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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
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Jean Gilbert

Jean Gilbert, 88, died Oct. 25, 2022. Jean was born to James and Emma (Howland) Kidd in Buchanan County. She graduated from high school in Independence. She married James H. Gilbert in 1953. They were married for 65 years until his death in 2019. In 1956, Jean and her family moved to Johnston. Jean was a founding member of St. Paul Presbyterian Church and was the church’s financial secretary for many years. She also served her community through volunteer work.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband and five brothers. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Litterer (Thomas Buhrow) and Nancy (Gordon) McWilliams; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private celebration of life was held at Brooks Funeral Care, with inurnment of cremated remains at Merle Hay Mausoleum. Memorial contributions for Jean Gilbert can be addressed to her family for later distribution or to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa in Des Moines. 
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Douglas Byron Kunert

Douglas Byron Kunert died Nov. 19, 2022. Doug was born on Jan. 18, 1952, in Fort Dodge to Dale and Darlene Kunert. Doug and his two brothers grew up on a farm just east of Humboldt, where he graduated from high school in 1970. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1974 then 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 and Linda liked to travel, taking frequent trips in the United States and Europe, collecting Christmas ornaments to represent their travels. Doug enjoyed the outdoors and had fond memories of spending time with his kids, whether it was fishing the Canadian waters or taking motorcycle trips to Sturgis, or just chatting on the deck with his wife, kids and grandkids.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Linda; three children, Matthew, Mitchell and Michael; three step-children, Rachel Parenza (John), Joseph Broich (Olivia) and Marissa Broich; and four grandchildren, Annabelle, Hayden, June and Ada. He is also survived by his two brothers, William and Steven.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home in Urbandale. Services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines. Burial will be at Indian Mound Cemetery, Humboldt. 
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Jolene LaVaun Smith

Jolene LaVaun Smith, 56, died Nov. 7, 2022, in Johnston. She was born to Lois (Bechtol) and John Smith in Des Moines. Jolene struggled with health issues most of her life. She won a battle against cancer as a teenager and, at the age of 26, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Jolene was a fighter and never let the RA slow her down. Jolene had a love for the outdoors, going fishing and collecting rocks. If you told her she shouldn’t do something, she would try twice as hard to do that and live as normal of a life as possible.
Jolene is survived by her siblings, Denise Johnson, Renee Smith and John (Wanda) Smith; aunt, Iva Mae Hevern; and many nieces and nephews, their families, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her dog, Levi.
She has been cremated and a graveside service will be in the spring of 2023. Check back at for further information.
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Charlene Jane Beaderstadt

Charlene Jane Beaderstadt, 85, died Oct. 21, 2022. Charlene was born in Bagley to Kenneth and Dorothy (Clark) Marchant. She married Keith Beaderstadt in 1955. Charlene worked as a school bus driver for Johnston Community School District for 50 years, retiring in 1997.
Charlene is survived by her children, Melinda (Paul) Aswegan and Dick (Kathy) Beaderstadt; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters.
Private graveside services were held at Ridgedale Cemetery in Johnston. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Online condolences are welcomed at
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John Tracy McLaughlin

John Tracy McLaughlin, 61, died at home unexpectedly from an apparent heart attack on Oct. 26, 2022. He was born in Des Moines and attended Christ the King and St. Theresa’s grade schools and Dowling Catholic High School. He later attended UNI in Cedar Falls and Hawkeye Tech in Waterloo, pursuing his interest in architecture. This enhanced his skills in cabinetry, brick and tile, flooring and project management. His most recent career has been with Wells Fargo Corporate Properties in West Des Moines.
John is survived by his wife, Laurie; children, Emily and Derek (Melissa); two grandsons; two brothers; two sisters; three half-sisters and many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ellie McLaughlin.
John was laid to rest at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to The Kiwanis Miracle League, 505 Fifth Ave., Suite 200, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. 
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Neil Wecker

Neil Wecker died at home on Oct. 14, 2022, with his wife of 42 years, Carre Trude, by his side. He was born in Wayne, Nebraska, on Aug. 3, 1945. He lived in Carroll, Nebraska, and graduated from Wayne High School in 1963.  He is survived by his wife; daughter, Nicole; two granddaughters; sister; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Neil J. Wecker, at age 11.
A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines. Memorials can be made in his honor to Wounded Warriors or Izaak Walton League.

