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RONALD DEAN MCCORMICK (MARCH 28, 1933 - JUNE 23, 2017)
     Ronald Dean McCormick, 84, who was born on March 28, 1933 in Lucas County, Iowa to Harland James and Jennie Inez (Oxenrider) McCormick, passed away on June 23, 2017 at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines, Iowa.

     Ron graduated from Chariton High School.  On August 8, 1954 he married the love of his life Donna Marie Lingle.  Ron was a skilled sheet metal worker and a member of Local 45.  He enjoyed rebuilding cars, camping and researching and investing in the stock market.  He was a history buff who enjoyed watching the History Channel and reading National Geographic.  He enjoyed traveling with his wife Donna through the years, especially their 50th Anniversary Hawaiian & Alaskan Cruise.  Ron stayed busy attending his grandchildren's many events and tending to his flowers and gardens.

     Ron is survived by his children: Gary McCormick of Waukee, IA, Rick McCormick of Dallax, TX, Lori (Mike) Behre of West Des Moines, IA, Shari (Quinn) Osburn of Indianapolis, IN and Randy (Judy) McCormick of Urbana, IA; grandchildren Grace and Richard Behre; siblings Malcolm, Janis, Inez, Lucille and Marjorie.  He was preceded in death by his wife Donna, parents Harland and Jennie and brothers William (Bill), Willard Alvin, Darrell Harland and Myron Neal.

     Services will be private.  Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, 1730 28th Street, West Des Moines, IA  50266.



KIM DUANE DORR (JULY 26, 1963 - JUNE 19, 2017)
     Kim Dorr was born in Guthrie Center, Iowa on July 26, 1963, to George and Lois (Fagin) Dorr.  Kim graduated from Y-J-B High School in 1981 and joined the Air Force the same year.  He was stationed at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota and the SAC command at Offutt AFB in Omaha until his discharge.    Kim was married to his childhood sweetheart that he met when he was 14, and he and Lesli would have been married 29 years this September.   They always joked that marriage needs to be measured in dog years, so that would have been 203 years together.   They lived in Cleveland, Ohio for 13 years after getting married, where Kim worked in banking and insurance.  They moved back to Iowa in 2000 to raise their family.  He was a hockey dad for many years, a lifelong fan of the Colts and always took a lot of ribbing for being an Ohio State Buckeye fan surrounded by all these Cyclones and Hawkeyes.
     Kim and Lesli were blessed with three children:  son Kyle, who is a Petty Officer 1st class, GM1 in the US Navy  (wife Reese);  stillborn daughter Kelsey (1998) and daughter Kaley who just graduated from Waukee High School this year and will be pursuing a career in nursing.  Kim absolutely adored his grandchildren Lily and Silas.
     Kim’s lifelong love, though, was his music.  He played guitar and sang in numerous bands in Central Iowa and Ohio, who will always remember him for his fun loving and energetic personality.  His joy was performing and he hoped to spread the joy to everyone who came out to hear him play.  He was blessed to have shared the stage with so many great musicians over the years.

     Kim is survived by his loving wife, children and grandchildren, as well as his father George Dorr of Yale; siblings, in-laws, out-laws, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and lifelong friends.  He was preceeded in death by his mother Lois Dorr, daughter Kelsey and the best dog in the world, Cooper.  

     He leaves behind a trail of family and friends across the country (and even family in Guam) that will miss his fun personality and his devoted friendship.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
     Kim left this world on June 19th to rock out on a more Heavenly stage, after complications from a severe stroke.  Visitation will be held Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.; with a memorial ceremony on Monday June 26, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., both at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee.  Burial will follow the service at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be sent to Wounded Warrior Project.


SCOTT DAVID PIERCE ( JULY 14, 1969 - JUNE 8, 2017)
     Scott "Scoots" David Pierce, who was born in Des Moines, IA on July 14, 1968, passed away at the age of 48 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA on June 8, 2017.
     Scott graduated from Adel DeSoto High School in 1987.  Scott was a talented finish carpenter.  He had a green thumb that could be seen through his flower gardens and indoor plants.  He loved all animals, music of all genres, grilling out and everything to do with motorcylces and automobiles.  Scott adored children and was known by "Uncle Scoots" to many.  He will be remembered for all of the nicknames he came up with and gave to his friends and family.
     Scott is survived by his father Jerry (Lora) Pierce of Adel; mother Christal Pierce of Adel; siblings Connie (Brant) Kaufman of Granger, Brad (Tammy) Pierce of Adel, Hailee (Will Alexander) Pierce of Urbandale and Kacey Pierce of Adel; nieces Mallory Pierce and Regan and Quinn Kaufman; nephews Roman and Raiden Alexander; great-niece Maizie Pierce and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Scott was proceeded in death by his grandparents Donald and Opal Pierce and Bill and Dorothy Broyles and nephew Justin Pierce.
     Visitation will be held Thurday, June 15, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m.  and memorial services will be held Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., both at Panther Creek Brethren Church, 24529 J Avenue, Adel, Iowa  50003.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Scott Pierce Family to assist with final expenses.



GARY LAVERNE HOLMES (November 26, 1946 - June 8
Gary Laverne Holmes, 70 of Waukee Iowa.
Born: November 26, 1946 - Kansas City, Missouri
Died: May 31, 2017 - Des Moines, Iowa
No Services Planned - Cremation Rites have taken place.

DAVID CRAIG ZURBRIGEN (DECEMBER 20, 1955 - MAY 21, 2017)
     David Craig Zurbrigen, 61, of Waukee, Iowa, who was born on December 20, 1955 in Mineral Wells, Texas to James and Roberta (Rowell) Zurbrigen, passed away after a brief illness on May 21, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa.
     David is survived by his wife Brenda Boyles-Zurbrigen of Waukee; mother Roberta of Rapid City, South Dakota; sister Diane Zurbrigen of Bemidiji, Minnesota; brother Eric Zurbrigen of Huron, South Dakota; several nieces and nephews and his companion dog Buster.
     Due to his wishes, there will be no formal services.  The family wishes to extend a very special thank you to Taylor House Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care they showed David and his family in his final days.  Memorial donations can be made in David's memory to:  Broderick Animal Clinic, 10 4th Street, Waukee, IA 50263.


SHARON CATHERINE HOFFMAN (JUNE 30, 1945 - APRIL 28, 2017)

   Sharon Catherine Hoffman, who was born on June 30, 1945 in Des Moines, IA passed away at her home in Waukee, IA, on April 28, 2017 at the age of 71.

   Sharon attended and graduated from Des Moines Tech High School.  She went on to meet the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Hoffman and on June 4, 1966  the two of them were united in marriage in Des Moines, IA.

   Sharon was a part-time secretary for St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee, IA for over 20 years.  Her talent for calligraphy could be seen through the countless number of handmade baptism and first communion certificates she created for church members over the years.

   Sharon enjoyed crafting and reading.  Her faith and church were very important to her.  She had a passion and love for animals that could be seen from the number of pets and cats she and her husband cared for over the years.

   Sharon is survived by her husband Bob; children Johanna Hoffman of Waukee and Mark (Jennifer) Hoffman of Des Moines; grandchildren Tyler and Hoffman Grenz, Meredith and Mara Hoffman and one grandson on the way; great-grandchildren Ella Jean and Carter Michael and four cats.  She was preceded in death by her parents Elton and Dorothy Patterson.

   A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church Parish Hall, 1200 Warrior Lane, Waukee, IA, with a family remembrance sharing at 5:30 p.m.  Memorial donations can be made in Sharon's memory to: Animal Lifeline of Iowa, P.O. Box 12, Carlisle, IA  50047.



