be expressed at
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James ‘Jim’ Smith

James “Jim” Smith died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, at the Taylor House in Des Moines. The family received friends Monday, Jan. 16 at New Hope United Methodist Church where funeral services followed. Burial was at McDivitt Grove Cemetery.
Jim was born June 9, 1934 in Council Bluffs to Clyde and Hazel (Hague) Smith. The family eventually moved to Boone where he graduated from high school in 1952. He was married to Norma Swain on April 27, 1956, in Fort Dodge. Four children were born to this union, and Jim and Norma raised their family in Johnston. Prior to his marriage, Jim served in the Coast Guard from 1952-1956. He was an active member of New Hope UMC, Masonic Lodge and the Optimist Club.
Survivors include his children: Karen of West Des Moines, Kevin (LuAnn) of Polk City and Amy of Johnston; grandsons: Blake (Meghann), Trent (Shantell), and Reed; great-grandchildren: Lena, Everett, Ella, Rue and Drennan James: and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Robert; brother, Jerry; sister, JoAnne (Eldon); and sister-in-law, JoEllen.
Jim spent the first 25 years of his career at The Des Moines Register & Tribune in the circulation department and ended his career helping individuals achieve retirement goals by providing investment and insurance solutions. Jim is best remembered by family and friends for his fierce loyalty and faithfulness and his devotion to his family and faith. Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church. 
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Gladys Pauline Townsley

Gladys Pauline Townsley, 89, of Adel, died Jan. 9, 2023, after complications from breaking her hip in a fall on Christmas morning. She was born in Des Moines on Dec. 23, 1933, to Mamie LeMar and Cornelius Wolfe.
Gladys spent most of her life in the restaurant world as a waitress, cook and the occasional bartender. She worked at Bear’s Restaurant & Yankee Clipper in Ankeny as well as running Cisco Tacos behind the bait shop in Polk City for several summers. She also spent some years as an in-home health aide, being not only their caregiver, but cook, housekeeper and friend. She recently battled cervical cancer and won. She had doubts she would be able to do the treatment at first. But she fought every day for eight weeks going to radiation and was proud of her accomplishment.
She is survived by her three girls, Laurie Helen, Betty Gale and Darcy Kay (Kim) Townsley; daughter-in-law Deb Comer (Dick); 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Warnock; and several extended family members. She was preceded in death by her boys, Frank “Frankie,” Johnny and Michael Paul Townsley; daughter-in-law Sheila Seals; parents, Mamie and Charles “Chuck” Clapsaddle; and best friend of 70 years, Kathy Beavers.
A private memorial will be held at a later date. 
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John Richard Goos

John Richard Goos, 53, of Adel, died Jan. 12, 2023, after a six-month battle with lung cancer. John was born in Ames on April 17, 1969, to Rick and Nancy Goos. After turning 18, he enlisted in the armed forces and earned his GED while serving. After completing basic training in Georgia, he was stationed in Hawaii. John enjoyed the outdoors and working with his hands; thus, he decided to pursue a career in construction after an honorable medical discharge from the armed forces. John returned to Iowa where he met the mother of his children, Staci, and had two sons.
John has joined his brother, Chris Goos; and grandparents, Lee and Beulah Hoffman and Dick and Ginny Goos. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Goos; father, Richard Saar Goos (Linda Goos); sons, Austin and Brandon Goos; brother, Bryan Goos; sister-in-law, Amy Goos; two nephews and many other family and friends.
A burial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, 34024 Veterans Memorial Drive, Adel. Following the service, there will be a celebration of life at the American Legion Post 403, located at 910 Main Street, Van Meter.
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Riley Alexander Scharper

Riley Alexander Scharper, 28, of Adel, died Jan. 13, 2023. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home and Crematory McCalley Chapel. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Clear Lake Municipal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Khloe’s college fund. The family has a GoFundMe account set up at The family invites others to share any stories or memories they have to
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Doris Needham Dobbertin

Doris Needham Dobbertin, 92, of Johnston, died Jan. 6, 2023. Doris had a strong love of God and cherished her family. Doris and John raised three sons in their 37 years of marriage. After the passing of her husband, John Needham, she was blessed to have met and fallen in love with Warren Dobbertin. They were married for 12 years and had a wonderful life together until Warren’s passing.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Nina; sister, Verna; and brothers, Francis, Raymond and Harold. She leaves behind her sons, David (Kathi), Kevin (Vicki) and Richard (Pam); four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Warren left Doris a son, Warren Jr. (Connie), and daughter, Jan (Kurt), whom she loved as her own.
Doris will be laid to rest at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery following a graveside service for her immediate family. In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions will be collected by the family and donated to veterans organizations and other charities Doris supported. 
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Kathleen Janssen

Kathleen Rose (Hanigan) Janssen, 97, of Johnston and formerly of Churdan, died Dec. 31, 2022, at her home in Johnston with her daughter by her side. She was born to Thomas and Catherine Hanigan in Crawford County, near Dunlap. Kathleen spent her young years attending school in Boyer Township, Crawford County, and attended high school at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Dunlap. Kathleen obtained cosmetology licenses from Nebraska and Iowa, going to school in Omaha and Sioux City. She operated a beauty salon in Dunlap from 1944 until 1951, when she married and moved to the farm near Churdan.
In 1951, Kathleen married Harold E. Janssen of Churdan. To this union was born a daughter, Coleen Marie Janssen. Kathleen was a member of St. Patrick’s and St. Columbkille’s Catholic Churches of Churdan. After she moved to Johnston, she became a member of St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband in 1977; two brothers and their wives; two sisters and their husbands; and one brother-in-law. She is survived by her daughter; sister, Virginia Klein; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, Jan. 7, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church near Churdan, with burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for the family at
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Viola I. Stout