David Pittman

David Pittman, 53 of Adel, died suddenly on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the First Christian Church in Adel. Family will greet friends from 10-11 a.m. at the church before the service.
David was born on June 15, 1969 in Perry to Darwin and Linda (Free) Pittman. David grew up in Panora and graduated from Panora-Linden High School in 1988. He participated in several activities during his school days, including football, wrestling and baseball. Over the past 20 years, David was employed by the Des Moines Public School District and the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School District.
He married Kelly Porter on Sept. 27, 1997. They had two boys, Dylan and Dakoda. They enjoyed camping outings with their boys and close friends who they considered their camping family. David’s other hobbies included watching his Dallas Cowboys, bowling, riding his motorcycle, playing bags and consuming a Silver Bullet on occasion.
However, David’s greatest passion was his boys, and he loved watching them play sports, especially baseball. Through the years, he was supportive of their activities based on his willingness to fill such roles as Cub Scout leader, coach and statistician for the baseball teams.
David was preceded in death by his wife, Kelly, and mother, Linda. He is survived by his boys, Dylan and Dakoda; father, Darwin; stepmom, Nonie; mother- and father-in-law, Sandy and Butch Waddell; brother, Doug (Anne); nieces, Aubri (Howard) Kenney, Alyson Lieser and Katie Pittman; nephews, Clint (Ana) Lieser and Drew Pittman; and numerous other friends and relatives. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Arrangements are being handled by Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel. Online condolences may be left at
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Francis Glenn McGee

Francis Glenn McGee, 96, of De Soto, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. He was born Feb. 22, 1926. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. His profession was carpentry. For many years, he worked in Adel helping to build houses until he went to Iowa Methodist to work as a carpenter/maintenance worker. He worked 20 years at Iowa Methodist with never missing a day.
Francis is survived by his daughter, Glenice (Lenard) Purscell; son, Dana McGee; three grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne; two sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services were Nov. 13 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, beside his wife, at a later date.
Memorial donations may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at
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Charles Galen Ellsberry

Charles (better known as Galen) Ellsberry, 61, died Nov. 3, 2022. He was born in Fort Dodge and spent his early childhood living in Boone with his parents, Virginia and Charles “Chuck,” and two sisters. The family moved to Ankeny in 1971, where he graduated from Ankeny High School in 1980. He married Joann, the love of his life, in 1990 and moved to Polk City to raise her daughter Dawn (Eric) and add two wonderful girls of their own to the family, Shelby (Matt) and Paige. He lived and worked in Polk City for many years running a small business and raising his family.
In September of 2021, he was diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer. A celebration of life was held Saturday Nov. 12 in the community building at Miller Park in Polk City. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 
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Blake Thomas Johnson

Blake Thomas Johnson, 30, died Oct. 14, 2022. Blake was born to Scott and Marie Johnson. He graduated from Johnston High School in 2010. Blake was the executive director of Spero Recovery in Evergreen, Colorado, and served on the Colorado Providers Association, Colorado Coalition of Treatment Providers, Coalition of Professional Liaisons Association, and the Treatment Providers in Alumni Services Coalition. Blake was passionate about recovery and dedicated his life to making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Blake will be deeply missed by his parents; fiancé Hannah Vancuren; siblings Brian Johnson and Kelly Bunge; and many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray and Mary Jane Johnson, and grandfather, Jack Terrell.
A funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 24 at The Mission Church in Urbandale. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in Blake’s honor to Spero Recovery Center at Condolences may be expressed online at
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Bill Kimber

