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Ronald Lee Van De Pol

Ronald Lee Van De Pol, 79, died May 16, 2022, at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston. He was born in Oskaloosa. He graduated from Hedrick High School in 1961. He attended Iowa School of Automation in Des Moines after graduation and started working in 1962 in the IBM department at John Deere Des Moines Works. He also worked as a buyer and assembly line supervisor. In 1977, he worked for a short time as assistant store manager of a Massey Ferguson dealership in Creston, then for several years as parts manager of Van Wall Equipment in Woodward and Perry, and store manager at the dealership in Madrid. In 1990, he started driving a semi for Highway Mail, going to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He retired in 2012.
In 1964, he married Lyn (Dann), and they made their home in Ankeny for eight years, moved to Slater, and moved back to Ankeny in 2001.
In Ankeny, Ron served on the fire department and was a part-time police officer. In Slater, he was in the fire department, a member of the Kiwanis Club and a coach of Slater Little League. He was a member of Ankeny First Methodist Church and Slater United Methodist Church.
Ron is survived by his wife; three sons, Bret (Alison) and children Brea (Quentin Danner and children Sullivan and Forrest), Tabor (fiancé Michael Carlson), Brody, Millie and Gus, Mark (Tina) and children Marisa (Josh Moos and children, Colson, Nash, and Holden), Mason (Libby), and Conner Stifel (fiancé Natalia Moreno), Kent (Sara) and children, Kade and Kali; and a brother. He was preceded in death by his brother, Terry, and daughter-in-law, Tracy (Carle).
A public visitation will be 1:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 12 at Courtyard by Marriott, 2405 S.E. Creekview Drive, Ankeny.
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Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Ann Mullin

Cynthia (Cindy) Ann Mullin, 71, died May 26, 2022. She was born in Mason City. After high school, Cindy graduated from cosmetology school in 1970. Cindy enjoyed success over the years as the owner of CJ Hair in Ankeny.
Cindy is survived by her children, Ryan (Lauren) Long and Jill (Scot) Cook; granddaughters Sophie and Stella Cook; and siblings Mary Vonne Mullin, Dee (Vern) Lauffer and Jack (Adele) Mullin. A celebration of life will be held 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church, Ankeny. For online condolences or to share a memory or photo, visit 
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David Marshall Winders

David Marshall Winders, 76, died April 3, 2022. A celebration of life will be held at Ankeny Funeral Home on Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. David was born in Des Moines and graduated from North High School in 1963. After graduation, David served four years in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. David retired from John Deere Des Moines Works in 2005.
David is survived by his wife, Wendy Winders; four daughters, Shelley (Mark) Koons, Jennifer (Angelo) Martinez, Christine (Keith) Lydon and Nicole (Lou) Schwalbach; two grandsons; and two siblings.
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Dennis Lee Brazelton

Dennis Lee Brazelton, 82, of Ankeny, died May 29, 2022. He graduated from Ankeny High School in 1958 and studied at Central College in Pella. He worked at John Deere Des Moines Works for more than 40 years and held the dual responsibility of running the family farm. In 1999, Dennis retired from John Deere and continued farming until his death.
Dennis met Pat Jensen at Ankeny High School. Dennis and Pat married in 1960 and were married for 62 years. They had three children.
Dennis was predeceased by his brother Herbert and sister-in-law Jean (Hoaas). He is survived by his wife; children Todd (Karla) Brazelton, Deb (Ben) Gaulke, and Gary (Jen) Brazelton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and three siblings. Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 2 at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home in Ankeny. 
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Rebecca Lynn Clark-Boersma

Rebecca Lynn Clark-Boersma, 47, of Ankeny died May 27, 2022, of metastatic breast cancer. Rebecca was born in Des Moines to Jim and Margi Clark. In first grade, her family moved to Mount Ayr. She graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1992. Rebecca was a long-time employee of Life Care Services in Des Moines. In September 2018, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought hard and was cancer-free, but the cancer returned in September 2020. She participated in trials at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Dallas and Mayo Clinic in Rochester in hopes of helping other women in their fight with cancer.
She is survived by her children, Clark Boersma and Kaitlynn Boersma; father; sister, Melissa (Jay) Hudecek; and a niece and nephew. Rebecca was preceded in death by her mother.
A funeral service was held Thursday, June 2 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. 
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Jennifer Anne (Burget) Anderson