DIANA KAMIN UBBEN FARKAS (JULY 11, 1948 - APRIL 21, 2017)
   Diana Kamin Ubben Farkas passed away peacefully at Kavanagh House on April 21, 2017 after a painful fight with larynx cancer.
   Diana was born July 11, 1948 in Philadelphia, PA to Bill and Eleanor (Scharas) Kamin. Before turning one, the family had already moved twice and eventually settled in Westminster, CO where her love of the mountains and open spaces grew.  Diana loved horses, dogs and never met a puppy she didn't love.
   For the past 50 years Diana called Iowa home. After numerous jobs in her youth, she knew she wanted a job where she could travel and be adventurous, which lead her to being a truck driver for 44 years. She was proud to have seen 48 states and the lower Providences of Canada. Her latest employers made the final years of trucking her most enjoyable.  She said she saved the best for last.  Thanks to Great Central Trucking (Mike Colvin) and FCC in Fremont, NE.
   In her spare time she loved to read, spend time with family, and chat on the phone with her many friends from around the country.  Diana was married to Dan Ubben and Michael Farkas, both marriages ending in divorce. She was devoted to her niece and nephew.
   Left to remember the fun times shared are her sister Elaine Farrington of Waukee, niece Lisa (Maury Jr) Mitchell and great-nephews Tucker and Tanner Mitchell of Urbandale and great-nieces Jenna and Mallory Farrington of Omaha. Preceding her in death were her parents, brother-in-law Michael Farrington and nephew Steven Farrington.
   Following her wishes, she will be cremated and no services will be held for she knew it would be too hard for her friends from around the country to attend.  In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Animal Rescue League or the National Park Conservation.


VERNON "VERN" F. ANTHOFER (MARCH 27, 1945 - APRIL 18, 2017)
   Vernon Francis (Vern) Anthofer, of Waukee, Iowa formerly of West Des Moines, joined his Lord in Heaven on April 18, 2017 at the age of 72. He passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends.
   Vern joins his parents, Theresa and Michael, and his siblings Coleta Ann, Donald, Jerome, and Michael, his brother-in-law Sam Frazier, and his nephew Robert.
   Vern was born on March 27, 1945 in Carroll, Iowa, the youngest child of Michael and Theresa (nee Sturm) Anthofer of Coon Rapids. Following a lively and loving childhood at his family’s farm, Vern graduated from Bayard High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force. After basic training in Texas, Vern was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington and served a tour as an Airman Basic at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Vietnam.
   Upon his honorable discharge and return home, Vern enrolled at Drake University and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He earned his CPA and began working at Peat Marwick in Des Moines. He spent most of his career at Meredith Corporation as Director of Internal Audit. He retired in 2001, but never one to sit still for long, he continued working seasonally at Mr. Tax of America through 2015.
   In June 1968, at his brother Paul’s wedding, Vern met the light and love of his life, his wife, Marianne (nee Eddy). In true Vern fashion, he proposed on April Fools’ Day 1969 and they were married later that year. Vern and Marianne had three children, their son David and daughters Tanya (Joel), and Jolene and two grandchildren, Erica and Evan McClure.
   Vern enjoyed spending time outdoors, walking, fishing, hunting, gardening, golfing, and mushroom hunting. He kept the birds and local wildlife well fed and had the fattest squirrels in the neighborhood. He also loved shopping for more antiques than he could ever need and could never pass up a bargain. Vern was an avid reader and always kept up with current events. He had an opinion on almost everything and wasn’t afraid to share it.
   Vern loved to joke and have fun. He always looked forward to hearing kids tell their Beggars’ Night jokes. He was a cut-throat monopoly player and enjoyed bocce, billiards, cribbage and other card games. He loved chocolate and popcorn and chocolate and nuts and chocolate and cookies and chocolate and chocolate.
   Ever the romantic, he doted on his beloved wife Marianne. He provided his children and grandchildren with a strong foundation of love and support and never left them wanting.
   In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, Vern is survived by his sisters Gladys (Sam) Frazier and Mary (Robert) Stessman, his brothers Robert (Vicki) and Paul (Sandy) and his sisters-in-law Kay (Michael) and Kay (Jerome) as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
   Visitation will be held Friday, April 21, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.; with a Mass of Christian Burial being held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., both at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee.  A private family burial will be held at Iowa Veterans Cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Mercy Hospice of Johnston or the Waukee Public Library.


MARK RANDALL ANDERSON (1955 - 2017)
Mark Randall Anderson passed away April 11, 2017 in Des Moines, IA at the age of 62. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee, IA. Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Urbandale, IA. Interment to follow at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.  
Mark was born in Webster City, IA in 1955 to Elva and Calvin Anderson, Sr. He grew up in Woolstock, IA and graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1973. Upon graduating he joined the Air Force as a security policeman, serving at Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, MO. His duty was guarding minuteman missile silos. He was later was stationed at Nörvenich Air Base in Germany. It was there Mark earned the rank of sergeant.  
On July 19, 1975, Mark married his high school sweetheart, Cindy. They resided in Altoona, IA and had two sons, Tim and Nick.  
After leaving the Air Force, Mark attended AIB studying both accounting and computer programming and earned an Associate’s Degree. His career began at Eagle Iron Works in Des Moines where he was hired as a computer programmer. Beginning in 1987 he began employment with the United States Postal Service where he continued his career for 26 years and eventually retired from the USPS in 2013.  
Mark was an avid bowler. As such, every Tuesday morning was reserved for his bowling league. Additional passions include putting together jigsaw puzzles, collecting baseball cards and baseball hats, and cheering on the major Minnesota teams: Twins and Vikings. Every Sunday during NASCAR season, Mark could be found cheering on his favorite drivers: Dale Earnhardt Sr and Kevin Harvick. He attended many races throughout the years including the Iowa Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 One of Mark’s greatest joys in life was being a doting grandfather to three grandchildren. After two grandsons he was ecstatic to have a granddaughter in the mix. Between his ever-expanding collection and those he began for his grandchildren, his house was never short of Matchbox cars and have slowly taken over his home office.  
During his life, Mark was a constant server in his community. He was skilled at finding ways to help others while also spending additional time with his sons by coaching soccer and becoming a Boy Scout leader. He spent weekends on the sidelines of soccer fields shouting plays and encouraging his team to do their best. Later that evening he would be camping in the middle of nowhere helping his scout troop earn their next set of badges. He also served as a church elder for several years.   Mark is survived by his loving wife Cindy; children Tim (Amy) and Nick (Heather); grandchildren Tristan, Landon and Erin; father Calvin Sr.; and siblings Calvin Jr. (Joyce), Bruce (Patti), Mervin (Deb), Colleen Anderson and Becky (Bill) Sponsler. He was preceded in death by his mother Elva.
 Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Gloria Dei Honduras Mission Trip, c/o Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Urbandale, IA.


CLEO DARLENE DUNKERSON (JUNE 7, 1922 - FEBRUARY 11, 2017)

     Cleo Darlene Dunkerson (Coverdell) passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 in Adel, Iowa.  Graveside Services will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Graceland Cemetery Chapel in Creston, Iowa.

     Cleo was born June 7, 1922 in Beaconsfield, IA to Charles Edward and Fletitia Florine (Mason) Coverdell.  On September 7, 1946, she married the love of her life Dewey Dean Dunkerson.  Cleo retired from Gits Mfg. in Creston, Iowa..

     Cleo was known for her green thumb, which could be seen by her beautiful house plants and garden.  She enjoyed cooking, especially for large holiday family gatherings and always went all out at Christmas with her cookies and candies.  She enjoyed crocheting and crossword puzzles.  Cleo had a fond love for her pets and all animals.  One of her greatest joys was her grandchildren whom she loved playing cards with and attending their numerous events.

     Cleo was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Danny; daughter Debbie and granddaughter Cara.  She is survived by children Duane (Joseli) of Olympia, WA, David of Waukee, IA, Denise Hayes of Des Moines, IA and Diane (Keith) Gutschenritter of West Des Moines, IA; grandchildren Mark (Kelly) Hayes Jr., Dawn Hayes, Brad Hayes, Todd Gutschenritter, Chad Gutschenritter and Julia Alves-Dunkerson; great-grandchildren Leo, Hayden and Guthrie Hayes; sister Retha (Coverdell) Bender of Fenton, MO and numerous nieces and nephews.




