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Larry H. Spencer

Larry H. Spencer, 82, died May 21, 2022 on Armed Forces Day. Larry was born in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Earlham High School in 1958 and Parsons College in Fairfield in 1962 with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1963. While on a reconnaissance escort mission over North Vietnam in 1966, Larry was shot down and captured near Thanh Hoa. He spent six days short of seven years as an American prisoner of war in North Vietnam (2,551 days) — the longest of any Iowan during the Vietnam War.
Larry was one of the first 20 POWs to return to the U.S. on Feb. 14, 1973. Upon return to naval duty, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and studied operations research. From 1978-85, he served in Washington, D.C. at the Pentagon on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He retired from the U.S. Navy in March 1985. Larry returned to Carmel, California, in 1987 and moved back to Des Moines in 1995. He was a member and past officer of the Military Officers Association of America and Military Order of the Purple Heart.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Hobermann Spencer. They were longtime members of Lutheran Church of Hope. Services will be 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31 at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, with visitation one hour prior. Larry will be laid to rest at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter with military honors, including a flyover. 
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Jerrold ‘Jerry’ Keifer

Jerrold “Jerry” Keifer, 80, of West Des Moines, died May 21, 2022 at Bethany Life in Story City. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in Springfield. He graduated from Catholic Central High School and attended Ohio State University, later graduating from Wittenberg University with a bachelor’s degree in business. Jerry married Lynne Tingley in 1959 and welcomed three children. He later married Betty Meister in 1990 and helped raise her two daughters.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Randy (Cathy) Keifer, Karen Dickey, Jackie (Dennis) Anhalt, Diane (David) West and Carol (Clinton) Ricker; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A mass will be offered at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Springfield, Ohio, at a date to be determined. A celebration of life will also be planned at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at
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Sandy Kay Lash

Sandy Kay Lash, 78, died May 19, 2022, in Des Moines. She was born in Des Moines and graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines in 1962. Prior to her retirement, she worked at the family business, Buck’s South Des Moines Auto Body and later ran the business after her father retired. She later returned to the workforce at Iowa Auto Damage Appraisers.
Sandra is survived by her husband, Don; daughter, Karie Lash; sister, Dixie Dahl; and a host of extended family and friends. Per Sandy’s wishes, she will be cremated, and a private graveside service will be held at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. 
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Beverly Jean Musselman

Beverly “Bev” Jean Musselman, 87, died May 22, 2022. She was born in Dexter and resided in West Des Moines for most of her life. Bev worked at IMT from age 18 until retiring at 58. She was a longtime parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines.
Bev is survived by her nephew, Michael (Nicole) Musselman; nieces Debbie Musselman and Julie (Kevin) Clarken; and numerous great nephews and great great nephews. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. on Friday, May 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines, with services at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow the service. A family burial will be at the Dexter Cemetery at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 
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Gregory Allsup

Gregory “Greg” Allsup, 64, of Indianola died May 22, 2022, in Des Moines. Greg worked as a plumber, carpenter and a jack of all trades. He is survived by his wife, Melody; daughters, Michelle (Mike) Colegrobe and Kelley (Wayne) Luft; step-sons, Richard (Tricia) Hommer, Randy Hommer and Robert Hommer; grandchildren, Lara Colegrobe, Andrew Jackson, Rachel and Jordan Hommer; siblings, Pricilla (Grant) Rankin, Bill Allsup and Jeff (Dee) Allsup; aunt, May Allsup; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Esther Allsup, and a brother, Dennis “Red” Allsup. A potluck gathering will be noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Pickard Park.
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Dr. David Alan Brewbaker

Dr. David Brewbaker, 69, died May 19, 2022. He was born in Des Moines. He attended Spring Hill Consolidated Schools until the school’s reorganization sent him to Indianola Community School District. He graduated in 1970 then attended Iowa State University. He received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1977 and accepted a position with an equine medical center and the Minnesota Zoo. He returned to Warren County and opened a large animal practice in 1978 and later operated a full-service clinic southeast of Indianola until his retirement.
He is survived by his three brothers, Bill (Cindy), Jim (Janis Reese), and Paul (Connie); their families; and longtime friend Kathy Spencer Judge. Services were May 24 at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola. To sign an online condolence, visit at
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James Edward Hansen