Jennifer Anne (Burget) Anderson, 42, of Altoona, died May 29, 2022, after a three-year cancer battle. Jen was born in Des Moines. She was placed with her adoptive parents, Tim and Diane Burget on Tim’s birthday, the best present he ever received. Jen discovered her lifelong love of swimming as a child, swimming competitively and working as a lifeguard at the Altoona Public Pool. Jen graduated from Southeast Polk High School, obtained an associate’s degree at American Institute of Business, and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Graceland University. She was working for Principal in Des Moines when she met Brant, whom she married in 2005.
Jen discovered her passion for working with children after becoming a mom. She was an entrepreneur, offering day care and private swim lessons while spending as much time as possible making memories with her three daughters. These experiences prepared Jen for her dream career, managing Foss Swim School in Ankeny, where she thrived for the last three years.
Surviving Jen are her husband; three daughters, Davan, Libby and Summer; parents; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jen was preceded in death by her younger brother, David Burget, and grandparents.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 3 at the Altoona Christian Church. 
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Robert Cory

Robert Cory, 90, died May 27, 2022. He was born in Elkhart and graduated from Elkhart High School in 1950. He married Lou Jean Lewis in 1951. He proudly served in the United States Army from February 1952 to August 1953. Robert began working at Meadow Gold Dairy in 1950 and worked there for 44 years, retiring in 1994. Robert was a member of American Legion Post 396 and together, he and Lou Jean enjoyed traveling with a wonderful group of other Legion members over the years. He also served as a member of the Midwest Dairy Council and as a 4-H leader.
Robert is survived by his wife of 71 years; sons, Stephen (Marla) Cory and David (Merri) Cory; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother; two sisters-in-law; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Helen, Darlene, Pat, Buck, Jim, Michael and Lewis.
Funeral services were Friday, June 3 at St. Mary-Holy Cross Catholic Church in Elkhart. Visitation was Thursday, June 2 at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 N.W. 60th Ave., Des Moines. Online condolences may be expressed at:
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Nicole Lynn Froah

Nicole Lynn Froah, 52, died May 30, 2022, of leukemia. She was born to Robert and Carolyn (Dawson) Froah in Des Moines. Nicole graduated from Southeast Polk High School in 1988 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Kaplan University. She worked for Grinnell College for many years.
Nicole is survived by her son, Blake Stephen; parents; niece; uncle; and a host of other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Kristin Wiese. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 
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Dallas E. Randles

Dallas E. Randles, 86, died May 24, 2022, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, and moved to Des Moines at the age of 11. He graduated from Woodside High School in Des Moines where he met his wife, Patsy Beattie. His career was spent working at Firestone as a forklift operator, retiring in 1992.
Dallas is survived by his children, Robin (Kevin) Talley and John Randles; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five siblings. He was preceded in death by his wife; daughter-in-law, Sandy Randles; and siblings, Charles Randles, Helen Newby and Richard Randles.
Funeral services were Thursday, June 2 at Hamilton’s Altoona Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at
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Christopher Edward Bazzocco

Christopher Edward Bazzocco, 56, died Jan. 29, 2022. Christopher was born in Des Moines to Dominic and Karen (Lund) Bazzocco. He married Rebecca (Costello) Bazzocco in 2001. Chris founded B & C Commercial Cleaning with his business partner, Danny Clothier. In his younger years, he was a state champion wrestler for Dowling Catholic High School.
Christopher is survived by his children, Alexandra Bazzocco, Peyton Bazzocco, Haley Manning, Charlie (Megan) Manning, and Jack (Sara) Manning; six grandchildren; mother; sister; two brothers; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; father; and granddaughter, Mae.
 A celebration of life will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 at the Giovannetti Community Shelter at Walker Johnston Park, 9000 Douglas Ave., Urbandale. All are welcome. Online condolences will be welcomed at
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Priscilla Delina Lorber

Priscilla Delina Lorber, 98, died on May 27, 2022, at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston. Private graveside services were held at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Priscilla was born in Fort Kent, Maine. She married Richard Lorber on April 27, 1946, in Burlington. They moved to Des Moines in 1953, where they raised their two children. She attended St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church and was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Priscilla is survived by her daughter, Paulette (Paul) Hartney; son, Richard Dennis (Corey) Lorber; grandchildren, Christopher Hartney, Alison (Matthew) Genotte, Joseph Lorber and Alexandra (Austin) Coulter, and great grandchildren, Jack, Shaun and Abigail Genotte. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; five brothers and two sisters. Online condolences are welcome at Arrangements were handled by Iles Westover Chapel.
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Carol Louise (Hendrickson) Crane

Carol Louise (Hendrickson) Crane, 82, of Johnston, died May 30, 2022. Carol was born in Northwood. She graduated from Northwood High School in 1957, then Iowa State Teachers College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and English in 1961. She later earned a master’s degree in mathematics from UNI. In 1961, Carol and Robert “Bob” Crane were married. During Bob’s 26-year Marine Corps service, Carol received teaching certificates in many states and taught mathematics her entire career to middle, high school and collegiate students, including teaching in Okinawa, Japan. Carol and her husband began funding an annual scholarship for UNI students with a mathematics education major in 2009. Carol enjoyed mentoring confirmation students at St. James Lutheran Church and served as a church teller for many years. She also served on the Johnston Library Foundation Board and was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma.
Carol is survived by her children, Diane (Gary) Bridgewater and Rob Crane; three grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and two brothers. She was preceded in death by her husband. Family and close friends will celebrate her life on July 9 in Northwood. 
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Betty Hawthorne

