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Our Obituaries

Myrene Ann England

July 29, 1958 - June 13, 2018

Myrene Ann England, 59, passed away June 13, 2018 at The Bird House Hospice in Iowa City, with her brother Aaron and his wife Mary by her side. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Van Meter United Methodist Church (100 Hazel St., Van Meter). A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Monday June 18, at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd...
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John "Swede" Eric Lundstrom

April 8, 1929 - June 11, 2018

John "Swede" Eric Lundstrom was born April 8, 1929 in Aurora, Illinois, the son of Katherine Lundstrom Jacobsen. He passed away June 11, 2018 at the age of 89, due to congestive heart failure. A visitation will be held 10:00 a.m. to noon, Friday, June 15, 2018 at Ankeny Free Church (118 N.W. Linden St). A funeral service will begin at noon. John was life-long Ankeny Native, graduating in...
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Aaron Scott Pruitt

February 20, 1980 - June 5, 2018

Aaron Scott Pruitt, 38, of Fort Dodge, formally of Des Moines passed away on June 5, 2018 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date with Aaron's family and friends. Condolences or Memorials for the Pruitt family may be mailed the Funeral Home (P.O. Box 909 Ankeny, Iowa 50021), or left here on our website in honor of his name.
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James Francis Corrigan

August 22, 1942 - June 1, 2018

James (Jim) Corrigan, formerly of Naperville IL, passed into the presence of the Lord on June 1st, 2018 at his home in Ankeny, IA with his beloved wife of 55 years, Judy, at his side. Jim is also survived by his three children, Jim (Karen), Maggie (Rich) Todd, Bryan (Anne); 7 grandchildren, Bobbi (Kris) Van Houten, Sean (Kristina) Corrigan, Tom Corrigan, Sara (Daniel) Robbins, Shaina Todd, Colin...
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Jane Renee (Noftsger) Lyon

February 1, 1979 - May 29, 2018

Jane Renee (Noftsger) Lyon was born on February 1, 1979 to Larry and Mary (Beenken) Noftsger in Des Moines Iowa. Jane passed from this life into her eternal rest on May 29, 2018 at home in West Des Moines, due to brain cancer. A visitation will be held Friday, June 1, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home in Ankeny. Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 2, 2018 at...
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Ronald James Halverson

February 25, 1949 - May 26, 2018

Ronald James Halverson, 69, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Taylor House in Des Moines, IA. Ronald was born on February 25, 1949 in La Crosse, WI, to Dorf and Viette (Thompson) Halverson. He graduated from Elkader High School in 1967. He attended Wartburg college and Brown Institute for radio broadcasting. He was married to Sandra Bergemann on October 28, 1972 in Waukon, IA. The couple...
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Nora Miller

May 24, 1920 - May 24, 2018

Nora May Miller 98, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away on May 24, 2018. Visitation will be 5:00- 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 28, 2018 at Union Baptist Church (821 Arthur Ave., Dsm). Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., May 29, 2018 also at the church. She was the daughter of Ray and Anna Swartz. She was employed by Jacobson's Candy Company for 25 years. She was a member of the Union Park...
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Cindy Lee Benton

September 26, 1966 - May 24, 2018

Cindy Lee (Carmichael) Benton, 51, of Des Moines, Iowa passed away on May 24, 2018 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa. Service information for Cindy is pending for a later date. Memorials may be given to the family or mailed to the funeral home in honor of her name.
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Margaret Nelson

January 30, 1922 - May 14, 2018

Margaret Nelson passed peacefully from this life into the arms of her Heavenly Father on May 14, 2018 at Meridian Assisted Living in Surprise, AZ. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Margaret was born January 30, 1922 to Michael and Mary Evan...
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Andrew "Andy" Patrick Kasper

April 10, 1942 - May 13, 2018

Andrew (Andy) Patrick Kasper Jr. was born on April 10, 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Andrew Sr. and Madonna (Pierick) Kasper. He passed away on May 13, 2018 due to complications of prostate cancer. Visitation will be held at Memorial Services of Iowa, 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa on May 21, 2018 from 4 to 7pm with a Prayer Service at 7pm. Andy was a 1960 Graduate of Dowling...
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Jeffrey R. Roberts

August 25, 1961 - May 8, 2018

Jeffrey Roberts, 56, of Ankeny, passed away on May 8, 2018 at his home. No services are scheduled at this time. Jeff was born on August 25, 1961 to Donald & Marjorie Roberts in Spirit Lake, IA. He Graduated from Ankeny High School in 1979. After high school he attended college at DMACC, and then graduated from Drake with a degree in history. Jeff also attended Iowa State University and received a...
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Phyllis Jane Wirth

June 16, 1934 - May 6, 2018

Phyllis Jane Wirth, 83, of Colo, IA passed away on May 6, 2018, at her home with her family at her side. A memorial services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Colo, IA (602 4th St, Colo, IA 50056). Inurnment will take place at Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone, IA at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to the family in honor of Phyllis...
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Janice Frederick

