FUNERAL NOTICE: Marilyn Johns

Posted 6/10/21
Marilyn Johns, 83, formerly of Minburn, died May 1, 2021, in Springfield, Missouri. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at Elmwood Cemetery near Minburn. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Carol (Tigges) Lee

Posted 6/10/21
Carol Lee, of De Soto, died June 4, 2021, of lung cancer. Visitation was held Thursday, June 10 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home-McCalley Chapel in Adel. Funeral services will be Friday, June 11 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Adel. Private family burial will be at Panther Creek Cemetery.
Carol was married to Bob Lee. She was retired from Farm Bureau Financial. She was active in the De Soto community and served on many committees. She was a part of Discover De Soto, Planning and Zoning, City Council, Betterment Committee, and did the Food Drive and Food Pantry. She also wrote the Sesquicentennial Book for De Soto. She was even a Cub Scouts leader when her son, Aaron, was young.
For full obituary and to leave online condolences, visit www.caldwellparrish.com.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Jammie William Carroll 

Posted 6/10/21
Jammie William Carroll, 47, died May 31, 2021. He worked at John Deere Des Moines Works for 18 years. While at John Deere, he was an active committeeman for Local #450 United Auto Workers. He was a member of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick. A Celebration of Life will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 11 at Assumption Catholic Church Gymnasium in Granger. Iles Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center was in charge of arrangements.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Joyce Gralnek

Posted 6/11/21
 Joyce Elaine Gralnek, 71, died on June 8, 2021, in Polk City. There will be no funeral service. She’ll be buried at the Center School Cemetery in Marshall County next to her sister, Glenda. Iles Westover Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Sandra Rasmussen 

Posted 6/7/21
Sandra Kay “Sandy” Rasmussen, 78, died Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Edencrest at Beaverdale in Des Moines. There will be a celebration of life at a later date. Sandy pursued a career in property management and established her own company, Crown Management. Online condolences may be expressed at www.caldwellparrish.com

FUNERAL NOTICE: Callie Rose Lisa Derflinger

Posted 6/7/21
Callie Rose Lisa Derflinger, 35, died Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Services were held June 4, 2021 at NorthPoint Church, Johnston. View the full obituary at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com

FUNERAL NOTICE: Marion Lesta Jean Robinson

Posted 6/7/21
Marion Lesta Jean Robinson, 91, died Friday, June 4, 2021. A private service for immediate family is scheduled at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Others may watch a livestream of the funeral service on the funeral home website, www.cedarmemorial.com, tribute page, under “photos and videos or media,” on Tuesday, June 8, starting at 11 a.m. A private burial will follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. 

FUNERAL NOTICE: Daniel Clint Ahrens

Posted 6/3/21
Daniel Clint Ahrens, 61, died on May 29, 2021. Visitation is Monday, June 7 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, with the memorial service following at 10:30 a.m. at the church.
He worked for Fareway Stores since 1981. He is survived by his wife, Soni Ahrens, currently of Adel; sons, Ryan (Megan) Ahrens of LeMars and Tyler (Amanda) Ahrens of Cedar Rapids; and many other family and friends.
See the complete obituary at www.caldwellparrish.com.

FUNERAL NOTICE: John Clark Irwin

Posted 6/3/21
John Clark Irwin, 68, died June 1, 2021. Visitation is Friday, June 4, 5-7 p.m. at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home - McCalley Chapel, 735 S. 14th St., Adel. A prayer service is at 5 p.m. Visit www.caldwellparrish.com for more information.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Mark Alan Boggio

Posted 5/28/21
Mark Alan Boggio, 70, died at his home on May 24, 2021. Services were held Friday, May 28, 2021, at the Lutheran Church of Hope in Ankeny. Internment will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a date yet to be determined.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years and best friend, Paula; daughters Jennifer (Greg) Kise and Mindy (Isaac) Ziebell; and other relatives and friends. For a full obituary, visit www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.

FUNERAL NOTICE: William E. “Bill” Daly

Posted 5/27/21
William E. “Bill” Daly, 95, died at his home in Waukee May 23, 2021. He married Margaret Dilks in 1948, and they enjoyed 73 years together. Bill was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 38 years. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1627 Grand Ave., West Des Moines. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass on Saturday. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Gary Wiedenfeld

Posted 5/27/21
Gary Wiedenfeld, 60, of Waukee died on May 17, 2021, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. Diagnosed with brain cancer just two months after his retirement in February 2020, Gary spent his last year traveling, visiting with friends, riding his bike, and living life to the fullest. He was cared for by his wife, Kristin. He had a sales career in the printing and packaging industries. He was active in the Waukee Chamber of Commerce, Waukee Leadership Institute, and the Waukee Police Citizens Academy. The family will host a Celebration of Gary’s Life at Walnut Woods State Park Lodge from 4-10 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021.

OBITUARY: Roger Wayne Stacy

Posted 5/27/21
Roger Wayne Stacy, 69, of Baxter, passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at the Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.
Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m., Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home - McCalley Chapel in Adel followed by the service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Altoona Cemetery.
Roger was born on Nov. 1, 1951, to Charles R. “Dick” and Dorothy E. (Stephens) Stacy in Winterset. He graduated from Adel High School with the class of 1970. He then graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with a degree in diesel mechanics. He worked for more than 40 years as a diesel mechanic, first for Pulley Freight Lines and finishing his career at George Transit Lines.
Roger enjoyed working on cars, trucks, motorcycles and anything mechanical. He could fix just about anything himself or give you guidance on how to do it yourself. Roger was creative and used his skills like welding, cutting and grinding to help anyone who needed something built or fixed. He looked like a rough and tough guy, but his family and friends knew he was the kindest and nicest person you could ever meet. He had a giving heart and would help anyone in need. He loved hanging out with his grandchildren and would do almost anything they asked, from teaching them things like how to fish, ride ATVs, shoot guns, work on cars; watching them play sports; and even to jumping on the trampoline and pulling them on a sled behind the four-wheeler. The best part was spending time with them and making them laugh.
Roger also had an unconditional love of animals, which began at an early age, raising hogs and chickens on the farm, and continued throughout his life with the companionship of his dogs.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Dorothy Stacy, and granddaughter, Brooklyn Neff.
He is survived by his daughter, Heather (Kim) Stacy-Howard; stepdaughter, Angela (Shane) Wagner; stepson, Jason Holsinger; and six grandchildren, Tim, Miguel, Isabella, Jada, Journee and Harper.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to the American Cancer Society in memory of Roger.
Online condolences may be left to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Marilyn Ann McIntyre 

Posted 5/24/21
Marilyn Ann McIntyre, 85, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston. Memorial graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Sunny Hill Cemetery in Grimes. The service will be livestreamed on the Iles website. Go to IlesCares.com at 10:45 a.m. Saturday and scroll to the bottom of Marilyn’s obituary to join in the service. 

FUNERAL NOTICE: Lawrence William Buchholz

Posted 5/24/21
Lawrence William Buchholz, 96, died peacefully surrounded by his family on May 10, 2021. He is survived by his five children, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon St., Des Moines. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at the funeral home. The service will be livestreamed on his obituary page at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com. Burial will follow services at Lowman Cemetery in Runnells.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Dean John Olerich 

Posted 5/20/21
Dean Olerich, 66, of Waukee died May 15, 2021. A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Dolores “Dee” Abels Campbell 

Posted 5/20/21
Dolores Elizabeth Abels Campbell, 97, died Friday, May 14, 2021, at Independence Village in Waukee while under the care of Sunset Hospice. She was laid to rest in a private family committal service at Glendale Cemetery.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Todd Kauffman Parker

Posted 5/20/21
Todd Kauffman Parker died Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Memorial services were held Thursday, May 20, 2021, at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines with burial at Resthaven Cemetery. 

FUNERAL NOTICE: Lawrence “Larry” W. Nothwehr 

Posted 5/20/21
Larry Nothwehr died suddenly Saturday, May 8, 2021, from a ruptured aneurysm at Iowa Methodist Hospital surrounded by his loving family. A private family ceremony is planned for June 2, 2021, with a celebration of life service to be announced at a later date.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Richard G. Morris 

Posted 5/20/21
Richard Grant Morris, 86, died on May 12, 2021, at Mercy Hospice. Memorial services were held Saturday, May 15, at West Des Moines Christian Church.

FUNERAL NOTICE: George R. Trowbridge 

Posted 5/20/21
George Russell Trowbridge, 71, died May 17, 2021, at MercyOne Des Moines. The funeral was held Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Memorial Services of Iowa with burial immediately following at Pine Hill Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Debra, and other relatives and friends.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Linda Marie Newton 

Posted 5/20/21
Linda Marie Newton, 73, died May 11, 2021, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. She worked for UnityPoint and retired from the medical records department. She is survived by her husband, Stephen Newton; son, Michael Newton; daughter, Cathy Newton; and other relatives and friends. A memorial visitation was held Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens in Des Moines. 

FUNERAL NOTICE: Don Rowen Avaux 

Posted 5/20/21
Don Rowen Avaux, 90, died Wednesday, May 12, 2021. A celebration of life was held Thursday May 20, 2021 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave., Des Moines. 

FUNERAL NOTICE: John Fraser Dittmar 

Posted 5/17/21
John Fraser Dittmar, 88, of Grimes passed away May 10, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Jan P. Dittmar; son Evan F. Dittmar (Lisa), daughters Delese A. Oens (Richard) and JeNae A. Hill (Brandon); and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held May 14, 2021, at the Walnut Hills Chapel in Waukee. Internment will be held in Orem, Utah.

DEATH NOTICE: Timothy LaVerne Hand

Posted 5/17/21
Timothy LaVerne Hand, 56, of Grimes, died May 14, 2021. Iles Dunn’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

OBITUARY: Carl “Tom” Burkhardt 

Posted 5/17/21
Carl Thomas “Tom” Burkhardt of Johnston died peacefully on the evening of May 2, 2021. He is survived locally by son Bryan and Betsy Burkhardt of Johnston. He was an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Most recently he served at Covenant Christian Church in Urbandale for almost 20 years and then served as interim pastor at Glen Echo, Park Avenue, and Wakonda Christian Churches in Des Moines and churches in Altoona and Oskaloosa. He retired from active ministry in 2014 and became a member of West Des Moines Christian Church. He taught philosophy and world religion at DMACC.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on May 22, 2021, at West Des Moines Christian Church. The family requires masks and social distancing. The service will be streamed live; visit www.IlesCares.com/obituary for additional details. 

FUNERAL NOTICE: Laura V. Albright 

Posted 5/17/21
Laura Vergene Albright of Johnston passed away on May 8, 2021. She is survived by daughter Bridgit, son Donovan, and two grandchildren.
Services were Friday, May 14, 2021, at Dunn’s Funeral Home on Grand Avenue in Des Moines. Internment was at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery.

