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Gerald Dale Meineke

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

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

Michael Mallberg

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

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

Sharon Lee (Fultz) Meisenheimer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vicki Baker, 72, died Sunday, May 14, 2023, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, June 11, 1-4 p.m., at her home in Minburn.
Vicki was born Dec. 5, 1950, in Kirksville, Missouri, to Charles and Hazel (Sparks) Neagle. She married John Baker on July 17, 1971, in Berwick. The two made their home in Minburn in 1978 where they raised their family and continued to live.
Vicki was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Vicki is survived by her husband, John Baker; son, John C. Baker; daughter, Nancy Elizabeth (Richard) Baker Curtis; father, Charles Neagle; brother, Stephen Neagle; sister, Sherry (Fred) McBride; and two grandchildren, Sophia Irene Curtis and Charles William Curtis. She was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel Irene Neagle.
Memorial contributions may be made to ChildServe. Online condolences will be welcomed at
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Marilyn Bode

Marilyn Bode, 78, of Perry, died on May 8, 2023. She graduated from high school in Earlham in 1963. She received her bachelor’s degree in home economics at Iowa State University in 1967. She married Don Eichner in 1967, and they had two children, Jill and Ben Eichner. Marilyn then studied housing, focusing on energy conservation and indoor air quality, and earned a a master’s degree in 1982 and a Ph.D. in 1986 from Iowa State University. Marilyn married Wesley Bode in 1990, acquiring two step-children, Holle and Skyler Bode.
Marilyn worked at ISU, the University of Minnesota, and Kansas State University.  She retired from Iowa State in 2010. She was a life-long pianist, played trumpet and french horn in high school, and rang handbells at numerous churches for about 45 years. Marilyn and Wes enjoyed traveling overseas.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Vivian (VanDyke) Lawson.
She is survived by husband, Wes Bode; daughter, Jill Eichner Brown (Luke); son Benjamin Eichner (Joanne); step-son Skyler Bode (Shirley); step-daughter Holle Andersen (Loren); seven grandchildren: Ehlana and Garion Brown, Avery and Luca Andersen, Zane Eichner, and Martin and Agatha Bode; brother, Bruce Lawson (Dianna), and their families. Marilyn was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Phyllis, and several cousins.
Memorials are suggested to a food bank, an educational organization, the ACLU, or Planned Parenthood. Online condolences may be left at
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 15 at Peace Lutheran Church, 34128 L. Ave., Adel. Burial will be at Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
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Teresa Wakefield

Teresa Wakefield, 58, of Waukee, died unexpectedly on May 6, 2023. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at Caldwell Parrish – Adel Chapel. Burial will follow the service at the Wiscotta Cemetery. A visitation will be held Friday, May 12, at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service.  Live streaming of the service will be available at, under Teresa’s tribute wall.
Teresa Ann Wakefield was born Sept. 12, 1964, in Perry to Keith and Bonnie (Countryman) Hogan. She graduated from the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School and then attended the University of Northern Iowa. On June 16, 1984, Teresa married Loren Wakefield. They had three children, Matthew, Ryan and Andrea. They raised their children in the Waterloo area until moving to Waukee.
She is survived by her mother, Bonnie Hogan; son, Matthew (Joelle) Wakefield and their children Zander and Jocelyn; daughter, Andrea (Mark) Lamb and their children Anthony, Nicholas and Raelynn; siblings David Hogan, Kevin (Tracy) Hogan, Joyce (Todd) Reynolds and nephew Michael, as well as other nieces, nephews and extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Loren; son, Ryan, and father, Keith Hogan.
Memorials may be directed to The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa or to the University of Iowa Stead Family Hospital.
Online condolences may be left at
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Karen Kay Potter

Karen Kay Potter, 81, of Polk City due Thursday, April 27 at Granger Nursing and Rehab. Visitation was May 2 at Iles Sundberg Kirkpatrick Chapel in Madrid. Funeral service was Wednesday, May 3 at the same location. Karen was born March 14, 1942, in Perry, the daughter of Charles and Ella (Perdue) Potter.
After attending school in Grimes, Karen entered the workforce, spending several years at Fairplay Scoreboards before opening her own business. During this time, she raised five sons, a daughter and a granddaughter, and opened her home to many others. She enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards and dancing. She especially loved animals. Karen loved spending time with her family and was always up for taking her grand- and great-grandkids on any adventure. She was a bigger-than-life personality that never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Karen is survived by her five sons, Chuck (Sheila) Torsky, Bob (Dixie) Potter, Jim (Heidi) Allen, Eugene (Mylena) Allen and Mark (Kathy) Allen; granddaughter Shelby (Tim) Tate; 12 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert and Paul; and daughter Cindy Mitchell. 
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James Edward Hoffman 