April 25, 1935 - May 5, 2018

Janice Frederick, 83, of Ankeny, passed away peacefully May 5, 2018 surrounded by family after a very brief stay at Mercy Hospital. She unexpectedly passed on Cinco de Mayo due to an exacerbation of COPD. Her lungs gave up after a long battle. A visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10th at Ankeny Memorial Gardens (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A Funeral Mass will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, May...
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Mary Maxine Anderson

May 18, 1918 - May 2, 2018

Mary Maxine Worden Anderson, 99, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed into eternal life May 2, 2018 at the Suites of Ankeny. She was born May 18, 1918 to George and Mary (Watts) Worden and married Marvin A. Anderson June 25, 1938. She shared her love with her children Maureen (Charles) Caufield, Alan (Karen) Anderson, and Mary Ann (Donald) Madole; sister Glenna McGinnis of Boone, Iowa; 11 grandchildren, 16...
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Linda Diane Hurst

September 17, 1955 - May 1, 2018

Linda Diane Hurst, 62, of Ankeny passed away May 1, 2018 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. Services for Linda will be on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Urbandale, Iowa. Linda was born on September 17, 1955 in Des Moines, Iowa to Samuel and Liela (Thomas) Hurst. Linda graduated from Urbandale High School in 1973. She worked as a claims...
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William "Joe" McCarthy

December 14, 1941 - April 26, 2018

William Joseph McCarthy "Joe", 76, went home to be with the Lord on April 26, 2018. A visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 510 East First Street, Ankeny, IA. A funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 2nd, also at the church. Joe was born December 14, 1941 in Hoagland, NE...
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Donna Wilson

December 25, 1939 - April 20, 2018

Donna Louise McClain-Stroud-Wilson was born Dec. 25th, 1939 in Lycoming, PA. She went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 20, 2018 surrounded by her Family & Friends. Although she worked various jobs, she spent most of her life as a Home Maker, Mother, and Grand Mother. She loved teddy bears, crocheting, NASCAR, bird watching, and Monday morning coffee with friends at various local...
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Henry Aron Wall

October 28, 1934 - April 14, 2018

Henry A. Wall, 83, of Ankeny passed away April 14, 2018 at the Altoona Nursing Home in Altoona, Iowa. Henry's services are pending and will be held at a later date. Henry was born October 28, 1934 in Lustre, Montana to Jacob and Sarah Wall. Henry was married to Lavina Heide, June 13, 1958 in Mountain Lake, MN. They made their home there, where they raised 4 children. He worked for...
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J Edward Johnston

July 8, 1929 - April 14, 2018

J Edward Johnston, 88 years, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Trinity Center at Luther Park, Des Moines Iowa. Ed was born to Delbert Henry and Delia Susan Johnston on July 8, 1929 in Lisbon, Iowa. He grew up in the Lisbon and Cedar Rapids area during his younger years. The family moved to Blairstown in his high school years, where he met with wife Joan Lee Neuzil. They...
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Larry "Pete" Peterson

June 11, 1941 - April 10, 2018

Larry "Pete" Peterson passed away April 10, 2018 at the Taylor House with his wife and family surrounding him. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 on Monday, April 16, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Grimes, IA (410 S.E. 3rd St.). A visitation will be held 3:00 to 5:00p.m., Sunday, April 15th at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Pete was born to Ida ...
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Merle Joseph Kaplan

July 8, 1934 - April 7, 2018

Merle Joseph Kaplan, 83, an Iowa farm boy left to meet his Lord and Savior April 7, 2018. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2018 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut St). A visitation will be held 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m., Thursday, April 12th at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Merle was born July 8, 1934 to Ed and...
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Carleton Metzger, Sr.

August 31, 1923 - April 6, 2018

Carleton (Carl) M. Metzger Sr., age 94 of Ankeny died on April 6, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, following a brief hospitalization. A visitation will be held Wednesday, April 11, 2018, from 5-7 pm at Memorial Services of Iowa, 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd., in Ankeny, Iowa. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2018 at Zeiner funeral home in Council Grove, KS. A visitation...
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Cynthia Cornell

February 25, 1959 - April 4, 2018

Cynthia Jean (Turner) Cornell, 59, passed away early morning Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, IA. Known as Cyndee to her many friends, she was born February 25, 1959, the daughter of Billy Dean and Carolyn Jean (Dyer) Turner in Springfield, Ill. She married Donald McNair Cornell III at Williamsville Christian Church on April 25, 1981. They were married almost...
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Gary Stephen Ternus