Viola I. Stout, 88, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, at Kavanagh House in Des Moines. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Viola was born Aug. 19, 1934, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to Norbert and Lorraine (Coleman) Pitsch. After graduating high school in 1952, Viola earned an associate’s degree in medical science and research. She worked as director of medical records for many years and later as an administrative assistant for Toshiba Electronics before her retirement.
Memberships included the Elks Lodge in Prescott, Arizona, and St. James Lutheran Church. Viola enjoyed art, gardening and oil painting.
Survivors include her daughter: Jill (Gary) Wilson; step-children: Mark (Dawn) Stout and David (Janet) Stout; granddaughter, Lily Wilson; and sister, Violet Tolnitz of Prescott, Arizona. Viola was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in 2021; sons: Scott and Jeffrey Evans; and siblings: Joanne Blake and Norbert Pitsch.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League. Online condolences are welcome at
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Chad Totten Christenson

Chad Totten Christenson, 47, of Johnston, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. A gathering of family and friends will take place on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Jester Park Lodge, 11121 Jester Park Drive, Granger, for an afternoon of sharing Chad’s life and love of his family. Due to an immunocompromised member of the family in attendance, they appreciate your concern for their health if you cannot attend due to an illness. 
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Sandra R. Reed

Sandra R. Reed, 85, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, at Brio of Johnston Retirement Community. A private family celebration of Sandra’s life will be held.
Sandy was born May 24, 1937, to Donald and Marjorie (Neuman) Mason in Des Moines. She was raised in Ames and received her teaching degree from Iowa Teacher’s College. Sandy was a homemaker and worked as an Avon Lady, making the President’s Club several times. She enjoyed family fishing trips to Canada, gardening and bird watching. Sandy had many beloved pets throughout her life. She loved her grandchildren and helped raise her grandson, Joshua.
Survivors include her children: Debbie (Jack Blom) Hanauer, Rick (Christine) Reed and Jeff (Sandy) Reed; grandchildren: Joshua Hanauer, Sara Reed, Alejandro Reed, Gabby Salcido, Luc Salcido; sister, Barbara Prince; and nieces and nephews: Tracy, Tim, Nico, Rigo, Tyson and Kyle. Sandy was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; brothers: Terry Mason and Dickie Mason; and sister-in-law, Pat (Bob) Crutcher.
Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Rescue League or Furry Friends. Online condolences are welcome at
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Robert “Bob” Meisenheimer

Robert “Bob” Meisenheimer, 92, forever from Greenfield but more recently residing in Johnston, died on Dec. 23, 2022. Bob was born in Greenfield to George and Mabel Meisenheimer (McBride). He graduated from Greenfield High School in 1948 and the University of Iowa in 1952. Married in 1969, he and Sharon raised two sons. He had a 40-plus year IT career with the Principal Financial Group. He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps during the end of the Korean War, with most of his time spent in Okinawa, Japan.
As a 38-year-old bachelor and successful businessman, Bob tried out for a role at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. It was here that an attractive makeup girl caught his eye and a limited run in “Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?” ended as but a footnote for a much longer run in a much more memorable endeavor: a 53-year marriage, two sons, and a life in Urbandale/Johnston.
Bob was an active volunteer with Westminster Church, the Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the blind (IRIS), Living History Farms, Urbandale High School football, and the Drake Relays.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Brent (Jody Gehl) and Blake (Rebecca); and three granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bill.
A memorial service and visitation were held Thursday, Dec. 29 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines. Bob was laid to rest at the family cemetery plot in Greenfield. 
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Gerald “Jerry” Louis Katzmann

Gerald “Jerry” Louis Katzmann, 87, died Dec. 25, 2022, at Glen Oaks Special Care Center in Urbandale from complications of Alzheimer’s. Jerry was born in Des Moines to Walter and Marjorie (Sauerman) Katzmann. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1960. Jerry started his career as a structural engineer in a partnership. He later started Katzmann Engineering, retiring after 50 years. He married Marjorie Scobee on July 8, 1994, at Zion Lutheran Church in Des Moines. Jerry had been active in the Des Moines JayCees, church, choir, and was a member of the Des Moines Corvette Club.
Jerry is survived by his wife; children, Kyle (Denise) Katzmann, Kurt (Chris) Katzmann, Kris (Brenda) Katzmann, Kelly (Tony) Scott, and Kreg (Kami) Katzmann; Margie’s children, Jim (Boo) Baker, Joyce (Paul) Binder and Jeff (Becky) Baker; his sister, Joyce (Frank) Squiers and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were held Thursday, Dec. 29, at Iles Westover Chapel, followed by cremation and private inurnment at Lincoln Cemetery near Granger. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter. Online condolences will be welcomed at
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Peggy Lea Bowman