James Edward Hoffman of Polk City, formerly of Perry, died April 29, 2023, at home surrounded by family following a seven-year battle with cancer. Jim was born Feb. 14, 1949, in Browns Valley, Minnesota, to Edward Hoffman and Agnes (Wika) Hoffman. After graduating from Browns Valley High School in 1967, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, eventually serving in Phu Bai, Vietnam.
James married Marcia Tieskotter on Aug. 5, 1972, in Decorah. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1976. He worked for Cargill/West Central for more than 30 years.
Jim enjoyed spending time with family and attending his children and grandchildren’s school activities and sporting events.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marcia Hoffman of Polk City; children, Sarah Hoffman, Zachary (Wendy) Hoffman, and Jacob (Bridget) Hoffman; eight grandchildren: Noelle, Noah, Caleb, Isaac, Jory, Oliver, Skylinn and Jayden; siblings, Michael (Toni) Hoffman, Diane (Don) Heck, Rose Kaufman and Barbara (Ed) Hazelton; brother-in-law, Bill (Barb) Tieskotter; and sister-in-law, Shirley Usgaard.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Yvonne Kaufman.
According to his wishes, no services are planned. A celebration of life will be planned for the family this coming summer.
Online condolences may be left at
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Nancy Jane Doyle

Nancy Jane Doyle, 89, died on April 29, 2023, at Adel Acres in Adel. She was born Oct. 6, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Paul and Flora (Booth) Baldwin. She received her education in Des Moines where she graduated from Roosevelt High School.
Nancy worked at Budget Marketing and, for many years, at Reames Company until retirement. Nancy enjoyed a simple life and loved spending time with her family, especially her daughters and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Cindy Wheeler.
She is survived by three daughters, Kellie (Dean) Townsend of Adel, Shari Doyle of The Villages, Florida, and Julie (Mike) Mullins of Ankeny; four grandchildren, Alvin Snyder III, Robert (Melissa) Snyder, Holly (Josh) Wiedow and Cassidy Mullins; and four great-grandchildren, Hudson, Kellan and Rowen Snyder and Amelia Wiedow.
A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church where visitation begins at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to WesleyLife Meals on Wheels at, or Suncrest Hospice of West Des Moines. While donations are appreciated, please consider a random act of kindness in Nancy’s memory. 
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Ginnie Noe Wheeler

Ginnie Noe Wheeler, 77, died on May 1, 2023. She was born on May 10, 1945. She lived in Chicago, Turkey, Keokuk, Des Moines, Casey and West Des Moines. Her lively spirit left an impression on many people over her lifetime. She married three times, but only one time did she choose her partner for her own sake and not the sake of society or her children. She had a decade of joy and adventures with Bob Wheeler, including travels, time with the WoodTurners at the Iowa State Fair, volunteering at BookWorks, Festival of Trees and enjoying their time at the Renaissance Fair every September, where they declared their wedding vows.
She was an artist, dealing mostly in the medium of fiber. She was a member of the Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild.
She is survived by her daughters, Rev. Elizabeth Bell and Lorrie Little-May (husband Tim May); grandchildren Rogan Bell and Katie Bell, and Christina Little (Brandin) and Michelle Little (Chris); four great-grandchildren; brother Mark Grudzinski (Monica); Aunty Em - Marilyn Noe; and cousin Charlotte Baldwin (Scott Kalberer). Additionally, Ginnie was always adopting more children by loving them and caring for them. Honorable mention goes to Kevin, Mark, David, Linda, Tracy and Larry.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Robert Wheeler, and her son, Christopher Lee.
Memorials may be made to the Adel United Methodist Church or the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Online condolences may be left for the family at
Services were Thursday, May 4, at the Adel United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior. Ginnie and Bob will be laid in their final resting place at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, rural Van Meter, after the service.
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Helen Louise Billings

Helen Louise Billings of Johnston died April 23, 2023, at Bishop Drumm Care Center. She was born on July 23, 1927, and grew up in Ava, Missouri. She was active in band, chorus and mixed doubles tennis. She sang for funerals at the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home.
 Helen earned a two-year degree, majoring in music, at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri. She taught in Doniphan, Missouri, then at Park Avenue school in Des Moines. She married Joe Billings on April 22, 1955. They had two sons, David and Steve. They moved to Johnston in 1961.
 Helen taught third grade in Johnston for 30 years, many years at Lawson Elementary. She was one of two teachers inducted into the inaugural class of the Johnston Schools Hall of Fame.
 She attended countless ball games and track meets to watch her sons as they attended school at Johnston. She also loved watching her grandchildren, Alex and Jayme, compete in horse shows. Helen joined Joe on his vacation travels. They spent many winters in Phoenix following her retirement.
 She found great enjoyment and satisfaction as a mother, grandmother and teacher, but working in their yard cultivating beautiful flowers and plants was her passion.
 Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe Billings; brother, Sam Wiggins; sister, Mary Clinkingbeard; and son, David Billings. Survivors include her son, Steve Billings (Shellie) of rural Dallas Center; grandson, Alex Billings of Pella; and granddaughter, Jayme Ruhnke (Nick) of Laurel.
Memorial gifts to the Johnston Public Library Foundation are welcomed.
 A private burial service will be held at a future date. 

