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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.


FLORENCE ANINA ANDERSON (JANUARY 8, 1924 - APRIL 11, 2017)
     Florence Anina Anderson, 93, daughter of Peter C. and Anna C. (Lauritsen) Petersen, who was born at home on January 8, 1924 in Audubon County, passed away April 11, 2017 at Parkridge Specialty Care in Pleasant Hill.
Florence was baptized on July 6, 1924 and confirmed on April 17, 1938 at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Kimballton, IA.  On October 10, 1945 she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Milo V. Anderson.  Together they operated several farms in and around Audubon County.  During this time Florence was a homemaker and helped Milo farm.  In 1963, Florence and Milo moved to a dairy farm near Waukee.  In 1967 they quit farming and moved into Waukee where Florence went to work for AMF Western Tool until her retirement in 1986.
     Florence enjoyed fishing, bowling, gardening, camping and going to Texas for the winters.  She was a friend to everyone she met and enjoyed spending her time cooking, baking and making crafts.  Florence was a very active charter member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waukee.  She was always there lending a helpful hand.
     Florence is survived by her children Connie (Denny) Hildreth of Johnston, IA, Beatrice (Tim) Cunningham of Runnells, IA, Roger (Deb) Anderson of Waukee, IA and David Anderson of Peru, IA; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother Ernest (Jane) Petersen; sisters Vi (Darrell) Kilworth, Shirley Sherman and Elizabeth Anderson; sister-in-law Lola Bennett and brother-in-law Richard (Lourene) Anderson and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
     Florence was preceded in death by her husband Milo; parents; step-mother Zelma Petersen; siblings Lewis, Leonard and Franklyn Petersen, Adelia Deist and Deloris Anderson and brothers and sisters-in-law Marie Petersen, Lorraine Petersen, Russell Anderson, LaVern Anderson, George Sherman, Norman Larsen, Veda Larsen, Earl Bennett, Rose Anderson, Betty Anderson and Arnold Deist.


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

     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 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. 
   Services will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at    Ernst Funeral of Waukee. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow at the Waukee Cemetery. 


AXEL JOHNSON (JUNE 13, 1929 - AUGUST 27, 2016)
    Axel Johnson, Senior Master Sergeant/E-8, U. S. Air Force, passed away on Saturday, August 27th, 2016, at the Iowa Veterans Home, Marshalltown, Iowa.
     Axel is preceded in death by his parents Axel and Aina Alice (Haapasaari-Saari) Johnson of Ashland, Wisconsin; his brothers John Edward Johnson of Duluth, Minnesota, Gunnard Johnson of Ashland, Wisconsin, George Milton Johnson of Ashland, Wisconsin; and sister Vivian Alice (Johnson) Plunkett of Superior, Wisconsin.
     Axel is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Hilda (Leigh) Johnson of Warrington, England; son Wayne Mathias Johnson (US Army 1969-1971) (Rebecca (Forst)) of Des Moines, Iowa; son John Leigh Johnson (US Coast Guard 1972-1975) (Elizabeth Hauer), of Yountville, California; daughter Teresa Marie (Johnson) Harvey (Mark), of Smithville, Missouri; son Steven Phillip Johnson, (Rebecca (King), of Portland, Oregon; daughter Lori Anne Johnson-Weller, (US Coast Guard 1981-Present) stationed in Warrenton, Oregon; sisters Theda Marie (Johnson) Maki, of Long Beach, Washington, Rachel (Johnson) Olson, of Omaha, Nebraska; 16 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
     Axel was born on June 13, 1929, in Ashland, Wisconsin.  He graduated from Ashland, Wisconsin High School in 1947, and honorably served 21 years of Active Duty Service with the U. S. Air Force from 1947 thru 1968, where he received the Air Force Commendation Medal along with numerous other medals, awards, and recognitions reflecting a long and distinguished military career.  Axel was the Founding Member and President of the Western Lake Superior Trollers Association, President of the Senior Center Board of Directors, a member of the City of Superior Deer Committee, and Retired as the Vice President of Garon Knitting Mills of Superior, Wisconsin.
     Axel was dearly loved by his family, friends and all who met him.  He loved to fly fish in the Brule River of Wisconsin; compete for the Johnson Family Golf Tournament Trophy with his sons, son in-law and grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his grand and great grandchildren playing games, dancing, singing and reading to them.  Axel was known for always staying busy and you would often find him with a tool in his hand, just like his father, working on one project or another.  Axel was also known for his beautifully maintained gardens where family would always gather whenever they were in town.  In the early morning hours you could find him sitting in the sun reading a book as the coffee brewed.  He loved taking care of his beloved wife, Hilda, and immensely enjoyed her cooking, fresh baked pies, and spending each and every day with her, saying she was the love of his life.
     Sympathy Cards may be sent to Axel's wife, Hilda Leigh Johnson, of the Iowa Veterans Home, Ulrey 7, Marshalltown, IA 50158.  Funeral Services will be announced at a later date.  The Family would like all to know the incredible care and love that was given to our Father at the Iowa Veterans Home, and ask that instead of flowers, please take the time to learn about your States Veteran Home and make a donation in Axel’s name, or volunteer to honor not only the Veterans, but honor all those that make a career of caring for those that helped maintain our Freedom.


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.


ALICE HENDERSON (APRIL 22, 1930 - JULY 24, 2016)
Alice Henderson, 86, joined her husband in Heaven on Sunday, July 24, 2016.  She was born April 22, 1930 to Fred and Lillian Newman in Albia, Iowa.  She married Gerald (Suss) Henderson on September 3, 1947.  They lived in Des Moines, Iowa until 1963 when they moved to Waukee, Iowa. Gerald entered into Heaven in 2007.  Alice moved to the Eastern Star Home in 2012, where she resided until her death.
Alice and her husband enjoyed country music and spending time with their family.  Alice had a special love for babies and was happiest when she was holding one of her grandbabies. She loved doing crossword puzzles.  She and her husband loved their dogs and were never without one.
She is survived by her daughters Linda Latimer and Candy Henderson of Boone; daughter-in-law Vicki Henderson of Waukee;  grandchildren Shawn Latimer, Jason Henderson and Natalie (Adam) Wilson and four great grandchildren Noah Henderson, Jasper and Avery Wilson and Adelyn Latimer.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gerald, son Rick and son-in-law Jim Latimer.
  Visitation will be Thursday, July 28 from noon until time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. , both at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee.  Burial will be at a later date in 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.
     A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 2:30 p.m., at Ernst Funeral Home, with the family gathering to greet friends from 1:00 p.m. to service time.  Memorial Donations can be made in Abbie's memory to: Iowa Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association.