OBITUARY: Jack A. Cherry

Posted 5/13/21
Jack A. Cherry, 74, of Adel, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021, in Des Moines. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021, at Caldwell Parrish McCalley Chapel in Adel.  Burial will follow the service at Oakdale Cemetery in Adel.
Jack Albert Cherry was born May 12, 1946, to Thomas and Mildred (Misner) Cherry in Des Moines. Jack was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Martensdale. Following high school, he proudly served his country with the United States Army in the Vietnam War. After his time in the service, he came back to Iowa where he worked for 3E as a generator technician, where he became a supervisor. When he retired, he spent that time in Adel enjoying his garden and doing handyman work around the house.
He is survived by his son, Kevin (Lilly) Cherry; grandchild, Sladen; and sisters, Nelda Morton, Judy Pettinger, and Patrica Reeves.
He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Kirk; brother, Keith; and daughter-in-law, Danielle.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be placed at www.caldwellparrish.com.

NOTICE OF SERVICES: Dora Jo Brubaker

Posted 5/11/21
    Johnston - Dora Jo Brubaker, 81, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at MercyOne in Des Moines. Due to the social gathering limitations, Dora’s service was delayed. A graveside service has now been scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, May 21, 2021, at Glendale Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Bill, of Johnston. The couple moved to Johnston after retirement. She was active in her church, St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Johnston.

NOTICE OF SERVICES: Gail George Rees, Jr. 

Posted 5/11/21
    Grimes - Gail George Rees Jr., 78, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021, at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines due to COVID-19. Memorial graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2021, at Brethren Cemetery near Dallas Center. The service will be livestreamed on the Iles website. Go to IlesCares.com at 1:15 p.m. Friday and scroll to the bottom of Gail’s obituary to join in the service.
Gail is survived by his wife, Sharon Wineland of Grimes; two sons, Eric and Chad Rees and his first wife, Debbie Rees, all of Greeley, Colorado; three grandchildren, Katie, Dustin and Evan Rees of Greeley, Colorado; his aunt and uncle Max and CA Rees of Adel; step-daughter, Shelly (Jim) Brown of Grimes; step-son, Mike (Lynette) Wineland of Madrid; step grandchildren, Connor Wineland of Grimes, and Jordan (Brianna) Wineland of Sioux City; and other relatives and friends. 

OBITUARY: Roger F. Stiles

Posted 5/6/21
Retired Des Moines Police Sergeant Roger F. Stiles, age 72, of Waukee, died May 1, 2021, surrounded by family after a battle with cancer. He was raised in Des Moines, graduated from North High School in 1966, and attended AIB in Des Moines. He became a reserve officer for the Des Moines Police Department in 1979 and graduated from the police academy in 1987. He served the Des Moines Police Department for 35 years. One of his greatest achievements as an officer was successfully lobbying for legislation to add blue lights to police vehicles statewide. He served on the Board for the Des Moines Police Burial Association and was most recently on the Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the Des Moines Police Department’s Honor Guard.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, 2021, at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, with burial following at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, with the Des Moines Police Honor Guard providing honors. www.caldwellparrish.com

OBITUARY: Eleanor Louise (Button) Myers

Posted 5/6/21
Eleanor Louise (Button) Myers, age 94, entered heaven on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center. Eleanor was born on Oct. 30, 1926, to John (Jack) and Anna Button and lived her entire life in Adel. She married her loving husband, Everett Myers, on Oct. 28, 1945, and together they were blessed with three daughters.
Eleanor loved people and began her career at Russell Loan & Title. She then became the Dallas County Deputy Recorder for 21 years and worked in the county treasurer’s office for 11 years. She was active in her retirement years by being involved in her church, community groups and political activities. She was generous with her time, acts of kindness and encouragement of others. Playing cards was a favorite pastime throughout her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett (1983); their youngest daughter, LuAnn (1985); parents, Jack and Anna; and her brother, John F. Button.
She is survived by her two daughters, Jana (Dan) Heefner and Lana (Jerry) Schrock, both of Adel; sister, Dorothy deRues of Boise, Idaho; six grandchildren, Deanna (Preston) Langley, Jennifer Vandivier, Jeremy (DC) Heefner, Jason (Sara) Schrock, Justin (Vicki) Schrock and Larry (Becky) Schrock; and 16 great-grandchildren: Brooklyn and Nathan Langley; Elise and Miles Heefner; Sophie, Callie, Ryan, AJ, Caleb, Emilee, Miya, Kira, Naomi, Isaac, Ethan and Aaron Schrock.
A public visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021, at Caldwell Parrish McCalley Chapel in Adel, with a scripture service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Due to social distancing guidelines, a private funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Panther Creek Church of the Brethren. All other family and friends are encouraged to listen to the service outside in their cars on the radio and join them for a public graveside service at the Panther Creek Brethren Cemetery following the service. Following the service, a recording of the service will be available on YouTube. Search for Panther Creek Church of the Brethren.
The family of Eleanor would like to thank Spurgeon Manor staff and all others who enriched her life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Panther Creek Church of the Brethren or Spurgeon Manor. Online condolences may be placed at www.caldwellparrish.com.

OBITUARY: Jennifer M. Scholl 

Posted 4/29/21
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Jennifer M. Scholl, 56, of Waukee and formerly of Mason City, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at the Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines, Iowa. A private graveside service was scheduled for Friday, April 30, 2021 at Memorial Park Cemetery, West, Mason City, with Rev. Josh Link, celebrant. A Celebration of Life will be held 5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021 at West End Architectural Salvage, 22 Ninth St., Des Moines, where she will be recognized by the Nursing Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family and a nursing scholarship will be established at UnityPoint.
Jennifer was born Jan. 23, 1965 in Le Mars, Iowa, daughter of Lyle and Lorraine (Freilinger) Mackey. She graduated from Newman Catholic High School, class of 1983. Following high school, Jennifer attended college and worked for Aunt Maudes Restaurant in Ames and Greenbriar in Johnston. She attained her nursing degree at Iowa Methodist School of Nursing, class of 1999. Jennifer began a 22-year avocation at Younker 8 Iowa Methodist (UnityPoint) in Des Moines. She said nursing was never a job, it was a passion that she was paid for. In her career, Jennifer made a huge impact not only on her patients, but had a nurturing influence with her coworkers and physicians and was an important mentor to the new nurses that joined her working family.
Jennifer was united in marriage to Gary Scholl on Oct. 2, 2010 in Des Moines, Iowa and to this union Gary brought one son, Connor Scholl into the family. They made their home in Waukee and during that time she rescued two awesome kittens, Mac and Marty. Jennifer and Gary during their marriage, they liked to travel to Mexico, Hawaii, and the California coast and looked forward to the MAC week. Jennifer had an active appreciation for beautiful things. She enthusiastically supported local artists by purchasing their original work and displaying those pieces in an inspiring and restorative home environment.
Jennifer worked hard; when she was not working she had an insatiable thirst for adventure and experiences.
Jennifer was survived by her husband, Gary Scholl of Waukee; step-son, Connor Scholl of West Des Moines; mother, Lorraine Mackey of Mason City; seven siblings, Christine (Mark) Althoff, Douglas (Sharon) Mackey, Susan (Joseph) Henry, Jill (David) Campbell, Ann (Thomas) Weiss, Carey (David) Nisi, Katie (Arian) Schuessler; father in-law, John (Hazel) Scholl; father in-law, Mick Boyd; two sisters in-law, Toni (Lonny) Attebery and Kris Barrett, many nieces, nephews, two kittens, Mac and Marty.
Jennifer is preceded in death by her father, Lyle Mackey; mother in-law, Diane Boyd and brother in-law, Jerry Scholl.
The family would like to recognize Dr. Behrens and his team, Unity Point Hospice (especially Sandy Howard) and Taylor House Hospice staff for their compassionate and professional care.
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd Street NE., 641-423-2372.Colonialchapels.com

OBITUARY: Carolyn Sue Chamberlain

Posted 4/14/21
Carolyn Sue Chamberlain, 63, of Adel, passed away, Monday, April 12, 2021, at Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa.  Care was born Feb. 14, 1958, to Bobbie Gene and Barbara (Gregg) Chamberlain.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2021, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel with burial following at Panther Creek Cemetery west of Adel.  Family will greet friends Sunday April 18th from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Care retired from the Dallas County Care Facility, where she worked as a cook for many years.  Her residents and coworkers enjoyed her cooking almost as much as her family.  Almost.  She was an avid reader with an appetite for her beloved Stephen King.  While most are leery of clowns, she sought them out.  She collected unique clown showpieces, favoring Emmett Kelly.  Care was a gentle soul who loved people and animals.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, her dog Charlie and her cat George.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bobbie Gene; her brother, Bobbie Gene; her sisters, Susan Marie and Roberta Sue; and her daughter in-law, Sherry Minshall.  She will lovingly be remembered by her mother, Barbara Chamberlain; her partner, Dale Irving; her children Jeremiah Minshall, Emily Six and Dylan Chamberlain; her siblings, Christine Jorgenson (Bud Bombardier), Robert (Sherry) Chamberlain, Connie (Joel) Annear and Shawn (Joy) Chamberlain; her grandchildren Drew, Brandon, Allie, Tanner, Autumn, Aubrey, Troy, and Trevor; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Taylor House for their compassionate care.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Carolyn’s family.  Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

OBITUARY: Melissa ‘Missy’ Grabill

Posted 3/12/21
    Melissa “Missy” Grabill, age 49, of Adel, passed away on March 6, 2021. A funeral services were held March 10. Burial took place at Elmwood Cemetery following the service.
    Missy was born on July 8, 1971, to Jerry Xanders and CoAnn Kelly in Des Moines. Missy was united in marriage to Thomas Grabill on May 22, 1999, forming their family with their daughters, Lisa and Natasha.
    Missy enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her grandkids were the light of her life. She liked camping, fishing and cuddling her cats. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed it, especially if it involved setting up for an event.
    Missy is survived by her loving husband, Tom; daughter, Lisa (Wade) Downing; step-daughter, Natasha (Chris) Hergert; dad, Jerry (Myra) Xanders; mom, CoAnn Kelly; sister, Michele Bolton; brothers, Rodney Hopkins and K.C. Kelly; grandkids, Bryer and Gwenivere Downing and Aubree, Zoey, Oliver and Stella Hergert; father-in-law, Oscar Grabill; father-in-law, Robert Carson; sister-in-laws, Cora (Don) Pruitt, Laura (Leonard) Belew, Linda (Larry) Alexander and Kathy Davis and brother-in-law, Dewayne (Endisa) Carson. Missy also has many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
    She is preceded in death by her step-dad, Roger Kelly; mother-in-laws, Mary Grabill and Carol Carson; grandparents, Wayne and Maxine Chadwick, Verna (Nelson) Xanders and Glenn “Mike” Xanders; great grandparents, Sylvester and Lavora Sickerson and Frank and Nellie Whetsler; brother-in-law, Jerry Grabill and sister-in-law, Kimberly Carson.
    Missy had the opportunity to plan her services the way she would like them and also wrote a little note to her loved ones:
“I enjoyed spending time with all of my family, being picked on, teased, and scared. Along with all of the nicknames you guys gave me…you know who you are. I enjoyed all of this and will miss it. I will also miss all of you and I love you all so much”
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Network (PANCAN). Online condolences maybe left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

OBITUARY: Helen Marie Gomis

Posted 2/12/21
    Helen Marie Gomis, 90, of Adel, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at her home, surrounded by her family. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel, with a visitation held one hour prior to the service. Burial and a celebration of life will take place at a later date. For the full obituary and live streaming of the service, go to www.caldwellparrish.com
    Helen Marie Gomis was born April 24, 1930, to Fae and Laura Pearl (Spurgeon) Gale in Moulton. She grew up in Moulton, and in 1948 she graduated from Udel High School. On Aug. 20, 1950, she was united in marriage to Paul Gomis. To this union, they were blessed with four boys and three girls. Helen spent much of her life caring for the family as a homemaker and in later years worked as a CNA, med aid and a restorative aid at the nursing home. She was a member of Stover Memorial and the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren.
    Her memory will continue on in the hearts and minds of her children; Rhonda (Paul) Stiles, Ron (Sherry) Gomis, Dianna (Jeff) Marker, Don (Diane) Gomis, Donna (Eric) Dansmoore, Richard (Heather) Gomis, Donald (Danielle) Gomis; 21 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
    She was preceded in death by her husband Paul; parents Fae and Laura; one sister and two brothers.
    Memorials may be directed to the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren North of Adel.