Edward Claude Weir

Edward Claude Weir was born in Portsmouth on July 12, 1932. He died Saturday, April 15, 2023, at the Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines at the age of 90.
After he was orphaned at the age of 11, he was sent to Father Flanagan’s Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. There he sang in choirs, including one hand-selected to travel with Father Flanagan all over the country. A photo of Father Flanagan and the choir, including Ed, still hangs at Boys Town. Eventually, he was sent to foster homes until taken in by a farm family in Stuart. Ed finished high school at Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines. He then enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served his country during the Korean Conflict. After the Navy, he married Joy. They were married 54 years and had six children.
He owned a painting company and volunteered for the Johnston Fire Department for years. He belonged to the Lions Club and American Legion. He and Joy were active in their churches in Johnston and Grand River.
Those relatives who preceded Ed in death were his parents; loving wife Joy Fay Weir; sisters, Wrennie Doud, Roberta J. Weir and Beverly Carey, as well as his brother, Chuck Tedesco.
He is survived by daughters Sheryl (Jay) Coleman, Jana (Jody) Arment, Donella (Jim) Wright, and Debra (Chris) McComb; his son, Edward “Sonny” Weir; grandchildren Andrew (Elyse) Wright, Jason Arment, Alexandra Wright, Jocelyn (Joshua) Holmberg, Joshua Arment, Chelsea (Robert) Koenigsdorf, Christopher McComb, Cole Weir, Caitlyn (Jordan) Larsen; great-grandchildren: Faye, Nell, Jaxson, Celease, Stella, Laurel and Olivia; sisters, Vonda Johnson and Mary (Jack) Lonsdale.
Services were at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Grand River April 29. Interment was at the Oak Hill Cemetery near Grand River. Memorial contributions may be made to Boys Town. Online condolences may be made to the family at
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Larry Dean Mullenax

Larry Dean Mullenax, 62, died April 21, 2023, after a short battle with brain cancer. A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on May 6 from 2-4 p.m. at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – Adel Chapel, with a short service of remembrance beginning at 4 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date.
Larry was born Feb. 2, 1961, to Kerth and Jane Mullenax. He was a journeyman carpenter with the Local 106 Carpenters Union for more than 30 years. Larry married Leslie Kinnison and together they raised their children, Jacques and Chelsea. He was a proud father who loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed woodworking, gardening and taking a nice walk.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Leslie Mullanax; children, Jacques (Crystal) Mullenax and Chelsea Mullenax; and a large extended family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left to the family at
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John Cashman

John Cashman, 81, of Van Meter, died at his home with his family by his side on Friday, April 14, 2023. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Monday, April 24, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Adel Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 25, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee. Burial will follow in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Van Meter American Legion and  to the Wounded Warriors Project. Online condolences may be left for the family at
John was born on June 17, 1941, in Cedar Rapids to John and Christina (Evers) Cashman. He graduated from Prairieburg High School with the class of 1959. He joined the United States Navy in 1960 and was proud to serve his country. In October of 1973, John married the love of his life and best friend, Gwen Werner, in San Diego, California. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Drake University in 1979. John worked as a CPA and operated his own firm until retiring at the age of 80.
John was a member of the Van Meter American Legion and was proud of his military service. He was a very giving and generous man who loved to help others when they needed a hand or getting back on their feet. John enjoyed going to the Iowa State Fair and his Harley Davidson motorcycle. John also loved to work. He loved his farm, his family, and, most importantly, his wife.
John is survived by his wife, Gwen; sons, DJ (Dawn) Cashman and Tom Jackman; daughter, Patti (Scott) Judd; sisters, Patricia Holub and Monica Carpenter; four grandchildren, with the most dearest to his heart in Cayli Cashman; and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son James Jackman; and sister, Mary Ann Devlin. 
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Nicholas Andrews (Timmons) Meeker