James Edward Hansen, 71, died May 19, 2022, in Des Moines. Jim was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1973, he married Regina (Genie) Ann Schneider. Jim was a mechanic until he “retired,” but continued to work on cars and neighborhood farming equipment. He was a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters for more than 20 years. He also enjoyed being a member of the classic car group, Early Wheels, as well as their neighborhood one-room schoolhouse community center, Hoosier Row.
Jim is survived by his wife; daughter, Lindsay (Mike) Steding; two granddaughters; and five siblings. He was preceded in death by siblings Ron Hansen, Karen Miller and Sharon Rummelhart. Services were Monday, May 23 at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola. To sign an online condolence, visit
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Paul L. Vlieger

Paul L. Vlieger, 88, died at home on May 17, 2022. He was born in Winterset. A private memorial service was held on Thursday, May 26. He is survived by his wife, Norma; sons Phillip (Sonia) and Timothy; and siblings, Jim (Goldie) Vlieger, Joyce (Dean) Klenk, and Ken (Shelly) Vlieger. 
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Beverly Allsup

Beverly Allsup, 92, of Winterset, died Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Madison County Memorial Hospital in Winterset. Beverly was born in Indianola. She attended East High School in Des Moines and married James Allsup in 1946. She has been a member of the Worthington Church since 1962 and was also a member of the Earlham Art Group and the Sewing Circle in Winterset.
Beverly is survived by her children, Jimmy, Dennis (Kathy), Kathy, and Becky (Keith); sisters, Judy, Dixie and Roberta; 14 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Riley and John; sisters, Freda, Charlotte and Carolyn; and daughter-in-law, Marla Allsup.
Funeral services were Thursday, May 19 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Winterset Chapel. Burial followed in the Earlham Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
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Todd Anthony Van Kooten

Todd Van Kooten, 57, died at home on May 17, 2022, after a four-year battle with cancer. Todd was born in Winterset to Hank and Sherryl (Bruett) Van Kooten. Todd attended Winterset Community Schools. He attended college at University of Northern Iowa, where he received a bachelor’s degree. In 1993, Todd met Tracy Tyer. In 2000, they purchased 20 acres of timber in southeastern Madison County. They married in 2002. In 2005, their son, Joseph Van Kooten, was born.
Todd was employed primarily in the Winterset area, working in HVAC for Madison County Plumbing and Heating and Bill Jensen Heating and Cooling, later working for Winterset Monuments as a stone setter. In 2020, Todd supported Tracy in starting a laser cutting business, Backwoods Laser LLC.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Dean Van Kooten and Linda Sue Van Kooten (infant). He is survived by his wife, son, and sister, Tonja (Bill) Porter and her family. Memorial services were held Saturday, May 21 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Winterset Chapel.
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Esther Lou Kooyman

Esther Lou Kooyman, 89, died May 14, 2022. She was born in Bussey and graduated from high school there. She married Robert Kooyman 50 years prior to his death in 2004. She worked at Preferred Risk Insurance for a few years.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband; infant daughter Marilyn Jane; brothers Willard, Leonard and Kenneth Wales; and sister Ila Mae Josephs. She is survived by siblings Letha Brinkman, Lora Newton, Verga Hodson, John Wales, and Robert Wales.
Funeral services were Thursday, May 19 at the Federated Church of Bondurant. Condolences may be expressed at
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Vilda R. Jones

Vilda R. Jones, 97, died May 14, 2022, at Rock Creek Assisted Living in Ankeny. She graduated in 1941 from the high school in Rockford. In 1948, she moved to Minneapolis to attend Minnesota Bible College, where she took Christian education and secretarial courses for two years. In 1950, while attending classes in the morning, she began full time work at Honeywell, a manufacturer of thermostats, remaining there until she married Walter V. Jones in 1952. They moved to Walter’s native Washington state, where together they ministered to congregations in the Puget Sound country. Vilda taught Sunday school there as well as after they returned to the Midwest in 1960 and settled in Des Moines the next year.
Vilda was a Cub Scout, Blue Birds and Campfire leader. She worked part-time at Sears and American Republic Insurance before going to work full time for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, where she did printing and mailing and retired in 1990 after 22 years. Along with her husband, she was a caregiver for 40 years for their daughter, Connie, who had muscular dystrophy. Vilda was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ.
Vilda was preceded in death by her husband; three sisters; foster brother; and daughter. She is survived by her son, Greg (Kris); three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and their families.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 24 at Rising Sun Church of Christ in Pleasant Hill. Burial will be beside her daughter and husband at the Memorial Park Cemetery west of Mason City. Online condolences are welcome at
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Chad Tingwald