Bill Kimber died peacefully surrounded by his family on Oct. 21, 2022.  A visitation was held Thursday, Oct. 27 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home - McCalley Chapel in Adel, and a memorial service was held Friday, Oct. 28 at the Adel United Methodist Church.
William Anders Kimber was born Sept. 1, 1935, to Wayne and Lillian Kimber in St. Paul, Nebraska. He graduated from high school in 1953 in Albert City. He went to Wayne State College, where he was an all-conference player and team captain on the football team. He studied to become a teacher.
Bill married Karen White on Aug. 10, 1956, and started teaching and coaching, moving through Iowa with stints in Lone Tree, Correctionville and Willow. After attaining his master’s degree in education, Bill moved his family to Adel in 1969. He was a teacher, athletic director and junior high principal. In 1984, he received the Governor’s Volunteer Award. Bill retired from Adel DeSoto Minburn in 1995. After a year of retirement, he stepped in to assist as principal for a year at Adel Elementary.
After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, fishing and volunteering in his community. He was active in the Alumni Association and was a founding member of the selection committee for the ADM Athletic Hall of Fame. Bill helped host a men’s breakfast at the Adel United Methodist Church, and his biscuits and gravy were considered legendary.
Bill lost Karen after 54 years of marriage in 2010. He married Mary Harvey on Sept. 11, 2011. He and Mary started wintering at the Tip of Texas in Pharr, Texas.
Bill is survived by his wife, Mary. His children with Karen: Michele (Randy) Hook, John (Jo) Kimber and Julie (Thomas) Cackler; the children he was blessed with in his marriage to Mary: Larry Eldridge, Linda Bond, Terri (Rick) Lightly, Debbie Gay, Marie (Ted) Hansen, Monica (Kyle) Blake, Dan (Lynnette) Harvey, Dave (Dori) Harvey and Nancy (Chris) Miller. He was blessed with 26 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Bud (Sandra) Kimber, along with many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family.
Bill was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous with 44 years of sobriety. He was an active member of Adel Masonic Lodge and Adel Rotary
Memorials maybe directed to the ADM Scholarship Fund, the ADM Athletic Boosters or directed to the family for future designation. Online condolences may be left at 
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Kirk Leroy Chapman

Kirk Leroy Chapman, 65, of Rippey died at his home on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.  Services were held Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home and Crematory – McCalley Chapel in Adel.
Kirk was born Sept. 22, 1957, in Des Moines to Eugene Bernard Chapman and Marjorie Ellen (Wright) Chapman. During his childhood, he lived in and attended school in Adel. Kirk enjoyed spending time with his daughter and grandkids. They were his greatest joy in life. He liked watching NASCAR, being outside, gardening and working in the garage on various projects.
Left to cherish his memory is his daughter Jennifer Elaine Chapman of Sumner; his grandchildren Caleb, Addison, Gracie and Cambrie; his brothers Kim and Kathy (Case) Chapman of Adel, Rick Chapman of Black Mountain, North Carolina, and Steve and Angie (Wilson) Chapman of Boynton Beach, Florida; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Marjorie Wright Chapman; and niece, Angela Christine (Chapman) Saunders.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Kirk’s family. Online condolences may be left at
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Sister Joan LeBeau