Betty (Bauer) Hawthorne, 76, of Johnston, formerly of Ankeny, died May 28, 2022. Betty was born in St. Mary’s. She received her education at St. Mary’s and graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Des Moines. She worked for Farm Bureau for a time before joining Mercy Hospital where she worked as a switchboard operator and later transferred to the transplant unit. She married John McCabe, and they had a daughter, Kelsie. John and Betty later divorced. She then married Lloyd Hawthorne and they made their home in Ankeny.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd and sister Ruth (Larry) McKim. Betty is survived by her daughter, Kelsie McCabe (Rob Formaro); grandsons Colton and Cohen; sister Rita Primmer; brother Virgil (Marilyn) Bauer Jr.; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Thursday, June 2 at the Iles Grandview Park Funeral Home.
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Ralph William Graham

Ralph Graham, 69, died May 20, 2022, at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born in Des Moines. Ralph worked as sanitation supervisor for Marzetti Frozen Pasta Inc. in Altoona. He is survived by his brothers Paul (Kathi) Graham, Timothy (Doris) Graham, and Jon Mark Gilbert; and sisters Deborah (Ernie) Mickle and Diane Graham. Ralph was preceded in death by his brother Roy Graham.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, June 1 at Berean Assembly of God Church in Pleasant Hill. Condolences may be expressed at
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Thoi Van Nguyễn

Thoi Van Nguyen died May 28, 2022. He was born in Hue, Vietnam to Kien and Phan Nguyen. He joined the 20th class of the Junior Military Academy of the Vietnamese National Army (TVBQVN) in Vung Tau, Vietnam in 1963 and graduated in 1965. He then served in the 21st division in Ca Mau, Vietnam, as a military official. He was then promoted to the position of District Major of Kien Hung, Chieng Thien.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Tu Nguyen; children Nga (Binh), Phuc (Mai), Ky (Huong), Hung (Oanh), Bich, and Thoa (An); 12 grandchildren; one granddaughter-in-law; three great-grandchildren; and four siblings. He was preceded in death by his siblings So and Lan, and son Tho.
A mass of Catholic burial was held at noon on Thursday, June 2 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. 
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Patricia Lee Coffey

Patricia Lee Coffey, 84, died May 29, 2022. Pat was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Illinois and graduated from Kincaid High School in 1956. She married Clyde Leroy Coffey in 1958. They moved to Waukee in 1979 and have made Waukee their home ever since. Pat was a dedicated and skilled mailing machine operator and spent time at Franklin Life Insurance Company and Time Life Books before finishing her career in the retail sector working at Marshalls. Pat was a faithful member of Waukee United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her sons Ron (Jewel) and Tim, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister. She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter-in-law Melissa Coffey, and siblings Mike Jr., Kathy and Paulette.
A funeral service was held Thursday, June 2 at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee. 
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Otho Loren Stout

Otho Loren Stout, 88, of Waukee, died May 27, 2022, at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center. He was born in Murray, grew up in the Peru area and graduated from Winterset High School. He married Niquita Kay Ford in 1959. Loren served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict on shore duty in the Philippines and aboard the USS Manchester. He attended trade schools in Missouri and Florida before starting his career in the trucking industry as a diesel mechanic.  Loren spent time at Cummins Mid-West, American Freight Systems and O’Halloran International.
He is survived by his wife, children Douglas Loren Stout and Cynthia Kay (Gary) DePond, two grandsons, sister-in-law Helen Stout and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Jody DeVerne Stout.
Visitation was held Wednesday, June 1 at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee, followed by a procession to Iowa Veterans Cemetery for a military graveside service. 
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Betty Lavon Rinehart

Betty Lavon (Rankin) Rinehart, 94, died May 25, 2022, at The Village in Indianola. Betty was born in Marion County to Stanley and Ethel (Whitlatch) Rankin. She attended Tracy High School and graduated as the secretary and treasurer of her high school class. Betty went on to beauty school in Ottumwa. She met Nelson Rinehart after World War II, and they were married in 1948. Out of this union, six children were born. Betty was employed as a bank teller for many years in Des Moines and also worked in retail in her retirement years in Indianola. She was a member of local book clubs and liked to attend movies at the Paramount Theaters in Indianola for many years, even serving as the local movie critic. Betty was a faithful member of the Methodist Church in Indianola.
Betty is survived by her six children, Jon Rinehart (Mary Cass), Mike Rinehart (Patti), Belinda Pfaff (Charlie), Cindy Hosburgh (Peter), Robyn Copeland (Dan Howell) and Nealia Herberger (Dean); 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant child; siblings Bob, Larry, Leland and Marilyn; and grandson, Lucas.
Private family services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be expressed at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola.
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Reginald Lee Molln