     Cleo Darlene Dunkerson (Coverdell) passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 in Adel, Iowa.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Graceland Cemetery Chapel in Creston, Iowa.
     Cleo Darlene Dunkerson (Coverdell) passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 in Adel, Iowa.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Graceland Cemetery Chapel in Creston, Iowa.
     Cleo Darlene Dunkerson (Coverdell) passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 in Adel, Iowa.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Graceland Cemetery Chapel in Creston, Iowa.


KAROLYN RAE PAGEL (JUNE 30, 1960 - FEBRUARY 9, 2017)
     Karolyn Rae (Berry) Pagel, 56, “26” of Waukee, passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2017 after a long battle with uterine cancer.  A remembrance gathering will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Legacy Clubhouse, 600 Colonial Circle, Norwalk, Iowa.
     Karolyn was a loving and doting wife, mother and grandmother.  She is survived by her husband Michael; daughters Nicole (Duane) and Courtney (James); her beautiful granddaughters Briana and Cheyene; parents Hank and June Berry; siblings Shelia (Doug), Jeff (Janet), Dan (Alicia), Tim (Mona) and Jay (Bernie) and many cousins.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, but none loved her quite as much as her niece Tiffany and nephew Jeremy.
     Karolyn graduated from Norwalk High School in 1979.  Karolyn’s favorite activities included playing with her granddaughters, playing games and making “middle of the night” snack runs.  She loved her cats almost as much as she loved people.  She was fond of unicorns and The Carpenters.  She will be remembered for her notorious “middle of the night” phone calls, her silly behavior and funny comments.  She will be sorely missed.


DENISE RENEE VAN HEUVELN (SEPTEMBER 14, 1966 - FEBRUARY 5, 2017)
Denise Renee (Harvey) Van Heuveln passed away peacefully at home in Waukee surrounded by her loving husband and daughter following a very long and courageous battle with cancer.   Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee and a Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Waukee United Methodist Church.   Interment & luncheon immediately following the service.
Denise was the only child born to Francis & Lois (Schmitz) Harvey.   She was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and graduated with honors from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.   She obtained her C.P.A designation and had a long and distinguished career.   Denise was well known for her hard work and dedication to excellence.
Denise married her best friend and love of her life Bart Van Heuveln July 28, 1990.   They moved to Seattle, Washington for a couple of years before moving to Iowa in 1993.   Bart and Denise’s greatest joy Marisa was born September 7, 2005.
Denise worked at The Iowa Clinic for nearly 20 years and was vital in the creation of all the financials and continued growth of the organization.   In addition to caring for her family and distinguished professional career, Denise was involved in her church, reading to children at Waukee Elementary School, advocating for animals, cancer research, the caring for cancer patients and families as well as fostering many rescue dogs.   She will be remembered by her family and friends as a brave warrior and tireless advocate.
Denise is survived by her husband Bart, daughter Marisa and mother Lois Harvey.   She was preceded in death by her father Francis A. Harvey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed in Denise's memory to: www.campkesem.org, www.wp.iowavca.org or www.aheinz57.com.



WALTER ELLSWORTH DUNN (JANUARY 13, 1918 - JANUARY 8, 2017)
   Walter Ellsworth Dunn, 98, passed away on January 8, 2017 at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center, IA.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., at the Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee, IA.  Inurnment to follow at the Waukee Cemetery.
   Walter was born January 13, 1918 in Keokuk, IA to Ralph and Rhoda Dunn. On November 12, 1938, he married the love of his life, Nova Olivia Drummond, and together resided at 1528 Orleans Avenue.  Walter worked at Dryden Rubber Company prior to WWII, when he went on to serve in the United States Navy from May of 1944 to January of 1946.  After the war, he was employed by Hubinger Company until his retirement when the company was acquired by Heinz Corporation.  Walter was an avid golfer throughout the years.
   Walter joined the Masons in 1948 and went on to be a life member and was a past Exalted Ruler.  He was also a member of the Keokuk Elks Lodge since 1952.  Walter and Nova moved to Waukee in 1989 and resided at 819 Brighton Drive up until May of 2016 when Walter moved to Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center, IA.  He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Keokuk, and after moving to Waukee, he continued in church participation with the Waukee United Methodist Church.
   Walter is survived by his son Nathan (Pat) Dunn; six grandchildren Marsha (Paul) Talley, Brian Dunn, Scott (Jackie) Dunn, Andrew (Amanda) Dunn, Jason Dunn and Pamela James; eight great-grandchildren and 12 nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife Nova on May 8, 2007; son Richard Dunn on October 23, 2004; brother Ralph Dunn; sister Vivian Greenleaf and two nephews.


LEWIS ELLIOTT HANSEN (MARCH 18, 1940 - JANUARY 5, 2017)
   Lewis E. Hansen, 76, who was born on March 18, 1940 passed away peacefully on January 5, 2017 at Kavanagh House in Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. and a Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waukee. Inurnment to follow at the Waukee Cemetery.

   Lewis was born and grew up in Atlantic, IA, and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1958. After graduating he attended Northwest Missouri State University, served proudly in the United States Army as a military policeman, volunteered in his community as a fireman for the cities of Clive and Waukee, and worked as a printer for Advertiser’s Duplicating Service/ADI Group for 38 years. 

   Lewis married the love of his life Dianne Petersen on June 4, 1966. For over 50 years they enjoyed their children and grandchildren, fishing, picking blueberries, giving squirrels car rides to the park, Lou’s whistling on summer evenings from the porch swing, birdwatching and laughing with family and friends.

   Those who are with Lewis now are his parents Harold and Mabel Hansen and brother Harold LeRoi Hansen. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Dianne, sons Mark (Lisa) Hansen of Tea, South Dakota, Brian (Rachel) Hansen of Des Moines, Iowa, brothers Frederick “Fritz” Hansen of Wichita, Kansas, David Hansen (Mary Virgina) of Iowa Falls, Iowa, as well as grandchildren Eric, Jason, Christian, Cooper, Cari, and Jonas, five great grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

   The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Sunday School program or you can take a kid fishing.



ANNA BELLE MITCHELL (JANUARY 12, 1927 - DECEMBER 27, 2016)
   Anna Belle Mitchell, who was born on January 12, 1927 in Creston, Iowa, passed away at Fountain West Care Center in West Des Moines, IA from complications resulting from pneumonia.
   Anna Belle is survived by a brother Millard Hoskinson (85); husband Otis Edward Mitchell (92); sons Stephen Mitchell (63) and Kenneth Mitchell (61); grandchildren Jeffery, Katherine, Kristen and Mark and great-grandchildren Milo and Benno. 
   Anna Belle was one of five children born to Howard and Gertrude Hoskinson. She was raised in the Adams County area until her family moved to Waukee in 1936. They moved to West Des Moines before her last two years of High School and Anna Belle graduated as Valedictorian in 1944 from Valley High School.
   Anna Belle met her husband Otis, during her early school years in Waukee.  After WWII, Otis was discharged from the military and returned to central Iowa where he reconnected with Anna Belle at one of the many dances held at the Val Air Ballroom. They were married on March 14, 1947 at the First United Methodist Church in Des Moines. Together, they continued to enjoy weekly dances at various venues throughout most of their marriage.
   Anna Belle steadily worked at secretarial jobs until her children were born. Once her children were in middle school, she re-entered the work force until she ultimately became a legal secretary for over 20 years to one of the partners of a notable Des Moines law firm.

    In retirement, she doted on her grandchildren and enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, her computer and Facebook. Anna Belle was a lifelong lover of cats and also enjoyed parakeets in her later years.