Sister Joan (Mary LeAnne) LeBeau, CHM, 89, died Oct. 8, 2022, at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston. Joan Margaret LeBeau was born in Chicago to William J. and Leah Marie (Menard) LeBeau. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1953 and professed vows in 1955 as Sister Mary LeAnne.
She received her diploma from St. Mary School in Chicago and a certification in food service. She served as a cook and housekeeper in academic settings, including Ottumwa Heights College (1955-58), St. Vincent’s in Davenport (1958-66), and Dowling High School in Des Moines (1966-78), and then in care settings, including Crestview Acres in West Des Moines (1978-90), Bishop Drumm Care Center (1990-91), Mercy Hospital in Des Moines (1991-95), and both Mercy Senior Services and Park Place Continuing Care Retirement Community in Des Moines (1995-2002). From 2002 to 2009, she was the assistant CHM coordinator at Bishop Drumm.
Sister Joan is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Maurice, Bernard, Francis and Robert; sisters Sister Elaine LeBeau, S.Sp.S and Ann Valenta; in-laws Dolores and Aurore LeBeau and Frank Valenta; and many nephews and nieces. She is survived by many extended family members and sisters and associates of Sister Joan’s religious community.
Services were held Oct. 13-15 at Bishop Drumm Our Lady of Peace Chapel and Humility of Mary Center Magnificat Chapel in Davenport, with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Davenport. Memorials may be made to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary. 
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Jana Marie Canny

Jana Marie Canny, 57, died Oct. 11, 2022, at Kavanagh Hospice House with her family by her side. Much courage and grace was shown by Jana throughout her nine-year battle with cancer. Jana was born in Sumter, South Carolina, to Jon and Rita Hovey. She resided in Des Moines and Johnston from age 5, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1984 and Iowa State University in 1988 with a degree in elementary education. Jana began her teaching career at Brody Middle School in Des Moines, where she taught for 32 straight years. Jana married Todd Canny in 1990; they had three children.
Jana is survived by her husband; children Alex, Taylor and Connor; parents Rita Hovey and Jon (Betty) Hovey; brother; mother-in-law and many extended family members. Funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 17 at Iles Westover Chapel in Des Moines. A private burial took place at Pine Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Every Step/Kavanagh House in her memory. 
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Dan Render

Daniel Richard Render, 78, died Oct. 8, 2022, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston. Dan retired in 2006 from the Department of Inspections and Appeals as an administrative court judge.
In his free time, Dan enjoyed working in his yard and sitting in his solarium reading the paper. For many years, Dan would attend events at the state fairgrounds. Dan cared deeply for all animals and had many dogs and cats over the years. Dan enjoyed taking his dogs on long walks around Beaverdale and the Des Moines area.
Among his survivors are his sisters, Diane Render and Toni Gobble. Daniel was laid to rest at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Animal Rescue League.
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Terry Lee Meier

Terry Lee Meier, 60, died Oct. 9, 2022, at his home in Adel. Terry was born in Des Moines to Robert and Sandra (Whitcomb) Meier. He grew up in West Des Moines and went to school at Ruby Van Meter in Des Moines. He worked happily at Red Lobster for many years while living in Florida and Iowa. He won several medals for swimming in the Iowa Special Olympics.
Terry is survived by his mother; brother, Randall; uncle and aunt Dick and Joyce Atwell; nieces Jaclyn Meier, Paige Meier and Kaylee Miller; nephew Alex Miller; and cousin Melody Atwell. He was preceded in death by his father; step-father James Joering; and sister, Michelle Meier Miller.
A visitation and memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 17 at Sunset Memorial Chapel. Terry was laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens. 
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Wayne Riggs Welsh

Wayne Riggs Welsh, 68, of Polk City, died Oct. 12, 2022. A visitation for Wayne will be held Thursday, Oct. 20 from 9-11 a.m. at Ankeny Funeral Home, 1510 W. First St., Ankeny. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at
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Mary Ann Nielsen