Reginald Lee Molln, 71, of Indianola died May 24, 2022, after a hard-fought battle with bladder cancer. Reg was born in Greenfield. After high school graduation, He moved to Des Moines where he attended United Electronics Trade School. In Des Moines, he met and fell in love with Sandy “Sam” Warburton. They married in 1972 and were married for almost 50 years. They made their home in Des Moines until 1987 before relocating to Indianola. Reg and Sandy both worked at Northwestern Bell Phone Company for 30 years before retiring in 2003. Reg continued working after his retirement and worked at Mediacom for an additional five years before fully retiring in 2008.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Matthew (Christina) and Nicholas; granddaughter; great-grandson; brother; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family. Per his wishes, no services are planned at this time. Online condolences can be expressed at 
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Connie Jean Gonzales

Connie Jean Gonzales, 63, of Indianola, died May 27, 2022, in Des Moines. Connie is survived by her children, Stephany Gonzales and Paul (Jerica) Gonzales; nine grandchildren, Kasey, Emily, Dominic, Malikye, Aaliyah, Nicholas, Christian, Shawn and Samantha; siblings, Charles Grant and Sandy Brown.
A private family celebration of life service will be held at a later date. To sign an online condolence, visit
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Bettie June (Keller) Riggs

Bettie June (Keller) Riggs, 72, died May 11, 2022, at UnityPoint Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Bettie was born in Newton and graduated from Newton High School in 1967. She attended Des Moines Area Community College in West Des Moines for secretarial/clerical. Bettie worked in downtown Des Moines for Look Magazine, Des Moines Stationery Company, and Ohio Casualty Insurance Company.
Bettie met her future husband, Thomas Riggs, by chance in September 1971. They married in 1972. The family moved to Norwalk in 1975. Bettie worked as a secretary/office manager for the Village of Lakewood and as a legal secretary for many years. She retired from Equifax in 2014.
Bettie was a member of Norwalk United Methodist Church for more than 40 years. She taught Sunday School for many years. She was also part of the United Methodist Women’s group, served on the board of directors for Bidwell Riverside, and was a member of the Lakewood Sailing Club.
She is survived by her husband; children, Ryan (Cathy) Riggs and Michael (Nicole) Riggs; five grandchildren; two brothers; sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Kevin and Harold Keller and sister Barbara Keller.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 2 at the Norwalk United Methodist Church, 1100 Gordon Ave., Norwalk. A celebration of life will follow from noon to 2 p.m. at the Echo Valley Country Club, 3150 Echo Valley Drive, Norwalk. 
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James Patrick Downey

James Patrick Downey, 91, died April 23, 2022. Services will be held at St. Francis of Assisi in West Des Moines at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4. J. Patrick was born in Menlo. He graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in 1948 and worked for The Des Moines Register for 15 years in the business office before moving to Pasadena, California, where he was employed by the Los Angeles Times as the general accounting manager for 25 years. He retired in 1992. In retirement, Pat enjoyed many years as a volunteer. He returned to Des Moines in 2012 and lived at Edgewater in West Des Moines.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Anne Porterfield, Colatte Downey and Mary Agnes Simons. Pat is survived by nieces, Lisa Stang and Laura Luke, and nephews, Mark and Mike Simons. Condolences may be expressed at
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Julia A. Hunt

Julia A. Hunt died May 25, 2022. She was born in Spencer in 1941 and raised in Tabor where she graduated from high school in 1959. During her sophomore year, she met a boy from the next town who became the love of her life. Julia and Jon were married in 1959 and had three children: Marty, Lori and Brad. Julia was a faithful member of the Community of Christ Church in West Des Moines.
She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters Jean Griffiths and Cheryl Taeusler; and grandson Nathaniel Cornelius. She is survived by children Marty (Jennifer) Hunt, Lori (Joel) Whelchel, Brad (Kristin) Hunt; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Community of Christ Church, 4504 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. Online condolences may be expressed at
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Mark Steven Soldat