Peggy Lea Bowman, 69, of Redfield, died Dec. 17, 2022, after a battle with lung cancer.
Funeral services were Dec. 23 at the First Christian Church in Redfield.
Peg was born in Fairfax, Missouri, Sept. 23, 1953, to Geraldine Reva Allen and William Keith Smith. She grew up in Linden and St. Joseph, Missouri, before moving to Iowa and graduating from Adel-DeSoto High School in 1971. Peg gave birth to Amber Diane in 1977 and Trevor James in 1979. In 1983, she married Doug Baker and moved to Redfield. She was step-mother to Scot Michael Baker, from Doug’s first marriage.
She worked for Dr. Anthony Pakiam in her 20s and later for the Dallas County Attorney in Redfield and Adel for many years. She eventually worked in the Attorney General’s Office in Des Moines, as an administrative assistant for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Training Council where she retired in December 2017.
In 2009, she wed Darrell Morris Bowman. They made their home in Redfield. They traveled together, worked on home improvements and their rental homes. They also enjoyed spending time with friends and family and attending Iowa State sporting events.
She was a member of the Redfield Christian Church. Earlier in her life, she was also a member of the Redfield EMT unit, taught Sunday School at the Redfield Methodist Church and was a member of the Redfield Jaycees.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Charlie Ellis. Survivors include her husband, Darrell Bowman; children Amber Baker and Trevor Baker; sister Pam Ellis; brother Pat Hale; nieces Laurie (Larry Jo) Allsup, Stacey (Brian) Shannon and Shelly Ellis (Doug); and many great nieces and nephew and grandpets.
Memorials are suggested to the Redfield Christian Church or Cavalier Rescue Midwest. Online condolences may be left at 
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Alice Myers

Alice Myers, 90, of rural Waukee, died at her home on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 30 at the Booneville United Methodist Church beginning at 10:30 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the Booneville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Booneville United Methodist Church and/or AHeinz57 Pet Rescue in De Soto. Online condolences may be left at
Alice was born on July 11, 1932, to Ray and Mabel (Miles) Myers, likely at the family home. She graduated from Van Meter High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Drake University. After college, Alice became a school teacher and taught in the ADM School District for many years. She was a member of the Booneville United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed gardening. She loved being a part of her church family and played the organ for many years. She also taught Sunday school and gave piano lessons to many children.
Alice was the last of her family but is survived by her many friends and neighbors she has grown to love over the years. She was preceded in death by her sister, Carolyn Myers. 
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Candace “Candy” Joan Daugherty

Candace “Candy” Joan Daugherty, 69, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, at her home. She was born March 31, 1953 in Denison to Charles and Anna (Huffard) Shives. She graduated from Denison High School and attended business college.
Candy married Duane Tigges, and they had two children, Brian and Mike. They later separated. She married Steve Daugherty on Dec. 30, 1988. He had four children, Scott, Stacie, Jack and Justin.
She enjoyed camping, bowling, traveling, quilting, playing cards, and going to garage sales. She also enjoyed going to their lake house in Montezuma and wintering in South Padre Island, Texas.
She is survived by her husband, Steve; son, Brian (Barb) Tigges; stepchildren, Scott (Dee) Daugherty, Jack (Meghan) Daugherty and Dustin (Amanda) Daugherty; daughter-in-law, Lori Tigges; 16 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; siblings, Teri (Dave) Heartwig, Pam (Randy) Jensen, Jackie (Roger) Beam, and Bobby (Traci) Shives; brother-in-law, Barry Bergamo; sister-in-law, Lynn Shives; and many nieces and nephews.
Candy was preceded in death by her parents; son, Mike; step-daughter, Stacie; sister, Sharleen Bergamo; and brother, Chuck Shives.
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Robert “Bob” Edward Collins

Robert “Bob” Edward Collins, 92, of Adel died Dec. 18, 2022, in Adel surrounded by family. Bob was the first child of T.A. and Margaret (Snelling) Collins, born in Wahoo, Nebraska. Bob graduated from De Soto High School in 1948. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Once discharged, he came back to the Adel area and began his lifelong farming operation. He married Carolyn Dye on Nov. 17, 1956. Bob volunteered on numerous agriculture boards, as well as led church youth and 4-H groups.
He is preceded in death by his wife; sister Hutoka Lamb; and two brothers-in-law. He is survived by his children, Robin Reasoner and Rod (Ann) Collins; two grandchildren; sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews and dear friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 22 at the First Christian Church in Adel, with burial at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the ProMedica Hospice group, First Christian Church in Adel, Dallas County Fairgrounds or the Adel American Legion Penoach Post 464 — all groups dear to Bob’s heart. Online condolences may be left at
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Vaughn Evan “Smitty” Smith

Vaughn Evan “Smitty” Smith, 71, died from a rare cancer on Dec. 9, 2022, at the Taylor House hospice in Des Moines. The youngest son of Kenneth and Arlet Smith (Christian), Vaughn spent much of his childhood in Clemons and State Center. He spent the latter part of his teen years living with his beloved sister, Karen, and brother-in-law, Jim Lively, whom Vaughn looked up to and admired his entire life.
Vaughn graduated from West Marshall High School in State Center in 1969 and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Iowa State University. After graduating, he took the natural next step in the field of psychology, working in retail management, where he met the love of his life, Anita Sharp. After a short time in retail, he began a career in the insurance claims business.
On June 24, 1977, Vaughn and Anita were united in marriage in Las Vegas, Nevada. They moved to Polk City in 1979 and had two daughters, Natalie and Ashley. After 41 years in the insurance industry, Vaughn retired from Farm Bureau Insurance Company in 2009.
Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents and brother. He is survived by his wife; daughters Natalie Wagener and Ashley (Erik) Johnson; three grandchildren; sister; mother-in-law; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of life was held at Jester Park Lodge Dec. 19. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics Iowa. 
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Myra Ann Hawbaker