Chad Tingwald, 45, of Ankeny, died unexpectedly on May 11, 2022. He was born to Dennis Tingwald and Sheila (Freeborn) Russell in Grinnell. He was raised in LeGrand, and moved to Ankeny in 1989 where he graduated in 1995. He married Leslie Walker in 2021. Chad was a fuel dispatch specialist at the Casey’s Store Support Center since October 2008.  He also worked various jobs in the auto parts industry.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Kelsey Tingwald; step-children, Hannah Manchester (Curtis) and Spencer Walker (Kevin); parents; sister, Angie (Tingwald) Porter; niece; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and his cats.
A memorial service was held Thursday, May 19 at Ankeny Free Church. 
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Lauren Cloys Border

Lauren Cloys Border, 75, of Ankeny died May 14, 2022, at Methodist Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born in Erie, Illinois, and graduated from Erie High School in 1964. Lauren married Cindy Muhlenburg in 1987. He worked for 13 years for the Rock Island Railroad and was a painter for more than 20 years with E-Z painting in Ames.
Lauren is survived by his wife; his children, Steve Border, Shawn (Amy) Swaim, and Tarah Cox; five siblings; and grandchildren, Brayden Koltin, Kinsley Swaim and William Cox. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kent; granddaughter, Nevaeh Swaim, and numerous nieces and nephews. Per Lauren’s wishes, there will be no services. 
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Richard ‘Dick’ Gene Rasmussen

Richard Rasmussen, 65, died May 20, 2022, at Mercy West Hospital in Des Moines. He was born in Audubon. Dick was a sergeant in the Army from 1954-1957. He served in Germany during peacetime. Richard married Suzan Gilchrist in 1959.
Dick graduated from the Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) with a bachelor’s degree in education and later completed his master’s degree in administration at Drake University. He taught at South Hamilton of Jewell for 10 years. In 1972, Dick and Sue moved their family to Ankeny. He taught physical education at Neveln Junior High and then business classes at Ankeny High School. He was an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. He poured a lot of time and devotion into fundraising to bring the dream of Miracle League Baseball to Ankeny.
Dick amassed a wide variety of awards and accolades: National High School Coach of the Year in both softball (1986) and basketball (1993) and was honored to have the Ankeny softball field named the Dick Rasmussen Field in 2014.
Dick is survived by his wife, Sue; children Jeff (Elaine), Greg, Brad (Nicolee), Julie; and five grandchildren. A memorial service was held May 25 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. 
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David Vols

David Vols, 73, died May 16, 2022. David grew up on a farm in Brooklyn. He attended Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in ag business. He worked for the Iowa DOT as an appraiser. He married Marlene Witt in 1974 and had one daughter.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Christine (Jeff) Weiland; grandsons, Aston and Carter; sisters, Ilene Hagen and Lillian Sesma. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald. A visitation was held Thursday, May 19 at Memorial Services of Iowa in Ankeny. 
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David Miles Stout

David Miles Stout, 71, of Ankeny, died Jan. 21, 2021, at home after a brief but fierce battle with metastatic melanoma. David is survived by his wife, Lynhon Stout; daughter, Jennifer (Roni) Stout; grandchildren, Jack and Olivia Kagan; brother, Harry (Mern) Stout; nieces, nephews and loving friends.
A celebration of life will be held 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 at Memorial Services of Iowa, 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny. A time of sharing will be at 5:15 p.m. 
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Dr. George A Hofmann

Dr. George A Hofmann, 84, of Johnston, died May 13, 2022. George was born in Burlington. He moved with his family to Alliance, Nebraska, where he attended Chadron State University and obtained his bachelor of science degree. He furthered his education at Colorado State University to become a veterinarian.
In 1961, he married Jean Nora Braddock. They lived in Fort Collins, Colorado. George was employed by the USDA as a meat inspector. He also worked with the Horse Protection Program, monitored puppy mills and, after retirement, worked for Hy-Vee.
He is survived by his wife; children Lynette (Louis) Gornick, Sharon (Larry Ludwig) Hofmann, Wayne and Kathy; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a brother. Funeral services were Friday, May 20 at Iles Brandt’s Funeral Home in Dallas Center. 
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Ronald Dwayne Rosenberg