Mary Ann Carey Nielsen, 81, died Oct. 5, 2022, at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston after a year-long battle with breast cancer. The daughter of William and Hazel Carey, she graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Fonda in 1959. She attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City for two years before moving to Omaha, where she was employed by the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. She married Ron Nielsen in 1969. They moved to Des Moines in 1972. Their children attended Johnston Community Schools, where Mary Ann was an active parent and volunteer. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverdale for the past 50 years.
Mary Ann returned to work in 1983 at Mercy Hospital, retiring as the director of volunteer services in 2000. During her career, she returned to school and graduated from Simpson College in 1995 with a degree in speech communication and management. After retiring from Mercy, Mary Ann worked at AIB College of Business as the director of career services for 10 years, retiring as the senior director of advancement and member of the President’s Cabinet in 2010. She continued to work as a contracted grant writer until 2020. She was known throughout Des Moines for her volunteerism, serving on countless boards. At one point, there were 20 active positions on her resume. She was given the Governor’s Volunteer Award four times and, along with her husband, was named Johnston’s Citizen of the Year in 2006. She was selected as an Iowa Woman of Achievement in 2010 and received the Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind and Print Handicapped (IRIS) Dorothy B. Kirsner Award in 2014.
Mary Ann is survived by her children Robert (Michelle) and Kate (Tony), three grandsons, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and many beloved cousins.
A mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Des Moines. Memorials are suggested to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for Blind and Print Handicapped (IRIS), or Mercy Hospice of Johnston. 
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Ethel Lucille Hennessey

Ethel Lucille (Lu) Hennessey, 98, died Oct. 2, 2022. She was born in Logan to Nels and Millie Larson Nelson. She attended school in Logan, graduating in 1942, then attended Jennie Edmunson School of Nursing in Council Bluffs, graduating in 1946. In September 1946, Lucille married Kenneth Bauer. The family lived in Council Bluffs until 1954, when they moved to Denison. Lucille worked with Kenneth at their Dairy Treet and Lindsay Soft Water business. Lucille returned to nursing at Crawford County Hospital in 1970, retiring in 1990. Kenneth died in 1987. Lucille married Dr. John Hennessey and moved to Manilla in 1993. Lucille loved her children and grandchildren and John’s children and grandchildren.
Lucille was a registered nurse, a member of the American Red Cross, United Presbyterian Church, and past member of Federated Women’s Club. In 2018, Lucille moved to Brio in Johnston and resided there until her death.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, sister, four brothers, husbands, and son Curtis Bauer. She is survived by children Susan (Dean) Hulsebus and William (Sharon) Bauer; daughter-in-law Kathy Bauer; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; six step-children; and numerous step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and extended family and friends.
Graveside services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family. 
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Mia Mable Fidler-Nguyen

Mia Mable Rae Fidler-Nguyen, 12, died Sept. 30, 2022, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Mia was born in Des Moines. She transferred school districts from West Des Moines to Johnston in 2020 and most recently attended Summit Middle School. Mia enjoyed the outdoors, going camping and fishing regularly with her mom and step-dad, Phi, riding her bicycle and going golfing with her Papa and Phi. She enjoyed karate and making TikToks with her cousin, Bailey. Mia cared for her two dogs, Lucy and Blu, and three cats, Louie, Libby and Lenny.
Mia is survived by her mom, Hannah Fidler; step-dad Phi Nguyen; grandpa Doug Fidler; grandma Kris Fidler; biological father; brothers Jayron, Javon and Caleb; and many extended family members. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents Mary and Don Watkins, Mable Doris and Floyd Fidler and her Nonnie, Sandy Hoover.
Visitation, luncheon and funeral were held Saturday, Oct. 15 at Shepherd of the Valley Church, in West Des Moines. Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences may be expressed at
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Keith Jamieson

Keith Alan Jamieson, 81, of Johnston, died at UnityPoint Health Iowa Methodist Medical Center on Oct. 3, 2022. Keith was born in Fort Dodge to Bernard and Dorothy (Gilbert) Jamieson. He graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School and attended college at Iowa Central Community College. He married Judith Ann Brandrup in 1962 and had three children. Keith worked for more than 40 years for Hormel then worked for Hy-Vee and Walmart before deciding to enjoy retirement.
Keith is survived by his children, Scott (Debbie) Jamieson, Shelley (Tony) Stravers and Kit (Jill) Jamieson; nine grandchildren; and three brothers. Keith was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother and two siblings-in-law.
Visitation was Friday, Oct. 7 at Sunset Memorial Chapel & Gardens in Des Moines. Burial was at North Lawn Cemetery in Fort Dodge. 
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Arlene Cook