    In lieu of Flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa


VIVIAN MAY WILSON (MAY 4, 1927 - DECEMBER 27, 2016)
     Vivian Wilson, 89, who was born on May 4, 1927 in Des Moines, IA to Edgar and Hazel Llewellyn, passed away at home on December 27, 2016.  Visitation will be held Thursday (Today), December 29, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Waukee Christian Church.  Interment to follow at the Waukee Cemetery.
     Vivian grew up on the family farm 1 1/2 miles West of Waukee.  After graduating from the Waukee High School, she went on to attend Drake University where she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority.  In 1947, Vivian married the love of her life, Howard Wilson at the Waukee Christian Church.  Vivian worked at Living History Farms for a number of years.  Howard and Vivian moved to Littleton, CO in 1957 and remained there until returning to Waukee in 1975.
    Vivian was extremely active in her community and church.  She was a longtime member of the Waukee Christian Church. She helped found the Waukee Area Christian Food Pantry, where she volunteered countless hours.  She was a member of the Iowa Questers Group, VFW Auxillary and a number of other civic and church groups.  Waukee honored her for her dedicated community work with Citizen of the Year in 2011.  She enjoyed ceramics, growing flowers and antiques.  She loved cooking, especially during the holiday season, when her family had a hard time getting her out of the kitchen.

     Vivian is survived by her husband Howard; sons Ted (Bonnie) Wilson and Brian (Sue) Wilson; grandchildren Jason, Chris and Matt Wilson and Kelsey, Mallory and Connor Wilson; six great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law Kathryn Llewellyn. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother John Llewellyn.

     Memorials can be directed to the Waukee Area Christian Food Pantry in Vivian's memory.


ERIN KATHLEEN SMITH (JANUARY 29, 1974 - OCTOBER 31, 2016)
     Erin Kathleen Smith, loving mother of Sammy Kaye Smith III (Trey) and Cameron Jean Smith, went to be with the Lord October 31, 2016.  Erin was a licensed massage therapist; first owning her own business and most recently working for a day spa.  Born in Lubbock, Texas on January 29, 1974 and growing up in Southern California, Erin always loved the outdoors and had a connection with nature and healing. 

     Erin was preceded in death by a sister Jenny, grandparents Vince and Mildred Stanley and Richard and Jean Bayers, step-mother Connie Bayers and step-grandmother Velma Robison, uncle Bill Stanley and beloved great-grandmother Leila Leigan.

     Along with Trey and Cameron, her mother Jodi Sutton, father Jim Bayers and his wife Kathy, sister Amy Cargulia and husband Ron, sister Deena Schrein and husband Greg, brother Damon Bayers and wife Heather are all left to mourn her passing.  She is also survived by nephews Cole Cargulia, Ben Schrein and Zachary Sanders, nieces Lilly Schrein and Madeline Bayers, and uncle John Bayers and his wife Shirley. Her family is joined in their mourning by her life-long friend Kari Perez.

     A visitation celebrating the life of Erin will be held Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee.  Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Waukee Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed in Erin's memory to: Your Life Iowa, a suicide prevention organization, at www.yourlifeiowa.org or can be mailed via Ernst Funeral Home, c/o Erin Smith Memorial, PO Box 986, Waukee, IA 50263.




GRACE DARLENE SMITH (MARCH 20, 1934 - OCTOBER 26, 2016)
     Grace Darlene Smith, 82, who was born to Louis and Lillian Faye (Rice) Hansen on March 20, 1934 in Eagle Grove, Iowa passed away on October 26, 2016 in Johnston, Iowa.
     Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service, both at Ernst Funeral Home.  Interment to follow at the Waukee Cemetery.
     Grace graduated from Mason City High School.  In 1955, she married the love of her life, Kenneth L. Smith, in Mason City.  Together they moved to a small farm house in rural Thornton, IA.  In 1961 they adopted a daughter who they named Cynthia Lee Smith and then moved to rural Clear Lake, IA where they resided on Cedar Avenue.
     Grace was a Mercy Registered Nurse.  She loved cats, and welcomed many into her home giving them a second chance at life.  Grace had a heart of gold which could be seen by her involvement in neighborhood activities and the support and love she extended to her nieces and nephews.
     Grace is survived by her daughter Cynthia (Thomas) Bower of Waukee; granddaughter Lily Grace (Aaron) Ilvess of Des Moines; great-grandchildren Alexandria, Quinton and Hunter Ilvess; several sisters and brothers-in-law and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth and two sisters.
     Memorials may be directed to any Wells Fargo in Grace's memory.  The family also requests one can bring to the service name brand cat food which will be donated in Grace’s memory to the ARL of Iowa or laundry detergent and canned meat for the Waukee Christian Food Bank.  Family and friends who would care to share photos of Grace for her Memorial Photo Video can email them to: ernstwaukee@gmail.com.  The family request guests wear purple in honor and memory of Grace.

ZHIQIN TANG (SEPTEMBER 28, 1948 - OCTOBER 21, 2016) 
     Zhiqin Tang, 68, who was born on September 28, 2016 in Shang Xi, Ankang, China, passed away on October 21, 2016 in Waukee, IA.  
     Zhiqin is survived by her daughter Fengling Xiong (Thomas Rahoush) of Waukee, IA along with a numerous family in China.  
     A private family visitation will take place at Ernst Funeral Home with cremation to follow and services will be held at a later date back in China.


FRANCESCO "FRANK" JOSEPH GUERRA (APRIL 22, 1969 - OCTOBER 1, 2016)

     Francesco Joseph (Frank) Guerra, who was born on April 22, 1969 in Oceanside, New York, passed away on the morning of October 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.  A visitation and viewing will be held Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with funeral services being held on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., both at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee.

     Frank relocated from Freeport, New York to Waukee, Iowa in 1992.  While in Iowa, Frank had served in many roles with several different civic organizations including the Lion’s Club, Optimist Club and the Waukee Volunteer Fire Department.   Since 2012, Frank, through his love of beep baseball (a sport for those who are blind or low-vision), has been a part of the creation and success of the Iowa Reapers.  The Iowa Reapers have been an affiliate team of the National Beep Baseball Association and have taken part in 4 of the last 5 beep baseball World Series tournaments.

     Frank is survived by his loving wife Tina; beloved children Frankie and Gia; daughter Marissa Guerra; brother Stephen Guerra; parents-in-law Charlie and Kay Williams and brother-in-law Curt Williams.  He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Stephanie Guerra and an infant child.

     The Guerra Family would like to suggest, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Frankie and Gia's education fund or provide meals to the Guerra family.  One can follow this link to provide a meal: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/89e474 and one can contribute to Frankie and Gia’s Education Fund through any Wells Fargo location.



STACY RUNDLETT (JULY 9, 1968 - SEPTEMBER 9, 2016)
    Stacy (Cain) Rundlett, born in Des Moines, Iowa, passed away due to complications from cancer, peacefully, surrounded by close family and loved ones on the morning of Friday, September 9, 2016. 
   Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Ernst Funeral Home from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Funeral services will be held at St Patrick's Irish Settlement, 3396 155th Street, Cumming, Iowa, on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
   Stacy grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in 1986. She continued her education at Des Moines Area Community College. Stacy's life was filled with a passion for scrapbooking, crafting, and a tremendous love for animals.
   She is survived by Tim Rundlett, Nick Cain, Don Cain, Clare Cain, Mary DouBrava, Gary DouBrava, Nick Rundlett, Kristen Picket, and four grandchildren.
   Stacy was adored by her family and friends. Most recently, her greatest joy in life was spending time with her goddaughter and niece, Maria, we know Stacy will continue to watch over her. She will always be remembered for her kind-hearted nature and her determined spirit. 
   Her family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Animal Lifeline of Iowa (animal-lifeline.com) so that her lifelong love for animals may endure.