Myra Ann Hawbaker, 81, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, at home. Services were Dec. 17 at Iles Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. Burial followed at Brethren Cemetery near Dallas Center.
Myra was born Aug. 21, 1941, in Adel to Paul and Grace (Copeland) Hawbaker. In June 1960, she married Robert Jones, and to this union five children were born. They divorced after 18 years. She was then married to Jerry Roan until 1987.
She held several jobs before landing at Spurgeon Manor where she worked in the kitchen for nine years. In the fall of 1987, she started college, attending DMACC and then Grand View to become a registered nurse. Once she became a nurse, she worked at several places including Firestone, Methodist and Caring Hearts with her longest service being with Wesley Acres working nights to not miss out on her grandkids’ activities during the day and evening. She was a MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) leader at Lutheran Church of Hope. She enjoyed spending time with her friends in Tea Cups and the Red Hat Society.
Myra is survived by her children, Elizabeth (Rodney) Zabel, Sarah (Dan) Sheehan, David (Pauline) Jones and Martha (Ronnie) Wiedman; her siblings, Steve Hawbaker and Suzy (Jerry) Crees; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Matthew Lee Jones, and her brother, Lonnie Hawbaker.
Contributions may be made to the family for a memorial to be directed later. For a complete obituary and online condolences, go to
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Randall “Randy” Oberembt

Randall “Randy” Oberembt, 65, died Dec. 14, 2022. He was born in Des Moines. He graduated from Adel-DeSoto High School in 1975 and went on to work with his father at the family business, Ray Electric. In 1990, he joined the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #33, where he spent most of his working years in HVAC, plumbing and electrical before retiring at the end of 2021. Randy most valued his faith and family, as he was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Adel.
Randy is survived by his children, Cassandra, Kaitlyn and Colby; three grandchildren; two brothers; his mother, Ann (Degen) Oberembt; and many nieces and nephews. Randy was preceded in death by his father, Ray Oberembt, and the mother of his children, Sandra Nelson-Johnson.
A mass of Christian burial was held on Thursday, Dec. 22 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Adel with burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Dallas Center. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a memorial scholarship in Randy’s honor.
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Rosetta Marie Peters

Rosetta (Rosie) Marie Peters, 95, died peacefully at the Taylor House surrounded by her family on Dec. 10, 2022. She was born in Marshalltown to Tiberius Ulysses (T.U.) and Elta Schaefer Reed. She graduated at age 17 from Linden High School in 1944 and attended McPherson College in Kansas for her freshman year. At age 18, she was recruited to teach in a one-room schoolhouse near Marquette, Kansas. Rosie returned home, lived in Des Moines and worked at Central Life Insurance Company.
In 1947 she headed west where she lived and worked in Pasadena, California. She married her high school sweetheart, Darrell Peters, on Oct. 12, 1947. Rosie and Darrell farmed in Dallas County until his health caused them to move into town. In 1955, they bought the Maid-Rite in Adel and ran it until 1962. Rosie worked at the Iowa Power and Light (IPALCO) customer service office in Adel for three years. In 1965, she became the secretary to Adel High School Principal Mr. Bly.  When Mr. Norenberg became principal in 1970, she continued as his secretary until 1977. After three years as a real estate agent, Rosie worked at the License Plate division of Iowa Department of Transportation until she retired in 1992.
Rosie enjoyed gathering with the morning coffee gals, hosting family gatherings, church activities, her exercise classes at Dallas County Hospital, following the grandkids and great-grandkids activities and many summers at Happy Acres / Diamond Head Lake.
Some of Rosie’s life highlights were: chaperone to Mr. Niemeyer’s Adel Tigerette athletic teams from 1965-1977; tandem skydiving for her 80th birthday; making quilts for her grandkids; and, at Christmas, making date rolls from her mom’s recipe for her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; four siblings, Eva (Verle) York, Cecil (Helen) Reed, Walter Reed, Harlan Reed (at birth); and sister-in-law Dolores (Roger) Horn. She is survived by her sons, Jim (Pam) Peters and Jon (Kim) Peters; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; extended family; and friends in Adel, throughout the country and in Germany.
A funeral service took place on Dec. 14 at the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren in rural Adel. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at Memorial contributions may be directed to the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren, 24529 J Ave., Adel, IA 50003 or a charity of your choice. 
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David Lee Reves

David Lee Reves, 73, of Adel, died unexpectedly on Dec. 6, 2022, at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born to Harry and Vera (Hunter) Reves in Des Moines and graduated from Adel-DeSoto High School in 1967. David was a long-time Adel resident and raised his family there. He spent his working career as an insurance auditor for the State of Iowa until his retirement.
He is survived by his children, Nichole Greteman, John (Amber) Reves and Richard Reves; two grandchildren; a sister; and many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his infant niece, Lindsey, and nephew, William.
A celebration of David’s life took place Dec. 11 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home - McCalley Chapel in Adel. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Adel American Legion. Online condolences may be left at
Linda forret