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  24, 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. 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.
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.

EVA JEAN WRIGHT (May 28, 1927 - August 10, 2015)
   Eva Jean Wright, who was born on May 28, 1927 at the family farm in Kellerton, Iowa to Wilbur "Doc" and Donna Greimann, passed away at the age of 88 on August 10, 2015 in Adel, Iowa.  She was the second of five children and was named for her grandmother.  Jean, as she was known, graduated from Kellerton H.S.
   Jean was married to Robert "Bob" Wright on July 24, 1947.  They made their home in the Mt. Ayr area until moving to Des Moines, then Waukee, where they lived for 59 years.  To them were born five children.  Jean retired from Sears Roebuck & Co. in 1975.  
   Jean most enjoyed family times.  She loved holidays because it meant having all her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids home.  She always tried to prepare each ones favorite dish and there were plenty.  She enjoyed watching as the little ones played.  She also enjoyed doing needlework, especially embroidery and quilting.  She made each of her 18 great-grandchildren a quilt.  Jean was able to pass on to her granddaughters and oldest great-granddaughter her embroidery skills.
   Jean is survived by her husband of 68 years, Bob; her children Roberta (Dennis) Petty, Penny (Richard) Jess, Walter (Terry) and Randy (Susan); 12 grandchildren and spouses; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.  Also surviving are her siblings Helen Jeter of Clearfield, Clara Ruth Sheldon of California and Lee Greimann of Perry and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Jean was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, son Kevin, grandson Richard Petty, brother G.W. Greimann, brothers and sisters-in-law Raymond Wright, Ralph and Betty Wright, Cecil and Lois Waller, Marlene Greimann, Rose Greimann, Avery Sheldon and Eldon Jeter.
   We will always love you mom.
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



JAMES "JIM" W. LEWIS (October 24, 1935 - April 30, 2015)
James W. Lewis, 79, of Story City, formerly of Waukee, passed away April 30, 2015 in Story City, IA.  James was born to Harold and Arlene (Miller) Lewis on October 24, 1935 in Des Moines, IA.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home.  A social gathering time with light refreshments will be held one hour prior to the service.  Interment to follow at Iowa Veterans Cemetery.
James W. Lewis, 79, of Story City, formerly of Waukee, passed away April 30, 2015 in Story City, IA.  James was born to Harold and Arlene (Miller) Lewis on October 24, 1935 in Des Moines, IA.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home.  A social gathering time with light refreshments will be held one hour prior to the service.  Interment to follow at Iowa Veterans Cemetery.
James is survived by his loving wife Buel; daughters Debbie Lewis and Kathy (Pete) Wood; granchildren Kristi, Mark, Crystal and Janet; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters Margaret Gunn, Judy (Richard) Hall, Becky (Arlo) Edwards and Cheryl Buckalew and brother Jerry (Ramona) Lewis.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Linda Kopfer and granddaughter Tonya.
     James W. Lewis, 79, of Story City, formerly of Waukee, passed away April 30, 2015 in Story City, IA.  James was born to Harold and Arlene (Miller) Lewis on October 24, 1935 in Des Moines, IA.
     Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home.  A social gathering time with light refreshments will be held one hour prior to the service.  Interment to follow at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa.
     Jim enjoyed spending time at the lake, fishing and camping.  He enjoyed riding dirt bikes and adored his wife and family.  He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and member of the AmVets Post #2.  He spent most of his working career as a carpet installer.
     James is survived by his daughters Debbie Lewis of Spokane, WA  and Kathy (Pete) Wood of Spokane, WA; granchildren Kristi, Mark, Crystal and Janet; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters Margaret Gunn, of Eufaula, OK, Judy (Richard) Hall of Charles City, IA, Becky (Arlo) Edwards of Goldfield, IA and Cheryl Buckalew of Dallas Center, IA and brother Jerry (Ramona) Lewis of Ellston, IA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Linda Kopfer and granddaughter Tonya.


James W. Lewis, 79, of Story City, formerly of Waukee, passed away April 30, 2015 in Story City, IA.  James was born to Harold and Arlene (Miller) Lewis on October 24, 1935 in Des Moines, IA.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home.  A social gathering time with light refreshments will be held one hour prior to the service.  Interment to follow at Iowa Veterans Cemetery.


MARJORIE ELIZABETH RUPP (April 27, 1932 - April 30, 2015)
     Marjorie Elizabeth Rupp, 83, who was born on April 27, 1932 in Marcus, IA, passed away on April 30, 2015 in Johnston, IA.  Visitation will be held Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., both at Ernst Funeral Home.  Funeral Mass will be held Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Waukee.
      Marjorie married the love of her life, Jim Rupp on August 25, 1951 in Marcus, IA.  Her greatest joy in life was her children and grandchildren.  Marjorie enjoyed quilting, crafts and collecting rocks.  She loved eating tomatoes from the garden.  As only her family can appreciate, castles surrounded her.  
Marjorie Elizabeth Rupp, 83, who was born on April 27, 1932 in Marcus, IA, passed away on April 30, 2015 in Johnston, IA.  Visitation will be held Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., both at Ernst Funeral Home.  Funeral Mass will be held Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Waukee.
Marjorie enjoyed quilting, crafts and rocks.  She loved eating tomatoes from the garden.  As only her family can appreciate, castles surrounded her.
     Marjorie is survived by her children Gregory Rupp of Richmond, TX,  Deborah Rolek of Waukee, IA and Ann (Ted) Horn of Des Moines, IA; sister Marie Nitzschke of Waterloo, IA; 11 grandchildren Rachel (Chris) Rolek Gorman, Mark Rupp, Alex (Erin) Rolek, Brian Rolek, Chris (Lindsey) Rupp, Brandon (Nichole) Rupp, Ashlee (Jonathan) Rupp Adams, Chuck Rolek, David Rolek, Eric Rolek and Jonathan Adams; and 7 great-grandchildren Jillian Rupp, James Rupp, Marcus Rupp, Meredith Rupp, Elizabeth Adams, Shane Gorman and Charlotte Adams.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim and several brothers.
DEXTER JAY ANDERSON (May 31, 1950 - April 16, 2015)
Dexter Jay Anderson, age 64 passed away April 16, 2015.
Jay was born May 31, 1950 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Donald and Eileen Anderson.
Jay served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.  He met and married Cynthia Retterath in Sioux Falls in December of 1973.  They lived in Sioux Falls until 1997 when they moved to Olathe, Kansas for a year before moving to Clive, Iowa where they lived for 17 years.
Jay was in the wholesale plumbing and heating business for most of his working career.  At the time of his retirement he was an estimator.  In his time off he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, skeet shooting and building Lego models.
He was preceded in death by his son Michael; parents and brother Wayne; and is survived by his wife; daughter Heather (Jason) Anderson Reigstad of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sisters Charlotte (Jerry) Retterath, RoxieAnn (David) Bradley, Mona (Greg) Valsvick, and brothers Kent (Mary), Steven (Debbie), Roger (Tammy), Robert (Terri), Edwin and Douglas and many nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

      Dexter Jay Anderson, age 64 passed away April 16, 2015.