OBITUARY: James “Jas” Hughes - Adel

Posted 2/5/21
    James Hughes passed away peacefully Jan. 16, 2021. He is survived by his four children, Jay (Chloe) Hughes, Scott (Kendra) Hughes, Tom (Shannon) Hughes and Anne (Mike) Doll, 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Rose, parents, brothers, Bob and Ralph Hughes and second wife Lois.
    Jim was born in Blue Island, Illinois, on Jan. 15, 1934, to Arthur and Anna Hughes. Jim served in the Air Force and after serving came to Iowa to go to Drake University where he graduated. In 1971 Jim and Rose bought Horseshoe Lanes Bowling alley and moved to Adel. After selling the bowling alley, he worked for Ford Motor Company as a district manager from which he retired. Jim and Rose spent countless hours volunteering at the Dallas County Fairgrounds, which he served as a fairboard member. Over the years, Jim also enjoyed snowmobiling, downhill skiing, men’s softball league, umpiring baseball and softball games and ADM Track booster club.
    Jim’s favorite pastime was taking care of his yard and house. Passerbys would see him sitting at his picnic table and waving at everyone who went by. Jim was an outgoing person who knew no strangers, welcoming anyone and everyone to his place to have a beer. Up to the end, he was happy and waved at everyone who entered the room as if they were his best friend. He will be missed by many family and friends.
    Join in celebrating Jim’s life at the Dallas County Fairgrounds Feb. 5, 2021, at 5 p.m. for food, drinks and music.

OBITUARY: Kelly H. Summy

Posted 1/29/21
    Kelly Howard Summy, 63, of De Soto, passed away Jan. 24, 2021. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday Jan. 29, 2021, at Caldwell Parrish – McCalley Chapel in at Adel, with a visitation from 9:30–10:30 a.m. prior to the service. A burial will follow the service at the Oakland Cemetery in De Soto.
    Kelly, the son of Leonard and Leona (Swearingen) Summy, was born April 21, 1957, in Redfield. Kelly was a graduate of Dexfield High School in 1975 and following that, attended Central College in Pella where he graduated in 1979. While at Central, Kelly met a young lady named Kathleen Koziol. This is where their relationship began to blossom. That relationship turned into a marriage on Oct. 20, 1984, when Kelly was united with Kathleen at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centerville. Kelly worked numerous years for Caseys in De Soto until he began working for Yellowbook where he was employed for almost 20 years. Kelly was very civic-minded and enjoyed giving back. He was a past member of Desoto Fire and Rescue and actively involved as a member of the library board and De Soto City Council.
    Kelly had numerous passions and hobbies. He was well versed in movies, from murder mysteries to Marvel action movies, but nothing beat his love for Christmas movies, which was evident from his Dickens’ Christmas movie collection. Kelly also enjoyed going to many different kinds of plays and shows. Kelly was an amazing chef and enjoyed cooking delectable meals. He had quite the sense of humor, and was always being a jokester and bringing laughter to many, especially by telling his favorite inside joke about marzipan, “You can eat that, you know?” Through all of the laughter and smiles, he brought a great sense of care and comfort to his family and friends, especially his cats, which he loved very much. Kelly was truly loved and will be greatly missed.
    His legacy will continue on in the hearts of his wife, Kathy; step-mother, Barb Summy; step-brother, Steve (Christine) Foreman; nephews, Christopher Summy, Jeremiah Minshall, Aaron Becker and Sean Becker and John Holman; nieces, Becky Boston, Lesa Smith, Stephenie Wacht Shook, Stacy Stubbs, Michelle Summy Bogdanovic, Sara McGinnis, and Jenifer Becker; along with numerous great and, great-great nephews, nieces and other extended family members.
    He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Kathy Hastie and Melody Minshall; and brother, Michael Summy.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family in Kelly’s memory. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

OBITUARY: Meta Karen (Miller) Johnson

    Meta Karen (Miller) Johnson, 83 of Adel, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2020, at her home. Services will take place at a later date.
    Meta was born on May 12, 1937, in Iowa City to Alden and Edna (Olsen) Miller and grew up with her four siblings, Shirley, Joan, Jim and Jack. She graduated from Storm Lake High school on May 26, 1955.
    Meta married Robert Nolan Johnson of Nemaha, on March 10, 1956, and to this union there were three children born. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in dietetics.
    She worked at the Cherokee hospital as a dietitian and then was a state health inspector for nursing homes in South Dakota until retirement.
    She loved her grandkids, taking pictures, desserts, going for walks and riding bikes with her grandkids, and gardening.
    Meta is survived by her daughters, Annie Rathke (Frank) of Humboldt, and Nancy Coffin (Jeff) of Adel; son, Kevin Johnson of Mesa, AZ; sister, Shirley Hamann of Milford, ; 4 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
    She was preceded in death by both parents; husband, Nolan; sister, Joan Cupp; brothers, Jim and Jack Miller; and great granddaughter, Tatyana Cirksena.
    Online condolences may left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

OBITUARY: Teresa Lynn Cooley

Teresa Lynn Cooley, 57, of Adel, passed away Dec. 25, 2020. Services for Teresa will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to 1131 Prairie St., Adel, IA 50003.
    Teresa was born Dec. 10, 1963, in Des Moines, to Joe Cooley and Carolyn Coffin Cooley. Teresa graduated from Adel High School. Teresa was a resident of Adel where she worked many years as a dispatcher for Dallas County. She spent many years in a local bowling league and participated in numerous tournaments. Teresa had a favorite time of the year and that was the Christmas Season, she loved everything about it. She also enjoyed the Iowa State Fair where she would delight in all the fair activities, especially the grandstand shows. Most of all Teresa loved life. She spent time doing all kinds of activities and spending time with her friends and family. Teresa’s caring nature and heart-warming personality will be missed by many.
    She is survived by her mother, Carolyn Coffin Cooley; father, Joseph V. (Kathy) Cooley; sister, Jodi Cook; niece, Hannah Cook and nephew, Brecken Fryer, as well as numerous extended family members and many friends.
    Condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

OBITUARY: Mary Jane Brittain

    Mary Jane Brittain, 86, of Waukee, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at her home in Waukee. A visitation with family present was held  Wednesday, Dec. 30 at Caldwell Parrish – McCalley Chapel in Adel. A funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 31 at the funeral home with burial to follow in the North McDonald Cemetery in Madison County. Memorials may be directed to the North McDonald Cemetery for the continued care of the cemetery. All attendees are asked to follow guidelines of COVID-19 based on the Iowa Department of Public Health. Online condolences can be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.
    Mary Jane Brittain was born Dec. 12, 1934, in Jefferson Township, Madison County, to Clarence and Mary (Brayman) Brittain. She graduated from De Soto High School. Following school, Mary Jane began working for the Iowa Bar Association and following that worked numerous years for KBI an insurance company.
    Mary Jane had numerous hobbies and interests. Starting in the late 1950s, she travelled the world with her sister, Carol Ann Brittain, going abroad and exploring many different countries and continents. She enjoyed being in plays and also enjoyed being on radio shows during the state fair time. Above all else, Mary Jane was a caring sister, aunt, great aunt and friend who will be greatly missed.
    Her love and memories will be carried on by her sister, Evelynn Hubbard of Winterset; nephews and nieces, Clark Brittain of De Soto; Jason Brittain of Cheyenne, WY; Wayne Aldrich of Tucson, AZ; Dennis Aldrich of Van Meter, Loren Aldrich of Colorado; Susan Strause of Danville; Nancy Hansen of Bagley; Ron Brittain of Newport News, VA; Cheryl Thompson of Des Moines; Steve Brittain of Dallas, TX; Shirley Sevde of Waukee; Randy Brittain of Adel; Mike Brittain of Woodward; David Brittain of Dallas Center and special cousin, Donna Jones of Des Moines. In addition, numerous great and great-great nephews and nieces; extended family and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mary Brittain; brothers, Joe, Walter and Gene Brittain; sisters, Ruth Aldrich and Carol Brittain and five nephews.

OBITUARY: Catharine Ann Schafer

    Catharine Ann Schafer, 46, passed away Dec. 8, 2020, at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines due to a heart condition.
    Due to Covid-19 and public health mandates in Iowa, Visitation and Funeral services will be limited and masks are required for all guests, with social distancing of 6 feet apart in place.  Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints in Waukee. Due to the limitation of COVID-19, attendance will be limited and only allows for the same guest from the visitation to the funeral service. Live streaming will be available for those not in attendance at http://mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org/desmoinesiowamountpisgahstake. Following the services’ conclusion, there will be a procession from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints in Waukee to the Oak Dale Cemetery in Adel. The family welcomes anyone who is comfortable to the cemetery, however masks will be required.
     Catharine Ann Schafer was born Dec. 4, 1974, in Des Moines, to Steven C. and Cathy A. (Hadley) Schafer. Catharine graduated from Adel DeSoto Minburn High School in 1993 and attended Upper Iowa University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1998. She began her career working with the Des Moines Public School System, starting at Monroe Elementary. More recently she had been teaching 1st through 4th graders at King Elementary. She worked for DMPS for almost 22 years.
    She is survived by her parents, Steve and Cathy Schafer, sister, Valerie Schafer, brothers and sister-in-laws, Matt (Kelly) Schafer, Joe (Jackie) Schafer, and Dan (Amber) Schafer, her sweet nieces and nephews, Mackenzie Schafer, Liam and Eli Schafer, and Kasey, Will and Jackson Beasley-Tyrrell.
     Catharine was preceded in death by her Grandparents Gerald and Maxine Schafer, Earl Hadley, Nellie and Earl Collins, and Aunts and Uncles, Gerald Schafer, Paul Schafer, Cindy “Sue” Hadley, and Richard Hadley.
     The family would like to send a special thank you to Tray and Tammy Thomas and Kim and Kathy Chapman. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made to the family. Condolences may be left a www.caldwellparrish.com.