Ronald Dwayne Rosenberg, 90, died May 17, 2022. Ron was born in Grimes. He married Jodean Sly in 1951. They made their home in Grimes where they raised their two sons. Ron was a member of Teamsters Local #147 and later owned and operated JR Trucking, retiring in 2017. He served on the Grimes City Council in the early 1990s and was a 70-plus year member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Ron is survived by two sons, Keith (Pam) and Denny (Rita); sister, Phyllis; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and great-grandchildren, Maddie and Zoey Mickle.
Services were held on Friday, May 20 at First Presbyterian Church in Grimes with burial at Sunny Hill Cemetery. Online condolences are welcomed at 
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Frances ‘Misty’ Mae Trotter

Frances “Misty” Mae Trotter, 87, of Johnston died at home Wednesday, May 11, 2022. She worked at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at Camp Dodge where she retired after many years of service. She was also a long-term member of the American Business Women Association. She is survived by several step-nieces and step-nephews, as well as many adopted family members.
A memorial graveside service was held Monday, May 23 at McDivitt Grove Cemetery in Urbandale.
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Carl Thomas Schwab

Carl Thomas Schwab, 75, died May 17, 2022. He was born in Clinton and graduated from North High School in Des Moines in 1965. He then attended the University of Iowa where he was active in Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He graduated with a degree in accounting in 1969. Carl married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Young, in 1970. He began his career as an accountant and then worked at Housby Mack. Later he purchased the Freightliner of Des Moines dealership, which he owned and managed until retiring in 2014. Carl enjoyed golf and was a lifelong member of Hyperion Field Club.
Carl is survived by his wife; daughters Christina (Alec) Medeiros and Mary (Eduardo) De la Cruz; and three siblings. Funeral services were Monday, May 23 at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be expressed at
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Heidi Kupka

Heidi Kupka, 49, died unexpectedly on May 13, 2022. Heidi was born in Charles City to Mark and Bonnie (Bonita) Kupka. She graduated from Charles City High School in 1992. Heidi graduated from Iowa Central Community College with an associate’s degree. Heidi spent her working life in a variety of positions including many years as a laundry aide and most recently working in guest services at Johnston Hy-Vee. Heidi was a faithful member of Des Moines Mennonite Church.
She was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother; sister, Tina Moore; brother, Kevin Kupka (Kristie Gray); and two nephews, Zach Moore and Alex Moore. A celebration of life service was held Saturday, May 21 at Des Moines Mennonite Church. 

Rose and Gary Gray

Joint graveside services will be held for Rose and Gary Gray on Friday, May 27 at 12 p.m. at Lower Blue Point Cemetery, south of Grinnell on 55th Street in Poweshiek County — not to be confused with Upper Blue Point Cemetery on the same road but farther north.
Gary Gene Gray, 90, died Sept. 30, 2021. He was born in Grinnell and graduated from Alden High School. He began working for the IDOT. He also helped his dad, who ran a circuit of movie theaters in small towns, where he met Sharon Thornburg. They were married in 1954 and raised three daughters in Des Moines.
Rose Sharon Gray, 84, died Nov. 5, 2021. She was born in Pleasantville. She graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1954 and soon after married. She worked for Look Magazine for a time and spent many years at the Iowa Film Depot, repairing film reels and sending them back out to theaters.
Gary and Sharon are survived by three daughters: Cindy Howell (Fred), Linda Carlson (Ric) and Christi Gray (Rich Kelley); five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 
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Ruby Jean Halbfass

Ruby Jean Halbfass, 84, died at home on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Jean was born in Reasnor. She retired from EDS in 2005. Jean and Denny were married Oct. 4, 1980. She was president, secretary and treasurer in many bowling leagues. In 2017, she was inducted into the greater Des Moines USBC Hall of Fame. She attended 24 national tournaments and more than 30 state tournaments.
Jean is survived by her husband, Denny; daughter, Deb (Rusty) Dalton; son, John (Melanie) Grimm; and numerous other relatives. No services will be held at this time per Jean’s request. Burial will be at Newton Union Cemetery at a later date. 
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Robert Lee Best

Robert Lee Best, 92, of Waukee, died at his residence on May 6, 2022. He attended Van Meter Schools and graduated in 1947. In 1957, he married Doris Stout. Robert was a farmer for many years and was a Marine veteran of the Korean War.
Robert is survived by his sister, Marguerite Lienemann; niece, Julie Lienemann; two great-nephews; one great-niece; and one great-great niece. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; son, Marvin; and brother, Donald.
A prayer service was held Thursday, May 12 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, McCalley Chapel in Adel. Graveside service with military honors was held Friday, May 13 at the Booneville Cemetery. Online condolences may be left for the family at
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Harvey Marion Grabill