     Jay was born May 31, 1950 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Donald and Eileen Anderson.

     Jay served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.  He met and married Cynthia Retterath in Sioux Falls in December of 1973.  They lived in Sioux Falls until 1997 when they moved to Olathe, Kansas for a year before moving to Clive, Iowa where they lived for 17 years.

     Jay was in the wholesale plumbing and heating business for most of his working career.  At the time of his retirement he was an estimator.  In his time off he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, skeet shooting and building Lego models.

     He was preceded in death by his son Michael; parents and brother Wayne; and is survived by his wife; daughter Heather (Jason) Anderson Reigstad of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sisters Charlotte (Jerry) Retterath, RoxieAnn (David) Bradley, Mona (Greg) Valsvick, and brothers Kent (Mary), Steven (Debbie), Roger (Tammy), Robert (Terri), Edwin and Douglas and many nieces and nephews.

     A private memorial service will be held at a later date.


     


Dexter Jay Anderson, age 64 passed away April 16, 2015.
Jay was born May 31, 1950 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Donald and Eileen Anderson.
Jay served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.  He met and married Cynthia Retterath in Sioux Falls in December of 1973.  They lived in Sioux Falls until 1997 when they moved to Olathe, Kansas for a year before moving to Clive, Iowa where they lived for 17 years.
Jay was in the wholesale plumbing and heating business for most of his working career.  At the time of his retirement he was an estimator.  In his time off he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, skeet shooting and building Lego models.
He was preceded in death by his son Michael; parents and brother Wayne; and is survived by his wife; daughter Heather (Jason) Anderson Reigstad of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sisters Charlotte (Jerry) Retterath, RoxieAnn (David) Bradley, Mona (Greg) Valsvick, and brothers Kent (Mary), Steven (Debbie), Roger (Tammy), Robert (Terri), Edwin and Douglas and many nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.





















GEORGE L. SLAGLE (August 8, 1932 - April 11, 2015)
     
     George L. Slagle passed away on Saturday, April 11 at the VA Hospice in Des Moines, IA. George was born in Alanthus Grove, MO., and graduated from Ravenwood, MO. in 1950. He served in the National Guard and spent two years of service in Korea. He was a member of the Isaak Walton League and the American Legion. George worked as a Manufacturer's Representative for many years. He established Slagle Ltd., now of St. Louis, MO. His company represented many well-known companies such as Wigwam Mills, Dodger Gym, and Brooks Shoes.
     After early retirement he continued his travels over the country by being a driver for Amatco USA, Inc. and also Windstar Bus Company. George was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved to fish. He enjoyed spending time with his family, going on many vacations and fishing trips to Canada. 
     George was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marilyn, and is survived by Dolores, his wife, and daughter, Linda, two brothers, Marlin of Maryville, MO and Kerry of Sarasota, Florida and three sisters Thelma, Shirley and Nellie. George was a caring and giving person with a great sense of humor. A Loving Husband for 65 years and considered the Best Dad ever by his daughter, Linda. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. 
     A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., April 18 at Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home in Maryville, Missouri.
     In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be sent to: Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Attn: Candy Bell, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA 50313.






CAROL A. CHRISTIANSON  (March 27, 1936 - March 12, 2015)
     Carol Christianson was brought to peace on Thursday, March 12, 2015
surrounded by the people who loved her most.  Carol was born on March 27, 1936 in Des Moines, IA.  She cherished being a wife, mother and grandmother.  She loved all the animals she had over the years, just as she loved everything around her.  Carol will always be remembered for her sweet, kind nature.  She was an incredible woman who loved with all her heart.
     Carol is survived by her son Charles Christianson and two grandchildren Brianna Christianson and Colton Christianson.  She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon "Pete" Christianson and son Ed Christianson.
     Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., 
at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee, IA.  Donations may be made to the ARL of Iowa in Carol's memory.
CHIEF LARRY JAMES PHILLIPS (March 4, 1948 - February 28, 2015)

     Chief Larry James Phillips, 66, of Waukee, Iowa passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

     Larry Phillips is a man who deserves to be celebrated.  He was born to Bennie and Ida Phillips on March 4, 1948.   A life long resident of Waukee, Larry was raised in the Shuler mining camp until 1958 when the family moved into town.  He graduated from Waukee High School in 1966.

     Larry found the most joy in time spent with his family.  His life’s focus was to make sure they always had everything they needed, even before they knew they needed it.  He gave wholly and selflessly to them always. He was never happier than when he was spending time at his lake cabin, casting his line into the water, or spending time with his grandkids. His devotion to those he loved was amazing.  We find comfort in our vision of him in heaven, fishing with the greatest fisherman of all.

     Larry’s attention to the people he cared about went beyond the scope of his family.   In 1969 he began his career as a police officer.  In 1980 he was proud and privileged to become Chief to Waukee’s police force; a total of three officers!  As the City of Waukee grew from a small mining town to the contemporary city it is today, Larry remained focused on making sure the small town was never forgotten.  He devoted his life to making sure the citizens always felt safe and secure in the town they had chosen as home. 

     Everyone who ever came in contact with Larry immediately felt his warmth, honesty and integrity. He treated everyone he met with respect and kindness, regardless of the circumstances of the encounter.   He was a master at seeing the good in every person or situation.  The lives he touched were often forever changed by the kindness and sincerity he always offered.

     Larry is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Phillips, his daughters April Ackelson (George), Jeanne Leonard (Scott), and Trinda Smith (Brian), grandchildren AJ Phillips-Ackelson, Chelsea Pierce, Bailey Smith and Noah Smith, three great grand children (with another on the way), and his brother, Ron Phillips of Ankeny.   His parents, Bennie Phillips and Ida Barberi Phillips, preceded him in death.

      The family asks that you join them in celebrating Larry’s life with a visitation at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

      Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Church of Hope on Jordan Creek Parkway.  Burial will follow at the Waukee Cemetery.

      In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Lutheran Church of Hope for their continued support to law enforcement, their families and to the community.

     The family would like to offer special thanks to Lieutenant Greg Breuer of the Waukee Police Department and Lutheran Church of Hope.