Linda Kathryn Forret

Linda Kathryn Forret, 74, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Private inurnment will be at Waukee Cemetery at a later date.
Linda was born March 14, 1948, in Keota to Homer and Irene (Vogel) Wallerich. She was raised in Keota and graduated from Thompson’s Beauty School in 1968. Linda married Dennis “Mike” Forret on Jan. 22, 1971, and they made their home in rural Adel where they raised their two sons. She owned and operated Linda’s Tailoring and Custom Designs in Waukee from 1999 until retiring in 2010.
Linda enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning, crocheting, and was famous for her baking and cooking, especially her french silk pie and apple dumplings. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
Linda is survived by her husband, Dennis “Mike” Forret; two sons, Eric (Catherine) Forret and Michael (Trisha Slauson) Forret; step-daughter, Jennifer (Ryan) St. John; her grandchildren, Hannah Mae St. John, Dylan James Forret, Cora Mae Slauson, Elliott William Forret and Dane Michael Forret; six siblings, Keith (Jeanne) Wallerich, Melvin (Barbara) Wallerich, Ronald (Annette) Wallerich, Jeanine Hall, Barbara (Donald) Soutter, and Suzanne (Dick) Sheaffer. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Rose Marie Peiffer, Russell Wallerich, Rita Harnish, Theodore Wallerich and Charles Wallerich.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Online condolences will be welcomed at 
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Robert W. Peterson

Robert “Bob” W. Peterson of Van Meter died Dec. 8, 2022, after a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was living at Edencrest Assisted Living/Memory Care at Green Meadows, Johnston. Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 15 at Faith Lutheran Church in Adel. Burial followed at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery in Van Meter.
Robert was born to Clifford and Amy (Johnson) Peterson in Des Moines on July 26, 1931. He was baptized in infancy at Central Lutheran Church in Des Moines, and, in 1954, his baptismal vows were confirmed by confirmation at Trinity Lutheran Church in Van Meter. Robert was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Adel.
Robert grew up in Des Moines and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1949. He then went to work at the Iowa-Des Moines National Bank in Des Moines (now Wells Fargo), retiring in 1986 after 37 years. While still working, Robert participated in the bank’s golf and bowling leagues. After his retirement, Robert had more time to hunt, fish and golf.
On March 14, 1954, Robert married Celesta Brooker of Van Meter, and they had two children. Robert was in the U.S. Naval Reserve for eight years, attended the Iowa State Fair each year he was able with his daughter and son-in-law, and was the ultimate Iowa Hawkeye fan – football and basketball.
Robert is survived by his daughter, Janet Marie Willemsen (husband Bob) of Des Moines, and granddaughter Randey Peterson of Redfield. Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Celesta (Brooker), and son Daniel.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Online condolences may be left at
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Debra Kay Wildin

Debra Kay Wildin, 65, of Wellman, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, at home. A funeral service was Monday, Dec. 12 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. A graveside service followed at Clayton Cemetery in rural Booneville.
Debra Kay was born in Des Moines Iowa to Howard and Evelyn Clayton. She graduated high school and spent most of her working career as an in-home healthcare worker for REM Iowa. Deb was a simple person who liked to play cards, drink her coffee and be with her dog, Percy. Deb was a loving, caring person. She enjoyed being around friends and family.
She is survived her two daughters, Rachel (Bill) Erb and their six children and Melissa (Tim) Greinke; sisters Cathy (Mark) Jorgensen, Marianne (Mike) Lloyd and Ginger Coon; and several nieces, nephews and extended family. 
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Mary Jo Hartney

Mary Jo Hartney, 96, died Nov. 19, 2022, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston. She was born in Akron, Ohio, to Fred and Mary Sikute. Mary graduated from Kenmore High School in 1944. She married George E. Hartney; they were married for 45 years. They moved to Urbandale to be closer to their grandchildren in the late 1970s
Mary Jo is survived by her son, George (Noreen) Hartney; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, a sister and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband and brothers Fred, Robert and Don.
Graveside services will be held Friday, Dec. 23 at Glendale Cemetery at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary Jo’s memory to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, Suncrest Hospice or Urbandale Caring Corps. 
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Jean N. Hofmann

Jean N. Hofmann, 84, of Johnston, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, at her residence. Jean was born June 23, 1938, in Chadron, Nebraska, the daughter of George and Helen (Sager) Braddock. Following high school, Jean attended Chadron State and received her bachelor’s degree in education.
On June 25, 1961, she married George Allan Hofmann in Chadron, and they moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado. Jean taught high school art and English. In her free time, she enjoyed riding her Arabian horses and working with her German shepherds.
She was preceded in death by her a sister, Betty Lindeken, and husband, George Hofmann.
She is survived by her four children, Lynette (Louis) Gornick of Papillion, Nebraska, Sharon (Larry Ludwig) Hofmann of Johnston, Wayne Hofmann of Grimes and Kathy Hofmann of Altoona; three grandchildren, Jessica Ludwig, Parker Gornick, and Ashley Gornick; and two great-grandchildren, Michael and Gunner Ludwig.
Viewing and visitation for family and friends was held Friday, Dec. 9 at the Iles-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center, with funeral services following. Interment was directly following in Grimes at the Sunny Hill Cemetery, S.E. Sixth St., Grimes. 
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Brian James Fuller

Brian James Fuller, 75, of Johnston, died Nov. 27, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Brian was born in Mason City to Glenn Fletcher and Lola Catherine (O’Brien) Fuller. He attended Humboldt High School, graduating in 1965. In 1966, he earned a junior accounting degree from the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. In 1968, he was working at Agri-Co Chemical Company and met his wife, Marcia Berte. They were united in marriage in 1970. The couple lived in the Humboldt area before moving to Johnston in 1996.
Brian served in the military for 39 years, starting on Nov. 3, 1966, in the Army Reserves as a military policeman with the 339th MP Company, Pocahontas. He was selected as a guidance counselor for the Des Moines MEPS in 1996 and was appointed as the senior guidance counselor in 2001. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of master sergeant.
He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law and a grandson. He is survived his wife; children Michelle (Todd) George, Brad (Kristy) Fuller, Scott (Brady) Fuller, Renae (Leighton) Manning-Bey; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; two sisters; as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. 
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David William Beeman