Mark Steven Soldat, 75, died April 18, 2022, at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines. He was born in Webster City. He graduated from Johnston High School in 1965. In 1969, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell University. He went on to study law at Drake University and graduated with a degree in 1974. He practiced law in Algona from 1974 to 2003. During that time, he also served as the Kossuth County Attorney. He spent the latter half of his career practicing law in the Des Moines area and was prominent in the field of workers compensation law. Mark was particularly proud of being a founding member of the Iowa Association for Justice Workers’ Compensation Core Group, his numerous Iowa Supreme Court cases establishing legal precedent which benefitted injured workers, and the fact that he actively practiced law and tried cases for 47 years.
He is survived by his partner, Jeanne Anderson; children, Nathan (Sela) and Jesse; their mother, Marcia Soldat; two grandchildren; and three siblings.
Celebrate Mark’s life from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at Bob Shetler Picnic Area, Shelter 2, N.E. Warrior Ave., Johnston. Family, friends and colleagues are welcome. While there isn’t a formal program, anyone who wants to share sentiments, memories or stories may do so at noon. Light food and drinks will be served. RSVP no later than Friday, June 10 at Online condolences are welcome at
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Patricia Christensen

Patricia Christensen, 79, died Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. Pat was born in Des Moines. She resided in Stuart until her high school graduation in 1960. After her retirement from insurance, Pat enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She helped teach English as a second language.
She is survived by her daughter, Beth Dailey; sister, Judy Cropp; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends. Graveside services were Tuesday, May 31 at Van Meter City Cemetery. Online condolences can be expressed at
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Sally Ann Donovan Latta

Sally Ann (Donovan) Latta, 88, died May 26, 2022. She grew up in West Des Moines, where her parents owned Clover Hills Golf Course. She graduated high school from St. Joseph Academy and was a life-time supporter of St. Joseph and Dowling. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Marycrest College in Davenport. After graduation, she taught junior high English in Bettendorf. In 1958, a new history teacher, Paul Latta, was hired to work in the adjacent classroom. They fell in love and were married for 60 years. In 1969, they had the opportunity to manage/own Ponderosa Golf Course in West Des Moines. They owned it for 35 years until they sold it in 2005.
Sally is survived by her daughters, Catherine Latta (Eric) Jorgensen and Mary Latta (Michael) Thilges; four grandchildren; two great grandsons, and other relatives. She is preceded in death by her husband.
Funeral services will be June 21 at Sacred Heart Church, West Des Moines. Visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. followed by mass at 10:30 a.m. 
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Julio Cesar Gamboa Vázquez

Julio Cesar Gamboa Vázquez, 46, died May 22, 2022, at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. at age 18. He married Maricarmen in 2014 in West Des Moines. Julio was a talented chef who spent time at numerous Des Moines restaurants, including Dos Ríos, Malo, Biaggi’s and most recently, Centro.
Julio is survived by his wife; children Alan Lozano and Danna Lozano; mother Angelina Vázquez Martinez; and siblings Sergio, Miguel Alejandro, Ricardo Javier and Yuliana Elizabeth.
The family celebrated Julio’s life with a private prayer service prior to cremation rites. Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services of Waukee was entrusted with Julio’s final arrangements. 
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Richard Dean Johnson

Richard “Dick” Dean Johnson, 87, died May 26, 2022, after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born to Harry and Clarice Johnson in Spencer, Nebraska. After graduating from Spencer High School in 1952, he earned a degree from General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan, and in 1954, pursued a business administration with accounting degree from Drake University, then earned his CPA in 1963. After working a short time with the Auditor of State staff as director of audits in 1968, Dick was appointed as director of finance with the Iowa Highway Commission. In 1975, when it was reorganized as the Department of Transportation, he served as director of the Administration Division and director of the Motor Vehicle Division. In 1979, Dick was appointed by Gov. Robert Ray to serve as State Auditor. He loyally served the citizens of Iowa as the state’s financial “watchdog” until his retirement in 2002. Dick continued to share his expertise with the financial boards of local companies, including Vision Bank of Iowa, PMMIC and Lincolnway Energy.
In 1956, Dick married Marjorie Sire of Butte, Nebraska. They had four children. He was a member of the Nebraska and Iowa National Guard from 1955-1990. After retirement, he participated in the local American Legion chapter. Dick served as city clerk and mayor for the town of Sheldahl from 1959-1975. He was a farm owner and member of the Boone County Farm Bureau, Madrid Evangelical Free Church and Rotary Club.
Dick was preceded in death by his siblings, Glennis, Dorothy and Leonard; and two grandsons. He is survived by his wife; sisters Lucille and Lila; children, DeAnn (Brian) Thompson, JoAnn (Stephen) Leach, LeAnn (Kevin) Houlette, and David (Mary) Johnson; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Visitation was on Tuesday, May 31 at Madrid Evangelical Free Church. A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, also at the church.
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Marissa Ruffolo

Marissa Christine Ruffolo, 28, died May 19, 2022. Marissa grew up in Franklin, Wisconsin. She moved to Iowa in 2011, graduated with the class of 2012 from Ankeny High School, and has called Ankeny home ever since. She is survived by her daughter, Aubree; parents, Michael Ruffolo and Debbie (Al) Grabarczyk; and brothers Nicholas (Sarah) and Christopher.
A celebration of Marissa’s life will be 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Cherry Glen Picnic Site No. 4 in Ankeny. 
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Callen Robert Woolery