DARRELL RALPH PORTER (MAY 19, 1934 - SEPTEMBER 4, 2016)
   Darrell Ralph Porter, who was born to Ralph and Neva (Ruch) Porter on May 19, 1934 in Albany, MO, passed away on September 4, 2016 in Altoona, IA.
   Darrell spent his working career as a Movie Projectionist. He was also an avid watch repairman. He enjoyed going for walks, John Wayne movies and attending his grandchildren's many activities and events. 
   Darrell is survived by his children Kimberly (Glenn) Wemer of Van Meter, IA, Kevin (Kimberly) Porter of Dexter, IA and Jeremy (Rachel) Porter of Urbandale, IA; grandchildren Jason Porter, Colby Wemer, Zach Wemer and Harrison, Henry and Hazel Porter; and brother William Porter of Topeka, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Sandra Bolar. 
    Interment services will be private at the Waukee Cemetery.


CAROL RAE REDLINGER (JANUARY 11, 1955 - AUGUST 12, 2016)
     Carol Rae Redlinger, 61, who was born on January 11, 1955 in Denver, Colorado, passed away on August 12, 2016 in Waukee, Iowa surrounded by her loving family.
     For over 35 years, Carol was a bookkeeper for the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, IA. Carol enjoyed volunteering at her church, crossword puzzles, eating Hot Tomales and relaxing on Sundays. She loved and cherished her family more then anything. She always stayed busy and on the go with her family's activities and never missed any of her grandchildren's soccer games or gymnastics meets.
     Carol is survived by her children Lindsay (Wade) Harris and Michael (Whitney) Redlinger; grandchildren Payton, Oliver, London, Teegan, Briton and Cooper; mother Sue Raibikis; siblings Hank (Holly) Raibikis, Victor (Susan) Raibikis, Rose (Mike) Stoy and Sandra (Jerry) Smith and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father Frank Raibikis.
Visitation will be held Monday, August  15, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Ernst Funeral Home.  Celebration of Life Services will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines.  The service will be casual, as Carol liked being comfy.  Private Interment at the Waukee Cemetery.


ABBIE ANN GREEN (August 19, 1924 - July 22, 2016)
     Abbie Ann Green, 91, of Urbandale, IA, who was born on August 19, 1924 in New Orleans, LA to Herman and Minnie McGowan, passed away July 22, 2016 at Karen Acres Nursing Home in Urbandale, IA.  On her 18th birthday, Abbie hopped a train in Chicago and rode to Maryland to meet up with her sailor, Frank.  They eloped seven days later on August 27, 1942.
     Abbie is survived by her children William (Diane) of Des Moines, Richard (Kristi) of Urbandale and Marge (John) Sawerbrey of Omaha; daughter-in-law Dee, eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, sons Edward and Frank III and sisters Helen and Louise.
     Due to her wishes, her remains have been donated to Des Moines University.  A memorial gathering will be planned at a later date.


DONNA M. MCCORMICK (January 1, 1936 - July 19, 2016)
     Donna M. McCormick, who was born in southern Iowa on January 1, 1936 to Harry and Grace (Foreman) Lingle, passed away on July 19, 2016 at Arbor Springs of West Des Moines in West Des Moines, Iowa.  She was 80.
     Donna graduated from Osceola High School.  On August 8, 1954 she married the love of her life, Ronald McCormick.  Donna stayed busy raising and running around her five children.  She enjoyed writing to her many pen pals around the country.  Donna loved showing off her creative side by making cards, crafts and scrap booking.  She had a green thumb that could be seen by her beautiful hydrangeas and other flowers around her home.  Donna enjoyed traveling with her husband.  A few of her special trips were to Hawaii and an Alaskan Cruise for their 50th wedding anniversary.  She also enjoyed classical music and Elvis Presley.  She loved and cherished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.
     Donna is survived by her husband Ron of West Des Moines; children Gary McCormick of Waukee, IA, Rick McCormick of Dallas, TX, Lori (Mike) Behre of West Des Moines, IA, Shari McCormick of Indianapolis, IN and Randy (Judy) McCormick of Urbana, IA and grandchildren Grace and Richard Behre.  She was preceded in death by her parents.
     A visitation gathering will be held Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Memorial donations can be made in Donna's name to:  ARL of Iowa, 5452 NE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA  50313 


DENNIS VANMETER (October 12, 1961 - July 4, 2016)
     Dennis VanMeter, 54, of Clive, passed away after a courageous year-long battle against esophageal cancer on July 4, 2016. Visitation will be Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m., and a celebration of life mass and luncheon on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., all at St. Francis of Assisi Church. 
     Dennis was born on October 12, 1961 in Sioux City, IA to Nancy VanMeter and Don VanMeter. He graduated from North H.S. and Briar Cliff University where he met the love of his life Maureen McElroy. They wed in 1984 and moved to the Des Moines area. 
     Dennis was a loyal 30-yr. employee of AIG. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and creating a good meal from scratch. He recently picked up biking with Maureen and her brothers and had a great time joining in on all the fun. Throughout his life he was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan (much to his brother-in-laws dismay). He looked forward to his annual NFL trip he shared with his sons every year. Family, especially his two sons and adorable new grandson, Watson Dennis, meant the world to him. 
     Dennis is survived by his wife Maureen; sons Zach (Shannon) of Des Moines and Nick (Katie) of Windsor, CO; grandson Watson; mother Nancy VanMeter of Sioux City; father Don VanMeter of Sioux City; 20 loving and supportive brothers & sisters-in-law along with numerous family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents-in-law Terence and Mary Helen McElroy and nephew Kevin McElroy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Mercy Home Hospice, 1055 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314.





EVELYN JANET MARSH (March 31, 1950 - June 14, 2016)
     Evelyn J. Marsh, 66, of Waukee, passed away on June 14, 2016, surrounded by her family, at Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa.  She fought a long battle of ailments, ultimately succumbing to complications of Diabetes.
     Evelyn was born March 31, 1950 in Oceanport, New Jersey to Arthur and Laura Walters (Brumfield) MacIntyre.  She traveled with her family, as her father was in the army, to Germany, Okinawa and settling in North Carolina; where she met her loving husband of 41 years, Duane.  They married on November 1, 1974 and eventually moved to Iowa, where Duane grew up. In the following years, they welcomed two children.  Evelyn had a long career at Farm Bureau Financial Services, where she formed many friendships over the years before retiring.
     Evelyn enjoyed spending time with her family and pets.  She like puzzles and word searches to pass the time.  She especially enjoyed movie nights with her husband and close friends Rodney and Jeannine Ryan.  She also cherished her chats on the phone with her sister Karen.
     Evelyn has a very witty sense of humor and the most unique laugh.  She will be most remembered for how much she cared for her children and husband.  No matter what hardships she was going through, she did anything and everything for her family.  
     Evelyn is survived by her husband Duane of Waukee; son Brian Marsh of Waukee and daughter Theresa of Des Moines and sisters Karen and Bonnie of North Carolina.  She is also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews, who were a large part of her life; and Rodney and Jeannine Ryan of Waukee, who were like family to her.  She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Laura; step-father Clyde; father-in-law Duane L. and a sister Laurie.
     Evelyn will be greatly missed by all.  In honoring her wishes, there will be no formal funeral services.  The family will have a get together to honor her at a later to be determined date.  A special thanks to all the staff at Taylor House Hospice for taking such good care of her in her final days.