David “Dave” William Beeman, 75, died Dec. 3, 2022, surrounded by family. Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 8 at Iles Westover Chapel.
Dave was born in Des Moines on July 29, 1947, to William and Doris (Albertson) Beeman. Dave made his career at Nesbit Distributing (Budweiser), where he worked his way from delivery and sales up to operations manager. He worked there for 30 years until his retirement in 2007.
Dave was a man with many hobbies. He loved fishing, and he looked forward to his annual Canada fishing trips. He was an avid reader and a student of world history.
He married Janeene Kimbro on Sept. 28, 1974. They had four children and shared 48 years.
Dave is survived by his wife, Janeene Beeman; children, Matthew (Chrissy) Beeman, Kelli (Keith) Ott, Kathy (Eric) Schmidt, and Theresa (Josh) Moore; and grandchildren Madelyn Ott, Emersyn Ott, Aubrie Moore and Natalie Moore.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences are welcome at
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Stephen Harper Cate

Stephen Harper Cate died peacefully at home in Johnston, on Nov. 28, 2022, his 73rd birthday. He was born to Frank and Mary Jean Cate and raised in Des Moines. Steve was a graduate of North High School (1968), where he met Cathy Darlington. The two were wed on March 25, 1972, and recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Their two sons were the light of Steve’s life. Steve graduated from the University of Iowa in 1972. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and perhaps the most loyal Hawkeye fan ever. He worked for Townsend Engineering Company (later Marel) his entire professional career and traveled across the globe in a variety of positions, including vice president and special projects manager, throughout his 44 years with the company.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Tyler and Jimmy (Alison); two grandchildren; sister; brother; sister-in-law Judy (Jack) Gilmore; brother-in-law John (Julie) Darlington; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life took place Monday, Dec. 5 at New Hope United Methodist Church in Des Moines. Memorials are suggested to Powell CDC Patient Assistant Fund or New Hope United Methodist Church.
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Marty J. Parkins

Marty Jay Parkins, 69, died Nov. 27, 2022. He was born to Melvin and Wanda (Greenwood) Parkins in Winterset. He graduated from Adel-DeSoto High School in 1971. In 1974, he married April Heldenbrand, and they had two daughters. Marty realized his talent for working on cars early in life and turned it into a career. He was a key player in the startup of the Allison transmission business in Des Moines, working for Hicklin, Interstate Power Systems, and Inland Truck Parts & Service until he retired in 2015.
He is survived by his wife; daughters, Toni Parkins and Stacey (Kyle) Gaidies; grandson, “C.J.” Cameron Gaidies; as well as numerous nieces, a nephew, friends, classmates and extended family. Marty is preceded in death by his brother Michael.
A celebration of life was held Monday, Dec. 5 at Country Lane Lodge east of Adel, followed by a graveside service at Oakdale Cemetery in Adel. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Good Samaritan food pantry in Adel or the Dallas County Sheriff’s Benevolent Association. 
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David Gilchrist

David Gilchrist, 60, of San Antonio, Texas, died suddenly on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, in San Antonio. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Faith Lutheran Church in Adel. A full obituary can be found online at where there is also a link to the livestreaming of David’s service.
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Douglas Byron Kunert

Douglas Byron Kunert, 70, died Nov. 19, 2022. Doug was born in Fort Dodge to Dale and Darlene Kunert. Doug and his brothers grew up on a farm just east of Humboldt. He graduated from Humboldt High School in 1970 then Iowa State University in 1974. Doug began a career in banking/finance, which included stops in Manchester, Hampton and Mason City before ultimately settling in Johnston for the past 33 years. Doug was thankful for his wife, Linda, who helped him return to his faith.
Doug is survived by his wife of 21 years; three children, Matthew, Mitchell and Michael; three step-children, Rachel Parenza (John), Joseph Broich (Olivia) and Marissa Broich; four grandchildren; and two brothers, William and Steven. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, with burial at Indian Mound Cemetery, Humboldt. 

Joyce Dianne (Whitcomb) Atwell

Joyce Dianne (Whitcomb) Atwell died Nov. 23, 2022, at home from cancer. Joyce was born in Canton, Illinois, on Nov. 28, 1940, to C. Ralph Whitcomb and Dorothy (Hall) Whitcomb. She graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1958 and married her husband, Dick, in January of 1964. They were married 58 years.
Joyce held several secretarial positions throughout her career and retired from Lutheran Social Service. She was a loving and dedicated wife and mother and an excellent cook. She liked to sew, crochet, knit, play cards and play the organ and loved to laugh and Christmas.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Richard “Dick” Atwell; her daughters, Melody Atwell and Corey Lorber (Rick); sister, Sandi Meier; nephews, Randy Meier, Matt Whitcomb and Scott Whitcomb; nieces, Kim Wells, Michelle Briley and Becky Whitcomb; grandson, Joe Lorber; granddaughter, Ally Coulter (Austin); great nieces, Jaci Meier, Paige Meier and Kaylee Miller and great nephew, Alex Miller. Joyce was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Whitcomb; daughter, Candi Atwell; nephews, Alan Atwell Jr. and Terry Meier; and niece, Michelle Miller.
She will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Iles Westover Chapel. 