Obituary: Nellie Cochran

Nellie Cochran, 83 of rural Adel, passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2020, at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center, where she had recently moved. She was ready to meet her Lord, whom she had followed all of her adult life.
Funeral services were held Nov. 23 at New Hope Evangelical Free Church near Adel, where she was a member. Burial followed at Oakdale Cemetery.
Nellie married her high school sweetheart, James (Jim) Cochran on Dec. 12, 1954. They had four sons. Nellie and Jim shared nearly 63 years of married life together and were lifelong farmers near Adel until their retirement. Nellie also worked at several places off the farm during her lifetime, including the Dallas County Courthouse and Dexfield Community School District to name a few.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Gilbert and Violette Dymond; her brother, Dean Dymond; and her husband, Jim.
Nellie is survived her sister, Sherry Tonnenson; four sons, David (Aleta), Dennis (Ann), Steve (Denise), and Ron (Eve); nine grandchildren, Chris (Michelle), Randy, Jason (Ellen), Amy (Adam) McLaughlin, Joel, Debra (Michael) Townsen, Laura, Emily (Terrell) Allen, Josh (Ashley); and ten great grandchildren, Kalie, Mason Devon, Emmy, Nate, Tierney, Sterling, Addison, Sean, Harlow, Zoey, and another one due in December.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Redfield First Responders or New Hope Church in Adel. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

Obituary: Marsha Brittain

    Marsha Brittain, 57, of Woodward, passed into the arms of her heavenly father on Nov. 11, 2020.
    Funeral services were Nov. 16 with burial following at North McDonald Cemetery rural Van Meter.
    She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on Jan. 19, 1963.  Marsha graduated with highest honors with a degree in Computer Science from Corpus Christi State University. In Corpus, she and Michael Brittain fell in love, married in 1993, and moved to Iowa. They enjoyed 27 joyful years together.
    Through her battle with cancer, Marsha maintained her dignity and quiet strength. Her faith and grace were a blessing to her family and all who knew her.
    Marsha was a loving mother and is survived by daughters, Suzy Johnson (Nathan Johnson), Megan Brittain (Brandon Rutledge), and Sabrina Brittain (Ehssan Alwareeth). She was a wonderful grandmother to Isaac Johnson, Lila Rutledge, and Rocky Rutledge. She will also be missed by her husband, Michael, her mother, Toffie Morales, her father, Roger Morales, her sisters, Monique Morales (Mark Davey), and Yvette Morales as well as countless relatives and friends.
    The family wishes memorial contributions be made to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance https://ocrahope.org/
    Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

Obituary: Ronald “Brownie” Brown

    Ronald “Brownie” Brown 86, of Stuart, previously of Van Meter, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Stuart Community Care Center. A Graveside Service will be held 2 p.m. Friday Nov. 20 at the Van Meter Cemetery, south of Van Meter.
    Ronald Brown the son of Lloyd (Hazel Shoults) Brown was born Oct. 21, 1934, in Des Moines. Ron served his country in the National Guard for four years where he served with B Company 168th Infantry Battalion. In 1964 Ron united in marriage with Glenys Davenport in Loveland, Colorado. Together they had two children. Ron was the owner and operator of Van Meter Auto Sales which was located both in Van Meter and Waukee.
    His memory will carry on with his sons, Michael Brown of Townsend, Montana and Bill Brown of Cedar Rapids; grand children, Thomas Brown of Helena, Montana and Olina Brown of Houston, Texas; sister, Lloydene Cadwell of Adel, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
    He is preceeded in death by his wife, Glenys; parents, Lloyd and Hazel; sisters, Elizabeth Schmidt (Brown), Mary Gillispie (Brown), Dorothy Gourd (Brown).
    A special thanks to Jaylene Quinn and Sandy Sargent for the great care and love they showed for Ron.
    Memorial contributions can be made in Ronald Brown’s honor to the American Legion Apache Post 27; ATTN: Finance Office, 1018 S. Meridian Road, Apache Junction, AZ 85120
    Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

Obituary: Wesley (Mike) Robert Greer

    Wesley (Mike) Robert Greer, 76, of Van Meter, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at home with his family by his side.
    Wesley (Mike) Robert Greer was born on March 14, 1944, to Darlene & Jack Greer in Boone. Mike grew up in Lockridge with his three siblings Evaughn, Janice, and Ray. Mike left school at 14 and went to work with his dad, who instilled in Mike a strong work ethic and taught him all he knew about welding.
     In the summer of 1962, Mike met the love of his life, Sharon Kay Ostrander in Van Meter, Iowa through mutual friends. They married on Oct. 25, 1963. In their early years, they enjoyed saddle club, riding across country on their motorcycle and stock car racing. Their family grew to five with the births of their three children, Steve, Jeannene and Marj.
    Mike was a jack of all trades; skilled in welding, mechanics, cement work, farming and (eventually) woodworking. After retiring, Mike spent time playing cards with friends and family, and planting, pruning and caring for their yard. He was an incredibly hard worker but his family was the most important thing to him. He loved to talk about Sharon, his kids, and grandkids and to tell stories of the adventures about his younger years. He was a born storyteller, and everyone knew that he was always ready and willing to share his opinion.
    Mike passed away at home on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, after his battle with cancer. He was able to give his family the gift of fifteen months after his prognosis. In that time, he cherished moments with his family; attending weddings, meeting new great-grandchildren and traveling. Mike lived each day to the fullest, knowing that life is lived on God’s time, not ours.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Evaughn Carey.
     Mike is survived by his wife, Sharon Greer and children, Steve (Julie) Greer, Jeannene (Roger) Willms, and Marj (Brad) Anderson. His grandchildren, Dawn (Bill) McCrory, Austin (Erika) Willms, Caitlyn (Dean) Shivvers, Craig (Chelsea) Greer, Skylar (Kayla) Willms, Cydney (Marc) Murillo and Payden (Jackie) Willms and 8 great-grandchildren.  His siblings, Janice (Gerald) Awe, Raymond (Shelly) Greer and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
     A service will be held at the American Legion Post 403 in Van Meter on Friday, Nov. 6. Family will be available for a visitation starting at 9-10:30 a.m., with the service to start at 11 a.m. A luncheon to follow, served by the Legion Auxiliary.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Legion post 403 and Hospice of the Midwest 103 N 4th St Guthrie Center, IA 50115 or 9203 Northpark Dr. Johnston, IA 50131.

OBITUARY: Shirley Maxine (Heitmann) Reis

Shirley Maxine (Heitmann) Reis, age 100 of Adel, formerly of Charles City, passed away on Oct. 28, 2020, at the Urbandale Care Center. A private burial and graveside service will be held on Friday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.
    Shirley was born on July 7, 1920, in Charles City, the daughter of John O. Heitmann and Mabel A. (Blunt) Heitmann. She was born, raised and lived in Charles City until moving to Adel five years ago. Shirley married Earl N. Reis on Jan. 28, 1939, in Charles City. Shirley worked as a babysitter over the years. When you visited her, you could count on chicken and noodles and apple pie.
    Left to cherish her memory are her children, Roger E. Reis (Virginia) of Loomis, CA, and Janice (Louis) Webber of Adel, IA.; grandchildren, Roger E. Reis, Jr., Gerald N. Reis, Anjanette Richards and Michelle Puls; great-grandchildren, Monica, Shawna, Audrey, Roger III, Cierra, Paige and Quinn; great-great-grandchildren, Rory and Raina, and many loving nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl in 1999; sister, Thelma Koehler; brothers, Alvin and Melvin Heitmann, and stillborn great-granddaughter, Angel Rose.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the memorial of the donor’s choice in Shirley’s memory.  Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

OBITUARY: Wanda J. Lienemann Levorson

Wanda J. Lienemann Levorson, 86, of Adel, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at the Perry Lutheran Home.
    Wanda was born on Nov. 11, 1933, to Leo Morgan Tracy and Frances Marie (Hawkins) Tracy. She attended De Soto High School and graduated in 1951. She married Peter T. Lienemann on Aug. 24, 1952. Following the loss of her first husband Peter, Wanda met Irwin Levorson and the two were joined in marriage on June, 19, 1993.
    She is survived by her husband, Irwin Levorson; son, Paul (Sandy) Lienemann; step-son, Jerome Levorson; sister, Betty (Stan) Gustafson; grandchildren, Alecia (Mike) Waite, Jeffery (Megan) Lienemann, and Thomas (Christina) Lienemann; and 6 great grandchildren.
    Wanda was preceded in death by her first husband, Peter T. Lienemann; sons, Peter Jr. and Mark Lienemann; and brothers, Bill, Sidney and Leo Jr. Tracy.
    Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30 at Faith Lutheran Church in Adel. Memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 31 also at the Church. Pastor Matt Krause will officiate the service. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery. Guests in attendance are encouraged to follow all CDC and social distancing guidelines.
    Memorial contributions may be made out to Faith Lutheran Church in Adel, or the Perry Lutheran Home in memory of Wanda. Online Condolences may be expressed at www.caldwellparrish.com.

OBITUARY: Penny Lee (Fritz) Trask

Penny Lee (Fritz) Trask, 68, of Grimes, passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. There was a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Eagles Club, 1735 11th St. N.W., Cedar Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the family.

OBITUARY: Robert “Bob” Denneson

Robert “Bob” Denneson, 61 of Waukee, passed away Oct. 6, 2020. Funeral Services will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at Caldwell Parrish McCalley Chapel in Adel. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 12:30-2 p.m. They recommend to wear masks and follow CDC or IDPH guidelines for COVID-19. Live streaming of the service will be available on caldwellparrish.com. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or to the family.
    Bob Denneson was born March 8, 1959, in Knoxville to Robert and Beulah Denneson. Bob was united in marriage to Stephanie Chapman on June 29, 1991, and at that time they brought their families together to raise them as one.
    His legacy will carry on in the hearts of his family; wife Stephanie Denneson; son Chris (April) Chapman; daughters Kerrie (Jake) Stober and Amber (Tony) Kilgore; grandchildren Christina, Jordan, Nevaeh, Grant, Gabby, Wesley, Elsie, Hattie; brother Carl (Karen) Denneson; mother-in-law Marlene Brown. Also survived is Stephanie’s brothers and sisters and their children.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Roberta and father-in-law Ralph Brown.