Harvey Marion Grabill, 81, died May 7, 2022. He was born in Missouri. Harvey later moved to Minburn and met his wife Linda (Rote) Grabill. They married in 1979 and together raised 12 children. Harvey worked for the City of Adel for 22 years and retired in 2001. He also served in the Adel Fire Department.
Harvey is survived by his wife; children, Mary, Patricia, Lewis, Rebecca, Ruby, Rose, Bobby (Robbi) Culp and Julie Kinkennon; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; mother-in-law; four siblings and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by sons Dean, Paul, Lawerence and Terry.
Services were held Saturday, May 14 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home. 
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Sandra ‘Sandee’ Faye Anderson

Sandee Anderson, 68, died May 10, 2022, after a brave battle with small cell lung cancer. Sandee was born in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, the fourth child of Mary Evelyn and William George Scott. The family moved to Urbandale in the early 1960s. Sandee later married and welcomed her first son, Steven Michael, in 1978. Her youngest son, Jeffrey Allan, was born in 1979. Later in life, Sandee settled at a senior community in West Des Moines.
Sandee was preceded in death by a brother, George Scott. Sandee is survived by her sons, Steve (Sarah) Anderson and Jeff (Carly) Anderson; one brother; two sisters; four grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. A visitation for the family will be 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel. A special celebration of life luau will be 12-3 p.m. on Friday, May 20 at a family residence in Altoona. 
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Betty Marie Niccoli

Betty Marie Niccoli, 88, died on May 12, 2022, at the Kavanagh House in Des Moines of a stroke after complications from heart surgery. Betty was born in Des Moines. In her retirement years, she worked as a bus aide for the West Des Moines Public Schools and at Respite Connections as a caretaker for David.
She is survived by her children, Paul Martin “Marty” Villalobos, Vicki Villalobos, and Lori (Mike) McGrath; son-in-law, Jeff Glenn; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild with one on the way. She was preceded in death by siblings Ruth, Rachel, Reece, Marg and Josephine; and her daughter, Julie Glenn.
Services will be held 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at McLaren’s Funeral Chapel in West Des Moines, with visitation one hour prior. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at
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Rosemary ‘Rose’ Privitera

Rosemary “Rose” Privitera, 91, died May 5, 2022. Visitation was Friday, May 13 at Hamilton’s, followed by a prayer service. Rosemary was born in Chicago. She worked for the Chicago Public Library for many years until falling in love with Theodore “Ted” Privitera and eventually uniting in marriage in 1957. She and Ted resided in Chicago and moved to Elk Grove Village in the early 1960s, where she worked for the Elk Grove Public Library for 25 years. They were residents of Elk Grove Village for more than three decades. Both eventually retired and moved to Las Vegas.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her daughter, Joyce Carol Northrop, and her husband, Theodore “Ted” Privitera. She is survived by her children, Steven (Dina) Privitera and Diane Rankin; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Condolences may be expressed at
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Jay Phelps Reichenbacher

Jay Phelps Reichenbacher, 84, died May 10, 2022. Jay was born in Aurora, Illinois. He married Jeanne Loewen in 1993 in Des Moines. Jay is survived by his wife; son, Jay II (Desiree); daughter, Dianne Rechenbacher; stepson, Brian Gardner; two grandchildren; and brother, Dennis (Anke). He was preceded in death by a sister, Anita Kay Pearson, and stepdaughter, Michelle Gardner. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. on Monday, June 13 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery at a later date. 
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Frank Anthony Cataldo III

Frank Anthony Cataldo III, 59, of West Des Moines, died at his home Friday, May 13, 2022. Frank graduated from Dowling High School. After graduating, he attended Grand View before joining the family business, Iowa EPS Products, where he served as vice president.
Frank played for the Des Moines Buccaneers hockey team. He was an active member of AA and served as a sponsor, inspiring many and giving back to his community. Frank married his high school sweetheart D’Ann Hammond (Gudenkauf), and they had one daughter, Maria (David) Andrew. He later remarried and had son Frank, daughter Katie and two adopted daughters, Renee and Amber.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Sandra, and survived by his father, George; two brothers, Michael (Karen) and Charles (Gia) and adopted brother Jerry (Denise) Best; in addition to his five children, six grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Tuesday, May 17 at Dunn’s Funeral Home. Memorial Mass was held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 18, followed by a private family burial at Resthaven Cemetery.
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Rev. Steven Howard Eastman