Callen Robert Woolery, 6 weeks old, died May 19, 2022, at Blank Children’s Hospital. He was born on April 8, 2022, the son of Brandon and Amy Woolery. Callen, along with his twin brother, Maverick, decided to come into this world early at 27 weeks. Although Callen was only here for six weeks, he touched the hearts of many.
In addition to his parents, Callen is survived by his twin brother; sisters Breckyn, Sloane and Harlow; grandparents Dale and Sally Woolery and Mary Young; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 2 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church, 206 S.W. Walnut St., Ankeny. Visitation is one hour prior. Online condolences may be expressed at:
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Zetta Irene Gruver

Zetta Irene Gruver, 92, died under hospice care in Ankeny on May 12, 2022. She married Maynard Gruver in 1948. They had three children: William, Linda and Steven.
Zetta was preceded in death by her husband, son William, and great-granddaughter Kaylee. She is survived by her children, Linda (Denny) Anderson and Steve (Virginia) Gruver, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. There will be a private memorial at a later date. 
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Jerry William Helmke

Jerry William Helmke, 88, died May 23, 2022, at Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny. Jerry was born in Renwick and graduated from Renwick High School in 1952. He worked at Gilmer Creamery in Eagle Grove, Renwick Chevrolet and Renwick Creamery. The Helmke farm was the first to receive electricity in Wright County.
In 1957, Jerry married Mardelle Joyce Larson. They lived in Renwick until they moved to Humboldt in 1959, where they raised five children. He started working for REC in 1957 and worked there until he retired in April 1996 as a foreman.
Jerry is survived by his children, Angela (Jeff) Paulson, Shelly (Randy) Hatch, Mitchell Helmke, Carmala (John) Pitt, and Jennifer (Tim) Kapsch; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; sister Jancie Basler; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife; an infant son; two infant grandchildren; a brother; and three sisters.
Per Jerry’s, wishes his body has been cremated. A private family service will be held at a later date. 
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Viola ‘Vi’ Kay De Stigter

Viola “Vi” Kay De Stigter, 78, died May 21, 2022. She was born in Prinsburg, Minnesota, and graduated from Central Minnesota Christian School. She attended Dordt College in Sioux Center then taught elementary school in Holland, Minnesota.
She married Glenn De Stigter in 1966. They had three children. Once her sons had graduated, Vi re-entered the workforce with the City of Ankeny, working for the Engineering and Building Department and also serving as the recording secretary for both the Planning and Zoning Department and the Board of Adjunct Commission. After 20 years, she retired from the City. Vi was active in her church and in PEO with both her Iowa and Arizona chapters.
Vi was the preeminent host, frequently hosting large gatherings at her homes for various causes and charity events throughout the years, including the annual Weitz Company Employee Christmas parties and, most recently, a 100-person gathering for Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.
Viola is survived by her husband, three sons, and five grandchildren. A memorial service was held Friday, May 27 at Lutheran Church of Hope Ankeny.
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David Charles Clark Woodley

David Charles Clark Woodley, 61, died May 21, 2022, in Bloomington, Indiana. Dave leaves behind his son, Darin; mother, Phyllis Kilpatrick Woodley; and brother, Douglas Woodley (Carrie). He was preceded in death by his father, Merritt D. Woodley.
Dave was a Winterset native who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from the University of Iowa. While there, he led the Hawkeye Marching Band for two years as drum major and then served as assistant marching band director. He went on to serve as director of athletic bands at the University of Louisville. When his mentor, Dr. Morgan Jones, retired from the University of Iowa, Dave served as the interim director of athletic bands for two years. In 1993, he joined the Indiana University School of Music faculty as associate professor and director of the Marching Hundred and Big Red Basketball Band. He led the Marching Hundred in performing at numerous bowl games, special events, NFL games and appeared at Super Bowl XLVI. Dave’s passion for music, sports and teaching connected him with thousands of students over the 27 years of his leadership. He retired from teaching as a full professor in December of 2021.
Visitation was held at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home in Winterset on Friday, May 27. 
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Larry L. Graham

Larry L. Graham, 85, died May 18, 2022, at UnityPoint Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Larry was born in New Sharon. He retired from Titan Tire after many years of service. He was a member of the Steel Workers Union.
Larry is survived by his daughters, Lori (Ed) Runge and Leslie (Joe) Sawyer; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and dear friends. He was preceded in death by five siblings and his wife, Betty Lou.
A celebration of Larry’s life will be 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Hamilton’s Altoona Funeral Home, 105 Fourth St. S.W., Altoona. Condolences may be expressed at
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James ‘Jim’ Gary Althaus