December 5, 1944 - April 1, 2018

Gary S. Ternus was called home to our Lord April 1, 2018. Born in Manchester, Iowa on December 5, 1944, to Joseph and Katherine (Schaecher) Ternus, Gary was a wonderful, loving man who touched the lives of all who knew him. He accomplished many things during his life including: graduating from Iowa State University in 1971 with a Ph.D. in Animal Science, enjoying a successful career in...
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William James "Jim" Mealey

October 11, 1947 - March 26, 2018

Jim Mealey, 70, of Ankeny passed away March 26, 2018. Jim was born and raised in Des Moines. He graduated from Southeast Polk high school where he was an all-star athlete, best known for football. He married his former wife, Glenda, and they moved to Collins where he raised his two sons, Jim and John. Throughout his life, Jim was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jim was...
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Mary Yvonne Trusty

July 22, 1931 - March 18, 2018

Mary Yvonne Trusty, 86, of Ankeny passed away peacefully on Sunday March 18, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. A visitation will be held Sunday March 25, 2018, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd) with a prayer service to follow.  A funeral service will be held Monday, March 26, 10:30 a.m., also at the chapel. Mary was born July 22, 1931 in Emmetsburg, Iowa....
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Constance "Connie" White

June 29, 1933 - March 10, 2018

Constance (Connie) Jean White, 84, died March 10, 2018 in Johnston, Iowa surrounded by family. A memorial service will be held, 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Martina Place in Johnston. Connie was the beloved only child of H. Myrle and Helen J. Foose. She was born on June 29, 1933 in Elmwood Illinois. Connie moved to Omaha to attend airline school after graduation from Elmwood High...
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Peter Hyman Sikes

November 15, 1965 - March 8, 2018

Peter Hyman Sikes, 52, of Ankeny passed away March 8, 2018. A visitation will be held Thursday, March 15, 2018, 5:00 to 6:30p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30p.m. Peter was born November 15, 1965 in Utica, New York, 1 of 7 children. His early childhood was in Westmoreland, New York, until 1979 when his family moved to Ames, Iowa. He graduated from Ames High School in 1984, and enlisted...
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Matthew Bachman

January 19, 1987 - March 7, 2018

Matthew Bachman, age 31, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. He was a machinist at John Deere in Ankeny, Iowa in Department 39, cotton picker spindle manufacturing. Matt attended Ankeny Community Schools from 4th grade until graduation in 2005. In 2004, Matt traveled to Washington, DC where the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace awarded him first...
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Charles "Charlie" Williams

October 23, 1943 - March 6, 2018

Charles "Charlie" Williams, 74, of Ankeny passed away suddenly March 6, 2018 in Gilbert, AZ at one of his favorite restaurants. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut, Ankeny) A visitation will be 4:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 13th, also at the church. Charlie was born October 23, 1943 to Loran and...
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Betty June Dodge

October 30, 1923 - March 4, 2018

Betty June Dodge stepped into Eternal Glory on Sunday March 4, 2018 with her daughter by her side. She is at peace in the presence of Jesus and joins her beautiful daughter, Candace, who completed her earthly journey just two weeks ago. June was born in Hobart Indiana. She was the fourth of seven children born to Tony and Tillie (Schmidt) Springman. She had lots of wonderful memories of...
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Myrna Lee Nordin

March 30, 1937 - February 25, 2018

Myrna Lee (Shultz) Nordin, 80, took her final journey home February 25, 2018 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa. She was surrounded by her children and grandchildren in a circle of love. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home in Ankeny, Iowa with reception to follow. Myrna was born on March 30, 1937 in Ames, Iowa....
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Wilford Anderson

October 11, 1923 - February 18, 2018

Wilford Anderson, 94, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Adel, Iowa. Wilford Anderson (Andy) was born in 1923 in Gilbert, Iowa. He attended public school in Randall, Iowa, and joined the Navy after graduation in 1941. Wilford was on active duty all through WWII, serving as an aviation...
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Norma Jean Justice

March 12, 1932 - February 18, 2018

Norma Jean Justice, 85, of Ankeny passed away February 18, 2018. Funeral services will be held 10:30a.m., Friday, February 23, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church (1100 S.E. Sharon Dr, Ankeny) with burial to follow at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral also at the church. Norma was born the daughter of Emil and Zena Mundt Stegeman in Manilla, Iowa, on...
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John Newton Javaux

February 22, 1954 - February 16, 2018

John Newton Javaux, 63, entered heaven at Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa on February 16, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. John was born February 22, 1954 to Merle Newton and Freda Miriam (Monfort) Javaux in Caldwell, Idaho. He attended Notus (Idaho) Schools throughout grade school and high school. After high school, John attended College of Idaho for one year before moving to Iowa...
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Jerald Gordon Nordin

November 25, 1936 - February 10, 2018

Jerald Gordon Nordin, 81, Ames, IA took his final journey home peacefully February 10, 2018 at Israel Family Hospice House, Ames, IA. A celebration of Jerald's life will be held 11:00 a.m., February 16, 2018 at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny IA). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. He was born on November 25, 1936 in Minneapolis,...
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Rodney John Meier