Rev. Steven Howard Eastman, 72, died May 8, 2022, at MercyOne West Medical Center in West Des Moines. Steven was born in Marshalltown and grew up in Evansdale and Cedar Falls, where he married Debbie Stark. In 1970, he answered the call of God to be a youth minister at Open Bible Church in Waterloo. He received his education from Berean School of the Bible in 1976 and became the associate pastor for Glad Tiding Assembly of God in Cedar Falls.
From 1977, he pastored churches in Van Wert, Clarinda, Cedar Falls, DeWitt and Hale, Missouri. He was currently serving the Peru United Methodist Church. While pastoring, Steve also worked at several other jobs.
Steve is survived by his children, Steven Eastman, Jr. (Heather), Troy Eastman (Sarah), Tony Eastman (Lora), Kim Eastman-Allen (Darrell), and adopted son, Cody Eastman; brother, Jerry Eastman (Cindy); several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services were held on Friday, May 13 at the Peru United Methodist Church. 
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Betty Jean ‘Tootie’ Johnston Everhart

Betty Jean “Tootie” Johnston Everhart, 79, of West Des Moines died May 10, 2022.  Betty was born in Eddyville. She married Tracy Glen Everhart Sr. in 1961. They lived in Cedar Rapids, West Branch, Omaha and St. Charles, Missouri, before moving to West Des Moines. Betty was a registered nurse, impacting many lives.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years; sons Tracy Glen Jr. (Mary Jo) and John Frederick (Sharon); six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 17 at New Hope Assembly of God in Urbandale. Graveside services followed at Highland Cemetery in Eddyville.
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Judy Kay Seifert

Judy Kay Seifert, 73, of West Des Moines, died May 13, 2022. She was born in Bloomington, Minnesota. For a full obituary, visit 
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Gerald Leroy ‘Jake’ Benge

Gerald Leroy “Jake” Benge, 83, died April 22, 2022. He was born in Indianola and served in the U.S. Navy. Jake retired as the supervisor of the maintenance garage at the Des Moines Water Works. He is survived by his wife, Norma; son, Alan (Lori); 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and eight siblings. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret; his daughter, Wanda; and four siblings.
Visitation and funeral were Saturday, April 30 at O’Leary Funeral Home in Norwalk, followed by burial at Orilla Cemetery. 
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John Glenn Willett

John Glenn Willett, 52, died May 8, 2022 in Missouri. Visitation was May 13 at Overton Funeral Home, Indianola. Cremation followed. He was born in Des Moines to Thomas and Darlene (Moss) Willett. He graduated from Interstate 35 School District in 1989. He worked as an auto mechanic and was considered a jack of all trades.
John is survived by his children, Shaylene Willett and John Michael Willett; granddaughter, Kinzington Grace; and step-brother, Charles Sims. He was preceded in death by his parents. To sign an online condolence, visit
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Dustin Lee Dittmer

Dustin Lee Dittmer, 34, of Colfax died May 7, 2022. Dustin was the son of Kathy and Lee Cochran and Gregory and Michelle Dittmer. He worked at Dee Zee Manufacturing from 2018 to his death.
He is survived by the love of his life, Kaylee Riddle, and their unborn daughter, Reighlynn. He is also survived by his siblings, Joseph, Cody (Kellie), Jesse, Shannon, Christopher, Zachary (Alayna) and Heather Lemon; grandparents, Robin (Danny) Mackle and Gary May and Mary Dittmer; a nephew, two nieces; his late wife’s children, Stephanie Lussier, Jennifer Allan, Kelsey Miller; grandchildren; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Dustin was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Joseph Dittmer; maternal aunt, Traci May; maternal cousin, Ashley Hoch; and his late wife, Shelley Signs-Dittmer.
Dustin’s family and friends will gather on Saturday, May 21 at the Assembly of God Church, 1700 W. Second Ave., Indianola. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m., and services will be held at 11 a.m. 
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Lauren Hensley

