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Kathleen Allen

1949 - June 9th, 1975

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Services will be at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church for Kathleen M. Allen, 25, of Des Moines.  Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery.  Miss Allen died June 9, 1975, at Mercy Hospital of head injuries suffered in an automobile accident.  

Born in Des Moines, she was a secretary at Preferred Risk Insurance Companies, and was a 1967 graduate of Roosevelt High School.  She was a member of the Catholic Church.  Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Allen of Des Moines; sisters Theresa Donnelly, Maureen Vasquez, and Lori Allen; brothers Michael, Mark, and Daniel.


 

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From Sherry Newton, now Andre on August 12th, 2017
I will never forget Kathy's smile, it lit up the room.  Always quick to laugh, she was a sweet person.
 

Ron Allen

August 14th, 1949 - October 9th, 2006

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Ronald E. Allen, 57, of Johnston, Iowa, died October 9, 2006, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston.  He was born August 14, 1949, in Iowa City.  He married Virginia (Johnson) on May 25, 1968.  Ron was employed by Bridgestone-Firestone as an engineer.  

He was a member of Iowa Gun Dog Club and NSTRA, and enjoyed hunting, camping, dog trials, and spending time with family and friends.  

Ron is survived by his wife, Ginny; children Joanna Karns and Daniel Allen; his mother Edna Jones; sisters Donna Carter, Terry Tweedy, Shelley Hayes, Kerri Potts, and Donna Osman; and brother Randy Allen.  He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin R. Allen.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa Gun Dog Club in memory of Ron.
 

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From Tom Jewett on March 9th, 2017

Ron and I were connected through scouting. He was a regular on the monthly campouts – including the winter camping trips. He also participated in the week-long summer camps, was a troop leader, and achieved the Eagle rank. Scouting was a great experience for us. It allowed us to make new friends, learn about the outdoors, and develop some important life skills. He excelled at it. I am glad to have known Ron as a fellow scouter.

 

Cheryl Atwood

1949 - June 21st, 1999

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Cheryl Ardith Atwood, 48, was killed December 11, 1997, in Indianapolis, IN.  Miss Atwood, a home health nurse, was shot to death while delivering medication to a patient. 

 

She was born August 4, 1949, in Marysville, Kansas, the daughter of Charles and Wanda Atwood.  She graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in 1971.  At the time of her death she was employed by the Clarion Hospital Hospice Group in Indianapolis. 


Cheryl had polio as a child, and it was her dream to be a nurse like the ones who cared for her.  She was a member of Northside Baptist Church and the Southern Gospel Music Group, both in Indianapolis.

 

Survivors include her parents, and brothers Carl and Charles. 

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Jeanne Ryden (Baitzer)

- - February 10th, 2000

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Jeanne M. Ryden Baitzer, 51, of Urbandale, IA, died of complications of Multiple Sclerosis at Iowa Methodist Medical Center on February 10, 2000.

Mrs. Baitzer was born in Des Moines and lived in the area most of her life.  She was an English teacher at East High School, a volunteer at Iowa Methodist Hospital, and a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church.

Surviving are a son, Michael; her parents, Richard and Kathryn Ryden; and a sister, Patricia Skirving.



 

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From Susan Schuchat on September 18th, 2016

You might not know but Jeanne's son is a musician of world reknown. Here is his resume:


Michael Baitzer, pianist, opera coach and chorus master, The Julliard School of Music.  Mr. Baitzer received two different bachelor's degrees from Drake University in 1994 and 1995 in vocal and piano performance, respectively. He then continued studies in piano accompaniment with John Moriarty and Margo Garrett at the University of Minnesota and New England Conservatory. During that time, he was an opera fellowship pianist at The Aspen Music Festival in 1997 and The Merola Opera Program with San Francisco Opera in 1998. He then went on to become a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio Program in 1998-99. He also started work as an Assistant Conductor with Central City Opera in the summer of 1999, a position which he held for six seasons. In the fall of 1999, Michael joined the faculty of The Juilliard School as an Associate Coach. He then joined the Music Staff of Spoleto Festival USA in 2000. Then in the fall of 2004, he joined the Music Staff of Washington National Opera in DC, and during that time was also appointed to full faculty at The Juilliard School. Currently he serves these positions as well as now joining the Music Faculty at The Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2005. An avid recitalist, Michael is on the rosters of both the Marilyn Horne Foundation and Young Concert Artists, where he has appeared with singers in recitals all over the country, including a Kennedy Center Recital Debut in 2004 on three day's notice. He has played voice lessons for every major teacher in New York, and is in constant demand as a vocal coach and audition pianist, having played auditions for virtually every opera company in North America, as well as maintaining a very large private coaching roster.