OBITUARY: Christopher O. Lane

    Christopher O. Lane, 49, of Adel, passed away at his home on Sept. 28, 2020.
    Christopher was born on Nov. 22, 1970, and was the oldest son of the late Ret. SGM Larry O. Lane. He was a pillar of the Lane Family after his father’s passing in 2014.
    He was proud to be a father to his son, Dylan. He loved spending time with family, loved his job, loved life, was a friend to many and loved by all.
    Chris was preceded in death by his father, Larry O. Lane; and his grandparents.
    He is survived by his mother, Goldie Lane; son, Dylan Lane; brothers, Patrick Lane, Matthew (Manda) Lane, and Andrew (Jessie) Lane; nephew, Lou Jurgensen; niece, Dani Mae Lane; and his previous wife, Traci Gordon.
    A celebration of life service will be held 2-4 p.m., Oct. 10 at 409 S. Ninth St, Adel.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a later designation. A gofundme has been set up for the family at www.gofundme.com/f/christopher-o039dell-lane-funeral-expenses. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

OBITUARY: Rose Scheckel

    Rose Scheckel, 61 of Adel, passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.
    Rose was born on Nov. 16, 1958, to Charles and Carol Ann (Randolph) Spiegel. She was united in marriage to Joseph Scheckel on May 10, 1981.
    For most of her life, she worked as a resident treatment worker at the Woodward Resource Center. Most recently, she worked at the Brick Street Bakery before she got sick.
    Rose is survived by her husband, Joe Scheckel; her children, Tammie Spiegel, Justin (Shelby) Spiegel, Ahren (Crystal) Spiegel, Christopher Scheckel and Nathan Scheckel; grandchildren, Joseph, Contessa, Shyanne, Arya, Braylyn, Adylynn and London; sisters, Cindy (Reebert) Shoeman, Pam Maxsween, Virginia Smith and Mary Smith, Jeanine Spiegel, and Patty (Jason Nugent) Spiegel; brothers, Charles (Erica) Spiegel, and Greg (Lainey) Spiegel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Spiegel and Carol Ann Henderson; and her grandparents, Mary Ida and Richard Dale Randolph.
    Visitation will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Adel. Celebration of life service will be 11 a.m., Oct. 5, 2020 at Faith Lutheran Church. Graveside and a celebration of life will also be held at a later date.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a later designation.  Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

Obituary: Norma Jean Slater

    Norma Jean Slater, 87 of Adel, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. A private family graveside service will be held on Saturday.
    Norma was born Nov. 29, 1932, to Marion and Nina (Griswold) McKinzie. She had two brothers, Raymond and Kenneth. She grew up in the Winterset area before moving to Earlham where she and her husband Darold raised five children.
    She worked for JCPenney for more than thirty years, a place where she met many people she called her second family. She cared for her co-workers deeply. When she retired, she volunteered at Adel Acres Care Center and the Stuart Care Center, reading to residents which she enjoyed. She also wrote a column for the Dallas County News called “Norma’s Nonsense.”.
    She enjoyed sewing memory bears and pillows for people made from their loved ones clothing. She loved to bake and watch the birds at her feeders every day. But most of all she loved her children and family.
    Norma is survived by her children, Alan Slater, Lisa (Ron) Caudle, and Brian Slater; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren, and her brother, Kenneth (Karen) McKinzie.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Darold; her son, Gary Slater; daughter, Dawn Pieper; and her brother Raymond McKinzie.
    She was a wonderful mother and will be greatly missed.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her family for a future designation. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

Obituary: Patricia Louise Whisner (Merical)

    Patricia Louise Whisner (Merical), 82, died peacefully in her sleep in Winterset on Sept. 7, 2020. Private family services will be held on Saturday.
    Patricia was born May 19, 1938, in Royal Oak, Michigan, to the late Dale and Ann Merical (Boudewyns). The Merical family returned to Adel in 1939, where her father ran the local DX station on Greene Street. Patty graduated from Adel High School in 1956, where she was active in basketball and softball. She married Lyle Whisner on Aug. 4, 1957, at the Adel Methodist Church.
    Patty and her husband Lyle lived in the Adel area for more than 40 years where they owned and operated Whisner and Son Construction, along with an antique store at their residence in rural Adel.  In 1983 they moved to Dallas Center where they continued with their construction business and opened an antique store in downtown Dallas Center. They both enjoyed traveling and searching for antiques.
    Patricia enjoyed baking and preparing large meals and was known as a wonderful cook. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, antiquing, and was a member of the Red Hat Club. Patty was passionate about spending time with her family and watching her children and grandchildren in their many activities.
    Patricia is survived by her 3 children: son,  Michael (Gloria) Whisner, Adel; daughters, Annie Cumpton (Albert) Rich Hill, Missouri; Linda Brannon (Daryl) Bollivar, Missouri;  sister, Marilyn Oberg (Larry) Perry;  10 grandchildren: Kyle Whisner, Lisbon; Alicia Fisher, Adel; Kolby Whisner, Adel; James and Samatha Hopes-Cumpton, Rich Hill, Missouri; Clayton Cumpton, Rich Hill, Missouri;  Jeffery Cumpton, Springfield, Missouri; Cody Brannon, Bolivar, Missouri; Katelyn Choate Morrisville, Missouri; William Brannon, Bolivar, Missouri, and 10 great grandchildren.
    Patricia was preceded in death by her husband Lyle, infant sons, Lyle Jr. and Jeffrey, twin brother Ron, sister Kathy Furr, and parents Dale and Ann Merical.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the ADM Alumni Association in Patricia’s name.  Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

Obituary: Carolyn Mae Buttrey

    Carolyn Mae Buttrey, 86 of Waukee, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at Calvin Community in Des Moines. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in De Soto. Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 27 where family will greet friends from 4-6 p.m. at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. Those in attendance are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Masks are recommended for both the service and visitation. Live streaming of the funeral service will be available to watch on Carolyn’s tribute wall at www.caldwellparrish.com starting at 10:30 am.
    Carolyn was born on Dec. 20, 1933, in rural Shannon City, Iowa, to Myrel L. and Mildred M. Minnick, the second of three daughters. She was educated in rural one room school houses until the family moved to rural Cumming, Iowa. She attended elementary school in Cumming and high school in Norwalk, until the family moved to De Soto, where she attended her senior year and graduated. While attending high school in Norwalk, she worked part time with a family with three children and the local telephone service in the home. There she learned to operate the telephone switchboard. When the family left farming and moved to De Soto, they operated the local telephone company where Carolyn helped out.
    She attended DMACC in accounting, worked at Greyhound as an audit department leader and later in the insurance policy writing department of Principal.
    Carolyn married Lyle Buttrey and had three children, two daughters and one son. She enjoyed music and her children. She also enjoyed holding home demonstrations with Stanley Home Products and other home sales items.
    She is survived by her two daughters, Diana (Bob) Near and Debra Smith (Don Clark); three granddaughters, Alyssa Smith (Warren Holder), Chaundra (Austin) Sapienza, and Brenna (Brian) Delker; two great granddaughters, Taylyn Berry and Aracella Sapienza; two great grandsons, Gage and Kolbe Delker, and another Baby Girl Delker on the way; and her sister, Mary Lienemann and family of Bloomington, Minnesota.
    Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Bruce; and her sister, Betty Margaret.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to the De Soto Methodist Church or Calvin Community toward their Capital Building Campaign. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

Obituary: Mary Evelyn Daugherty

    Mary Evelyn Daugherty, age 79, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Aug. 5 after a heroic battle with cancer.
    Mary was born April 1, 1941, in Evergreen, Alabama, to the late Horace and Leetta Higdon. Her father built houses, and they moved around south Alabama when she was a little girl. She graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile, Alabama, in 1959. Mary worked for Sears Credit for many years. In 1962, she met Jack Daugherty while he was in the Air Force and stationed near her home and they married on Sept. 28, 1963. Soon after, Jack was deployed and served in Vietnam. Mary worked at State Farm for several years after that.
    In 1972, Mary and Jack moved to Adel to be closer to Jack’s family. Mary was a dedicated member of New Hope Church in Adel where she enjoyed Bible studies, volunteering and meeting many friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with her “Glory Girls” group. She so looked forward to fun lunches and special time with friends.
    Mary enjoyed traveling to see her family and finding new restaurants. She loved keeping in touch with family and friends and always remembered to send cards for birthdays and special days. Mary will be remembered by her family for being a dedicated homemaker, wife and mother. She will especially be remembered for loving her dog, Shelby, and enjoying mystery shows on television. She will be greatly missed.
    Mary is survived by her three children and eight grandchildren: son Tim (Christy) Daugherty of Pleasant Hill, IA and children Cassidy, Gavin & Casey Daugherty and Evan, Kyle & Kelsey Holleran; daughters Tania Daugherty of Mobile, AL; Teri (Matt) Farrand of Fort Collins, CO and children Tatum & Mac; brother Leon (Myrtle) Higdon; sister Kalita (Marshall) Dickens; and many relatives and friends.
    Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack; her father, mother and her brother, Edmond Higdon.
    Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 10 at New Hope Church, east of Adel. Burial followed at Oakdale Cemetery, in Adel. Memorials can be sent to New Hope Church, P.O. Box 21, Adel, IA 50003. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

Obituary: Marilyn Lipnik

    Marilyn Lipnik, 84, passed away on July 30, 2020. Born in Des Moines, on Oct. 7, 1935, she was one of four beloved children raised by Russell Kenneth and Hazel Marie (Patterson) Craft.
    Marilyn grew up in Adel, where she attended high school, graduating as the class of 1953 valedictorian. Her modesty prevents us from sharing that she was also voted homecoming queen.
    Her early professional career led her to the East Coast, where she began working for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware as a chemist. Introduced by a mutual friend to Gerald “Jerry” Lipnik, they wed on Sept. 5, 1964, and remained married until his death in 2001. Her devoted care for him during a long illness was genuinely inspiring.
    Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Ann Craft Vance, and her husband, Jerry. She is survived by her sons Bob, Mike (Jill), Steve (Yael), and Andrew; grandchildren Ella, Ethan, Evan, Henry, and Elliott; brother Robert Craft (Heidi) and sister Louise Gossett (Joe). She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.
    A visitation was held at Muehlig Funeral Chapel on Aug. 2. Marilyn will be interred during a family ceremony in her hometown of Adel, Iowa, on Saturday, Aug. 8.
    Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in honor of Marilyn may do so to Ann Arbor Meals On Wheels, National Kidney Foundation, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

Obituary: Michael Dean Sobotka

    Michael Dean Sobotka, of Van Meter, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 28, 2020. A visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 with family receiving friends from 1-4 p.m. at Zachary Williams Jensen Fieldhouse, 1010 Dickinson Ave., Ames. A funeral service will be held at the fieldhouse starting at 4 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at the fieldhouse following the funeral service.
    Mike was born Jan. 19, 1965 to Jerry Sobotka and Rebecca Graf in Mount Ayr. Mike graduated from Van Meter High School where he participated in football and basketball.
    He built his own company, Seamus Excavating, and was a hard worker, generous and full of life and energy. Mike had various groups of friends, whether it was golfing, hunting, fishing or playing cards, and he loved them like family. He was sometimes called “Happy Mike or Smiley Mike”, but his favorite nickname was Papa Mike given to him by his grandkids. One of Mike’s favorite passions was golfing. He also enjoyed bow hunting for deer, fishing with his sons, country music concerts with Summer, occasionally smoking a fine cigar and being a loving and protective father.
    Mike is survived by his wife, Robin; children, Jacob (Bridget), Summer, Robbie and Beau; grandchildren, Jade, Cohen and Rush; parents, Jerry (Deb) Sobotka and Rebecca Graf; siblings, Brad (Sherri) Graf, Jason Graf and Erin Graf; Robin’s parents, Diana Hoy and Terry Hoy; Robin’s siblings,, Toby (Nicole) Hoy, Angie (Steve) Mague, Ginger (Darren) Lindstrom, Leslie Young, Sarah (Brian) Sheehy, Amber (Andrew) Apple and Lacey (Devan) Standley; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents and cousin, Robbie.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to ChildServe. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