Jim Althaus, 66, of Altoona, died at his home May 23, 2022, from chronic kidney disease. Jim is survived by his children, Jeanette (Gerad) Santana, Amanda Althaus and Matt Althaus; two granddaughters; and a sister. He was preceded in death by two brothers.
A service was held Thursday, May 26 at Merle Hay Funeral Home.
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Judith Maureen (Young) Cramer

Judith Maureen (Young) Cramer, 81, died May 18, 2022, at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston. Judy was born in Webster City. She graduated from Stanhope High School in 1959 as valedictorian. Judy moved to Des Moines and worked for City Service Oil Company while attending business college. Judy continued her business career as a credit manager for Ford Motor Credit for 35 years. She married Charles “Larry” Cramer in 1967. They made their home in Beaverdale and later in Johnston where they raised their son.
Judy was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Des Moines Quilting Guild where she had served as secretary. She was a member of a bowling league for more than 40 years. She volunteered for the West Des Moines Elks Lodge and Methodist Hospital Outpatient Surgery, where she logged more than 2,000 hours.
Judy is survived by her husband; son, Robert “Rob” (Tawni) Cramer; two grandchildren; and a brother. She was preceded in death by a twin brother. Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Grace Lutheran Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior. A luncheon will follow at the West Des Moines Elks Lodge at 1 p.m. Online condolences are welcomed at The service will be live streamed at\live.
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Carol Yvonne Garland

Carol Yvonne Garland died May 19, 2022. She was born in Des Moines. Carol graduated from Johnston High School in 1955, where she met Richard E. Garland. They married in 1956. Carol was a devoted stay-at-home mom and served the Johnston School District in many capacities for more than 20 years.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband and sister. She is survived by four children, Terry (Cheryl), Andrea (Lynn Schreder), Rick (Shelly) and Kristin (Jeff) Soelberg; eight grandchildren; a brother; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation services were May 24 at Dunn’s Funeral Home. A celebration of life service was Wednesday, May 25 at St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Johnston.
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Robert Charles Bowen

Robert Charles Bowen, 72, died May 20, 2022, at home after a lengthy illness. He was born in Charles City and grew up in Des Moines. He served in the Navy for six years as a corpsman in several stateside hospitals during the Vietnam War. Bob worked at the Des Moines V.A. Hospital for his entire career as a respiratory therapist with his best friends and fishing buddies, Steve Lane and Carl Pace.
Preceding him in death were his sister, Carol, and brothers Dick and Jim. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Jeannine (Peterson) Bowen; son Chad A. Bowen; sister Barb (Walt) Hiltbrunner; a niece and nephews; and two special friends who are considered family, Terry and Bev Heuton. Bob wanted cremation with no funeral. Messages and memories can be left at
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Cheryl Ann Gonseth

Cheryl Ann Gonseth, 72, died May 21, 2022. She graduated from Madrid High School and attended Boone Jr. College. Cheryl married at age 19 and had her first child, Valerie. While that marriage ended in divorce, Cheryl met the love of her life, Steve, and they married in 1974. Steve and Cheryl added to their blended family of four children in 1980, with the addition of Matthew. Cheryl spent most of her working years as an accounting clerk in Des Moines.
Cheryl is survived by her husband; children Lori (Chuck) Keller, Dusty Gonseth and Michaela Coenen, Valerie Bimbi and Hassan Bethea and Darcy Gonseth; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters; and nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her son Matthew, sister Joanie, and nephew Jason.
A visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 27 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home & Crematory. 
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Joan Angela Hagans

Joan Angela Hagans, 80, died May 8, 2022, at Ramsey Village in Des Moines. Joan was born in Bayard. She graduated from Scranton Consolidated High School in 1960. After graduating school, she moved to Des Moines, where she worked full time at an insurance company and part-time at Hinky Dinky, where she met Jim Hagans in 1965. They married in 1969, living in Des Moines and having their son in 1972. She worked for Dahl’s at the courtesy counter for 35 years.
She is survived by her husband; son, Mike Hagans (Liz Ogle); siblings, Jerry Mozena and Jean Swanson; and other extended family and friends. A graveside service was held at Glendale Cemetery on May 24. Condolences may be expressed at
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Norma L. Soethout

Norma L. Soethout, 79, died May 20, 2022, at Kavanagh House in Des Moines. Norma was born in Storm Lake and graduated from Newell Community School in 1960. She graduated from business school in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1961. Norma lived and worked in Omaha for three years before moving to Des Moines in 1964. She married Harold D. Soethout in 1968. She worked in the administrative assistant field for numerous years, having worked for Lutheran Social Service of Iowa, Wesley Day Advertising, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa, and Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines before retiring in 2006.
Norma is survived by her husband; children, Dwight (Deanna) Soethout, Heidi (Harry III) Ehmsen, Tyler (Stacy) Soethout; six grandchildren; a sister; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jane Sievers.
Visitation was Thursday, May 26 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. The service will be online at
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Dorene Janet Mabrier