GREGORY LEE DICKSON (APRIL 5, 1945 - JUNE 11, 2016)
     Greg Lee Dickson, 71, of Urbandale, Iowa, passed away on June 11, 2016 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa.
     Greg was born to Robert and Kathleen (Millang) Dickson on April 5, 1945 in Des Moines, IA.  He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines in 1963 and then went on to attend trade school.  On October 29, 1966, he married the love of his life, Janice Teems, in Des Moines, IA.  Greg spent most of his working career as a Fire Alarm Systems Technician.
     Greg enjoyed the 500 Card Club with the neighbors.  He has a passion for fixing cars and motorcycles.  He loved watching the water and dam at the Saylorville Reservoir.  Greg liked working in the yard and just spending time outside.  He enjoyed spending time with his family.  He will be remembered as having an easy smile, a wonderful positive outlook on life and always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
     Greg is survived by his loving wife Jan of Urbandale, IA; daughter Cheri Dickson of Clive, IA; father Robert Dickson of Minnetonka, MN; siblings Cindy Waters of Eden Prairie, MN, Bruce (Lissa) Dickson of Farmington, MN and Cathy (Ray) Merical of Boise, ID.   Also left to cherish Greg's memory are 16 nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.  Greg was preceded in death by his mother Kathleen Dickson and brother-in-law Keith Waters.
     Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior, both at Ernst Funeral Home.  Interment to follow at the Waukee Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed towards the family.  


DUSTIN WAYNE HOFER (DECEMBER 30, 1970 - APRIL 14, 2016)
     Dustin Wayne Hofer, 45, died April 14, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, following complications from a brain tumor.
     Dustin is survived by his father, Patrick Hofer, brother Kirk (Jenny) Hofer, nephew Reed, and nieces Lauren and Grace. Dustin was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Hofer. 
     A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m.,  Saturday April 23, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waukee, IA.  Lunch reception immediately following the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 900 Warrior Lane, Waukee IA 50263.


SUSAMMA J. MATHEW ( November 15, 1953 - March 21, 2016)
     Susamma J. Mathew, who was born on November 15, 1953 in Kozhencherry, India, passed away at the age of 62 on March 21, 2016 at Bright Kavanagh House in Des Moines, Iowa.

     Susamma moved to Iowa in May of 1985 with her family from India.  During her time in India, she had trained and worked as a pharmacist but focused on her family after arriving in Iowa.  She loved gardening and was able to make anything grow; a true testament to her nurturing and loving nature.  Susamma had a quiet strength.  She was not the type of person to seek attention; instead she would make sure everyone else’s plate was full before her own.  Her calming and disarming demeanor was a source of strength for the family along with her ability to empathize and show compassion.

     Susamma always had her priorities in order with putting her family first.  She had faith in God and more patience then anyone.  With help from her deaf son, Mathew, she learned sign language, texting and video messaging.  She was always willing to help everyone.  Her dimples could always been seen when she smiled, something she often did with a positive attitude.  Her laugh was infectious to everyone around her.

     Susamma is survived by her husband Jacob Mathew of Des Moines; son Mathew Jacob of Des Moines and daughter Sherly Jacob of Des Moines; mother Annamma Chacko of India; sisters Mariamma and Ponnamma John and brother KC Thomas.  She was preceded in death by her father Mathi Geeuarghese; sister Kunjamma John and brother KC John.



MARGUERITE ELLIS MILLER (May 15, 1929 - March 5, 2016)
     Marguerite Ellis Miller passed away at the age of 86 on March 5, 2016 in Ida Grove, IA.  Marguerite was the youngest child of nine born on May 15, 1929 in Princeton, N.C. to Frank and Nora Ellis. She was raised on a cotton and tobacco farm in North Carolina.  She attended Rosewood H.S. in Goldsboro, NC and upon graduating in 1947, she went on to attend Louisburg College in Louisburg, NC.  After college, she worked at the Edwin Pou Insurance Agency in Raleigh, NC.  In 1952 she met her husband Donald Miller while he was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC and moved to Iowa in November of 1953.  Last November they celebrated 62 years of marriage.
     Marguerite was committed to her family.  She was a strong, hard-working, loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Her grandchildren knew her as Grandma Reet and she was Momma Reet to her great-grandchildren. She was best known for her hospitality and great cooking.  She made the best southern fried chicken and southern biscuits and most delicious pies for dessert.   She cooked meals for countless numbers of family, friends, acquaintances and any visitor that came to her door.  Her family will always cherish the memories made around the kitchen table.  She was also an avid reader and a member of the "Birthday Club".  Marguerite had a very strong faith and knew Jesus as her personal Savior and was ready and anxious to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
     Marguerite is survived by her husband Don of Odebolt, IA; children Vicki (Dennis) Ernst of Ida Grove, IA, Kathy (Clayton) Larson of Odebolt, IA,  Linda (Todd) Hoffman of Dell Rapids, SD and Daniel (Cindy) Miller of Boone, IA; son-in-law Jerry Reichart of Lincoln, NE; sister Geneva Ellis and sisters-in-law Ruth Roeder, Florence Wunschel and Vera Miller.  She is also survived by grandchildren Michael, Matthew (Melissa) and Alex Ernst, Danna, David (Sarah) and Chelsea Larson, Adam (Heather), Lucas (Danielle Paulk) and Hanna (Adam Malcolm) Reichart, Kayla and Kristi Hoffman and Dakota, Afton and Mager Miller; step-grandchildren Sydney and Samantha Hultgren and great-grandchildren Angel, Chloe and Elijah Reichart, Ben and Anabelle Larson and Myla Reichart.
     Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Sandra Reichart; siblings Marvin (Ruth) Ellis, Frank Jr. (Rose) Ellis, Norman (Velma) Ellis, Preston (Elma) Ellis, Esther (Robert) Bailey, Edna (Jim) Moore and Anne (Albert) Ravella (Bill) Hall and in-laws Rose (Linus) Terlisner, Blanche (Leo) Thies, Pearl (Harry) Roll, Leo (Irene) Miller, Frances (Ben) Vaughan, Raymond Roeder, Vincent Miller and Marvin Wunschel.




LOUISE FAYE SWIFT (February 22, 1922 - February 29, 2016)
     Louise Faye Swift, 94 of Waukee, who was born on February  2
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
4, 1922 in Van Meter, IA passed away on February 29, 2016 in Adel, IA. 
     Louise was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.  She was always hard working, usually holding two jobs at a time.  Her last job before retiring was at Preferred Risk as a head cook. After retirement, she worked part time for the Waukee School District in food service.  She loved spending time with her family and friends and always tried to make the best out of every situation.  She enjoyed cooking and sharing her special recipes with others and through the years she developed a serious sweet tooth.  Her other favorite hobbies were crocheting, watching Iowa and Iowa State basketball games, and crafts. She loved playing cards and was a fierce competitor. She was also an animal lover who over the years owned many pets.
     She is survived by her son Larry (Polly) Brandt, 6 grandchildren Shawn (Julie) Nordgren, Chad (Sara) Carlson, Amanda (Stratton) George, Jessica (Derek) Canute, Jesse (Talli) Ramey, Nick (Katie) Brandt and several great grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her son Gary Brandt, her twin sister Lucille Stephenson and her parents Jesse and Janie Sheets. 



DALE M. DEWITT (October 4, 1969 - February 15, 2016)
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VIOLA "VI" KENYON (February 11, 2016)
     Viola (Vi) Kenyon of Brooksville, FL and formerly of Des Moines, IA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the age of 83. She is survived by her husband Roland (Rollie) Kenyon; son Jerry and wife Bert Schillinger, son Tim and wife Donna Schillinger, daughter-in-law Vee Schillinger and sister Norma Wehrend, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Viola was preceded in death by her son Jeff Schillinger, son Scott Schillinger, sister Rosemary Bingham, sister Jane Adair, brother Ray Ballard, brother George Ballard, brother Norman Ballard and grandchild Justin Schillinger. 
     A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Waukee Cemetery. 