MAE I. MOE (October 22, 1917 - February 11, 2015)
     Mae I. Moe, 97, a resident of Des Moines, IA, formerly of Rothsay, died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Scottish Rite Park in Des Moines, IA. 
     Mae was born on October 22, 1917, near Rothsay, MN, to Carl and Marie (Rude) Stras. She attended District 127 and Rothsay Public School, graduating in 1935 from Fergus Falls High School. In 1937 she graduated from Moorhead State Teachers College. Mae taught in Ottertail County rural schools for five years. She married Otto A. Moe on June 8, 1939. They farmed and moved to Rothsay in 1947, where she lived until moving to the Des Moines, IA, area in 2004.
     Mae was a life-long member of Hamar Lutheran Church (now New Life Lutheran Church) and active in ladies’ organizations. She taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and offered a helping hand wherever needed. For 25 years she assisted her husband in their Rothsay State Farm Insurance office. She also taught at Rothsay High School. 

     Mae was a devoted wife and mother to her three children. She and Otto enjoyed a full life of love and 59 years of marriage before his passing in 1998. She always welcomed visitors and shared her wonderful cooking and hospitality with many relatives, friends and children who stopped by. Her talents and hobbies were unlimited; creative writing, sewing, crocheting, oil and acrylic painting, rosemaling, quilting, cooking and baking. She baked and decorated wedding cakes for her three children and many others in the community. She enjoyed time at the lake, traveling, dancing, Senior Citizen activities, card playing, volunteering and spending quality time with family and friends. Her love of Jesus, family and friends, along with her kind wit and sense of humor, will be fondly remembered. She was grateful to get to know and spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and was most appreciative for all the caregivers who brought her much joy and so lovingly provided the care she needed. 
     Preceding her in death is her husband, Otto Moe; an infant daughter; parents; sister, Carol Halbakken; sons-in-law, John Anderson and Dayle Hauger, and several extended family members. 
     She is survived by three children. Marlyce Hauger of Urbandale, IA; Kathleen “Kathy” Anderson of Urbandale, IA; Keith (Catherine) Moe of Vergas, MN; six grandchildren, Larry (Meredith) Hauger of Moorhead, MN, Michelle (Bill) Kurtz of Urbandale, IA, Kayla (Brad) Winnike of Clive, IA, Barry (Wendy) Anderson of Ridgefield, WA, Cindy (Jason) McClain of Lakeville, MN, Brian (Kerry) Moe of Chaska, MN; eleven great-grandchildren, Alexandria, MacKenzie and Remington Hauger, Nathan and Emily Kurtz, Jenna, Hanna and Haley Winnike, Elliott Anderson, Audrey McClain, Lydia Moe; brother, Carlton Stras; brother-in-law Del (Ramona) Moe; and many nieces and nephews.
     In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to New Life Lutheran Church Building Fund or Hamar Cemetery Fund.

ROY EUGENE STOLL (August 29, 1926 - February 1, 2015)

     Roy Eugene Stoll, 88, was called home by his Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at The Shores at Pleasant Hill.  Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior, both at the Altoona Regular Baptist Church.  Interment to follow at the Bondurant Cemetery.

     Roy was born on the family farm in rural Bondurant on August 29, 1926 to Otto Eugene and Opal (McIntosh) Stoll.  He graduated from the Bondurant High School.  On June 10, 1949 he was united in marriage to the love of his life Chloris Jean Carlson.  Roy farmed the Bondurant area his entire life and was proud to have a century farm.  He was very active in the Lions Club and various farming organizations over the years.  He and Chloris enjoyed their senior citizen’s group, the “Rolling Agers”, and numerous tours and trips through their local bank.

     Roy had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening.  Roy was a very generous man, which could be seen by him giving away acres and acres of his sweetcorn to his grandchildren, family and friends.  He also enjoyed boating, the Hawkeyes, watching sports on TV and attending his grandchildren’s many activities.

     Roy is survived by his children Christine (Kerry) Passick and Carleton (Susan) Stoll; grandchildren Sean Passick, Aaron (Amy) Passick, Stephanie (Anthony) Rosing and Lindsey (Jonathan) Clark; great-grandchildren Noah Rosing, Alex, Aidan and Ava Passick and Chloe Clark; and sisters Arlene (Eldon) Linn and Estelene (Marshall) Mathias.  He was preceded in death by his parents Otto and Opal, wife Chloris and brother Lee Stoll.

    Memorial donations may be directed in Roy’s memory to Talking Bibles International.

BRIAN L. BINGAMAN (August 18, 1955 - January 16, 2015)

     Brian L. Bingaman, 59, who was born on August 18, 1955 in Des Moines, IA, passed away on January 16, 2015 at the Rehab Center of D.M. under hospice care.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee.  Private family inurnment at the Booneville Cemetery.

     Brian is survived by his father Allan; daughter Desiree; sisters Susan, Donna, Kathy, Margaret, Lila and Lana; and brothers Michael, Douglas and James.