Arlene Cook, 89, of Adel, died on Oct. 10, 2022, at MercyOne Medical Center in West Des Moines. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, at the Oakdale Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Online condolences may be left to the family at
Arlene Beverly Cook was born on Sept. 11, 1933, to Roy and Clara (Herkey) Hutton. She was a graduate of Emmetsburg High School. Over the years, she worked as a legal secretary. Arlene enjoyed playing bingo and painting in her free time. In her later days, she enjoyed traveling, especially every winter when she would snowbird in Texas. While in Texas, she liked to make the journey across the southern border to spend some time in Mexico.
Arlene is survived by her two children, Doug (Eva) Cook Jr. and Kathy Cooley; grandchildren, Cari, Jodi, and Doug III (Jennifer); along with five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doug, Sr.; a sister, Phyllis (LeRoy) Twait; and a son-in-law, Joseph Cooley.
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David Julian Erbes 

David Julian Erbes died at home surrounded by family on Sept. 20, 2022, due to complications from cancer. David was born to Mary (Anderson) and Charles Erbes and grew up in Mendota, Illinois. After graduating from Mendota High School, he attended the University of Illinois and Drake University Law School, graduating in 1984. While attending law school, he met Jennifer Nielsen. They married in August 1984 and welcomed two sons.
David practiced law in the Des Moines area for more than 20 years. He left his law practice and went on to work for Lowe’s in a number of positions. David was a member and board participant of several organizations over his lifetime: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, Blue Lodge in Mendota, Bloomington Consistory, Tebala Shrine, Civic Music Association, Oak Leaf Hockey parents association, Johnston High School Band Parents Association and, most recently, Green Meadows West Homeowners Association.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years; sons, Grant (Anna Jaeger) and Neil; grandson; mother; sister, Julie Erbes-Pierce (Jeff Pierce); and other loving family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his father and infant daughter, Elizabeth.
Services were held Saturday, Oct. 1 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Des Moines. Private interment will be held at a later date at Restland Cemetery in Mendota, Illinois. Memorial contributions are suggested to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Des Moines Symphony or Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Online condolences will be welcomed at
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Dale F. Madison

Dale F. Madison died of natural causes at MercyOne Medical Center on Sept. 14, 2022. He was born April 6, 1933, to Robert Madison and Mabel Thompson Madison at home in Johnston. Dale attended Johnston schools. He worked for multiple companies and had many years of service with Penn-Dixie cement plant. When Penn-Dixie closed, the packing house was sold and Dale and other employees were hired to run the cement silos for shipping and receiving, which he did until he retired. Dale married his high school sweetheart, Delores May Wolfe, in 1950; they were married for 58 years and had three children.
Dale is survived by three children, Steve (Mary) Madison, Jeff Madison, and Pam (Lou) Flemming; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, nine siblings, his wife, and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Iles Westover Chapel in Des Moines, with burial at Jordan Cemetery. Online condolences are welcomed at 
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Jerry Lee Evans Sr.