 
From Linda Colman ( White ) on October 1st, 2017
Image Thank you so much for the wonderful description of Jeanne's son  Michael and his extraordinaty career. I never had anything that came close to Jeanne's musicality; she was always �
 

Dave Bishop

1949 - November 1st, 2007

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David George Bishop, 59, was born in Des Moines IA, and died November 1, 2007, in Elma, WA.  He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and also in the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by his wife, Laura; a son, Matthew; a daughter, Jenifer Rettig; and two grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be conducted at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA.

 

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Lucy Blount

1949 - January 12th, 1992

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Lucy Ellen Blount, 42, of San Francisco, died of a heart ailment on Sunday, January 12, 1992, at her home.  Miss Blount was born in Lexington, KY, and moved to California from Des Moines, IA.  She was an architect and interior designer.

Surviving are her parents, Henry and Bernice Blount; a brother, Henry Blount III; and a sister, Amy Anchor.


 

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From Carmi Soifer on September 9th, 2016
Lucy was a friend and an inspiration. I loved her, and I love her still...
 

Chris Burr

November 1st, 1949 - August 19th, 2015

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Christopher Robert Burr, 66, of Cedar Rapids, died August 15, 2015, after succumbing to cancer.

Surviving to honor his memory are his daughter, Heather Burr and husband Jeff Stricker; daughter Erin Burr; and brothers Stephen and Frederick.  His wife Beth Ann and an infant daughter, Hillary, preceded him in death.

Chris loved family and sought beauty and spirituality in nature and art.  Home was with family beside his flowers, patio, and in the trout stream.  He enjoyed writing poetry and painting.  A favorite quote was from Scott Adams, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep.” 

Chris was born on December 29, 1948, to Dr. Charles and Helen Burr.  He graduated from Roosevelt High School and from Luther College.  He was a member of the Iowa National Guard, serving as 1st Lieutenant, Signal Corp.  Until his retirement in 2007, he was employed at Alliant Electric.  Chris was president of his bonsai club and an active member of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church.  
    

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From Vicki Roberts on September 9th, 2016
Image Chris was my first boyfriend - Byron Rice.  He carried my books and I carried his French Horn. He was a neighborhood friend from about the time I learned to walk, and he and brother Fred were best pals with my late sister Connie and me.  His father, Dr. Burr, was our family pediatrician who lovingly and generously oversaw my sister's health/heart condition until her passing in 1968. Chris was a sweet and gentle boy who obviously carried that kind spirit forward the rest of his life. I was stunned to hear of his passing last year and shared so many fond memories with his brother Fred.  Chris's death caused my world to shift a bit....he entered my world in 1953, so his loss felt very personal. The photo was taken on our picnic table on Amick Ave. 1961 - along with his brother Fred, Barney Bailey, my sister, neigbhorhood pal Mary Jo Irwin, and me.  His obituary reveals the legacy of love and kindness through his family that was the life he lived.  I know he is forever deeply missed.  
 

Douglas Calhoun

November 24th, 1948 - January 4th, 2006

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Douglas C. Calhoun, 57, of Pemberton, OH, passed away on January 4, 2006, at Medical University of Ohio in Toledo, OH.

He was born November 24, 1948, in Des Moines, IA.  He married Bobbie Lee Rodgers on October 25, 2001, in Columbus, MO.  He was a civil engineer, working for D & K Excavating in Perrysburg, OH, for the last two years.  He was a member of Baptist Temple Church in Worthington, MN.

Surviving are his wife, Bobbie; a son, Jared; daughters Carrie, Regan, and Meredith.

 

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From Becky Moore Ayers on March 22nd, 2017
I first met Doug at Moore Elementary.  He added incredible spunk and humor to our class . Kids loved him and the teachers loved him because he was so lively and bold.  There was never a dull moment with Doug around.

He was a lot fun and I know he's missed by all who knew him. 



 
 

Jerry Campbell

- - October 17th, 1969

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Jerry Don Campbell, 21, of Des Moines, died on Friday, October 17, 1969, in a two-car crash near Ottawa, KS.  Also killed in the crash was Sharon K. Stanfill, of Des Moines.  

A joint memorial service is planned at First Baptist Church in Des Moines, and Mr. Campbell will be buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.  A service for Miss Stanfill will also be held in Houston, TX.  