ROY P. PORTER (May 3, 1926 - December 27, 2014)
     Roy P. Porter, who was born to Russell and Lillian (Heacox) Porter in Buckner, Illinois on May 3, 1926, passed away at the Village of Legacy Pointe in Waukee, Iowa on December 27, 2014.
     Private Graveside services will be held at the Masonic & IOOF Cemetery in Benton, Illinois.
ROBERT LEON LIND (July 25, 1926 - December 23, 2014)
     Robert “Bob” Leon Lind, age 88, of Waukee, Iowa, passed away suddenly of an aneurysm on December 23. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Bonifice Catholic Church, Waukee, Iowa, on Dec 27 at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. at the church.
     Robert was born on July 25, 1926 in Bejou, Minnesota, to Carl and Emma Hudon Lind. He grew up and attended school near the Southern Minnesota town of Rapidan, graduating in 1944 from Detroit Lakes High School. He served with the Army infantry in the Philippine Islands during World War II and later in Japan after peace was declared. Robert returned to Detroit Lakes in 1946 and attended Detroit Lakes Business College. On October 17, 1950, Robert and Clara Ann Lorsung were married. Within two months, Robert was recalled to active duty and served two more years in the Army during the Korean Conflict.
     Pursuing a life-long vocation in the horticultural industry, Robert worked in greenhouses in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Boulder, Colorado, and Fargo, North Dakota. In 1972, Robert, Clare and their children established Centerville Greenhouses, Inc. in Centerville, Iowa. Robert and Clare were especially pleased to have had the blessings of working with their children in the family business.
     Robert and Clare were active in their business until the early 1990s, at which time their son, Robert Michael, and his family assumed ownership. They retired to Sun City West, Arizona in 1997, and again returned to Iowa to be closer to their children in 2007. Robert had been active in many civic and church activities while being in Fargo and Centerville.
     Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Clare, and seven children, Robert (Patricia) Lind of Centerville, John (Cynthia Camp) Lind of Reno, NV, Ann (Cyrus) Schoonmaker of Van Meter, Mary (Kevin) Shetler of Clive, David (Deb Townsend) Lind of West Des Moines, Kathleen Lind of West Des Moines and Joseph (Michele) Lind of Roseville, MN; grandchildren Elizabeth (Matthew), Peter and Alexander Lind, Clare and Cyrus Schoonmaker, Amanda and Alexandra Shetler, Emma and Maria Lind, and Zackary, Sarah and Melissa Lind; one great-granddaughter, Elsa Risley; sister Annette Dempsey, brothers John and Paul Lind and numerous nieces and nephews.
     He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Emma Lind; daughter Margaret Mary Lind; son Michael Joseph Lind; grandson Andrew George Lind; three sisters, Dorothy London, Lillian Strom and Jean Weir; and one brother, Carl Lind.
     Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fargo, North Dakota. Memorials may be made to St. Boniface Catholic Church, 1200 Warrior Lane, Waukee, Iowa, 50263 or the donor’s favorite charity.
BETTY LOU WOODARD (February 27, 1947 - December 20, 2014)
   Betty Lou Woodard, 67 of Waukee, formerly of Boone, Iowa, passed away in Ankeny, Iowa on December 20, 2014.  Due to Betty's wishes, cremation rites have been performed and no services are scheduled.
   Betty was born to Clifford and Nellie (Norrell) Cazett in Boone, Iowa on February 27, 1947.  Many will remember Betty from her time working at the Dollar Tree in Waukee.  Betty enjoyed farming on Facebook and playing Candy Crush.  She leaves behind her cherished cats Greasy and Charlie.
   Betty is survived by her four daughters Deborah Woodard of West Virginia, Rocky Woodard of Boone, IA, Billy Trumper of Alabama and Joanne Mundt of Dawson, IA; sisters Rose Mary (Dave) Davis of Ankeny, IA and Pat Helman of Boone, IA; a brother Clifford Cazett of Boone, IA and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
RAYMOND CLEMENS CLARK (February 13, 1925 - December 18, 2014)
    Raymond C. Clark, 89, of Waukee died peacefully at Adel Acres Care Center on December 18, 2014.
   Raymond Clemens Clark was born February 13, 1925, outside Tabor, Iowa, the only child of Raymond W. and Hazel (Farrel) Clark.  Ray's early years could have been a study in adversity, with his mother's death when he was seven and his father's death in an automobile accident when Ray was seventeen, but he managed to develop the positive, forward-looking, attitude which served him to the end of his life.  Following his release from the hospital after the auto accident which killed his father, Ray lived with his aunt and uncle, Bernella and Charlie Kesterson, in Tabor.  After graduation from Tabor High School in 1943, he attended Tarkio College (Missouri), graduating in May 1947.
   Ray juggled a number of jobs while working his way through college, including a stint as a packinghouse worker in Fort Dodge, the city where he met his future wife, Virginia Secor, on Christmas Day 1946.  After graduating from Tarkio College, he moved to Cedar Falls, enrolling at the Iowa State Teacher's College while courting Virginia.  Ray and Virginia were married on July 7, 1949, moving to Waterloo where he worked for the YMCA.  His work with the Y included positions in Des Moines and West Des Moines, bookending a four-year stint in the early 1960’s as a Bowes Seal Fast automotive supply distributor.  Ray retired from full-time employment from Sears, but he didn’t retire completely until reaching his early 80s.  The supplemental jobs included: truck driver for the Des Moines Register, 20 plus years as a public school bus driver, and many enjoyable years as a security guard for the Des Moines Art Center.
   Ray’s love for old cars, especially Studebakers, brought him into the antique car collecting world – he was a charter member of the Des Moines Horseless Carriage Club and a co-founder of the Iowa Studebaker Drivers’ Club.  He transferred his love of old vehicles to farm equipment in the late 1980s, though his family was grateful that he didn’t go for anything larger than a tractor.
   Ray’s sense of civic engagement was strong, and he loved nothing more than serving the Waukee and Dallas County communities.  He was elected to the Waukee School Board, the Waukee City Council, and the DMACC Board of Directors, and campaigned for passage of local school and library bond measures.  Ray and his wife Virginia were strong advocates for the Waukee Public Library, helping it to keep up with the needs of a growing community.  Following Virginia's death in 2000, Ray helped coordinate the creation of a butterfly garden in her honor at the Waukee Public Library.  Party politics were a big part of Ray’s life, whether through engaging in political debate, lobbying at the state legislature, performing routine campaign tasks or getting out the vote on election day.
   Ray is survived by his children, Thomas (Jill) Clark and Sarah (John F. Thomas) Clark; grandchildren, Levi (Emily) Clark and Raymond (Elizabeth) Clark; and great grandsons Caleb and Andrew.  He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

   Memorial contributions may be directed to the Waukee Public Library Foundation’s butterfly garden fund or to the Tabor Historical Society.

   The family is grateful for the care and kindness shown to Ray by the staff at Adel Acres, and thanks them for their dedicated work during the years he resided there. 

Raymond C. Clark, 89, of Waukee died peacefully at Adel Acres Care Center on December 18, 2014.

 

Raymond Clemens Clark was born February 13, 1925, outside Tabor, Iowa, the only child of Raymond W. and Hazel (Farrel) Clark.  Ray's early years could have been a study in adversity, with his mother's death when he was seven and his father's death in an automobile accident when Ray was seventeen, but he managed to develop the positive, forward-looking, attitude which served him to the end of his life.  Following his release from the hospital after the auto accident which killed his father, Ray lived with his aunt and uncle, Bernella and Charlie Kesterson, in Tabor.  After graduation from Tabor High School in 1943, he attended Tarkio College (Missouri), graduating in May 1947.  

 

Ray juggled a number of jobs while working his way through college, including a stint as a packinghouse worker in Fort Dodge, the city where he met his future wife, Virginia Secor, on Christmas Day 1946.  After graduating from Tarkio College, he moved to Cedar Falls, enrolling at the Iowa State Teacher's College while courting Virginia.  Ray and Virginia were married on July 7, 1949, moving to Waterloo where he worked for the YMCA.  His work with the Y included positions in Des Moines and West Des Moines, bookending a four-year stint in the early 1960’s as a Bowes Seal Fast automotive supply distributor.  Ray retired from full-time employment from Sears, but he didn’t retire completely until reaching his early 80s.  The supplemental jobs included: truck driver for the Des Moines Register, 20 plus years as a public school bus driver, and many enjoyable years as a security guard for the Des Moines Art Center.