Frances Shoop 

Frances Shoop died Nov. 19, 2022, In Johnston. Fran was born in July 1931 in Chariton to Frank and Beulah (Bradley) Lunan, spending her early years there until graduating Chariton High and going on to Iowa State University. While at Iowa State, she joined the Chi Omega sorority and earned a bachelor’s degree in dietetics in 1953. During this time, she met Ron Shoop on a blind date. Fran was accepted into the dietetic internship program at Wadsworth, Virginia, Hospital and spent most of 1954 in Los Angeles, California, returning to Ames later that year when she and Ron married. They were married for 63 years until Ron’s passing in 2017.
The couple had three children, Kevin, Kristin and Kelin. Fran had a long and varied professional career, teaching for the Iowa Department of Health and DMACC and as a clinical dietitian for Mercy, before spending more than 30 years as a consultant dietitian for many of the health care facilities in the Des Moines area. She was active as a volunteer, board and committee member at several of the same institutions. She was a 50-plus member of the AAUW and the Academy of Science and Nutrition. Among her many hobbies, she took pride in the creation of her ceramic dolls, along with their clothing, and detailed cross stitched wall hangings.
She is survived by her brother, Ralph “Greg”; her children, Kevin (Linda), Kristin (Scott), Kelin (Samantha); her grandson Adam (Katie); two great-grandchildren, Hank and Ike); her step-grandchildren, Emma, Lia, Anna, Jeff and Matt; and many step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron, and her sister, Loah (Stallard). Her ashes will join Ron’s in the family plot in Chariton as well as in Rocky Mountain National Park.
An open house celebration of life to remember Fran was held on Dec. 10 at McAuley Terrace Independent Living. Those wishing to donate in Fran’s name, please consider AAUW or the Food Bank of Iowa.
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Alan Rene Corbin Jr.

Alan Rene Corbin Jr., 30, died Nov. 16, 2022. Alan was born to Jenniffer (Hall) and Alan Corbin Sr. in Des Moines. He attended Oak Park Elementary, Summit Middle School, then Johnston High School. Alan later graduated in Gallatin, Tennessee. Alan’s hobbies included old school RuneScape, World of Warcraft, and streaming retro Mario as “kaizokindergartner.” He loved to play with his children and work hard with the guys at Homeboy Construction he worked with for many years.
Alan and Victoria first met across the street while in middle school that they attended together. They were finally married for seven years and almost six months. After fighting for the life they wanted to build, they ended with an angel baby, two children, and a lifetime of memories.
Alan is survived by his wife, Victoria Corbin; children, Evelyn and Avery Corbin; parents, Alan (Lorraine) Corbin and Jenniffer (John) Johnson, and Cindy (Jason) Paoletti and David Govro; siblings, Kathleen (Ryan) Sauls, Brandie (Matt) Corbin, Charlene Corbin, and Lacey Hofmann; and grandparents, Ted and DJ Hall. Alan is preceded in death by an unborn child; grandparents, Norman and Helen Corbin, and Marvin and Blanche Jones; and brother-in-law, Christopher A. Govro.
A funeral service was held at the West Des Moines Open Bible Church on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Memorial contributions can be addressed to the family for later distribution. 
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Charles ‘Chip’ Arthur Eagle, Jr.

Charles “Chip” Arthur Eagle, Jr., left this world unexpectedly on Nov.  23, 2022, at the age of 63. He was born to Chuck and Joyce Eagle in Greenfield, Indiana, and grew up in Johnston with his younger brother, Mark. He traveled all over the world before returning home to Johnston, where he raised his two daughters, Zoe and Scarlett Eagle. Chip was a loving father, a devoted son, a loyal friend, a brilliant writer, a talented musician, a lifelong scholar, and a natural poet. He will be missed by the many people he touched through his words and music.
Chip was happiest when he was listening to good music with good people. He loved reading, writing, making people laugh, the Grateful Dead, cats, good espresso, bad sci-fi movies, veggie tacos, crossword puzzles, trivia, creating elaborate snacks, and his family.
A celebration of Chip’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to March for Our Lives in Chip’s honor. 

Donovan C. Twombley

Donovan C. Twombley of Johnston died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at UnityPoint Taylor House Hospice. He was born June 26, 1932, in Osceola to Ardath and Edith (McComas) Twombley. On April 21, 1954, he married Joyce Cole. She passed away June 22, 1999. On April 28, 2022, he married his long-time companion, Margaret (Margo) Whiting.
Donovan is survived by his wife, Margaret Whiting; daughters, Deborah (Douglas) Karns of Cedar Falls and Anne Twombley of Urbandale; son, Scott (Rosalee) Twombley of San Diego, California; step-daughter, Sandra (Neal) Howard of Des Moines; step-son, James (Vickie) Fandrei of Missouri; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, David, sister, Conda, and his first wife.
Services were held Sunday, Nov. 27 at Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Christian Church in Urbandale or UnityPoint Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. 
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Sharon Kay Oberender, 79, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, at Edencrest at Green Meadows in Johnston. She was born in Los Angeles, California, to Glen and Mamie (Winegarden) VanOrsdall. She graduated from Des Moines Tech. Sharon was a long-time member of First Church of the Open Bible where she met her soulmate, John, and also attended New Hope Assembly of God Church. Sharon retired from Grand View College where she was a circulation librarian.
Sharon is survived by her children, Michelle (Josh) Erickson and Mike (Beth) Oberender; six grandchildren; two great-grandsons; brother; and a host of other family and beloved friends. She was preceded in death by her husband and son, John Michael.
A funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 28 at New Hope Assembly of God in Urbandale, with burial at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be directed to New Hope Assembly of God and condolences expressed online at
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Jon Allen Hoy