Jerry Lee Evans Sr., of Johnston, died Sept. 19, 2022. He was born to Daniel Evans and Fern (Nihiser) Evans on Oct. 10, 1940. Jerry was a tire builder at Firestone in Des Moines, an avid golfer and had a passion for Corvettes.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Susan (Sally) Evans, and their children, Justine (Mark) Davis, Jan (Rick) Chumbley, Jerry (Jake) Evans Jr., and Jody (Jeff) Kimrey; grandchildren, Chelsea Lindgren, Carly (Sal) Camarada, Nichole Chumbley, Calvin Kimrey, Katelyn Chumbley, Megan Kimrey and Jase Evans; and great-grandchildren, Carter Peterson, and Ari Royce.
Memorial contributions can be sent to @justinedavis via Venmo. Online condolences are at
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Phyllis Ann Spearing York

Phyllis Ann Spearing York, 93, of Adel, died Sept. 25, 2022, at Kennybrook Village in Grimes. A visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 29 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. The funeral service was at Panther Creek Church of the Brethren, northwest of Adel. Burial followed at Panther Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery.
Phyllis was born Jan. 1, 1929 at home in Perry to parents LaVerne Morris Spearing and Alma Marie Crispin Spearing.
Phyllis graduated from Perry High School in 1946. She worked as a classified advertising manager and circulation manager at the Perry Daily Chief newspaper. Later, she was employed as a secretary and bookkeeper at Farmer’s Hybrid Seed Corn and as a teller and bookkeeper at Perry State Bank.
On July 6, 1963 she married the love of her life, Carroll Lee York of Adel. She transitioned from office worker to a working farm wife. Together, Carroll and Phyllis raised their four sons, Gregory, Randall, Kent and Daniel on the farm. To feed this crew, Phyllis baked bread once or twice a week, making a dozen loaves at a time. Her delicious bread became legendary with extended family and in the Panther and Adel areas.
She was a member of Friendly Neighbors, S and V, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and TTT. Phyllis served on the Dallas County Hospital Board and the ADM High School Scholarship Board. She also led a Cub Scout Pack.
Phyllis was an active member of Panther Creek Church of the Brethren. She served as a leader of the youth group, teacher of Sunday school and Bible school, member of the altar committee, and member of Women’s Fellowship.
Painting was a great joy to her. She painted on canvas, saw blades, rocks and barn boards. In the 1980s, she began a business where she made replicas of buildings and houses by cutting a board to the shape of a structure and painting the colors and details of the building. She painted hundreds of replicas for customers from all across the country. She continued to paint till her final days.
Phyllis enjoyed cooking, sewing and crafts. She and Carroll also traveled extensively around the country and liked to fish together whether at nearby ponds or the big lakes of Canada. She enjoyed living in Panther and having her family near for frequent gatherings that she organized.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Alma and LaVerne Spearing; brother Keith Spearing; and sisters Marjorie Courtney, June Bailey and Diana Springer.
She is survived by husband Carroll; sons Greg (Sue) York, Randy (Deb) York, Kent (Michelle) York, and Dan (Kathy) York; grandchildren Christine (Michael) Meggison, Caren (Nate) Linderman, Randy York II, Alex (Tasha) York, Hannah (Nick) Caranci, and Samantha York; and great grandchildren York, Tess, Jack, Everly, Jaxon, Tucker, Marley and Nash.
Memorials are suggested to Panther Creek Church of the Brethren. Online condolences maybe left at
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David Donald Hendricks

David Donald Hendricks, 74, of Adel, died Sept. 20, 2022, at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines. David was born to Keith and Madeline Hendricks in Tacoma, Washington. Their family moved to Iowa where he graduated from Jefferson High School in 1968. David enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served 1970-72. In 1994, David married Joyce Patton; they spent more than 20 years together. He spent most of his working career employed through Meredith Publishing Co.
David is survived by his brother, Dennis (Janet) Hendrick; step-daughter, Julie (Jared) Morris; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his wife; parents; sister, Diane Wise; and brother-in-law, David Wise.
Memorial service and visitation were held Monday, Sept. 26, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home in Adel. Burial took place at the Blair Chapel Cemetery in rural Madison County. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for future designation. Online condolences may be left at
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Arnold Whitney