February 7, 1943 - February 10, 2018

Rodney Meier, 75, of Ankeny passed away February 10, 2018. A visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 15, 2017 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A private family burial will be held at a later date. Rodney was born February 7, 1943 in Bettendorf, Iowa to John and Ellen Meier. He graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1961. He married...
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Thomas Jay Hart

January 17, 1951 - February 10, 2018

Thomas Hart, of Ankeny, Iowa, lost his battle with cancer at home on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the age of 67. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m., with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., on Friday, February 16 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart, 510 E First St., Ankeny, IA. Tom was born to Truman and Mary Ellen Hart on January 17, 1951 in Sterling, Illinois. He was the oldest of Truman's six...
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Pat Kae Brewbaker

March 14, 1939 - February 9, 2018

Pat Brewbaker, 78 of Ankeny died Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Mill Pond Care Center from complications of a rare neurological disorder. Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 14th at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd.) Funeral services will 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 15th, also at the Funeral Home. Pat was a 1957 graduate of Ankeny High School...
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John Gilbert Brokofsky

August 20, 1956 - February 6, 2018

John Brokofsky, 61 of Des Moines, IA passed away Tuesday morning February 6, 2018 of pulmonary fibrosis. John worked as a painter and he was also a loving father of three. He was a loving grandfather of seven and one great grandchild. John was a loving father in law. John was a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. A celebration of life service will be at a later date.
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Jon Jeffery Hagge

December 18, 1953 - January 26, 2018

Jon Jeffrey Hagge, 64 of Ankeny, died at home Friday, January 26, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 1st at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home, 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd. Visitation will be held 5 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday January 31, also at the funeral home. He was born December 18, 1953, in Carroll, son of Harry and Madeline Hagge. He married Debra...
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Pamela Stallings

September 30, 1952 - January 22, 2018

Pamela Sue (Isebrand) Stallings, 65, passed away January 22, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 a.m., April 28, 2018 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Woden, Iowa, with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., one hour before the service. Pamela was born in Forest City, Iowa on September 30, 1952, the daughter of Virgil and Neoma Isebrand. She was baptized...
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Mary Katherine Fontana

June 28, 1933 - January 20, 2018

Mary Fontana, 84, of Ankeny passed away January 20, 2018 at Sunny View Care Center. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 2, 2018 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Mary was born June 28, 1933 in Des Moines, Iowa to Frank and Regina Lenihan. She graduated from East High School in Des Moines, and later married...
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Evelyn L. Lilly

July 24, 1925 - January 20, 2018

Evelyn L. (Carr) Lilly passed away on January 20, 2018. At 92 years old, Mom decided that it was time to go home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral. Evelyn was born in Gowrie, Iowa on June 24, 1925 to Ernest and Florence (Stanek) Carr. She...
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John "Jack" Dyer

August 26, 1936 - January 7, 2018

John "Jack" T. Dyer, 81, of Ankeny passed away January 7, 2018 at Taylor House Hospice. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church. A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10th at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd) Jack was born August 26. 1936 to Frank "Bud" and Agnes Dyer, and grew up...
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Alan "Al" Van Kley

February 5, 1941 - January 7, 2018

Al Van Kley, the son of Arie and Jeanne Van Kley, was born February 5, 1941 in Ocheyedan, Iowa. He graduated from Ocheyedan High School in 1959 and Iowa State University in 1963 in Farm Operations. He maintained a special relationship with many classmates the rest of his life. He worked in the agriculture industry for nearly 40 years, primarily in sales with Farmland Industries and...
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Frances Rae Cowan

July 18, 1925 - January 4, 2018

Frances Rae Cowan, God's faithful, beautiful, loving servant was welcomed joyfully home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 4, 2018. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2017 at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 8th, also at the funeral home. Frances was born to Clara and...
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Noriko "Niki" Smith

July 22, 1934 - December 28, 2017

Beloved sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother. Noriko Smith, 83, passed away December 28th, 2017 at Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa. Noriko was born in Sapporo, Japan in July 1934. Preceded in death by her sister Atsuko, Tokyo, Japan. Survived by her brother Naomitsu and sister Ryoko of Sapporo, Japan. Beloved mother of her children Nancy (Martin) Vogel, Steven Nicholson,...
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William Richard Failor

June 10, 1926 - December 28, 2017

William Richard Failor, 91, a resident of Ankeny for 45 years and formerly of Marion, died December 28 at Mercy Hospice, after a 3-month illness. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 3 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Memorial Services of Iowa at Ankeny Memorial, 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.in Ankeny. There will be a private burial with military honors. Bill was born to Harriet and Ernest Failor in...
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Robert W. Bettle