Obituary: Travis Shane Evers

    Travis Shane Evers, of Adel, passed away unexpectedly on July 23, 2020, at the age of 45. A visitation was held Monday, July 27 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, at New Hope Church, east of Adel. Burial will follow the funeral service at Oakdale Cemetery in Adel. Those in attendance are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Masks are recommended for the services. Live streaming of the funeral service will be available to watch on Travis’s tribute wall at www.caldwellparrish.com starting at 10:30 a.m.
    Travis was born Aug. 30, 1974, to Stan and Connie Evers in Ottumwa. Travis was a long time resident of Adel and worked at Hy-Vee in Waukee. Travis previously worked as a manager at McDonald’s, and before that, as a journeyman in the sheet metal union. When not at work, Travis could be found playing pool, games on his phone, watching his favorite seasonal sports teams the Cowboys, Hawkeyes, and Cubs or spending time with family. As a child, he enjoyed playing all sports and loved vacations on the beach at Lake Michigan. When Travis was back at home, he was not a fan of the heat!  In fact, he loved winter and would listen to Christmas music all year long. Travis was known to make people laugh and was a loving friend to all creatures great and small. Everyone who met Travis was touched by his kind and generous heart, and he was referred to by many as the “gentle giant.”
    Travis is survived by his three children, whom he adored: Lizzy (Steven Steinick), Wesley, and Caitlyn Evers, and his beloved grandson, Jason. Travis will be dearly missed by his best friend and wife of 20 years, Pam, as well as his sister, Shannon, and loving parents, Stan Evers and Connie Smith, and stepfather, Gary. Travis will be missed by many other extended family members, colleagues, and the many friends and acquaintances who were touched by his kindness.
    He was preceded in death by his Nana and Grandpa Evers of Pella and Grandma and Grandpa Miller of Ottumwa.
Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