Arnold Whitney, 97, of Redfield died following an automobile accident on Sept. 20, 2022. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the United Methodist Church in Redfield. Burial was at the Harper Cemetery near Redfield.
Arnold was born on Feb.17, 1925, to Paul and Evelyn (Clark) Whitney at home in Kennedy Station.
Arnold graduated from Redfield High School in 1943. He served in WWII until he was honorably discharged. After the war, he farmed and worked various jobs in and around the Des Moines area.
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Hazel Whitney (2017) and Dora (Whitney) Weideman (2010), brother-in-law Jim Weideman (2017) and nephew Greg Weideman (1976). He is survived by his nephews and nieces, Jeff (Aimee) Weideman of Cedar Falls, Sue (Bruce) Light of Gowrie, Sandy (Curt) Sloan of Center Point, Mitch (Anne) Weideman of Center Point, and Anne (Tony) Dailey of Fort Dodge. He is also survived by his great nieces and nephews, Megan (Adam) Kulow, Kevin (Krystal) Light, Nick (Leila) Sloan, Hannah Sloan, Haley Weideman, Abbey Weideman, Stephanie Dailey and Allison Dailey, and a great-great nephew Wyatt Kulow. Also, cousins residing in Texas, Illinois, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Florida survive.
Memorials will be left to the discretion of the family. Online condolences maybe left at
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Gloria Marie Brewer

Gloria Marie Brewer, 75, died Sept. 10, 2022, at Methodist Hospital after a short battle with lung cancer. Gloria was born to Glenn Hamilton and Muriel Minerva Everson in Viroqua, Wisconsin. She graduated from Viroqua High School and attended Wisconsin State in LaCrosse and later received two years of secretary training in Winona.
Gloria was passionate about her work at the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Des Moines, where she worked for more than 40 years as a purchasing agent. After retiring from the VA, she spent her days volunteering through several organizations including Methodist West Hospital and Grimes Volunteer Support Services and working at the Johnston Public Library.
Left to cherish Gloria’s memory are her husband of 34 years, Jay Brewer; their combined children, Heather Gibson (Ron), Derek Brewer (Valerie), Angela Bogle (Chris Riekens), and Michael Bogle; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and another on the way; two brothers and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, with a memorial gathering one hour prior at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 1001 S. James St., Grimes. In lieu of flowers, Gloria’s family asks memorials be directed to the Johnston Public Library Foundation at
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Erika Saari Williams

Erika Saari Williams died at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines on Sept. 4, 2022. Erika was born in Ames in 1978 to Dennis and Kathleen Saari. She graduated from Ames High School in 1996, then Hamline University in Minneapolis, with a double major in economics and political science. In the summer of 2000, she moved to Seoul, South Korea, to teach English to school-age children. There, Erika met her future husband, U.S. Army officer Steven Williams. They married in the mountains of Colorado. Erika got a full-time job at the Bank of the Broadmoor and graduated from the MBA program at Colorado State University in 2004. The couple later lived in South Carolina, Alabama, Italy, Belgium, then back to South Korea. Erika started Oscar Elnes Photography, a business she could take with her on the couple’s life travels. In 2017, the couple welcomed their twin sons, Luca and Grant.
In 2018, Erika received a cancer diagnosis that forced the family to move to Hawaii for surgeries and treatments. They returned to Iowa to be near family in October of 2021.
Erika leaves behind her husband; sons; mother; sister, Jessica; brother-in-law, Adam; two nephews; a niece; and many extended family and friends. Erika was preceded in death by her father.
Celebration of life is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept., 30 at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines. Visitation will be one hour prior, with a flowing reception following the service. 
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John Michael Sacco

John Michael Sacco of Polk City died Sept. 2, 2022. He was born Sept. 16, 1956. John was a retired ironworker from Local 67. He was very proud of that. John was preceded in death by his parents, Louie and Charleen Sacco. He is survived by three children, three grandchildren, three brothers, two sisters and many friends. A celebration of life will be held Friday, Sept. 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the Ironworkers Training Center, 2221 E. Ovid Ave., Des Moines.