Nicholas Andrews (Timmons) Meeker, 38, of Adel died peacefully on April 12, 2023, with his family by his side. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 22, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home in Adel. Family will greet friends from 1-1:30 p.m., followed by a short service with Rev. Michael Walrod. Following the service, burial will take place at the Oakdale Cemetery, followed by a celebration of life at the Sportsman Club, Adel, with food, a drink and many great stories.
Nick was born on Nov. 12, 1984, in Denver, Colorado. His family then moved to Rosemead, California, before moving to Iowa in 1992. Nick attended Perry High School, where he enjoyed football and wrestling and made it to the State Wrestling Tournament. Following school, Nick joined Carpenters Local 106 to pursue his career in construction alongside his father.
Nick loved growing up in the country. You could always find him walking the creek with his sister and golden retriever, Hans. Nick loved camping and fishing with the family. He spent hours on the trampoline with friends, swimming in the pool or riding his preferred method of transportation, the go-cart. Nick would spend endless hours with his brother playing Everquest on the computer, which turned into a lifelong hobby of computers and gaming.
He is survived by his father, Patrick Meeker; mother, Dina (Kirk) Bannick; siblings, Holly Meeker and Noah (Alexandria) Meeker; nephew Liam and niece Alyssa Meeker; cousins Tylynn (Travis) Samuel and Jet Timmons; grandparents Berkeley and Karen Andrews; aunt and uncle Berkeley, (Julie) Andrews Jr. and Jody (Bob) Goemmer. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Abigail; great-grandparents Roger and Margaret Ebbets; great-grandfather George Berkeley; and grandparents Larry and Sherry Trenkel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish 
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Joe Shields

Joe Shields, 80, of Adel, died unexpectedly at his home on April 17, 2023, in Adel. A visitation was held Thursday, April 20, at the Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home in Adel. A funeral service to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the New Hope Church, east of Adel. A private family committal service will be held on Saturday at the Bedford Cemetery.
Joseph Shields, the son of Darrell and Mona (Forney) Shields, was born Nov. 7, 1942, in Bedford. Joe graduated from Bedford High school in 1960. Joe lived in Adel most of his life where he worked for the Booneville Co-op for many years. Joe had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, camping, riding his motorcycle and walking his dogs.
Joe is survived by his children, Darrell, Debbie, Joe and Travis; sister, Julia McGeary; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his close, personal friend, Cheryl Hutzell, and his dog, Buddy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his nephew, Mark Mattes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Joe’s family. Online condolences may be left at
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Debra Jean McIlhon

Debra Jean McIlhon died Monday, April 10, at Kavanagh Hospice House following a sudden hemorrhagic stroke 13 days prior. Her daughter, Molly, and son-in-law, Tony, were by her side as she took her last breaths.
Debbie was the youngest child of Robert and Doris Blitsch, born in Cedar Falls on June 9, 1953. She graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1971. She was a fun and popular gal and was nominated to the Homecoming Court her senior year.
After graduation, Debbie worked as a secretary for Curb Master and later the City of Cedar Falls. She was proud of the work she did and enjoyed her time working for the City.
She married Joe McIlhon on Dec. 16, 1978. They had two children, Molly and Joseph.
Debbie converted to Catholicism in 1980. Her faith became an integral part of who she was.
Debbie is survived by her daughter, Molly (Tony) Fiddelke, granddaughters Margaret Fiddelke and Sydney McIlhon, brother Bob (Linda) Blitsch, sister Joann (Rex) Rockey and many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Doris Blitsch; her guardians, John and Beulah Rockey; son, Joseph; husband, Joe; and nephew, Andrew Ulrich.
Memorial contributions can be directed to her family for her granddaughters’ education and activities.
A funeral mass of Christian burial was Friday, April 14, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverdale. Interment was at Glendale immediately following. 
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Jack Mendrys

Jack Mendrys, 76, of Johnston, died Friday, April 7, 2023, after a short battle with lung cancer. Born on Nov. 22, 1946, to John and Hildegarde Mendrys, Jack grew up in Westchester, Illinois, and attended Proviso West High School. He graduated from Drake University with degrees in business administration and education. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon and made lifelong friends and brothers. He remained active as chapter advisor for many years.
He started his career teaching science, math and history at St. Pius and St. Theresa schools in the Des Moines area. He then found his passion selling and restoring antiques in 1975. He owned and operated two Valley Junction businesses, Century Shoppe, Ltd and Shull’s Furniture Restoration. Upon retirement, he continued to work in Johnston at Four Corners Feed and the Hy-Vee meat counter. Jack made friends wherever he went and worked.
Jack married Connie Taylor in 1969 and raised three daughters.
Jack is survived by his wife, Connie; his daughters, Jennifer (Brian) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Melanie of Prairie Village, Kansas, and Allison (Kent) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; and his five grandchildren, Kate, Quinn, Meredith, Nora and Jack.
Memorial contributions may be made to Living History Farms to support scholarships for summer camp or a charity of your choice.
A celebration of his life will be Friday, May 5 (come anytime from 3-6 p.m.), in the building he owned and operated his businesses for 40 years, which is now St. Kilda Collective in Valley Junction, 333 Fifth St., West Des Moines.
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Retha Leila (Hunt) Masengill