Funeral notices

    • Ivan A. Wikner, 90, of Johnston, passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021. The family held services at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens on Friday, March 19, 2021. Burial was at the Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery, where Ivan spent many hours developing Flower Gardens and Landscaping. He also served as President of the Board of Directors. In loving memory of Ivan, memorial gifts are suggested to one of the following organizations: Animal Rescue League, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA 50313; Blank Children’s Hospital, 1200 Pleasant St., Des Moines, IA 50309; or Iowa State University Foundation, 2505 University Blvd, Ames, IA 50010.
    • D. Diane Kirkpatrick, 87, of Johnston, passed away March 13, 2021. A private burial will take place in the future. Contributions may be made to the Cancer Society of Iowa.
    • Franklin Douglas “Doug” Rasmussen, 80, of Johnston, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021. There will be a private service with a celebration of life at a later date.
    • Evelyn Gannon, 90, of Johnston, passed away on March 18, 2021. Iles Westover Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    • Floyd E. Benson, 88, of Grimes, passed away March 13, 2021. A service in Des Moines, IA and burial in Omaha, Nebraska, at Forest Lawn Cemetery will take place at future dates this summer. Check www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com for dates and times. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to UnityPoint at Home Hospice in remembrance of Floyd Benson or to the Food Bank of Iowa.
    •  “Moe” Joseph Blum, 76,  of Waukee,  passed away March 9, 2021. A graveside service will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque later this spring.
    • Jasper “Sam” Thomas, 92, of Waukee, passed away March 14, 2021. Funeral Services will be Friday, March 19 at 2 p.m., with visitation one hour prior, both at Ernst Funeral Home (Personal face coverings and social distancing requested). Interment to follow at Waukee Cemetery. Sam’s service will be live-streamed and can be viewed at service time or anytime thereafter at www.facebook.com/ernstfuneralcremation.
    • James D. Hettinger, 77, of Johnston, passed away on March 6, 2021. Funeral services were held on Friday, March 12 at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Des Moines, where Jim was a member. Graveside services were held Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools Athletic Programs in Sioux City, MercyOne Hospice House in Johnston, or the MercyOne Richard Deming Cancer Center in Clive.
    • Catherine Delores Roth, 92, of Johnston, passed away on March 12, 2021. Services will be held Thursday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. The service will be live-streamed on the Iles website. Go to IlesCares.com and scroll to the bottom of Catherine’s obituary to join in the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church.
    • Rose Marie Bagg, 94, of Johnston, passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021. Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. on Friday, March 26 at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa Alzheimer’s Association.
   •  David (Dave) Moles, 63, of Waukee, passed away on March 3 2021. Due to COVID-19 concerns, services will be private and available for viewing via live-stream starting on Thursday, March 18 at 1 p.m., or anytime thereafter, at: www.facebook.com/ernstfuneralcremation. Memorials may be directed to UnityPoint Hospice, Newton First Presbyterian Church or MayoClinic.org/cure.
    • Helen Dickerson, 101, of Waukee, passed away on March 4, 2021. Funeral services were held March 11 at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines. Burial followed at Chapel Hill Cemetery.
    • Beverly Ann Bailey, 87, of Waukee, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Services will be private with burial at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
    • Jo Berry, 73, of Waukee, passed away on March 2, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Life Line.
    • Carol J. Howard, 83, of Johnston, passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.
    • Jerry Edward Shields, 80, of Grimes passed away on March 1, 2021. Private funeral services were held on Saturday, March 6. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Grimes.
    •  Jayne Kay Hahne, 71, of Waukee, passed away Feb. 24, 2021. A celebration of life visitation gathering will be held Friday, March 5 from 1-3 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee. Personal face coverings and social distancing will be required. Private services to follow which will be live-streamed and can be viewed starting at 3 p.m. or anytime thereafter at: www.facebook.com/ernstfuneralcremation.
    • Joy Webster, 88, of Waukee, passed away on Feb. 28, 2021. Farber & Otteman Funeral Home, Sac City, were in charge of arrangements.
   • Janet Marie Anderson, 79, of Johnston, passed away on Feb. 23, 2021. A service was held Saturday, Feb. 27 at Creekside Church, 2743 82nd Place, Urbandale. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
    • Jayne K Hahne, 71, of Waukee, passed away Feb. 24, 2021. A celebration of life visitation gathering will be held Friday, March 5, 2021, from 1-3 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee. Personal face coverings and social distancing will be required. Private services to follow which will be live-streamed and can be viewed starting at 3 p.m. or anytime thereafter at: www.facebook.com/ernstfuneralcremation.
    • Edward Joseph Byrnes, of Polk City, passed away on Feb. 22, 2021. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 at Assumption Catholic Church (1906 Sycamore St., Granger).
    • Gail George Rees Jr, 78, of Grimes, passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. Memorial graveside services will be held later this spring at Brethren Cemetery in Dallas Center. Memorials can be made to the Humane Society of Weld County in Evans, Colorado.
   • Janice Voss Camp, 86, of Waukee, passed away on Jan. 27, 2021. She will be interred in a private family service at the Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery. A public celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
   • Don W. Steffen, 93, of Waukee, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. Burial took place at Waukee Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 3. A memorial service will be held in the future. Contributions may be made to the Urbandale United Church of Christ.
    • Kris Groves Schroeder, 56, of Waukee, passed away Jan. 31, 2021. There will be a celebration of Kris’ life on Friday, Feb. 5, at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon St., Des Moines from 4-6 p.m., with a time of sharing at 6 p.m.
    • Ione Marie Roquet, 93, of Waukee, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Memorials may be directed to Glen Echo Christian Church or National Hemophilia Foundation.
    • Byron H. Wood, 74, of Grimes, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals from the Heartland.
    • Linda Joyce (Holmes) Smith, 73, of Johnston, passed away on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Burial service and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Planned Parenthood or The American Cancer Society, 1717 Ingersoll Ave., Suite 111, Des Moines, IA 50309.
    • Linda Sue Porth, 67, of Waukee, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Memorial visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines. Memorials may be made to the Taylor House or the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.
    • Phil Kuhn, of Waukee, passed away on Jan. 21, 2021. In lieu of flowers, Phil would want you to pay your kindness forward in his memory. Call someone you miss, donate to your favorite charity, or pick up the bill for someone behind you in the coffee line and think of him. Funeral services at St. Francis of Assisi in West Des Moines are pending, and he will be interred at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.
    • Leonard Lee O’Hair, 83, of Waukee, passed away on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 with visitation from 10 a.m. until service time at McLaren’s. Burial will be at Walnut Township Cemetery in Waukee. Join the live stream at www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Waukee Christian Church, of which Leonard was a member or the American Parkinson Disease Assoc. (APDA) Iowa Chapter, P.O. Box 643, Ankeny, IA 50020.
    •  Dan Charles Newton, 68, of Grimes,  (formerly of Newton), passed away on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.  Due to COVID, a private family funeral was held on Monday, Jan. 25, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Colfax. Following the funeral, the burial took place at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Newton. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made out to “American Legion Boys State” to establish a scholarship for junior counselors in Dan’s name and may be mailed to Coburn Funeral Home, 24 W. Howard St., Colfax, Iowa 50054 Attn: Dan Newton Family. Condolences also may be left at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com.
    • Paul Victor Johnson, Jr., 79, of Johnston passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Sympathy cards can be sent to the Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50310. Attn: Paul Johnson family. Memorial contributions can be sent in lieu of flowers to Alzheimers Association (www.ALZ.or/iowa) or to Luther Memorial Church, 1201 Grandview Ave., Des Moines, IA 50316.
    • Beverly J. Lockwood, 85, of Johnston, passed away on Jan. 21, 2021. At this time, there will be no services, due to Covid-19. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be directed to UnityPoint Hospice-Taylor House in loving memory of Beverly. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hamiltonsfuneralhome.com.
    • John F. (Jack) Byrnes, 90, of Waukee, passed away on Jan. 14, 2021. The funeral was held Tuesday, Jan. 19 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Burial followed at Glendale Cemetery.
    • Charlene M. Proft-Kinney, 75, of Waukee, passed away on Jan. 18, 2021. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 22, from 5-7 p.m. and funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m., both at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee. Personal face coverings and physical distancing required. The service will be live-streamed and can be viewed at www.facebook.com/ernstfuneralcremation.
    • Kevin Slaybaugh, 50, of Waukee, passed away on Jan. 6, 2021. Private funeral services were held on Jan. 12. They can be viewed at www.facebook.com/ernstfuneralcremation. A public committal service was held Jan. 12 at Moffitt Grove Cemetery in rural Yale.
    •  Mark Chartrand, 75, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, after a short battle with cancer at Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny. A private service will be held for the family at a later date.
    • Forrest Edward Burgin, 86, of Johnston, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Private family services were held Friday, Jan. 8. Public graveside services were held in the Union Cemetery, Iowa Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Pleasant Hill Free Church 4555 Park Ridge Ave., Pleasant Hill, IA 50327.
    • Charles Richard Goodman, 68, of Johnston, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. The funeral was held Friday, Jan. 8, at Iles Westover Chapel.  Burial followed at Iowa Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made either the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society https://support.nmcrs.org/a/homepage, the Semper Fi Fund https://semperfifund.org/donate/, or Vietnam Veterans of America https://vva.org/donate/.
    • Lola Louise (Steenhoek) Vanderhart, 82, of Johnston, passed away on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. A private funeral service will be held at The Bridge in Johnston, on Wednesday Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. This service will be live streamed on Merdithdrive.org. Interment will follow in the Waveland Cemetery in Prairie City. There will be no public visitation. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Brio of Johnston- Elan Cottage Memory Support, 6901 Peckham St., Johnston, Iowa 50131.
    • Richard Paul Payne, 82, of Polk City, passed away Jan. 1, 2021. A funeral mass was held Jan. 5 at St Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1102 N.W. Weigel Drive, Ankeny. Memorial contributions may be directed to Assumption Catholic Church, 1906 Sycamore, Granger, IA 50109, in support of the Tamanique El Salvador Scholarship Fund.
    • Darlene J. Chaney (Muffley), 88, of Waukee, passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. A memorial service is pending.
    • Shari A. Hanke-Clark, 84, of Waukee, passed away on Dec. 30, 2020. No services are planned at this time. In the future, a memorial service will be held. Memorials in honor of Shari may be made to the Waukee Food Pantry or the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry.
    • Jean Barnett Wirt, 69, of Johnston, passed away Dec. 26, 2020. Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held Friday, June 25, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
    • Lola J. Carson, 84 of Johnston, passed away Dec. 26, 2020. Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hopeville Rural Music Reunion, 413 McPherson St., Osceola, IA 50213, in care of Deloris Reasoner.
    • Bruce Edward Walters, 64, of Johnston, passed away on Dec. 18, 2020. Tree Memorials for Bruce have been requested by the family and can be made through give.americanforests.org.
    • Fred Wessendorf, 93, of Johnston, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Memorials contributions may be made out to Faith Lutheran Church or Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Please mail condolences and contributions to Nancy Holt 13902 W Westport Ct. Wichita KS 67235. A private family service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 at Faith Lutheran Church, 10395 University Ave., Clive. The service will be livestreamed on Fred’s obituary page at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com. Burial will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.
    • Eric Ohnemus, 62, of Grimes, passed away on Dec. 24, 2020. Pierschbacher Funeral Home, 641-774-2918, was in charge of arrangements.
    • David Lee Chrisinger, 67, of Grimes, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Cremation rites have been accorded and no services are planned. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.
    • Cynthia Chamberlin, 65, of Grimes, passed away on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Iles Westover Chapel where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery. Due to social gathering limitations, Cynthia’s service will be live streamed. Visit Cynthia’s obituary page on www.IlesCares.com for a link 10 minutes prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Valley United Methodist Church and the Iowa Food Bank.
    • Fred Farmer, 77, of Waukee, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. A public funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Soteria Church. Memorials in Fred’s name (payable to Joyce Farmer) may be left at the church or the funeral home. Online condolences and full obituary at www.pencefh.com.
    • Mary Jane Brittain, 86, of Waukee, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. A funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 31 at Caldwell Parrish - McCalley Chapel in Adel with burial to follow in the North McDonald Cemetery in Madison County. Memorials may be directed to the North McDonald Cemetery for the continued care of the cemetery. Online condolences can be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.
    • Nicole Keller, 76, of Waukee, passed away on Saturday Dec. 12, 2020. A celebration service will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines as soon as it is appropriate to do so. In lieu of flowers and donations, gifts should be directed to NAMI at namiiowa.org and/or the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines at ucdsm.org.
  •  Joe Ed Jeffries, 70, of Johnston, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2020. There will be a Celebration of Life at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter (Adel) on April 5 at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to Hope Ministries and Food Bank of Iowa in memory of Joe.
    • Karen Ann Heinen, 74, of Johnston passed away on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. Private family services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter. The service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend. A link will appear on Karen’s obituary page at www.Ilescares.com, where you may also leave online condolences.
    •  Reta Ann Bruene, 80, of Grimes, passed away on Dec. 13. The family plans to have a service to honor Reta at a later time. Memorials can be directed to Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310 or St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 6426 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131.
    • Paul Joseph Leto Sr., 69, of Grimes, passed away on Dec. 22, 2020. Visitation was Saturday, Dec. 26, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Des Moines. Memorials may be directed to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.
    • Danny Lee White, 71, of Waukee, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Services were held at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee with final military rites conducted at Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Memorials may be directed in Danny’s memory to: Waukee VFW Post #11517, P.O. Box 16, Waukee, IA 50263.
    •  Thomas William Carpenter, 62, of Grimes, passed away Dec. 15, 2020. Memorial services were held Dec. 19  at Grimes United Methodist Church. Inurnment followed at Sunny Hill Cemetery in Grimes. Contributions may be made to Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands or the Good Samaritan Fund at Grimes United Methodist Church in Tom’s memory.
    • Berdina (Dee) Marie Jayne, 91, of Johnston passed away on Dec. 14, 2020. Cremation has occurred in accordance with Dee’s wishes. There will be a small gathering in the near future limited to immediate family due to COVID-19 restrictions. Internment is planned for the spring of 2021 at Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Adel, where she will join Maynard. In lieu of flowers, it is Dee’s desire that memorial contributions be made to the Iowa Public TV Foundation or to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.
    • Jennifer Suzanne O’Toole, 46, of Johnston, passed away on Dec. 17, 2020. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Dec. 22, from 4-7 p.m. at Iles Westover in Des Moines. A private ceremony will be held on Dec. 23 at Iles Westover. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
    •  Patti Ann Welder-Christensen, 53, of Grimes, passed away Dec. 3, 2020. Dec, Sundberg-Kirkpatrick Funeral Home is in charge of services.
    • John Robert “Bob” Bahr, 62, of Grimes, passed away on Dec. 6, 2020. Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway is in charge of services.
    • Dora Jo Brubaker, 81, of Johnston, passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Due to the social gathering limitations currently in place, a Celebration of Dora’s life will be planned for a later date. Friends and extended family are encouraged to share their sympathies with Dora’s family using online condolences available at www.IlesCares.com.Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Presbyterian Church.
    • Sally I. Niffenegger, 88, of Johnston, passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Due to COVID-19, the service will be for family only but will be livestreamed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com below Sally’s obituary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Taylor House, 3401 E. Douglas Ave., Des Moines, IA 50317 in memory of Sally Niffenegger.
   • Thomas A. Belling, 79, of Grimes, passed away on Dec. 2, 2020. Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services, Waukee was in charge of services.