Lauren Hensley, 64, died May 7, 2022, in Des Moines. She was born in Akron, Ohio, and began her career with Bridgestone/Firestone in 1976. After a few transfers between Tennessee and Iowa, she finished her career in Nashville, retiring in 2021. Lauren was married to Steve Hensley in 2000.
She is survived by her husband; daughter, Brooke (Brian) Henry; granddaughters, McKenna and Ashlyn; sister, Esther Finelli; as well as other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a private gathering for close friends and family were held on Wednesday, May 11. Condolences may be expressed at
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Dewey ‘Jud’ McKee

Burial of cremains with military honors for Dewey “Jud” McKee were held on Thursday, May 12 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter. Dewey died Dec. 25, 2021, at age 91. Celebration of life services were held Dec. 30, 2021, at the Norwalk Christian Church.
Dewey “Jud’ McKee was born and raised in Indianola. He attended Indianola High School and graduated at age 16. He attended Simpson College briefly before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and serving in Korea. In 1959, he met and married his wife, Carolyn.
Dewey is survived by his wife of 62 years; children, Craig McKee, Cathy Catron; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, LulaBelle McGuire; and many nieces, nephews and other family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dewey E. and Virginia McKee; sons, Michael and John; grandson, Trevor; and four siblings. 
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Sherry (Niles) Hicks

Sherry (Niles) Hicks, 75, died March 7, 2022. She is survived by her daughter, Shannon (Alan) Foote; grandchildren; and her brother, Kim Niles. A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 16 at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.
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Delores Darlene Heckathorn

Graveside services for Delores Darlene Heckathorn, 87, of West Des Moines will be at 10 a.m., May 21 at the Van Wert cemetery in Van Wert. The family will gather at the Assembly of God Church in Van Wert immediately after the service. Delores died Oct. 9, 2021 at UnityPoint Hospital. Those left to cherish her memory include George (Dixie) South; sisters-in-law Sue South and June Petty; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd; son, Kevin; and brother Eldon South. 
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Virginia May Barksdale

Virginia May Barksdale, 94, of Ankeny, died May 9, 2022. She graduated in 1946 from Springfield Ohio High School. She attended nursing school and graduated as a registered nurse in 1949. She married Joseph Allen Barksdale in 1948. They had two children: Bruce (Jacqueline) and Kathy (Christopher) Cornwell. Bruce died in 2004.
After they were married, the Barksdales lived in Alabama and Ohio, where Virginia was a surgical nurse. In 1958, they moved to Des Moines. Virginia stayed home to raise the children but eventually returned to nursing. She worked at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines for four years then became a school nurse, working for 16 years at Moulton and Oak Park Elementary. When Virginia and Joseph retired from their jobs, they began new careers. They started a food business at the Iowa State Fairgrounds selling cookies. In 2019, they gave the business to the people of Iowa and retired.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 17 at Hamilton’s, Des Moines. Burial was at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online at:
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Janeene Anne (Miller) Carlisle

Janeene Anne (Miller) Carlisle, 84, died May 8, 2022. She was born in Des Moines and attended East High School in Des Moines, graduating in 1956, followed by the Iowa School of Beauty to be a cosmetologist. Janeene met her husband, Larry, at a bowling alley, and they married on Valentine’s Day in 1959. They had two daughters.
Janeene was active in East High reunion preparations. She was an active member of the Ankeny YMCA. She worked at Ankeny Central Pet Clinic (Ankeny Animal & Avian Clinic) for more than 12 years. Larry and Janeene lived in Ankeny for 22 years. They both retired and moved to Polk City in 1990. Janeene moved to Mill Pond Independent Living in Ankeny in 2017.
Janeene was preceded in death by her husband and daughter Corriene. Janeene is survived by her daughter Nadine Baker; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister; two nieces; one nephew; her “adopted” daughter and family; and many friends. A celebration of life will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the VFW Post 9662, 1309 N.E. 66th Ave., Des Moines. 
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Allen Jensen

Allen Jensen, 82, of Ankeny, died May 12, 2022, at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center. He was born in Blair, Nebraska, to James and Regina (Dorzinski) Jensen. He attended school at Rippey and Minburn, graduating with the class of 1958. He served in the United States Marines from 1960 to 1966. He married Linda Lou Madren in 1960. He worked for John Deere in Ankeny for 30 years, farmed near Madrid and, after retiring from John Deere, drove a truck for the United States Postal Service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ankeny and the John Deere retirees’ group.
He is survived by his wife; son, James Jensen; daughter, Debbie Simmer (Jonathan Koughn); granddaughter; sister; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be at Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry on Thursday, May 19 at 11 a.m. Online condolences may be left at
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Russ Heinzerling