September 1, 1941 - December 22, 2017

Robert (Bob) Bettle, of Ankeny, passed away on December 22, 2017. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30th, also at the funeral home. Bob was born in Independence, Iowa on September 1st, 1941 to Helen and Wayne Bettle. He...
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Richard "Dick" King

March 30, 1939 - December 21, 2017

Richard (Dick) Gary King, 78, of Ankeny, died on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at Ankeny Presbyterian Church, with visitation one hour prior to the funeral. A family service will be at 1 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 29, at Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel in Mount Pleasant followed by burial in Forest Home...
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Catherine Elaine Berger

April 17, 1949 - December 21, 2017

Catherine Berger, 68, of Huxley passed away December 21, 2017 at Israel House Hospice in Ames. A visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 29th at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny. Catherine was born April 17, 1949 in Cuero,...
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Robert Earl Stemler

July 18, 1932 - December 20, 2017

Robert Earl Stemler, 85, of Ankeny passed away December 20, 2017. Graveside services will be held indoors, 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 28th at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life open house will be held 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at AHEPA (202 SE 30th, Ankeny). He had worked for the Ankeny School system, and later owned and operated Stemler's Refuse Service. Robert is survived...
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Irene Luella Wilkins

November 26, 1923 - December 18, 2017

Irene Luella "Babe" (nee Hand) Wilkins was born November 26, 1923 at the farm home near Pilot Mound, Iowa. She joined the family of angels on December 18, 2017 at the Westhaven Community in Boone, Iowa. She graduated from Napier High School in 1941. After graduation she worked in Ames, Iowa as a telephone operator. She met Henry T. Wilkins while he was stationed at Iowa State College in the...
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David L. Smith

November 24, 1952 - December 15, 2017

David L. Smith, 65, of Des Moines passed away on December 15, 2017 surrounded by his family. In honor of David's request he will be cremated and a gathering will be held Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 6 PM- 8 PM at the Tavern (1755 50th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266). David was born November 24, 1952 to Marcella and Bert Smith in Knoxville, Iowa. He was the owner operator for D. L. Smith...
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Ruth Gudim Wold

February 11, 1918 - December 13, 2017

Ruth Clarinda Jennette Gudim Wold was born on February 11, 1918, in Fargo, North Dakota, the oldest daughter of Albert and Margit (Lee) Gudim. She graduated from Newfolden High School in 1936, and from Augsburg College in 1941, with a major in history and a minor in physical education. She taught history and biology - later becoming a substitute teacher. When Ruth was only seven years...
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Edward Rodger Kinlein

May 10, 1937 - December 13, 2017

Edward R. Kinlein, 80, of Ankeny passed away December 13th, 2017. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the Mass. Ed was born May 10, 1937 in Baltimore Maryland to John and Mary Kinlein. On May 9th, 1959 Ed married Mary Kline. He worked for Amoco oil for 30 years prior to retiring in...
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Larry Edwin Trumper

October 5, 1954 - November 30, 2017

Larry Trumper has no friends because everyone he knew became family. Larry Edwin Trumper was born to Roma and Fred Trumper on October 5, 1954. He grew up on a Clio, Iowa farm with his siblings David (Elora), Anice (Bill Downs) and Michael (Sharon). He married the love of his life, Kris Sloan on September 9, 1972. This marriage blessed them with two children, Son, Travis (Traci),...
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Raymond "Gunner" Gundlach

February 3, 1943 - November 27, 2017

Raymond "Gunner" Gundlach, 74, of Mitchellville passed away November 27, 2017. A visitation will be held 6 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 1, 2017 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd), with a service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Gunner was born February 3, 1943 in Winter Mack, IN. Following his graduation from High School, he joined the US Marine Corps. After his honorable...
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Terri Bellville

September 19, 1955 - November 25, 2017

Terri Bellville, 62, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, November 25, 2017, after a long and courageous struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 6 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017, also at the funeral home. ...
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Karen Adams

October 21, 1941 - November 20, 2017

Karen Adams, 76, of Ankeny passed away Nov. 20, 2017 at Mercy hospice in Johnston, with her family by her side. At her request, a formal service will not be held. A visitation will be held 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 24th, at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home. Karen is survived by her husband of 56 years, Larry "Butch"; 3 children, Shawn, Tina Crees, and Krista Gulling; 7...
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Shirley Ann Ware

January 7, 1935 - November 19, 2017

Shirley Ann Ware passed away November 19, 2017 after a 4 year battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Fri., Nov. 24th at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday also at the funeral home. Shirley was born in Des Moines, Iowa January 7, 1935. She was a loving wife, mother, grandma, sister, and especially loved the...
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James T. Severson