Retha Leila (Hunt) Masengill, 95, of Dallas Center died April 3, 2023, at Adel Acres in Adel. Retha was born in Perry Dec. 18, 1927, to Forrest and Clara Hunt. She married Edgar “Bud” Masengill on March 30, 1947, in Adel. She worked at Woodward State Hospital for many years. Retha was Elvis Presley’s No. 1 fan. She loved working crossword puzzles and writing poetry. She was well known for her cooking and baking, which she generously shared with others. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
Retha is survived by her children, Terry (Kathy) Masengill of Dallas Center and Sherie Russell of Huxley; grandchildren, Tammy (Tom) Yokley, Shelly Hadley and Andrew (Amanda) Willis; great grandchildren, Tommy (Megan) Yokley, Trevor (Chandler) Yokley and Shelleah Hadley; great-great-granddaughters Millie and Lennon Yokley; and sisters, Sondra Paul and Sherrill (Rodney) Henry. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Lynn, Kreigh and Burdette; sisters, Karean Selicon, Arlis Dollarhide, Arleta Grove, Afton Cabelka and Donna Correy; and great-grandson Joshua Webster.
A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, at Legion Memorial Hall in Dallas Center. Memorial contributions are suggested to Legion Auxiliary Post 49 Dallas Center or Suncrest Hospice. 
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Helen Dawes

Helen Dawes, 96, of Adel, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 22, 2023, at Kavanagh House in Des Moines. Helen was born on Feb. 4, 1927, to Ruby Dawson Wicks of rural Adel; her father, Leroy Wicks, died 12 days before she was born. Helen graduated from Adel High School in 1946. After graduation, she worked with her sister, Lola, in Des Moines at the ACS office and the Iowa State Tax Commission.
Helen married Lowell Dawes on June 6, 1948. Helen and Lowell grew up less than half a mile from each other. They rode horses together to the country school, and both went to Adel High School. Lowell and Helen celebrated 67 wedding anniversaries together. Her family and faith were always the center of her life.
Helen enjoyed her S&V Club, card party groups, the Red Hat Society, and playing cribbage and bridge. Helen grew up in the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren and was active in the church her entire life. She taught Sunday school, served on the Church Board, decorated the worship center, and worked with the Women’s Fellowship and Food Committees.
Helen will be greatly missed by her surviving children, Nick (Peg) Dawes, Barb Dawes, John (Mark Walker); daughter-in-law Marilyn Dawes; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; her son, C. Randall (Randy) Dawes; two sisters; brother; and granddaughter-in-law, Laurie Tryon Dawes.
A funeral service was held March 28 at Panther Creek Church of the Brethren northwest of Adel. Burial will take place at the Oakdale Cemetery in Adel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in Helen’s memory to the Panther Creek Church or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left at
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Alice (Ballard) Bettes

Alice (Ballard) Bettes was born on Dec. 6, 1936, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the daughter of Miller T. and Elizabeth (Carroll) Ballard. Alice married Jerry Bettes on May 28, 1965, in Enid, Oklahoma. Alice enjoyed collecting antiques and dolls and watching Western movies and shows. She also enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casino and shopping. But most of all, Alice enjoyed spending time with her family.
Alice died Tuesday, March 21 at her home in Adel. She was 86 years old. She is survived by her children, David and Jill, William and Robbin, Gordon and Lee, Alan and Anna, and Greg and Sheri; sister, Barbara Hutchison; grandchildren, Jenny, Nathan, Taylor, Jim, John, Joe, Kendra, Jerica, Arvid, Karissa, Courtney, and Austin; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Emma, Bowie, Nevara, Harper, Henry, Brianna, Georgia, Lila, Afton, Evlyn, Olivia, Shawn, Carson, Lenox, Weston, Louis and Eri; and many nieces and nephews.
Alice was preceded in death by his parents; first husband, William Morton; second husband, Jerry Bettes; daughter, Debra Alice Morton; son, Kenneth J. Bettes; and great-granddaughter, Soren.
Funeral service for Alice will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 27 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory ~ McCalley Chapel in Adel. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with burial in Oakdale Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to his family for a future designation. 
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Julie Ann Scott

Julie Ann Scott, 64, died Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines from complications of cancer. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1 at Iles Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Minburn. The service will be livestreamed on the Iles website. Go to at 10:45 a.m. Saturday and scroll to the bottom of Julie’s obituary to join in the service.
Julie was born Sept. 30, 1958, in Perry, to Billy and Norma (Smotherman) Withem. She graduated from Central Dallas Community in 1977. Julie married Randal Scott on April 23, 1977, at the Minburn Church of Christ, and they made their home outside of Minburn where they raised their two children. Julie had worked at Continental Western Insurance company for 14 years. She later worked as a substitute associate for Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, Woodward, and Central Dallas School Districts. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Minburn.
Julie enjoyed crafts, working with clay and shopping with her daughter, Nikki. Her greatest joy and passion was her family, especially her grandchildren. Julie always had a strong faith and had enjoyed playing the piano at church for many years. Traveling to Ohio with Randy to see family was something she also enjoyed.
Julie is survived by her husband, Randal Scott; daughter, Nikki (Todd) Rippel of Rowley; son, Daniel (Jen) Scott of Jamaica; four grandchildren, Lucas Rippel, Kenslea Scott, Jamison Scott, and Parker Scott; and her brother, Jeff (Karen) Withem of Minburn. She was preceded in death by her parents.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Iles Brandt Chapel. Contributions may be made to the Taylor House Hospice. Online condolences will be welcomed at
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Patrick Joseph McCarthy