ROBERT JAMES HUBBARD (April 7, 1947 - February 9, 2016)
     Mr. Robert James Hubbard, age 68, of Des Moines, IA, departed this life on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at his home.  He was a native of Dayton, OH and was a retired employee of the Iowa Department of Transportation.  Robert was a Vietnam Veteran who served in Vietnam simultaneously  with his brother Michael.  He was the current Commander of the American Legion Post #374.  
     Robert was preceded in death by his parents Cora B. and John E. Hubbard and a sister Ella R. Hubbard.  Survivors include two brothers, Michael A. Hubbard (Lee) of Colorado Springs, CO and Bruce E. Hubbard of Dayton, OH; seven nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews, a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
     Graveside Services will be held at 9:30 a.m., on Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, 34024 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Adel, IA  50003.

JERRY MARTIN SHEA (April 1, 1941 - January 24, 2016)
     Jerry Martin Shea, 74, who was born on April 1, 1941 in Saranac Lake, N.Y., passed away on January 24, 2016.  In 1960, Jerry met the love his life, Joan Richardson, his wife of 55 years, who survives him along with his three children David, Martha and Andrew; three sisters, one brother and three beautiful grandchildren.
     Jerry recently retired from Crop Production Services where he served as a Regional Credit Manager for 24 years.  He was an active member of the National Association of Credit Managers and served a term as Chairman of the Board and also served his country in the United States Air Force.
     Jerry was an unmatched example of the American Value; to work hard, save money and be happy.  He enjoyed good cooking and sharing great food.  His Ford Mustang was his prize possession.  Jerry was a lifetime dog lover and passionate supporter of the local Animal Rescue League.
     Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday (today) at Ernst Funeral Home.
Jerry was an unmatched example of the American Value; to work hard, save money and be happy.  He enjoyed good cooking and sharing great food.  His Ford Mustang was his prize possession.  Jerry was a lifetime dog lover and passionate supporter of the local Animal Rescue League.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday (today) at Ernst Funeral Home.


PATRICIA ANNE TOLLARI (March 2, 1932 - December 20, 2015)
     Patricia Anne Tollari, 83, who was born on March 2, 1932, in Redfield, IA, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2015 at Perry Lutheran Home after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
     Patricia, or Patty as she was fondly called, was the best mother any one could have asked for. She gave without asking for anything in return. She would do anything for family without questions, judgement or grudges later. We have heard so many stories in the last couple of days about how our mother helped so many people financially or otherwise to get past hurdles in their lives. She put family first.  Everything she did was for her kids, grandkids and husband first. She could keep you in line, but was quick to forgive and never let anything get in the way of family. She will be loved and missed by all the lives she touched. She never wanted much for wealth, just enough to provide for her family and raised all of us the same.
     Patty is survived by her four children; Rick (Cindy) Borst of Adel, IA, Charlene (Stuart) Jorgensen of Linden, IA, Dawn (Brian Lincoln) Kacher of Clairmont, FL, and Chris (Sarah) Tollari of Adel, IA; sisters Shirley Clarke of Altoona, IA, Linda Tollari of Des Moines, IA, Judy Bohnet of Lancaster, OH and one brother Arlo Dunbar of Council Bluffs, IA; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grand children and many beloved nieces, nephews and a number of dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Hazel Dunbar;  her husband and love of her life Donald Tollari; sisters Dolores Summy, Audrey Crabbs and Joyce Dunbar and a son Mark Anthony Tollari. No Services at this time are planned.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Catholic Church in Adel.
Patricia Ann Tollari, 83, who was born on March 2, 1932, in Redfield, IA, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2015 at Perry Lutheran Home after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
Patricia, or Patty as she was fondly called, was the best mother any one could have asked for. She gave without asking for anything in return. She would do anything for family without questions, judgement or grudges later. We have heard so many stories in the last couple of days about how our mother helped so many people financially or otherwise to get past hurdles in their lives. She put family first. Everything she did was for her kids, grandkids and husband first. She could keep you in line, but was quick to forgive and never let anything get in the way of family. She will be loved and missed by all the lives she touched. She never wanted much for wealth, just enough to provide for her family and raised all of us the same. Her and Dad always said too much money, and the love of it, changes you.
Patty is survived by her four children; Rick (Cindy) Borst of Adel, IA, Charlene (Stuart) Jorgensen of Linden, IA, Dawn Joann Guiseppe (Brian Lincoln) Kacher of Clairmont, FL, and Chris (Sarah) Tollari of Adel, IA; sisters Shirley Clarke of Altoona, IA, Linda Tollari of Des Moines, IA, Judy Bohnet of Lancaster, OH and one brother Arlo Dunbar of Council Bluffs, IA; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grand children and many beloved nieces, nephews and a number of dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Hazel Dunbar;  her husband and love of her life Donald Tollari; sisters Dolores Summy, Audrey Crabbs and Joyce Dunbar and a son Mark Anthony Tollari. Services will be determined at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Catholic Church in Adel.
Patricia Ann Tollari, 83, who was born on March 2, 1932, in Redfield, IA, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2015 at Perry Lutheran Home after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
Patricia, or Patty as she was fondly called, was the best mother any one could have asked for. She gave without asking for anything in return. She would do anything for family without questions, judgement or grudges later. We have heard so many stories in the last couple of days about how our mother helped so many people financially or otherwise to get past hurdles in their lives. She put family first. Everything she did was for her kids, grandkids and husband first. She could keep you in line, but was quick to forgive and never let anything get in the way of family. She will be loved and missed by all the lives she touched. She never wanted much for wealth, just enough to provide for her family and raised all of us the same. Her and Dad always said too much money, and the love of it, changes you.
Patty is survived by her four children; Rick (Cindy) Borst of Adel, IA, Charlene (Stuart) Jorgensen of Linden, IA, Dawn Joann Guiseppe (Brian Lincoln) Kacher of Clairmont, FL, and Chris (Sarah) Tollari of Adel, IA; sisters Shirley Clarke of Altoona, IA, Linda Tollari of Des Moines, IA, Judy Bohnet of Lancaster, OH and one brother Arlo Dunbar of Council Bluffs, IA; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grand children and many beloved nieces, nephews and a number of dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Hazel Dunbar;  her husband and love of her life Donald Tollari; sisters Dolores Summy, Audrey Crabbs and Joyce Dunbar and a son Mark Anthony Tollari. Services will be determined at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Catholic Church in Adel.


CHRISTOPHER JAMES ERVANIAN (August 26, 1960 - November 19, 2015)
     Christopher James Ervanian was born to Alexander and Mayrellen (Hanson) Ervanian on August 26, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan.  He passed away at the age of 74 at his home on November 19, 2015 in Des Moines, IA.  Private Family Services will be planned at a later date.

GINO RISOLA (February 22, 1974 - November 7, 2015)
     Gino was born in Hollywood, FL on February 22, 1974 to loving parents Lillian and Nicholas Risola.  He grew up in Stamford, CT.  Gino worked in the bar and restaurant industry for over 25 years, and as a training consultant for Homefront Protective Group Law Enforcement Training.
     Married September 23, 2000, Brea and Gino were together for 20 years.  Together they raised four beautiful children: Angelo, Desi, Gino and Joey.  They lived in Arizona for many years and moved to Waukee in 2007.
     Gino enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was a big part of his community.  Gino accepted everyone into his life and considered them family.  He offered stability and support to people among the community that needed a should to lean on.  He was caring, kind, loving and beyond funny.
     Gino was preceded in death by his father Nicholas and brother Nicky.
     Gino is survived by his wife Brea and their children Angelo, Desi, Gino and Joey of Waukee, IA; mother Lillian (Lee) of Scottsdale, AZ; siblings Brijette and Nikki of Scottsdale, AZ; nieces Britain, Chloe, Ashlyn and Ella and nephews Corey, Kevin, Nicholas, Rocco, Matthew and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.


REX DOWNARD (July 13, 1920 - September 16, 2015)

     Rex L. Downard, 95, passed away at home on September 16, 2015.  Rex was born in 1920 to Robert and Alice Downard in Creston, IA.  He was the “baby” of eight children.  In 1942, he married the love of his life, Beverly, and for 73 years they walked hand in hand thru life setting a wonderful example of what marriage should be.