April 5, 1960 - November 13, 2017

James T. Severson won his war with cancer. His family surrounded him as he left the battlefield to meet Jesus on November 13, 2017. He was 57. Jim took great care of the body God gave him; he did not deserve appendix cancer and remained courageous throughout his 2 ½ year battle. Jim was born April 5, 1960 in Decorah, Iowa to Leonard Jr. and Donna Severson, the 4th of 7 children, and was...
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Wilma Barbara Leichty

November 7, 1937 - November 10, 2017

Wilma Barbara Graber Roth Leichty, 80, died peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Sunny View Care Center, Ankeny, Iowa. A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Wayland Mennonite Church, 104 West Second Street, Wayland, Iowa. The family will greet friends at 2:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service. A light meal...
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Susan Kay Nelson

November 10, 1943 - November 6, 2017

Susan Nelson, 73, of Ankeny passed away November 6, 2017. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 9th at Ankeny Presbyterian Church (317 S.E. Trilein Dr). A visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8th at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Susan was born Nov. 10, 1943 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Ed and Ruby Smith. She graduated...
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William "Bill" Blunk

August 8, 1932 - November 3, 2017

Bill Blunk, 85 entered heaven November 3, 2017. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Ankeny Baptist Church (2842 S.W. 3rd St). A visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7th at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Bill was born August 8, 1932 in Kenwood, Iowa to Carl and Velma Blunk. He grew up in Kenwood and worked on the...
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Fred Long

September 26, 1931 - October 23, 2017

Fred Long, 86, of Ankeny passed away October 23, 2017. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 27, 2017 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut). A visitation will be held 5 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26th, at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Fred was born Sept. 26, 1931 in Hamburg, Iowa to Summers and Judy Long. He graduated from...
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Michael James Monaghan

June 3, 1949 - October 18, 2017

Michael J. Monaghan, 68 of Ankeny passed away October 18th 2017. He is survived by his wife Becky of 47 years, his two sons and their spouses: Adam and Tammy, and Lucas and Carol-Ann, his grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother Andy (Vicki) Monaghan, and a sister Marylou (Gary) Thimmesch, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Marita...
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Mike Zelinsky

October 7, 1950 - October 16, 2017

Gary "Mike" Zelinsky, 67 of Des Moines passed away peacefully surrounded by family Monday October 16, 2017. A celebration of life will be held Monday October 23rd, 2017 from 4-7pm at The VFW Post 9662, 1309 N.E. 66th Ave. Des Moines. Mike was born October 7, 1950 in Indianola to Bernard and Beverly Zelinsky. He attended Lincoln High School and Northeast Missouri State. Mike worked in the car...
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Mary Ann Ash

August 25, 1935 - October 13, 2017

Mary Ann Ash, 82, passed away peacefully at the Israel Hospice House October 13, 2017 with her children at her side. A Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 17th at the Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut Street, Ankeny IA). A visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral. Mary Ann was born August 25th 1935 to Freeman and Marie Estle in...
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Lawrence R. Gray

January 26, 1930 - October 9, 2017

Dr. Lawrence R. Gray, 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 9, 2017 in The Villages, Florida. Larry was born to Lois Milligan and Lester Gray on January 26, 1930, in Rock Island, IL. He graduated from Aledo High School and Monmouth College, where he played football, excelled in track, and was a TKE fraternity member. He married Martha O. Marquis of Des Moines in 1955, and graduated...
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Celeste Williams

August 5, 1927 - October 6, 2017

Celeste Williams, 90, of Ankeny passed away October 6, 2017. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Celeste was born August 5, 1927 to Oscar and Marguerite Smith, in Oneida, Iowa. She was adopted and raised by Chet and Edna Gifford of Nevada,...
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Jessica Elizabeth Stout

April 10, 1993 - October 4, 2017

Jessica Elizabeth Stout, 24, of Ankeny passed away unexpectedly on October 4, 2017. A visitation will be held 4 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8th at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 9, 2017 at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church (1102 N.W. Weigel Drive, Ankeny). Jessie was born in Des Moines on...
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Jeffery Garland Edgington

July 11, 1959 - October 4, 2017

Jeff Edgington, 58, of Ankeny was called home to Glory October 4, 2017. Jeffery was born on July 11, 1959 to Claire and Betty (Ackelson) Edgington in Des Moines, Iowa. He grew up in Ankeny, Iowa. On May 1, 1983 Jeff was united in marriage to the love of his life, Patricia Pierson, and the couple made their home in Cambridge, Iowa. To this union were four children; Blake, Shane, Caitlyn, and Cale...
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Ingrid Ann Jensen

April 3, 1923 - September 30, 2017

Ingrid Ann Jensen, 94, of Des Moines, IA passed away peacefully at home on September 30, 2017. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 3 at Central Presbyterian Church in Des Moines. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, also at the church. Ingrid was born to Alex and Senja Korpela on April 3, 1923, the youngest of 8 children. Ingrid graduated from Lincoln...
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Ilene R. Scholes