Patrick Joseph McCarthy, 52, of Adel, died March 16, 2023, in West Des Moines. Patrick was born to William and Paulette (King) McCarthy on May 15, 1970, in Des Moines. He was raised in West Des Moines and graduated from Valley High School before earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Patrick was a commercial driver for Brown Logistics for many years.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Vickie; son, Drew; mother; two sisters; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father.
A celebration of life was held Saturday, March 25 at the Waukee Community Center. Memorial donations may be made via: to be used for a college education fund for Patrick’s son, Drew. Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services of Waukee was entrusted with Patrick’s final arrangements.
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Richard Remster

Richard Remster, 90, of Adel, died March 26, 2023. A visitation was March 30 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home in Adel followed by a committal service at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Every Step Hospice. Online condolences may be left at
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Isabel ‘Chavela’ (Terrazas) Neibergall

Isabel “Chavela” (Terrazas) Neibergall died Sunday, March 19, 2023. She was born July 8, 1935, in El Paso, Texas, to Jesus and Francisca (Marquez) Terrazas, the oldest daughter of 11 children. She graduated as the salutatorian of the Class of 1953 at Bowie High in El Paso.
During her freshman year at Texas Western College (now UTEP), she met Larry, the love of her life. They soon married and started a family, eventually having seven kids and settling in Des Moines. Not only did they scrimp to send the kids to Catholic grade school (St. Theresa’s) and high school (Dowling Catholic), but with Larry’s encouragement, she went to Drake University and completed her college degree, earning a B.A. in business administration in 1975.
Isabel then took a job at Job Service of Iowa, where she would rise to fraud investigator and from which she would retire. She sang in the St. Theresa’s choir; drove kids to ballet lessons, baseball/football/basketball practice and games, orchestra, and medical appointments; and did a lot of laundry and cooking. And there wasn’t a craft she didn’t love — quilting, crocheting, needlepoint, knitting, sewing, etc.
In the early 1980s, Chavela survived a tough battle with breast cancer. At Thanksgiving of 1986, a heart attack took her beloved Larry. She later traveled to Spain, Germany, Australia, Hawaii and Tahiti. At 75, she whitewater rafted and rode a zipline in Costa Rica. And for several years, she sang with the Sweet Adelines. She also found time to marry and begin a new chapter with John Crowell. Isabel was a woman of deep faith.
She is survived by her children: Bill, Patrick (Kerry), Dorothy Hurt (Donald J.), Michael (Kathryn), Catherine Bellis (Bryan), and Charlie (Jean); her siblings: Maggie Najera (Manny), Hurt Jr., Jordan L. Hurt, Benjamin Neibergall, Aaron Bellis, Brianna Bellis, Nicole Bellis, Nick Neibergall and Abby Neibergall; her great grandchildren, Frank, Sal (Adele), Cecilia Cobos (Manny), Manny (Carmen), Johnny (Lucy), and Eddie (Alicia); her grandchildren: Rachel Adkins (Austin), Laura Neibergall, John Henry Gaps, Ethan Gaps (Nicole), Sarah Bonsall (John), Emilia Gaps, Donald J., George Bonsall, Carina Bonsall, John Bonsall, Lawrence Gaps, Roger Gaps, and Cordelia Gaps. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Neibergall; daughter, Gina Neibergall; parents, Jesus and Francisca Terrazas; brothers Gilbert Terrazas, Jesus Terrazas and Danny Terrazas; and grandchildren Lauren Hurt and Andre Hurt.
Contributions may be made to Urbandale Food Pantry (, St. Pius X Catholic Church (, or the Larry E. and Isabel T. Neibergall Memorial Scholarship fund at Drake University. Visitation was Thursday, March 23, at Iles Westover Funeral Home. A funeral mass was March 24 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Lunch was served and followed by a graveside service in Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.
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Linda Catanzaro Boberg