Dorene Janet Mabrier, 88, died May 22, 2022, at Urbandale Care Center. Dorene was born in Des Moines. She married Kenneth I. Mabrier, and they enjoyed 60 years together. She worked for Heather Manor in Des Moines for 21 years.
Dorene was preceded in death by her husband and brother Curly Haynes. She is survived by her children, Janet Collins, Janice Mabrier and Bruce Mabrier; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many extended family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be expressed at
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Sally Joann Reed

Sally Joann Reed, 75, died May 20, 2022, at Independence Village Waukee. She was born in Des Moines and employed by Luther Park Health Center as a supervisor of laundry services.
Sally is survived by her children, Jackie Vroegh (Jesse), Steve (Becky) Reed Sr., Will Reed and Ron Reed; grandchildren, Steve Reed Jr., Dustin Allen (Ashley), Skyler Allen (Chris), Brandi (James) Drahos, Amber (Sam) Scott, Payton Reed, Justice Reed; and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronald A. Painter.
Services were May 25 at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be expressed at
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Stephanie Leann Vestal

Stephanie LeAnn Vestal, 62, of Waukee died May 13, 2022, from complications of cancer. Stephanie was born on Feb. 25, 1960. She was predeceased by her son, Nathan, and her parents, Gary Vestal and Myrtie Pezdirc. She is survived by her daughters, Erica and Madison. Services will be announced at a later date. 
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Leanna Sue Patrick

Leanna Sue Patrick, 71, died May 17, 2022. Sue was born in San Diego, California, and raised in West Des Moines. She was a graduate of Valley High School. Sue is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Smith; brother, Michael Patrick; nephew, Michael Patrick II (Jo Blizzard); niece, Jackie Patrick and grand-niece, Grace Patrick-West. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Patrick; mother, Shirley (Brown) Patrick; and sister, Melody Patrick. Per her wishes, no services are planned. 
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Arthur Andersen

Arthur Andersen, 82, died May 17, 2022, at his home in West Des Moines. Art was born in Blue Island, Illinois. He developed a passion for skeet shooting at a young age, becoming Nebraska State Champion at 12 years old, and was an active member of New Pioneer Gun Club until his later years. He attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Thanks to an alphabetical class seating chart, he met his future wife, Judy, whose maiden name was also Andersen. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history in 1965, Art married Judy and shortly after was hired by Phillips Petroleum Company, which became his employer for 37 years. He moved with Judy to Des Moines in 1967 and began raising a family.
He was preceded in death by infant sons, Eric and Andrew. Survivors include his wife; daughters Sue (Steve Carroll) and Anne (Tom Mondragon); and three grandchildren. Services were held Monday, May 23 at St. Mark Lutheran Church.
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William Stone

William “Bill” Stone, 81, died May 15, 2022, at Glen Oaks Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Urbandale under the care of the Suncrest Hospice team. Bill was born in San Francisco, California. Upon graduation from the University of California at Berkeley, Bill was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Vietnam War. Before leaving for duty, he married his high school sweetheart, Gail, in 1962. After completing his service, he began a career in banking in the San Francisco Bay area. He became a Little League umpire and achieved his goal to be an umpire in the Senior League World Series. Bill was also a dedicated lifetime member of Lions Club International for more than 40 years.
Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years; children Christine (Jay) Van Kirk and Jeff (Glenna) Stone; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters. Bill will be buried at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Adel at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7. 
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Mary Tursi Fuller

Mary Tursi Fuller, 88, died April 23, 2022, at Pine Acres Assisted Living, while under the care of Suncrest Hospice. Mary was born in Des Moines and graduated from Lincoln High School. She was a long-time employee of Des Moines Public Schools, retiring from library services. Mary was active in her community, serving many years on the Broadlawns Hospital Board of Directors.
A memorial mass will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 2 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 15 Indianola Road, Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s honor to Broadlawns Medical Center or any Catholic charity. 
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Ione Genevieve ShaddUck

Ione G. Shadduck, 98, of West Des Moines, died May 7, 2022.  She joined the Women’s Army Corps, then met her first partner, Duffy, who convinced her to enroll at the University of Wisconsin where she graduated with honors. After graduating, she found another partner, Andy, who motivated Ione through four years of teaching, taking courses at USC, Smith, Merrill-Palmer Institute, and pursuing an M.A. and Ph.D. at Michigan State University. They journeyed to Iowa where Ione was recruited by Drake University to be director of the Women’s Physical Education Department. She developed the curriculum for the study of human movement and started the athletic program for women at Drake. After some time, she applied to attend law school and spent the next 26 years with a new partner, Hilda Lee.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 17 at Grace United Methodist Church, Des Moines.