January 2, 1915 - September 22, 2017

Ilene Scholes, 102, of Ankeny passed away September 22, 2017. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Ilene was a 1932 graduate of Ankeny High School, and was a member of Ankeny United Church of Christ for 83 years. She and her husband Kenneth owned and operated...
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Roger Edward Steinkamp

July 10, 1928 - September 21, 2017

Roger E. Steinkamp, 89, of Ankeny passed away September 21, 2017, with his family by his side. A Funeral will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 25th at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 4 – 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24th, also at the funeral home. Roger was born July 10th 1928 in Carroll, Iowa to John and Susan Steinkamp. Roger grew up on...
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Jo Ann Bidler

March 24, 1941 - September 20, 2017

Jo Ann Hildreth was born in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Ankeny High School in 1959. She went on to marry Jerry Bidler in 1960. She worked many different jobs, Davis equipment and Perishable Distributors of Iowa was the two she was at the longest. Jo Ann lived in Ankeny, Iowa most of their life. Joann was an avid crossword puzzle solver and enjoyed to travel. She also enjoyed talking on...
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Gerald Lee Mass

January 17, 1938 - September 13, 2017

Gerald Lee (Jerry) Mass passed away peacefully on September 13, 2017 at his home in Madrid, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 16, 2017 at St. John's Lutheran Church (104 S. Market St. Madrid, Iowa). A visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday Sept. 15th, at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA) Jerry was born on January 17,...
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Margaret Ann Thornton

June 7, 1935 - September 6, 2017

Margaret Ann Thornton, 82, of Ankeny entered eternal rest September 6, 2017. A visitation will be held 5 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12th at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd), with a prayer service to follow at 7:00. Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Wed. Sept. 13th at the Scranton Cemetery. Margaret was born June 7, 1935 in Greene County, Iowa to Charles and Susan Holden...
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Nancy L. Herselius

December 22, 1949 - September 6, 2017

Nancy Louise Herselius, 67, of Ankeny, passed away September 6, 2017 after a battle with ALS. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 11, 2017 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut). A visitation will be held 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10th, at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Nancy was born December 22,1949 in Des...
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Herman Joseph Nagel

December 30, 1936 - September 3, 2017

Herman J. Nagel, 80, of Ankeny went to be with his Lord September 3, 2017, with his loving family by his side. A funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 8, 2017 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church. A visitation will be held 5 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7th, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., and Rosary to follow, also at the church. Herman was born December 30,...
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Donald Dean Schmitt

July 24, 1925 - August 25, 2017

Donald Dean Schmitt, 92, of Pleasant Hill passed away August 25, 2017 surrounded by his family at Iowa Lutheran Hospital. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, in Ankeny (914 NW Ash Dr.). A visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 29th, also at the church. Don was born July 24, 1925 in Colfax, Iowa. He...
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Wilbur John Davison

August 31, 1919 - August 24, 2017

A Memorial Service for Wilbur J. Davison will be held this Friday, September 22, 2017, 10:30am at the Ankeny First United Methodist Church, 206 SW Walnut St, Ankeny, IA. Interment of the cremains will follow at Powers-Warren Cemetery near Runnells, Iowa. Afterwards family and friends are invited to gather at Smokey D's BBQ, 5055 NW 2nd St, just off I-80 in Des Moines. I know he would be very...
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Larry Lynn Clark

July 24, 1941 - August 14, 2017

Larry Lynn Clark 76, Des Moines, Iowa died peacefully at Taylor House August 14th. Per Larry's wishes, no funeral will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Born July 24, 1941 to Richard Clark and Alice Robinson, Larry was an identical twin with his brother Terry. Larry graduated from Tech High in 1959. He worked at AMF, Tension Envelope and Des Moines Public Schools as...
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David Van Zee

June 16, 1949 - August 8, 2017

David Van Zee, 68, of Ankeny was called home on August 8, 2017. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday August 12, 2017 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. A visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM Friday August 11, 2017, also at the church. David was born June 16, 1949, in Newton, IA. He graduated from Newton High School and went on to obtain his degree from AIB. He was a...
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Doris Lucille Bacot

June 13, 1935 - August 5, 2017

Doris Lucille Bacot, 82, of Ankeny passed away August 5, 2017 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. A visitation will be held 5 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 11, 2017 at Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N Ankeny Blvd), with a prayer service at 7:00p.m. Doris was born June 13, 1935 on a farm near Gilmanton, Wisconsin. She was married to Duane Dieckman, and together they had 3 children. She later married...
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Steven Michael Brandenburg

July 29, 1971 - July 28, 2017

Steven Michael Brandenburg , 45, of Ankeny Iowa formerly of Epworth Iowa passed away Friday July, 28th, 2017. Michael's Celebration of Life services will be held on Saturday August 5th, 11:00am with a lunch to follow at Ankeny Christian Church, 2506 SW 3rd St, Ankeny, IA 50021. Burial to be held privately. Michael was born July 29th 1971 in Sacramento Ca. He moved to Epworth, Iowa at the...
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Erik Matthew Thompson