 

Ray’s love for old cars, especially Studebakers, brought him into the antique car collecting world – he was a charter member of the Des Moines Horseless Carriage Club and a co-founder of the Iowa Studebaker Drivers’ Club.  He transferred his love of old vehicles to farm equipment in the late 1980s, though his family was grateful that he didn’t go for anything larger than a tractor.

 

Ray’s sense of civic engagement was strong, and he loved nothing more than serving the Waukee and Dallas County communities.  He was elected to the Waukee School Board, the Waukee City Council, and the DMACC Board of Directors, and campaigned for passage of local school and library bond measures.  Ray and his wife Virginia were strong advocates for the Waukee Public Library, helping it to keep up with the needs of a growing community.  Following Virginia's death in 2000, Ray helped coordinate the creation of a butterfly garden in her honor at the Waukee Public Library.  Party politics were a big part of Ray’s life, whether through engaging in political debate, lobbying at the state legislature, performing routine campaign tasks or getting out the vote on election day.

 

Ray is survived by his children, Thomas (Jill) Clark and Sarah (John F. Thomas) Clark; grandchildren, Levi (Emily) Clark and Raymond (Elizabeth) Clark; and great grandsons Caleb and Andrew.  He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Waukee Public Library Foundation’s butterfly garden fund or to the Tabor Historical Society.


The family is grateful for the care and kindness shown to Ray by the staff at Adel Acres, and thanks them for their dedicated work during the years he resided there. 

Raymond C. Clark, 89, of Waukee died peacefully at Adel Acres Care Center on December 18, 2014.

 

Raymond Clemens Clark was born February 13, 1925, outside Tabor, Iowa, the only child of Raymond W. and Hazel (Farrel) Clark.  Ray's early years could have been a study in adversity, with his mother's death when he was seven and his father's death in an automobile accident when Ray was seventeen, but he managed to develop the positive, forward-looking, attitude which served him to the end of his life.  Following his release from the hospital after the auto accident which killed his father, Ray lived with his aunt and uncle, Bernella and Charlie Kesterson, in Tabor.  After graduation from Tabor High School in 1943, he attended Tarkio College (Missouri), graduating in May 1947.  

 

Ray juggled a number of jobs while working his way through college, including a stint as a packinghouse worker in Fort Dodge, the city where he met his future wife, Virginia Secor, on Christmas Day 1946.  After graduating from Tarkio College, he moved to Cedar Falls, enrolling at the Iowa State Teacher's College while courting Virginia.  Ray and Virginia were married on July 7, 1949, moving to Waterloo where he worked for the YMCA.  His work with the Y included positions in Des Moines and West Des Moines, bookending a four-year stint in the early 1960’s as a Bowes Seal Fast automotive supply distributor.  Ray retired from full-time employment from Sears, but he didn’t retire completely until reaching his early 80s.  The supplemental jobs included: truck driver for the Des Moines Register, 20 plus years as a public school bus driver, and many enjoyable years as a security guard for the Des Moines Art Center.

 

Ray’s love for old cars, especially Studebakers, brought him into the antique car collecting world – he was a charter member of the Des Moines Horseless Carriage Club and a co-founder of the Iowa Studebaker Drivers’ Club.  He transferred his love of old vehicles to farm equipment in the late 1980s, though his family was grateful that he didn’t go for anything larger than a tractor.

 

Ray’s sense of civic engagement was strong, and he loved nothing more than serving the Waukee and Dallas County communities.  He was elected to the Waukee School Board, the Waukee City Council, and the DMACC Board of Directors, and campaigned for passage of local school and library bond measures.  Ray and his wife Virginia were strong advocates for the Waukee Public Library, helping it to keep up with the needs of a growing community.  Following Virginia's death in 2000, Ray helped coordinate the creation of a butterfly garden in her honor at the Waukee Public Library.  Party politics were a big part of Ray’s life, whether through engaging in political debate, lobbying at the state legislature, performing routine campaign tasks or getting out the vote on election day.

 

Ray is survived by his children, Thomas (Jill) Clark and Sarah (John F. Thomas) Clark; grandchildren, Levi (Emily) Clark and Raymond (Elizabeth) Clark; and great grandsons Caleb and Andrew.  He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Waukee Public Library Foundation’s butterfly garden fund or to the Tabor Historical Society.


The family is grateful for the care and kindness shown to Ray by the staff at Adel Acres, and thanks them for their dedicated work during the years he resided there.

JEFFREY ALAN LEAMAN (February 13, 1953 - September 8, 2014)

     Jeffrey A. Leaman, age 61, formerly of Mason City, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at his home in Waukee.   A memorial celebration will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, at the Mason City Community Theatre, 215 S. Delaware Ave., Mason City. There will be a celebration of Jeffrey’s life between 2 and 3 p.m. Friends are invited to come and share memories with his family and each other.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Camp Unistar, a Unitarian Universalist youth and family retreat in northern Minnesota (http://www.campunistar.org), or to a family memorial fund, both in care of his daughter, Larke Briggs-Leaman (803 E. State St., Mason City, IA 50401). 

Jeffrey Alan Leaman, the elder son of Jack E. Leaman and Darlene A. (McNary) Leaman, was born on Feb. 13, 1953, in Ames and grew up with his three siblings in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Santa Barbara, California, and Mason City, where he attended John Adams Jr. High and graduated with honors in the class of 1971 from Mason City High School. During his high school years, he began his lifelong interest in theatre, film, and performing arts. He was a member of the MCHS Chamber Players and of the Royal Society, a band he created with friends. In the summer of 1970 he travelled to Europe and lived in Belgium as an AFS Scholarship foreign exchange student. 

Jeffrey began his university education in 1971-72 at Grinnell College as an honors scholarship student in pre-med. Following his love of theatre, he transferred to the University of Iowa in Iowa City, graduating in 1978 with a B.A. in Speech and Drama, specializing in directing and children’s theatre. He attended the International School of Mime in Spring Green, Wisconsin. In 1984 he received a M.A. from Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York) in marriage and family therapy. More recently, he studied computer information at Kaplan University in Mason City. 