Linda Catanzaro Boberg, 68, of Johnston was surrounded by family as she died peacefully from metastatic breast cancer on March 19, 2023, while in hospice care at Taylor House in Des Moines. Linda was born on March 17, 1955, as the first of seven girls born to Joseph Catanzaro and Constance Parker Catanzaro and grew up in Holiday Hills, Illinois. She was a 1973 graduate of Marian Central Catholic High School, received a bachelor’s degree in English writing in 1977 from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, and received a master’s degree in counseling and guidance for college student personnel in 2008 at California Lutheran University (CLU).
Linda married David Boberg on June 10, 1978, in McHenry, Illinois. Linda worked as an elementary school teacher, a production editor at Rand McNally Publishing, a receptionist at Hillel Foundation for Student Life at New York Stony Brook University, a chapel administrative assistant, and an assistant director, Multicultural Programs & International Student Services at CLU. In 2019, she rekindled her passion for writing and self-published six romance novels in three years under the pen name Adelyn Zara.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Constance Parker Catanzaro; her sister, Mary Kay Catanzaro; and her father-in-law, Russell Boberg. She is survived by her husband, David Boberg; sons, Daniel Boberg (Sydney Protheroe) and Patrick (Marieta Wind) Boberg; daughter, Meg Boberg (Shawn Peterson); granddaughters, Emmalyn and Elliana; sisters, Deborah (Chris) Hansen, Jeanne Lindaur, Angela (Dale) Daugherty, Roseanne (Steve) Niese and Constance Catanzaro; mother-in-law, Darlene Boberg; brothers-in-law Lee (Peggy) Boberg and Brian (Cathy) Boberg; and sister-in-law, Kay (Jeff) Peacock.
A visitation was held at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Urbandale, on March 23. Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, March 24, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, West Des Moines. A graveside service followed. Memorials are suggested to, a nonprofit organization that funds research to help improve the longevity and quality of life for metastatic breast cancer patients.
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Miriam Margaret Sherrard

Miriam Margaret Sherrard, 89, died March 19, 2023, at home with her loving family by her side. Her funeral was March 24 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial at Glendale Cemetery. Visitation was at Iles Grandview Park Chapel with a Rosary recited. Memorial contributions may be given to Suncrest Hospice.
Miriam Margaret, the daughter of John and Esther (Nicolle) Murray, was born April 5, 1933, in Des Moines. Following her high school graduation, she worked at Iowa Des Moines National Bank where she met Leslie Edward Sherrard. They were married on Oct. 15, 1955.
Miriam enjoyed gardening and baking. She was skilled at sewing, embroidery and cross stitch. Miriam and her mother made a lot of the children’s clothing growing up. She also played the piano and sang in St. Joseph’s church choir.
Miriam was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her children: Thomas Sherrard, Mary Patricia Sherrard, Jean Sherrard-Fifo (Kevin), Joseph Sherrard (Mary Louise), Elizabeth Sherrard, Michael Sherrard and Eileen Moncada (Juan); grandchildren: Jason Danielson, Christina Johnson, Shannon Sherrard, Mark Sherrard, Jacqueline Sherrard, Athan Moncada, Isabelle Moncada, Juan Moncada Jr., Diane Moncada, Jennifer Dodd and James Dodd; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 
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Duane William Hawbaker

Duane William Hawbaker died on March 16, 2023, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Duane was born Nov. 28, 1929, in Waukee, to Daniel and Anna (Wenger) Hawbaker. He married Pearl Jean Zimmerman on Feb. 6, 1949, in Dallas Center.
Duane farmed 320 acres of land near Redfield for several years, raising all types of livestock, in addition to field crops. Following farming, he was a mechanic and parts manager for Geneser Implement in Granger and R&R Equipment in Indianola.
Duane was an avid fisherman and retired to Twin Lakes, Missouri, until Jean’s passing. He then spent most of the rest of his retirement in Adel.
He is survived by his children, Donna Goings, Darrel (Sandy), Diana Hawbaker and Doyle (Freda); nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and a great-grandson on the way. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; siblings, Carl, infant brother Orville, Zelda Rittgers and Dwight; and son-in-law, Rob Goings.
Visitation was Thursday, March 23 at Iles Brandt Chapel, Dallas Center. Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 24 at Valley Junction Church of God, 321 Elm St., West Des Moines. Interment will be at Brethren Cemetery, Dallas Center.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Lighthouse of Christ Church in Adel, Valley Junction Church of God or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences are welcome at