    • Phyllis Burns, 85, of Johnston, passed away on Dec. 1, 2020. A private graveside service was held Dec. 5 at the Clio cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to New Hope Assembly of God Church and Every Step Hospice. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.
    • Margaret Malloy, 72, of Johnston, passed away on Nov. 30, 2020. A celebration of life service will be planned for a future date. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hope Ministries of Central Iowa or The Wounded Warrior Project in loving memory of Margaret.Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
    • Greta Van Hemert, 86, of Johnston. passed away on Dec. 4, 2020. A private family Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. A livestream of the service will be available at www.ilesfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Meredith Drive Pre-school or Taylor House Hospice.
    • Thomas Michael Schieffer, 71, of Waukee, passed away on Nov. 30, 2020. Private graveside services will be held at Graceland Cemetery in Creston.
    • Lois Porath, 85, of Grimes, passed away on Nov. 24, 2020. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Lois’ name to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216.
    • Jill Morrill, 64, of Urbandale, passed away on Friday Nov. 27, 2020. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made in Jill’s memory to the National Brain Tumor Society; www.braintumor.org 55 Chapel St., Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458. A scholarship fund will be created in Jill’s honor for the Johnston Community at a later date. On Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m., please gather at the Johnston High School parking lot at 6500 N.W. 100th Street in Johnston, to show your appreciation as Jill makes her final visit to the projects she worked so hard for and say goodbye to the community she loved. We ask people to please respect social distancing guidelines and to wear your favorite bright color.
    • Patricia L. McCormick, 93, of Johnston, passed away on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.
    • James “Jim” Eugene Garrison, 95, of Johnston, passed away on Nov. 25, 2020. A private family funeral service for Jim will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, West Des Moines.
    • Marilyn Ann McIntyre, 85, of Johnston, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Services will be held in the spring due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.
    • Ramona Grace Porter, 87, of Johnston, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Graveside service will be held at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter and she will be buried with husband, the love of her life. Memorial contributions may be directed to Mosaic Axtell, P.O. Box 67, Axtell, NE 68924.
    • Wayne E. Anderson, 84, of Johnston, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Private family services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church with burial to follow in McDivitt Grove Cemetery in Urbandale.
    •  Lois Ardell Maupin, 88, of Johnston, passed away on Nov. 13, 2020. Private services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
    • Cristopher (Cris) Williams, 69, of Grimes passed away on Nov. 10, 2020.  A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Interment will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.
    • Mary Erickson, 90, of Grimes, passed away on Nov. 15, 2020. Visitation was held Nov. 20 at McLaren’s Funeral Chapel in West Des Moines. A private family funeral service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Kennybrook Village Memory Care Unit.
   • William Beeman “Gris” Grismer, 95, of Waukee, passed away on Nov. 10, 2020.  In lieu of flowers, you may send a memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org.
    • Margaret Athlene Beck, 90, of Johnston, passed away on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. The family plans to have a celebration of Life, Mother’s Day 2021.
    • Merrill G. Brown, 78, of Grimes, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Private family services were Saturday, Nov. 14 at Brandt Chapel.
    • Mickey Miles Merical, Sr., 72, of Waukee, passed away on Nov. 5, 2020. A private funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 9.
    • Carolyn Tucker, 75, of Waukee, passed away on Nov. 7, 2020. Services will be held at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines on Friday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. The family respectfully requests all guests wear masks and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Autism Speaks or JDRF.
    • Henry E. Wittkowski, Jr., 84, of Grimes, passed away on Oct. 29, 2020. Services will be held at noon Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Burial will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines.
   • William Lafayette Milne, 76, of Polk City, passed away Oct. 25, 2020. A memorial visitation will be at Merle Hay Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 7. Memorial Contributions can be directed to The Polk City American Legion Riders Post 232.
    •  Jameson Michael Rowedder, 7, of Waukee, passed away Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family or to a GoFundMe account that will be used for a memorial in Jameson’s name. Celebration of Life open house will be held Nov. 13 from 4-7 p.m. at Windsor Heights Community Center (at Colby Park), 6900 School St. in Windsor Heights.
    • Jeanette “Jean” Kathryn Rushenberg, 92, of Waukee, formerly of Des Moines, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. A private family interment will be held at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a later date. In Jean’s honor, memorial contributions may be made out to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1730 28th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265 or UnityPoint Hospice in care of UnityPoint Health Foundation, 1415 Woodland Ave., Suite E-200, Des Moines, IA 50309.
    • Jay Cookman, 82, of Waukee, passed away on Oct. 31, 2020. Funeral services were Nov. 4 at Lutheran Church of Hope (925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines). Burial was at Resthaven Cemetery.
    • Carol Myers, 73, of Waukee, formerly of Creston, passed away Oct. 30, 2020. Private Graveside services are being held Friday, Nov. 6 at Graceland Cemetery, south of Creston. In lieu of flowers, memorials are kindly suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, in Carol’s name.
    • Hartford “HB” Worley, 75, of Johnston passed away Oct. 24, 2020. Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway is in charge of arrangements.
   • James Richard Brown, 62, of Johnston, passed away on Oct. 17, 2020. Funeral service was held Oct. 22 at Iles Dunn’s Chapel. Interment was at the Evergreen Cemetery in Emmetsburg.  Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund.
    • Lauryn Charlotte Freundl, 13, of Johnston, passed away Oct. 18, 2020. A celebration of life will be postponed until Saturday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. Memorials may be directed to the family and condolences expressed at www.HamiltonFuneralHome.com.
   • Dennis Nelson Thompson, 77, of Grimes passed away on Oct. 16, 2020. A visitation and private funeral were held Oct. 19 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, 8201 Hickman Road, Urbandale. A private burial was at the Sunny Hill Cemetery in Grimes. Memorials may be directed to MercyOne Hospice-Johnston.
    • Daniel James Miller, 62, of Grimes, passed away on Oct. 1, 2020. Brooks Funeral Care is in charge of arrangements.
    • Austin Andrew Cecil Antisdel, 32, of Grimes, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Funeral services were held Oct. 24 at Iles Westover Chapel. Graveside services were held at Moon Cemetery in Macksburg. Contributions may be made to UnityPoint Home Hospice or to the Moon Cemetery in Macksburg for a new road sign.
   • John H. Gogerty, 80,  of Polk City, passed away Oct. 15, 2020. Coffee and cocoa will be served at a celebration of life reception at Walnut Woods Lodge on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please direct your memorial contributions to www.boystown.org.
    •  Robert “Bob” Brodie, 81, of Waukee, passed away on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials may be directed to the family who wish to create a memorial scholarship fund in his name. Due to Covid-19, masks will be required and please honor the 6-foot distancing guideline.
    • Penny Lee (Fritz) Trask, 68, of Grimes, passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. There was a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Eagles Club, 1735 11th St. N.W., Cedar Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the family.
    • Jenny Johnson, 75, of Polk City, passed away on Oct. 14, 2020. Hamilton’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    •  Thomas Charles Bower, 73, of Waukee, passed away Oct. 6, 2020. A memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 26 at 10:45 a.m. at Ernst Funeral Home. Inurnment to follow at Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Thomas’ service will be live streamed and can be viewed at www.facebook.com/ernstfuneralcremation.
    • John Wayne Mandernach, 74, of Waukee, passed away Oct. 12, 2020. In lieu of flowers, John requested memorials be given to Hope Ministries, P.O. Box 862, Des Moines, IA 50304.
  • Terry Ray Stubbs, 76, of Grimes passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Private family services will be held at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.
    • Oburn Earl Herrick “Obie,” 91, of Johnston, passed away on Oct. 5, 2020. The funeral was held Oct. 9 at Merle Hay Funeral Home. The family asks that any donations be made to the Johnston Fire Department.
    • Sr. Mary Karen Macksey, CHM, 94, of Johnston, passed away on Oct. 7, 2020. Iles Dunn’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    • Myron “Mike” H. Perman, 80, of Johnston, passed away  on Oct. 8, 2020. The funeral was held on Oct. 12. Burial followed at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be directed to Windsor Heights Lutheran Church.
    •  Francis “Frank” Arnold, 59, of Waukee, passed away Sept. 29, 2020. The Cremation Society of Iowa.
    • Karen Jean Stevens, 73, of Waukee, passed away on Oct. 4, 2020. Services were held on Oct. 8 with burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Waukee United Methodist Church in Karen’s memory.
    • Norman Guy Blair, 83, of Waukee, passed away Oct. 5, 2020. Memorial graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Waukee Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a memorial to be directed later.
    • Susanne Elisabeth Christensen Rogers, 68, of Waukee passed away on April 15, 2020. A private family service will be held at a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Diabetes Association at P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.
   •  Roger Louis Stephens, 66, of Waukee, passed away on Sept. 21, 2020. Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 at 10:30 a.m., at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee. Memorials may be directed in Roger’s memory to Mercy Hospice House in Johnston.
    • Alberta “Bert” Gianni Ferderber-Stiles, 93, of Johnston passed away on Sept. 18, 2020. A Celebration of Life was held Sept. 25 at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church, 4600 Meredith Drive, Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic School, 1265 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50316.
    • Nick Fraizer, 23, of Waukee, passed away on Sept. 20, 2020. The family will receive visitors from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi in West Des Moines at a later date. Social distancing guidelines will be observed, and facemasks will be required.
    • Mary Frances Tague, 77, of Johnston, passed away Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The family greeted friends on Monday, Sept. 21 at Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines. Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3663 66th St., Urbandale, with burial at Resurrection Cemetery, Guthrie Center. Memorials in Mary’s honor may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church.
    • Jeffrey Matchell, 66, of Grimes, passed away on Sept. 12, 2020. Memorial services are 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday morning. Inurnment of the cremated remains will be at Resthaven Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Mission Cancer and Blood located at John Stoddard Cancer Center.
    • Mary Pauline (Polly) Munck, 92, of Johnston, passed away Sept. 1, 2020. A family memorial service will be held in the future. Memorial gifts in her name are requested to St. Paul Presbyterian Church or Johnston Community Library.
    • William C. Webb, 74, of Johnston, passed away Sept. 4, 2020. Westover Chapel is in charge of services.
    • Yvonne Claire Lessard Sullivan, 92, of Johnston, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Memorial contributions may be made to Taylor House. They will celebrate Dolly at a later date.
    • Herman “Lou” Schroedel, 89, of Johnston, passed away on Sept. 7, 2020. On Thursday, Sept. 17, there will be a family memorial service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church followed by a Committal at Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Donations may be directed to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or Animal Rescue League of Des Moines.
    • Christy Hopkins, 67, of Grimes, passed away Sept. 10, 2020. A private Celebration of Chris’ Life will be held at Jester Park Lodge, Granger. Interment will follow later that afternoon at the Newell Cemetery.
    • Bernard Joseph Volz, 91, of Grimes, passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Assumption Catholic Church in Granger, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral at Assumption Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Memorials may be made to Assumption Catholic Church.
  • Betty Grace Sayre (McGlothlen) Roelofsen, 96, of Johnston, passed away on Aug. 29, 2020. Services were held Friday, Sept. 4. Memorial contributions may be directed to MercyOne Johnston Hospice Care, 5820 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131.
    • Shirley Ann (nee Grimmius) Blenderman, 87, of Johnston, passed away Sept. 1, 2020. Services will be private due to COVID-19. Those sending cards, please include a favorite memory of Shirley to 6169 Brandywine Drive, Johnston, IA 50131.
    • Clayton Carter Lloyd, 2, of Johnston, passed away on Aug. 30, 2020. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020.
   • Charles E. Craigmile, 88, of Waukee, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.
    • William “Bill” Kinnaird, 77, of Grimes, passed away Aug. 21, 2020. No services will be held at this time due to COVID-19. Memorial contributions may be designated to Iowa Heart Foundations or Animal Rescue League of Des Moines through Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 368, Grinnell, IA 50111 or through Bill’s Family.
    • Glenn L. Warden, 82, of Grimes, passed away on Aug., 19, 2020. A Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. at New Hope Assembly of God, 4425 70th St., Urbandale. Due to the Coronavirus, social distancing and masks will be required for the safety of everyone.
   • Richard Bryant Corbett, 81, of Waukee, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, where the family will receive friends from 9:30-11 a.m. The service will be live-streamed on the Iles website. Go to IleCares.com at 10:45 a.m. Saturday and scroll to the bottom of Dick’s obituary to join in the service. Inurnment will follow at Waukee Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Waukee Parks and Recreation Department.
    • Carolyn Mae Buttrey, 86 of Waukee, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home - McCalley Chapel in Adel. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in De Soto. Visitation was Thursday, Aug. 27. Those in attendance are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Masks are recommended for both the service and visitation. Live streaming of the funeral service will be available to watch on Carolyn’s tribute wall at www.caldwellparrish.com starting at 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the De Soto Methodist Church or Calvin Community toward their Capital Building Campaign.
    • Susan Marie (Eslinger) Eckstaedt, 69, of Waukee, passed away on Aug. 8, 2020. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Des Moines Walk - ALS Association Iowa Chapter - Walk to Defeat ALS “Team Sue,” 3636 Westown Parkway, Suite 204, West Des Moines, IA 50266.
    • Ben Luther, 46, of Grimes, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020. Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
    • David “Dave” Lee McMurry, 73, of Grimes, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020. Celebration of Life Services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Mary Lou McMurry, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544.
    • Thelma Fisch, 101, of Grimes, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. A memorial service was held Monday, August 10 at Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines. Interment of cremains followed in the Veterans Section of Glendale Cemetery next to her husband Florian.
   • Phyllis Maxine Cox, 89, of Johnston, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. Private services were held on Thursday, Aug. 6 at Westover Funeral Home. Burial followed at Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
   • Donna Dee Loney, age 80, of Waukee, formerly of Marshalltown, passed away July 31, 2020. A private family service was held Aug. 6 at Hamilton’s Funeral Home on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Freedom of Youth Ministries or the Heinz 57 Pet Rescue in Donna’s memory.
    • Craig Stephen Rogers, 61, passed away July 30, 2020. Services will be held on Friday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines with visitation one hour prior. Memorials may be directed to the Izaak Walton League of Des Moines.
    • Cindy Nelson, 61, of Polk City, passed away July 25, 2020.
    • Ronald Toney, 71, of Polk City, passed away July 25, 2020. Ron’s full obituary and details about the livestream can be found at www.ernstfuneralhome.com.
    • Betty Ann Brown, 85, of Polk City, passed away July 24, 2020. A visitation will be held 1-2 p.m., Aug. 8 at Lakeside Fellowship Church (1121 W. Bridge Road, Polk City). A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. also at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeside Fellowship Church or MercyOne Hospice (5820 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131).
  • Craig Kruger, 63, of Grimes, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020. A private service was held Thursday, July 23. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for monetary donations to be made to AHeinz57, Furry Friends Refuge, and Animal Rescue League.
   • Andy Eugene Long, 55, of Johnston, passed away on  July 17, 2020.
    • Military internment will take place for Allen Meacham on July 31, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. in the Van Meter Veteran’s Cemetery, 34024 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Adel, Iowa.
    • Gene Paul Jackson, 68, of Polk City, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 5 p.m. at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Following the service, a visitation will continue until 7 p.m.
    • Penny Gordon, 60, of Polk City, passed away July 14, 2020.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to her family, to be divided among charities she supported.
    • Betty Mae Lopeman, 93, of Waukee, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Per Betty’s request, there will be no services. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
    • Elizabeth Ann Strong, 77, of Waukee, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020. The family received friends on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Iles-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. In honor of Ann’s love of animals the family has asked memorial contributions be made to AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport. Online condolences will be welcomed at llesCares.com.
    • Daniel “Dan” E. Lane, 62, of Polk City, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. There will be a celebration of life planned by the family in the spring. 

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