As a professional family and child therapist, Jeffrey found ways to combine his interest in medicine with his love of theatre. He worked in Syracuse (N.Y.) with the Onondaga Pastoral Counseling Centre, Catholic Charities, the New York State Department of Human Services, and at Elmcrest Children's Centre. He worked for Gerard of Iowa in Mason City as a specialist in play therapy for children. He also taught undergraduate courses in his professional specialties at Buena Vista University, Syracuse University, and the University of Iowa. He established a private practice (InnerQuest Counselling) in child, adolescent, family, and group therapy in Mason City, was a psychiatric nursing assistant in Iowa City, taught workshops in pregnancy prevention (It Takes Two, Mason City) and behavioral education (State of Iowa Department of Corrections, Mason City), and was a para-professional assistant for children with special needs in Mason City schools. He was a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and held a State of Iowa License in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

From childhood, Jeffrey experienced the highs and lows of bipolar depression, exacerbated from early adulthood by brain trauma resulting from being struck by a car in Iowa City, an accident that nearly ended his life. Eventually finding it difficult to maintain the work he loved as a professional therapist, he worked as a hotel night auditor and desk clerk for various hotels in Mason City and West Des Moines. Very recently, he resumed his work as a family therapist with Innovative Counseling and Consulting Inc. in Des Moines. 

Jeffrey shared with his friends and family an enormous joy in the theatre of life. Shakespeare might have written "All the world's a stage" for him. He was a gifted corporeal mime artist, and started the Mimosa Imagination Theatre in Syracuse together with Holly Briggs. He starred in an award-winning short independent film, "The Hat Act," and was a director and actor at the Mason City Community Theatre. 

Jeffrey shared his love of theatre with his children, including involvement in Stebens Childrens Theatre classes and performances in various theatre and church productions. Together, they enjoyed participating in plays, renaissance fairs, Cemetery History Walks, and were Christmas elves for the City of Mason City Parks Department employees (with father, Jack, as Santa). He shared a love of film with Larke's partner, Thomas. 

Jeffrey was involved in Unitarian community activities in Syracuse and more recently in West Des Moines. He relished taking his children to Camp Unistar in northern Minnesota, enjoying nature, water sports, good food, and a warm community of friends. Camp Unistar continues to be an important place of retreat and friendship for Larke and Nick. 

He was a trip leader for BikeCentennial in 1976. He led bike trips and managed hostels for Youth Hostels USA. Highlights were trips with his father, Jack, to California to visit classmates and old friends and revisit childhood homes. He shared and supported Jack's enthusiasm for good design, visiting Frank Lloyd Wright's FallingWater in Pennsylvania with Jack and sister Duree in one of his last road trips.

Memories of Jeffrey's deep and creative capacity for fun, wry humor, and life's celebrations will live on in the hearts of his family and friends: his father, Jack Leaman (Mason City); his children, daughter Larke Briggs-Leaman and her partner Thomas Breckenridge (Mason City) and son Nick Briggs-Leaman (Iowa City) and their mother Holly Briggs (Mason City); sister and brother-in-law Danna Leaman and George Greene (Ottawa, Canada), brother and sister-in-law Jay and Kris (Grosklaus) Leaman (Mason City); sister Duree Leaman (Heyworth, Illinois); aunts Jean Schutz and Shirley McNary (Mason City), Jeanette Ream (Kansas City, Missouri), Susan Bruns (Northwood) and their families; nieces and nephews Caree Davis (Indianapolis), Tiffany (Leaman) Lauer (Pleasant Hill), Kaylin Ries-Bosworth (Eureka, Illinois), Ted Leaman (Salt Lake City), Brett Ries (Clinton, Illinois), Tyvon Greene (Toronto, Canada) and their families. Jeffrey will be missed by his many close and longtime friends from Mason City High School and onward, including his AFS "sister," Lutgart Deblaere and her husband Luk, and a large network of online friends who shared his funny reflections on life's absurdities. Jeffrey will be particularly missed by his dedicated feline companion, Captain Jack. Jeffrey is preceded in death by his mother, Darlene (Dee) Leaman.

JAMES "JIM" PHILLIP DeROOS  (January 6, 1943 - September 9, 2014)
     James (Jim) Phillip DeRoos, who was born on Jan. 6, 1943 to Don and Hannah (Morkrid) DeRoos, passed away on Sept. 9, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Military Graveside Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sanborn Cemetery in Sanborn, IA.
     Jim was raised in Melvin, IA and graduated high school in St. James, MN. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965. After his time in the military he moved to California where he worked in the motion picture industry as a sound editor and folly artist for Universal and Columbia Studios. From Jim's first union to his wife Susan came two sons James Matthew (Matt) and John Charles. Jim later married Linda Wolthuizen on July 17, 2004 and currently resided in Waukee. While in the Des Moines area Jim worked for Wells Fargo.
     Jim was preceded in death by his parents, first wife and brother Don. He is survived by his wife Linda, sons Matt and John; loving nephew Don "Greg" DeRoos; step-daughters Lisa (Greg), Holly (John) and Ellen (Matt); eight grandchildren Alexis and Alana Origer, Abigail, Evelyn, Camila, Sofia and Braydon DeRoos and Jeffrey Huber and brother Gordon DeRoos.
JUANITA M. MORAN (June 25, 1957 - August 25, 2014)
uanita M. Moran, 57, who was born on June 25, 1957, passed away on August 25, 2014.  Visitation will be held today, Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., both at Ernst Funeral Home.  Interment to follow at Waukee Cemetery.
Juanita was raised and lived in Waukee her entire life.  She enjoyed children and working with them.  One of her greatest passions was "her kids" at ChildServe.
Juanita is survived by her daughters Tonya (Ty) Sever, Mary (Larry Dunbar) Carlson and Jessica (Ron) Christensen; son Will Carlson; four grandsons and four granddaughters; one great-granddaughter with one on the way; sister Mary O'Connor-Moran; brother Patrick J. Moran and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to ChildServe - Johnston or the Ronald McDonald House.
uanita M. Moran, 57, who was born on June 25, 1957, passed away on August 25, 2014.  Visitation will be held today, Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., both at Ernst Funeral Home.  Interment to follow at Waukee Cemetery.
Juanita was raised and lived in Waukee her entire life.  She enjoyed children and working with them.  One of her greatest passions was "her kids" at ChildServe.
Juanita is survived by her daughters Tonya (Ty) Sever, Mary (Larry Dunbar) Carlson and Jessica (Ron) Christensen; son Will Carlson; four grandsons and four granddaughters; one great-granddaughter with one on the way; sister Mary O'Connor-Moran; brother Patrick J. Moran and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to ChildServe - Johnston or the Ronald McDonald House.
   