Ashleigh Lynn Merical

Ashleigh Lynn Merical, 25, was born in Denver, Colorado, on Oct. 24, 1997, and suddenly passed away on March 15, 2023, in Des Moines.
She enjoyed many travels and adventures. Her dream was to travel the world with those whom she loved. Ashleigh also enjoyed camping and being outdoors. Her latest adventure was ice fishing with her love, David. She was always willing to try or go anywhere at least once. She was everyone’s cheerleader. She always saw the best in people, even when they didn’t see it in themselves.
Ashleigh is survived by her father, Jack Merical; mother, Mona Mangiagli; significant other, David Little; sisters, Kaitlyn (fiancé, Ryan) Feenstra and Kassidy Merical; brothers, Jackson Merical and Sammy Lund; her dog, Scout; nephews, Wesley Feenstra and Thomas Sudbrock; maternal grandmother, Georgia (Cory) Hainline; paternal grandparents, Jack and Glenna Marical; and many extended family.
Visitation was Thursday, March 23 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, McCalley Chapel in Adel. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Friday, March 24, at the funeral home. Burial followed in the Oakdale Cemetery. A memorial account has been set up for the family at Raccoon Valley Bank. Checks should be made out to the Ashleigh Merical Memorial. Online condolences may be left at
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Sister Mary Kayleen Heffron, CHM

Sister Mary Kayleen Heffron, CHM, 91, died March 6, 2023, at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston. Mary Catherine Heffron was born April 4, 1931, in Georgetown, Iowa, to Michael and Agnes (Murphy) Heffron. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1959 and professed vows in 1962.
Sister was an accomplished nurse, having completed her RN degree from the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Ottumwa in 1952, her associate’s degree from Ottumwa Heights College in 1962, and her BSN from St. Ambrose College in Davenport in 1963. Sister also spent the summer of 1977 taking graduate courses at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
Once her RN was completed, S. Kayleen worked as a nurse in the Monroe County Hospital in Albia. After entering the Congregation and completing her BSN, she served at St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa for 23 years as a nurse, working in the operating room, the ICCU, and as an ER supervisor. After the closure of the St. Joseph Health and Rehabilitation Center in 1987, she took a year’s sabbatical before working as an RN in the Skilled Nursing Facility and Physical Rehab Unit at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center until her retirement. During this long medical career, she served on several hospital committees and was a member of both the Iowa Nurses’ Association and the American Nurses’ Association.
S. Kayleen is preceded in death by her parents and brothers John, David and Vincent. She is survived by brothers Patrick (Linda) and Edward (Louise) Heffron, Michael, sister-in-law, Kathleen Heffron, nieces and nephews and members of her religious community.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, March 11, followed by burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Davenport. Memorials may be made to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary.
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Della Mae Bebber

Della Mae Bebber, 95, died at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center on March 11, 2023. Della was born in Des Moines to Otis and Mary (Ridgeway) Bunch on May 2, 1927. She married James E. Bebber on July 27, 1944.
Della worked side by side with her husband for many years at A & P Grocery Stores before the grocery store chain closed. She took early retirement from the grocery chain and went back to work at Wallace Homestead in Des Moines until 1984, when she and her husband retired to Arizona for the winters.
Della is survived by her daughters, Judith Green and Karen (Jack) Davis; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Other survivors include siblings Robert (Donna) Clark, Martha Martin and Dorothy (Gary) Huss; sister-in-law, Helen Penman; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 62 years, six brothers, two sisters, son-in-law, David Green, and an infant son, Jimmy Joe.
Memorials may be directed to the family. No services are planned, and a private burial will be held at a later date. 
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Thomas Lendt

Thomas Lendt died Thursday, March 9 at age 61 after a long battle with cancer. For many years, Tom served as the shop teacher for the Saydel High School district where he formed lifelong friendships with both students and faculty. After he retired from teaching, he became a valet for Methodist hospital, enjoying the combination of parking cars and greeting people as they entered the facility. Later on in life, Tom started a new job transporting medication to area pharmacies.
Tom enjoyed annual vacation trips to the Florida Keys with his wife, and, when not on the beach with a drink in his hand, he could be found out in his garage fixing up old machinery and restoring ancient equipment to life. Tom adored his family and friends and could always be counted on to share a story from his life, even with people who were strangers just moments before.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, David and Alice Lendt, and, survived by his wife, Traci Lendt, and sisters, Stephanie Lendt and Sally (Dan) Anderson.
Tom was cremated, and a celebration of life for friends and family will be arranged for a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at
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Robert Eugene Whitlatch

Robert Eugene Whitlatch, 83, of Polk City, died March 7, 2023. Bob was what you may call a jack of many trades — working in the grocery store business, being an amazing ballroom dancer and a retail success selling horse equipment. Horses were one of Bob’s lifelong loves. He and his first horse, Major, started showing around 1957. Bob gave lessons to children for many years. He and Helen Nymeyer were a dynamic duo for quite a few years before Bob went to work for Schneiders Saddlery. In the mid 1980s, Bob had another dream come true — he was asked to be a ringmaster at the Arabian Nationals.
Bob is survived by his sister, Lela Mae Cameron (Reuben), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Gelene Whitlatch; sister, Phyllis; and brother, Larry.
The family has asked donations be made to the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund in Bob’s honor, another chance for him to make a difference for a horseman in need, at According to Bob’s wishes, there will be no formal services. Condolences may be left at