The couple were riding in Campbell’s car when it was involved in a head-on collision.  

Campbell was a 1967 graduate of Roosevelt High School and was a student at Ottawa University.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Campbell, and a brother, Robert, serving in the U.S. Air Force in Germany.


 

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From Becky Moore Ayers on March 22nd, 2017
I first met Jerry at Meredith Junior High.  He was the guy in charge --- smart, funny, nice and a born leader.  He was President of our Jr. High Student Council and admired by teachers, students and parents.  I was so sad to hear about Jerry and Sharon.  So young and full of potential. But wherever they are, I believe they're still together, still dancing, still in love.
 
 

Greg Chambers

July 20th, 1949 - November 13th, 2004

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Gregory ‘Greg’ Kermit Chambers, 55, died November 13, 2004, at his home in Bremen, GA.

He was born July 20, 1949, in Haralson County, GA, the son of Herman and Ethylene Chambers.  He worked as a self-employed contractor.

Mr. Chambers is survived by his wife, Anita Rowe Chambers; a son, James; daughters Kristy and Courtney; his parents; a brother, Keith; and two grandchildren.
    

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Nancy Williams (Connelly)

- - February 3rd, 2010

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Nancy Frances Connelly, 60, passed away at Mercy Hospice in Johnston on February 3, 2010, surrounded by her loving family.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday February 10, 2010, at Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2010, at the funeral home.

Nancy was born July 2, 1949 in Indianapolis, IN. She enjoyed her final position as a bus assistant to special needs children with the Des Moines Public Schools before her retirement in 2007. Nancy loved being with her family. She was a member of the Unitarian Church, the Des Moines Izaak Walton League, and the Men's Garden Club of America. She was also an eight-gallon donor at the Blood Center of Iowa.

Nancy also enjoyed serving on the board of directors of BOW (Becoming an Outdoor Woman).

Grateful for having shared her life, are her loving husband, Bill; her son, Brian S. Petersen; her step-sons, Brian J. (Kate) Connelly and David A. (Amanda) Connelly; her step-daughter, Amanda R. (Dustin) Capps; her half brothers, Mike (Cindy) Heritage and Ron (Myschael) Heritage; and four grandchildren, Kaelin,Zachary, Lauren, and Jacob.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Friends of BOW, Springbrook Conservation Education Center, 2473 160th Road, Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 or Mercy Hospice - Johnston, 5820 Winwood Drive, Johnston, Iowa 50131.

Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 8, 2010 - See more at:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/desmoinesregister/obituary.aspx?n=nancy-

connelly&pid=145596530#sthash.NySGyouO.dpuf


 

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Larry Coon

1949 - April 12th, 2008

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Larry Jon Coon, 58, of Frederick, CO, died at his home on April 12, 2008.

He was born in Des Moines to Kenneth and Stella Coon, and graduated from Roosevelt High School.  He was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Larry served in U.S. Army as a Reserve Officer, where he attained the rank of Captain.  He enjoyed a 27 year career as a sales engineer with 3E in Des Moines.  Since retiring in 2001, Larry pursued his favorite hobbies of golf, snow skiing, and traveling the country.  

Larry was preceded in death by his second wife, Nancy Howard.  Survivors include his first wife, Catherine McCallum and their daughter, Jennifer Coon; his third wife, Rhonda Varnum; and his sisters Sandra Sipiora and Linda Dailey.

Donations may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (www.NAMI.org). 
    

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Bev Cordes

1949 - November 12th, 1997

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Beverly Anne Cordes, 48, of Lopez, WA, died of cancer in Des Moines on November 12, 1997.  A private burial will follow services at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ.

Beverly resided in Des Moines until moving to St. Paul, MN in 1978, where she was a financial analyst for 3-M.  She later relocated to Lopez.

Surviving are her parents, Donald and Harriett Cordes, and a sister, Karen Cordes.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
    

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Phil Dorff

October 8th, 1949 - September 23rd, 2009

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Philip H. (Phil) Dorff, Jr., 59, of Urbandale, died September 23, 2009, while on a fishing trip on the Big Thompson River near Loveland, Colorado.

Phil was born October 8, 1949, to Philip and Nancy Dorff.  He was a 1967 graduate of Roosevelt High School, where he competed on the track and cross-country teams, and was a member of the two-mile relay team that set a school record. He graduated from Colorado College with a degree in English in 1971.  Phil pursued a journalistic path, working with the West Des Moines Express, Urbandale Today, and KWKY radio. After graduating from Drake University School of Law, he practiced with the Des Moines firm of Hopkins and Huebner, P.C., specializing in insurance defense, employment, and environmental law.