July 26, 1971 - July 20, 2017

Erik Matthew Thompson, 45, of Ankeny, died Thursday July 20, 2017, at Nebraska Medical Center. A visitation will be Tuesday July 25 from 4-7 pm at Ankeny First United Methodist Church, Christian Life Center, 710 NE 36th St .Ankeny, IA. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday July 26 also at the church. Erik was born July 26, 1971 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming to...
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Ronald Eaton Benjamin

January 9, 2017 - July 19, 2017

Ronald Benjamin, 79, of Ankeny passed away July 19, 2017. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut). A visitation will be held 5 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 24th at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Ron was born in Des Moines, Iowa January 9, 1938. He grew up in Ankeny and graduated from Ankeny...
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Don Brian Hokel

October 20, 1951 - July 18, 2017

Don Brian Hokel was born, October 20, 1951, to Bud and Katherine Hokel and raised in Ankeny, Iowa. Brian was baptized in the Ankeny 1st Congregational Church, where he became an active member throughout his younger years and many times sang in the church choir along with their Dad. He was the 2nd son and middle child of the family. When Brian was young, he enjoyed television – a lot! His...
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Garold Ray Quick

June 2, 1937 - July 15, 2017

Garold Ray Quick, 80, of Ankeny was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ July 15, 2017. Garold was born June 2, 1937 to Harold and Leona (Leggett) Quick. They lived on a farm just north of Saylorville. He attended Saylorville Baptist Church where his parents were charter members, until he went to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Garold attended Nagle School through 8th...
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Anita J. Hill-Kelly

January 21, 1934 - July 11, 2017

Anita Hill-Kelly died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family at her daughter's home on Tuesday following a year and a half of cancer challenges at the age of 83. Born in 1934 as one of seven children to Freeda and Ben Cook in Seymour, Missouri, Anita transplanted to Ankeny where she lived for over 50 years. Anita left an impoverished home (her father passed when she was 10) with a friend...
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Robin Lorene Penaluna

March 20, 1978 - July 7, 2017

Robin Lorene (Harris) Penaluna, age 39, of Ankeny, Iowa, died at home in her sleep on Friday the 7th of July 2017. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday July 14, 2017 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home, with burial to follow at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. Robin Lorene was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on March 20th, 1978. Robin Lorene was married to Dan Penaluna on January...
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Herbert Hoover Petersen

January 30, 1929 - July 5, 2017

Herbert H. Petersen, 88 of Ankeny passed away July 5, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Herbert was born Jan. 30, 1929 in Des Moines. He served in the US Army during WWII. Upon his return from serving he met and married LuVerne...
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Jerry Lee Pritchard

May 23, 1951 - July 1, 2017

Jerry Lee Pritchard, 66, of Bondurant, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on July 1, 2017. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 6th at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 5 – 8:00 p.m., July 5th, also at the funeral home. Jerry was born May 23, 1951 in Des Moines to Ward and Dorothy Pritchard. He...
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Evelyn M. McClure

January 4, 1935 - June 29, 2017

Evelyn M. McClure, 82, of Ankeny passed away June 29, 2017. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday July 1, 2017 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Ankeny. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Evelyn worked at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, as a computer operations manager for over 35 years, until her retirement in 1994. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren's...
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John "Pete" Peter Hieronimus

September 2, 1931 - June 17, 2017

John Peter "Pete" Hieronimus, 85, died on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at home in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Born to Henry G. and Charlotte V. (Smith) Hieronimus in Chicago on September 2, 1931, Pete spent his childhood on the south side of Chicago. Pete attended Miami of Ohio in Oxford, Ohio and was an active member of the Beta Theta Pi college fraternity. He met his future wife, Birdie Lou Ziegler,...
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Cheryl Lynn Lillegraven

June 18, 1964 - June 17, 2017

Cheryl Lynn (Tabor) Lillegraven, 53, of Johnston passed away June 17, 2017. A visitation will be held 5 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at New Hope United Methodist Church (4525 Beaver Ave, Dsm, IA). A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 28th, also at the church. Cheryl was born in Boone, Iowa June 18, 1964. She graduated from Grand Community High School in 1982,...
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Tyler Jon Smyth

June 12, 1982 - June 14, 2017

Tyler Jon Smyth, 35, of Ankeny passed away June 14, 2017. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at a later date. Tyler was born on June 12, 1982 in Des Moines, Iowa to Richard Craig Smyth and Patricia Lynn (Oberender) Pirtle. Tyler grew up living in Slater, Iowa with his family. He is graduated of Ballard High School. Tyler worked as an insurance claim specialist for ADP. He enjoyed...
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