Russ Heinzerling died May 9, 2022. A memorial service was held Saturday, May 14 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ankeny.
Russell Elmer Heinzerling graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1982, NIACC in 1984 with his accounting associate’s, the University of Northern Iowa in 1986 with his bachelor’s of financial management, and Drake University in 1996 with his MBA. In 1988, Russ married Pam Thompson. They had two children.
Russ started his professional career in banking for six years, taught many years part-time as an adjunct professor at DMACC and Drake University, and spent almost 29 years at Principal Financial Group.
Russ is survived by his wife; children Austin (Landry) Heinzerling and Marissa (Sawyer) Phillips; mother; mother-in-law; five siblings; two brothers-in-law; many nieces and nephews and additional family. He was preceded in death by his father; father-in-law; and brother-in-law. Visit to share condolences. 
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Nancy Ann Rourick

Nancy Ann Rourick, 89, of Ankeny, died May 10, 2022, at MercyOne Hospital in Des Moines. She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin; daughter Teresa Klyn; and son Kelly Rourick. She is survived by her children Patrick (Linda) Rourick, Rebecca (Andy) Siska, Timothy (Kimberly) Rourick, Shawn (Christine) Rourick, Thomas (Londa) Rourick; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial mass will be held at a later date at Saint Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Atlantic. Burial will be held at the Atlantic Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be left at
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Roger Herman Santi

Roger Herman Santi, 74, died May 9, 2022, at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston. Roger graduated from Madrid High School in 1965. In 1973, he married Cheri Zaruba. They made their home in Perry for 20 years then moved to Ankeny, where they lived for 20 years. In 2004, Roger retired from John Deere in Ankeny after more than 30 years. Roger was an officer in the Vittoria Lodge in Ankeny. For the last eight years, they have made Lake Panorama their home.
Roger is survived by his wife; sons, Tony (Jennifer) and Larry (Marci); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time. 
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Jon Kevin Ward

Jon Ward, 68, died May 9, 2022, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. He was born in Mt. Pleasant. He graduated from William Penn University. He was a professional golfer who worked at Golf Galaxy for more than 20 years.
Jon is survived by his sons, Nicholas (Janelle) and Nathan Ward; father, Bill Ward; grandson, Cruz Ward; brother, Jim (Sue) Ward; and a host of extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Laura Ward; mother, Marcella Ward; and brother, Jeff Ward.
Funeral services were May 16 at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, Ankeny. Online condolences may be expressed at

Zackery Robert Brown

Zack Brown, 32, died on Friday, May 13, 2022. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 19 at 11 a.m. at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee. The family will formally greet attendees during the service dismissal.  Zack’s service will be live-streamed and can be viewed at service time or anytime thereafter at:
Zack was a 2008 graduate of Norwalk High School. He met his future wife, Shianne, in 2008, and they married on June 1, 2016, in Las Vegas. They had three children, Paislee Noelle, Harper “Jean” Elizabeth and Rhett Jonathon. His wife and children survive, as well as his parents, Lisa and Scott Spieker; birth father Robert Brown; sister Molly (Slade); grandmother Jean; and numerous other relatives, in-laws and friends.
Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services of Waukee was in charge of final arrangements.
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Barbara Paul

Barbara Paul died May 8, 2022, at Bishop Drumm Care Facility. Barb was born in Dixon, Illinois, and raised in Jerome. She played basketball for both Numa High School and Seymour High School where she graduated in 1948. She graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1951 and obtained her Bachelor of General Studies degree from Drake University in 1981.
After graduating from nursing school, she began her career at Mercy on the 3-11 shift starting in the orthopedic unit and then as the nursing supervisor for seven years. In 1959, Barb married Eugene J Paul and welcomed triplets the  next year. They made their home in Urbandale, across the street from St. Pius X Catholic Church and School.
Barb stayed home to raise her children for 10 years. She returned to Mercy Hospital as a part-time nursing administration patient care coordinator in 1970 and served in that role until her retirement in 1995.
Barb is survived by her children, Dr. Jean M. Paul and John E. Paul. Her husband, Eugene; her son Thomas; and her mother, Edith Welch, preceded her in death.
A visitation was held Sunday, May 15 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Urbandale. Mass of Christian burial was Monday, May 16, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Urbandale.