     Rex was an avid outdoorsman and looked forward to the changing seasons as they brought fishing trips to Canada and Minnesota and pheasant and deer hunting.  He especially looked forward to those times that he spending with his hunting buddies and his son-in-law Dick.  He loved to share the hunting/fishing stories of the wonderful times he had with the rest of the family about “the one that got away”, usually at someone else’s expense!

     Rex always had a twinkle in his eye, an easy smile, a terrific quick witted sense of humor and was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.  He retired as supervisor from Firestone Tire and Rubber Company after 33 years and then found another passion in driving cars for a local dealership all over the Midwest.

     Rex is survived by his wife of 73 years Beverly; his daughters Judy (Dick) Applegate and Patty (Frank) Donnelly; grandchildren Stephanie (Michael) Schermerhorn, Todd Applegate and Robert Speer, Jr. and great-grandchildren Sydney and Seth.  He was preceded in death by his brothers Loren, Ed, Glenn, Jimmy, Harold, Charles and sister Shirley as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

     A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a celebration of life service at 11:00 a.m., both at Waukee United Methodist Church.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.ernstfuneralhome.com.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the Waukee U.M.C.

BEVERLY ANN AMMON (September 13, 1935 - June 17, 2015)
Beverly Ann Ammon, 79, who was born to Clyde and Zoe (Webster) Peterson, on September 13, 1935 in Kansas City, MO, passed away on June 17, 2015 in Clive, IA.  A memorial service will be held Monday, June 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Woodlands Creek Clubhouse, 12657 Woodlands Parkway, Clive, IA.
On July 27, 1957, Beverly married the love of her life, Gene Ammon in Jackson County, MO.  Together they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States.  They were married for over 50 years before Gene’s passing in 2008.  Beverly was a homemaker and a bus driver with the Waukee C.S.D. for a number of years.
Beverly enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting and watching birds.  She was also an avid beekeeper.  She adored spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Beverly was able to gift her body to the Des Moines University Body Donor Program; a program she held in high regard.
Beverly is survived by her children Shirley (Ralph Figgers) Ammon of Madison, VA, Donna Dolan of Olin, IA, Jean (Kevin) Rhodes of Madrid, IA and J. Raymond Ammon of Columbus, IN; brother Gilbert (Pat) Peterson of Kansas City, MO; sister-in-law Judy Webb of Gladstone, MO; 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers Clayton and Cletus Peterson.
   
 Beverly Ann Ammon, 79, who was born to Clyde and Zoe (Webster) Peterson, on September 13, 1935 in Kansas City, MO, passed away on June 17, 2015 in Clive, IA.  A memorial service will be held Monday, June 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Woodlands Creek Clubhouse, 12657 Woodlands Parkway, Clive, IA.
     On July 27, 1957, Beverly married the love of her life, Gene Ammon in Jackson County, MO.  Together they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States.  They were married for over 50 years before Gene’s passing in 2008.  Beverly was a homemaker and a bus driver with the Waukee C.S.D. for a number of years.
     Beverly enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting and watching birds.  She was also an avid beekeeper.  She adored spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Beverly was able to gift her body to the Des Moines University Body Donor Program; a program she held in high regard.
     Beverly is survived by her children Shirley (Ralph Figgers) Ammon of Madison, VA, Donna Dolan of Olin, IA, Jean (Kevin) Rhodes of Madrid, IA and J. Raymond Ammon of Columbus, IN; brother Gilbert (Pat) Peterson of Kansas City, MO; sister-in-law Judy Webb of Gladstone, MO; 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers Clayton and Cletus Peterson.



DANIEL PAUL PETERSEN (July 29, 1962 - June 9, 2015)
     Daniel Paul Petersen, 52, was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 29, 1962. After a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer, he died at home in Waukee, Iowa on June 9, 2015.

      Services will be held at Ernst Funeral Home, 80 NE Dartmoor Drive, Waukee; visitation from noon to 2 pm on Sunday, June 14, 2015, and funeral on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 12:30 pm.  All are invited to a 1:00 PM luncheon at the Van Meter Veteran's Reception Center, 910 Main Street, Van Meter.

      Services will be held at Ernst Funeral Home, 80 NE Dartmoor Drive, Waukee; visitation from noon to 2 pm on Sunday, June 14, 2015, and funeral on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 12:30 pm.  All are invited to a 1:00 PM luncheon at the Van Meter Veteran's Reception Center, 910 Main Street, Van Meter.
     Services will be held at Ernst Funeral Home, 80 NE Dartmoor Drive, Waukee; visitation from noon to 2 pm on Sunday, June 14, 2015, and funeral on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 12:30 pm.  All are invited to a 1:00 PM luncheon at the Van Meter Veteran's Reception Center, 910 Main Street, Van Meter.
Dan grew up in Des Moines. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1980, and from Vernon Regional Junior College, Vernon, Texas in 1988. He served in the Air Force and the Air National Guard for 21 years, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. He also worked for the US Postal Service and as the owner of Dan Petersen Upholstery. Dan enjoyed motorcycling, bicycling, home improvement, the outdoors, and time with family.  He took pride in a job well done, no matter the project.
      He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Petersen. Those left missing him include his wife and best friend, Devon Murphy-Petersen, son Andy Petersen, brothers Fred (Patti) Petersen of Dallas, Texas and Max Petersen of Chicago, Illinois, and mother Pat (Dave)Kobe of Kerrville, Texas.
      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brenton Arboretum, 25141 260th St., Dallas Center, IA 50063 or to the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, 34024 Veterans Memorial Dr., Adel, IA 50003.
     Dan grew up in Des Moines. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1980, and from Vernon Regional Junior College, Vernon, Texas in 1988. He served in the Air Force and the Air National Guard for 21 years, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. He also worked for the US Postal Service and as the owner of Dan Petersen Upholstery. Dan enjoyed motorcycling, bicycling, home improvement, the outdoors, and time with family.  He took pride in a job well done, no matter the project.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Petersen. Those left missing him include his wife and best friend, Devon Murphy-Petersen, son Andy Petersen, brothers Fred (Patti) Petersen of Dallas, Texas and Max Petersen of Chicago, Illinois, and mother Pat (Dave)Kobe of Kerrville, Texas.
     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brenton Arboretum, 25141 260th St., Dallas Center, IA 50063 or to the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, 34024 Veterans Memorial Dr., Adel, IA 50003.
 Daniel Paul Petersen, 52, was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 29, 1962. After a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer, he died at home in Waukee, Iowa on June 9, 2015.
      Services will be held at Ernst Funeral Home, 80 NE Dartmoor Drive, Waukee; visitation from noon to 2 pm on Sunday, June 14, 2015, and funeral on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 12:30 pm.  All are invited to a 1:00 PM luncheon at the Van Meter Veteran's Reception Center, 910 Main
 Daniel Paul Petersen, 52, was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 29, 1962. After a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer, he died at home in Waukee, Iowa on June 9, 2015.
                Services will be held at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee; visitation from noon to 2 pm on Sunday, June 14, 2015, and funeral on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 12:30 pm.  All are invited to a luncheon at the Van Meter Veteran's Reception Center at 1:00 pm.
                Dan grew up in Des Moines. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1980, and from Vernon Regional Junior College in 1988. He served in the Air Force and the Air National Guard for 21 years, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. He also worked for the US Postal Service and as the owner of Dan Petersen Upholstery. Dan enjoyed motorcycling, home improvement, the outdoors, and time with family.  He took pride in a job well done, no matter the project.
                He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Petersen. Those left missing him include his wife and best friend, Devon Murphy-Petersen, son Andy Petersen, brothers Fred (Patti) and Max Petersen, and mother Pat (Dave)Kobe.
                In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brenton Arboretum, 25141 260th St., Dallas Center, IA 50063 or to the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, 34024 Veterans Memorial Dr., Adel, IA 50003