Jon Allen Hoy, 86, died Nov. 9, 2022, at home with his wife by his side. Jon grew up on a farm west of Adel and graduated from high school there in 1955. He was active in sports and was recently honored at the Hall of Fame Ceremony in Adel. He attended Iowa State University and Drake University. He was drafted into the Army Oct. 8, 1958 and honorably discharged on Oct. 7, 1960, being stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Jon met Ruth Grout at a singles square dance class in Des Moines. They enjoyed dancing for many years and were married in 1964. They lived in Des Moines until 1970 and moved to a farm west of Adel and lived there until moving to Urbandale in 2017. Jon was a farmer and a draftsman for PDM Steel Co. for a number of years. After Ruth retired, they both enjoyed traveling the country in their motorhome, spending winters in Apache Junction, Arizona.
He is survived by his wife; son, Randy (Michelle); two grandsons; two brothers; two sisters; and many in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by several brothers- and sisters-in-law. Jon was cremated and buried at a private ceremony at the Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter. Memorials may be made to the ADM Alumni Association. 
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Ronald Leon Madren

Ronald Leon Madren was born June 9, 1941, to Byron and Margaret (Sedars) Madren in Adel and died Nov. 20, 2022, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. Burial will be after the service at Morrisburg Cemetery west of Redfield. Family will greet friends Friday, Nov. 25 at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m.
Ronnie grew up in Redfield and graduated from Redfield High School in 1959.
During his teen years, he worked at his dad’s service station, where cars would line up Saturday mornings for their $1 car wash and detail. Ronnie bought his first car at the age of 14. After graduating High School, Ronnie attended Iowa Barber College in Des Moines. He was a barber in Redfield and the surrounding communities for more than 20 years. Ronnie’s biggest passion was cars. He was either washing, fixing or selling them. For more than 30 years, he drove a school bus for Dexfield Community Schools.
In 1961, Ronnie married Karen Godwin, and they had two children.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Connor Ron Branson; son-in-law Jon Branson; a sister and her husband, Bonnie Lou and Richard Nielsen; niece Jodi Reynolds; and brother-in-law Marvin Reynolds.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Karen; daughter Ronda Branson; son Rusty (Joan) Madren; grandchildren Jill (Curtis) Marouelli, Hillary Smith, Mallory Smith, Molly Kay Branson, Davis (Hanna) Madren and Sydney (Sam) Challe; and great grandchildren, Jack and Ronnie Marouelli.
Online condolences may be left at
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Thomas E. Logan

Thomas “Tom” E. Logan, 87, died Oct. 30, 2022, from complications of Parkinson’s. Tom was born in Marshalltown and graduated from North High School in 1953. Tom enlisted in the Army for two years where he served at Fort Meade, Maryland. He went on to graduate from the University of Iowa.
Tom had a successful career in the insurance field, starting out in the home offices of National Travelers Life in Des Moines and later with Lutheran Mutual in Waverly, where he transitioned into sales with Lutheran Mutual and TransAmerica Life. The last 15 years of his career he was an independent insurance broker, representing Brokers Clearing House in West Des Moines.
Giving back was important to Tom, and he set an example by volunteering at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Urbandale. He was also civic-minded and involved in the community of Johnston for many years, serving as president of the Johnston Chamber of Commerce. He was the founder of Johnston Green Days, which garnered him the nickname, “Mr. Green Days.” In 1999, Tom was Johnston Citizen of the Year and celebrated during the parade and festival. In his retirement, he was a hospital volunteer, and he also volunteered at Wallace Elementary.
He is survived by his partner of 23 years, Janet Clark; children Kimberly Logan James (Ray Laflin), Thomas J. “TJ” Logan (Mindy) and Jennifer M. Logan (Michael Angersola); six grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends. Tom was preceded in death by a brother and grandson.
A celebration of life was held on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Covenant Christian Church, with a private service at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Parkinson’s Association, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, or your local animal shelter.
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William J. Biegger

William J. Biegger, 81, of Johnston died Nov. 7. He was born in Winfred, South Dakota, to John and Agnes (Carmody) Biegger. William honorably served his country in Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. He worked at Firestone for more than 25 years, then went into real estate, working for Iowa Realty before retirement.
William is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda (Morrison) Biegger; children, Todd J. Biegger (Amy) and Tim W. Biegger (Rochelle); six grandchildren; three siblings and many extended family and friends. William was preceded in death by his brother, Jack.
Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 10 and services Friday, Nov. 11 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale. Interment with military honors was held on Monday, Nov. 14 at Iowa Veterans Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences are welcome at
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Bonnie L. Strand Knepper

Bonnie L. Strand Knepper, 95, died Nov. 7, 2022. Bonnie was born the daughter of Maude and Leslie Wiles in Des Moines. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1944. She married Don Strand in 1949. He passed away in 1988. She married Gene Knepper in 1997. He passed away in 2014.
Bonnie volunteered at Iowa Lutheran Hospital and was a member of the Auxiliary. For many years, she served as an administrative assistant in both the Urbandale and Johnston school districts. She was an active member of Capitol Hill Lutheran Church (formerly First Lutheran Church), sang in the choir for 50 years and served in the Women of Faith Circle. In 2020, Bonnie joined Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Bonnie is survived by her children, Alan (Sharon) Strand, Donna (Tom) Lorenz and Paula (Steve) McKee; nine grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her five brothers and five sisters.
Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 13 and funeral Monday, Nov. 14 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Urbandale, with interment at Resthaven Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or MorningStar Senior Living. Online condolences may be left at