Phil adored his children, Amanda and Christopher. He coached their softball and baseball teams, and was an enthusiastic supporter of Amanda's cross-country and musical endeavors and Christopher's baseball career at Valley High School. A lifelong athlete, Phil was a regular in the Des Moines running circuit for many years. He earned black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Tang Soo Do and also played recreational softball for several league teams. After retirement, he took full advantage of the opportunity to spend more time with his family and friends. He had a particular passion for fly fishing and the outdoors, especially if the location was scenic and the fish were biting.

Phil is survived by his children, Amanda and Christopher, and their mother, Michele, of Des Moines; his brother, Robert (Carolyn) of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and their children; and his brother, David (Kathy) of Des Moines, and their children. His parents preceded him in death.

Memorials may be made to the family for his children's education; to Trout Unlimited; or to the charity of one's choice.

    

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From Jim Tazzioli on July 11th, 2017
A good friend. Ran track and crooscountry with Phil.
Had many enjoyable times with him.
He is missed..
 

Margaret Jean Sullivan (Edwards)

- - March 18th, 1984

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Margaret Sullivan Edwards, 34, of San Diego, CA, formerly of Des Moines, died March 18, 1984, of chest injuries she suffered while riding a three-wheel motorcycle near El Centro, CA.  The body was cremated.

Mrs. Edwards was born in Des Moines and was a graduate of Drake University Law School.  She was an attorney for Iowa Public Service in Sioux City from 1975 until 1980.  At the time of her death she was employed by San Diego Gas and Electric Company.  She was a member of Iowa, Colorado, and California bar associations.  

Survivors include her husband, John; a daughter, Claire Patricia; her parents William and Patricia Sullivan; a brother, Michael,:a sister, Laura; and a grandmother, Esther Sullivan.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Drake University’s Law Library.


 

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Mary Pritchard (Ehling)

- - December 31st, 2006

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Mary Pritchard Ehling, 58, passed away at her home in East Bethel, MN, among family, on December 31, 2006, after a half-year battle with cancer.  

A devoted and passionate teacher, Mary taught English and Journalism at Anoka High School from 1975 until her retirement in June, 2006.  She was named Minnesota Journalism Advisor of the Year for the 1985-86 school year by the Minnesota High School Press Association.  She also taught in Fremont and Waverly Nebraska High Schools from 1971 to 1974.  

Mary was an avid reader who also enjoyed gardening, golf, fishing, family, and making her husband laugh.  She will be remembered most as a gentle person who showed unbounded kindness and thoughtfulness for others.  

Surviving are her husband, Dean Ehling; mother, Helen Pritchard; sister Nancy (Ed) Miller; many nieces and nephews; and loving friends and peers.


 

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From Jamie Stimson on September 8th, 2016
Image Mary and I grew up together as boyfriend/girlfriend (off and on to put it mildly) for two years.   A very, very bright person, she could have done anything she wanted to do professionally and would have had the chops to be very successful.  Lucky for all those kids that she chose education!!!
 

Dana Goreham (Ellenbecker)

May 4th, 1949 - July 10th, 2010

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Dana Goreham Ellenbecker, 61, formerly of Des Moines, passed from this life on July 10, 2010 at Countryside Community Hospital in Palm Harbor, FL.  Interment will be in Columbus, OH.

Dana was born on May 4, 1949, in Des Moines to William and Darlene Goreham.  She graduated from Roosevelt High School and Iowa State University.  She was a visual merchandiser for Marshall Fields and The Limited.

Surviving are husband Mark; son Peter Axelsen, daughter Annie Yugovich, two grandchildren; and brothers John and Jeff.  
     

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From Linda Moon Fredrick on July 14th, 2017
Dana was a friend with a bigger-than-life personality. She had plenty of plans for college and beyond. I hope they all came true.
 
From Jean Srour on July 30th, 2017
Dana and I remained close friends until her death. We enjoyed getting together every year in our later years with other sorority sisters from around the country. We were together in Florida just a few weeks before her death.  She was always optimistic and full of life and fun. I miss her and our intimate discussions and just rowdy good times.
She was truely a great friend!                
 

Mike Evans

1949 - April 7th, 1992

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Michael Alan Evans, 43, of Hills, IA, died of a hemorrhage April 7, 1992, at University Hospitals in Iowa City.  Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery.