 Juanita M. Moran, 57, who was born on June 25, 1957, passed away on August 25, 2014.  Visitation will be held today, Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., both at Ernst Funeral Home.  Interment to follow at Waukee Cemetery.
     Juanita was raised and lived in Waukee her entire life.  She enjoyed children and working with them.  One of her greatest passions was "her kids" at ChildServe.
     Juanita is survived by her daughters Tonya (Ty) Sever, Mary (Larry Dunbar) Carlson and Jessica (Ron) Christensen; son Will Carlson; four grandsons and four granddaughters; one great-granddaughter with one on the way; sister Mary O'Connor-Moran; brother Patrick J. Moran and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.
     In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to ChildServe - Johnston or the Ronald McDonald House.
Juanita is survived by her daughters Tonya (Ty) Sever, Mary (Larry Dunbar) Carlson and Jessica (Ron) Christensen; son Will Carlson; four grandsons and four granddaughters; one great-granddaughter with one on the way; sister Mary O'Connor-Moran; brother Patrick J. Moran and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to ChildServe - Johnston or the Ronald McDonald House.
NORA INEZ GRIDLEY (July 31, 1920 - August 23, 2014)
   Nora Inez Heberling Gridley, 94, passed away August 23, 2014.  Nora was born at home in Overbrook, Kansas, on July 31, 1920, to Dewey Heberling and Susie Firestone Heberling.  She moved to Topeka at age two.  She graduated from Topeka High School, during which time she was the nanny for the children of the THS principal.  She married Valore Gridley, was blessed with two daughters, worked as a waitress, accountant, and gift shop manager.
   First and foremost in her life was being a Christian and her baptism at age 12.  She was a life long member of the Church of the Brethren.  Nora enjoyed singing, piano, quilting, visiting, living in Oakland, fishing, camping and gardening.
   She is survived by her daughters Marcene (Howard) Kempke of Marquette, Kansas and Beverly (Rod) Stark of Urbandale, Iowa; granddaughters Christine (Matt) Jacobs of Gardner, Kansas, Susan (Tony) Stark Johnson of Lincoln, Nebraska and Anne (Corey) Soppe of Van Meter, Iowa; great-grandsons Dylan and Collin Jacobs of Gardner, Kansas and Logan and Easton Soppe of Van Meter, Iowa.  She was preceded in death by her husband Valore and sister Mildred Woollard.
   A memorial service will be Saturday, September 6, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at the Topeka Church of the Brethren (3205 N.W. Rochester Road, Topeka, KS 66617) with burial following at Penwell Gebel Memorial Cemetery (3616 S.W. 6th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66606).  All are invited and welcome to attend.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the Topeka Church of the Brethren in lieu of flowers.
JEFFREY DAVID PATRICK (March 22, 1983 - August 13, 2014)
     Jeffrey David Patrick, 31, of West Des Moines, Iowa, passed away on August 13, 2014.  A visitation will be held Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee, IA.
     Jeff was born in Des Moines, IA on March 22, 1983 to Dennis Edward and Cynthia "Cindy" (Bommel) Patrick.  He graduated from Waukee High School in Waukee, Iowa in 2001.  Jeff had a passion for farming and was a jack of all trades handyman.  He enjoyed watching hockey and NASCAR and loved fishing.  Jeff was also a proud volunteer firefighter with the Granger Fire Department.
     Jeff is survived by his mother Cindy (Rick Thompson) Reavis of West Des Moines, IA; brother Jamie (Carmen) Patrick of Urbandale, IA; sister Ashley Reavis and her fiance Johnny Villotti of Waukee, IA; grandparents Merv and Linda Bommel of Waukee, IA and Jean Patrick of West Des Moines, IA; aunts and uncles Dave (Rhoda) Patrick of Oklahoma City, OK, Brenda (Steve) Larson of West Des Moines, IA and Brent Bommel of West Des Moines, IA; a niece Hannah Patrick of Urbandale, IA, cousins Joni Patrick Barnett, Andy Stroud, Katelin Larson, Brittany Bommel and Kyle Larson and special friend Tiffany "Tico" Gunderson.  He was preceded in death by his father Dennis Patrick and grandfather Delbert Patrick.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed toward the family.  
JAMES "JIM" F. RUPP  (March 5, 1926 - July 6, 2014)

      James “Jim” F. Rupp, 88, who was born on March 5, 1926 in Cherokee, IA to Fred J. and Elizabeth (Beckman) Rupp passed away on July 6, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center – West Lakes in West Des Moines, IA.  Visitation will be held, Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m, at Ernst Funeral Home.  Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Waukee.  A private military committal service will be held at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, IA.

     On August 25, 1951 Jim married the loved of his life, Marjorie Gutenkauf, in Marcus, IA.  He worked for Armstrong Rubber for over 30 years.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  His greatest joy in his life was his children and grandchildren.  He enjoyed collecting rocks and silversmithing at home.  He could regularly be found baking bread in his bread machine.  He had a green thumb when it came to his gardening, but in recent years had trouble with his cucumbers and his health.

     Jim is survived by his wife of 62 years Marjorie; children Gregory Rupp of Richmond, TX,  Deborah Rolek of Waukee, IA and Ann (Ted) Horn of Des Moines, IA; sister Amelia Buhman of Council Bluffs, IA; 11 grandchildren Rachel (Chris) Rolek Gorman, Mark Rupp, Alex (Erin) Rolek, Brian Rolek, Chris (Lindsey) Rupp, Brandon (Nichole) Rupp, Ashlee (Jonathan) Rupp Adams, Chuck Rolek, David Rolek, Eric Rolek and Jonathan Adams; and 7 great-grandchildren Jillian Rupp, James Rupp, Marcus Rupp, Meredith Rupp, Elizabeth Adams, Shane Gorman and Charlotte Adams.




CAROLYN KAY POTTER (November 14, 1938 - July 1, 2014)

     Carolyn Kay Potter, 75, who was born in Herman, NE on November 14, 1938 passed away at Taylor House in Des Moines, IA on July 1, 2014.  Visitation will be held Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10:00 a.m., both at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waukee.  Interment to follow at the Herman Cemetery in Herman, Nebraska.

     Carolyn graduated from Herman High School in 1955.  In 2004, Carolyn retired after 40 years working for Dana College in Blair, NE.  After retirement she moved to Waukee to spend more time with her sister and family.  She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waukee, IA.

Carolyn is survived by her sister Barbara (Morris) Golden of Waukee; nephews Brad Golden of Eagan, MN and Jeff (Nicole) Golden of West Des Moines, IA; nieces Robin Golden of Urbandale, IA, Lynn (Mike) Cunningham of West Des Moines, IA and Jennifer (Frank) Lopez of Pleasant Hill, IA and three great-nephews and four great-nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents Glenn and Alvina (Herman) Potter.

     The family would like to thank Taylor House for the loving care they provided to Carolyn.  Memorials may be directed to Taylor House in Carolyn’s memory.