Mr. Evans was born February 7, 1949, in Columbus, OH.  He was a graduate student and teacher at the University of Iowa, and lived in Des Moines before moving to the Iowa City area.  He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded a Purple Heart.

Among survivors are his wife, Elliko; parents, Merrill and Rowena Evans; and brothers James, David, and Daniel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Evans Vietnam Memorial Fund.
    

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From robert jurgensen on September 12th, 2016
one of the only successful phone conversations on the crank up Motorola was with you, my fellow vietnam vet. too many things to say. I believe though, you had been given a 3 day R&R at one of the many lovely spas that were offered to us. thank you for your service and more importantly, your friendship.
 
From Tom Jewett on March 9th, 2017
Mike was a neighbor, a fellow scouter, and a class mate at Hubbell, Merrill, and Roosevelt. We messed around together for a while, but by Roosevelt days we were in different crowds. I was focused on academic achievement. He was more rounded and connected with the ACB group.
At some point after college I stopped by his parent’s home to see what was happening with him. I had recently become a “born again” Christian and wanted to talk to him about it. His younger brother Dan came to the door. He told me about some of Mike’s experience in Viet Nam, which was very Apocalypse Now ish.
A Viet Nam vet has already shared a tribute to Mike here. I only know of one other guy from our class who served in Nam. My guess is there were many others, but most of us likely found a way out and took it. I want to give tribute to Mike and all from our class who served in Viet Nam. You deserve recognition. Thank you for your sacrifices.
 
From Becky Moore Ayers on March 22nd, 2017
Girls loved him. Guys loved him. Everybody loved Mike Evans.  A gifted athelete with a kind heart and a generous smile, Mike was very special and will always be missed.
 
 

Jim E. Ferree

- - August 29th, 2017

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If Jim didn't shake your hand, he gave you a big hug; he made sure you knew he appreciated your presence in his life. Jim Ferree, 68, passed away on August 26 at his home surrounded by his loving family from prostate cancer; which first appeared in 2007. A funeral service will be on Friday, September 1st at 1:30 at Hope Lutheran Church on Jordan Creek Parkway in West Des Moines, followed by a Celebration of Jim's life from 3:00 to 5:30 at Blu Toro Cantina, 5585 Mills Civic in West Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Opportunity International or Meals of the Heartland.

Jim was born to Everett and Yvonne (Ore) Ferree in Beaverdale. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1967, Jim earned a degree at Drake University and continued his love of Drake by being on the basketball stats crew and as a Drake Relays Official for 29 years. He married Connie (Lee) Ferree and they had two adorable girls, Heather and Nichole. His marriage to Betty Baum-Ferree in 1989 lasted for 28 wonderful years, during which they shared a love for family, travel and the outdoors. Jim never met a trail in a forest he didn't want to hike. Jim loved traveling internationally, staying at local area B&Bs or just reading a book on his deck. He had a true passion for sports, especially basketball, football and golf. Jim and Betty were avid bicyclists, often biking Root River in Minnesota and the Katy frail in Missouri besides hopping on the Clive Greenbelt, He will be missed by all that had the opportunity to know and love him.

Jim's memory will be kept alive through his wife Betty, his brother Fred Ferree (Sherry), his sister Debbie Evans (Brad), his daughters Heather Paris (Chris) and Nichole Rial (Oscar), and his four grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

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Patti Burns (Fontanini)

July 25th, 1949 - August 16th, 2010

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Patricia Burns Fontanini, 61, passed away unexpectedly at her home on August 16, 2010.  

Patti was born July 25, 1949, in Des Moines to Virginia and Frank Burns.  She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967, and on September 11, 1976, she was united in marriage to James Fontanini.  Patti worked as an assistant teacher at Plymouth Church Nursery School, teaching two year old children.  She was also a teacher’s assistant for the West Des Moines Community Schools.  

Patti was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church and was an active volunteer for the church.  She was a member of the Junior League.  Patti was active in her daughters’ school and sports activities, loved to travel and read, and enjoyed walking with her friends every morning.  

Patti is survived by her husband, James; daughters Aubrie and Chloe; sister Cynthia Cadot; brother Randy; her father, Frank; and many nieces and nephews.  

Contributions may be directed to the West Des Moines Library Friends Foundation, in her memory.
    

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From Jamie Stimson on September 8th, 2016
Image And the world fell in love with Michelle Phillips of the Mama's and Papa's.  It wasn't her voice, it was her 'look.'   What the world didn't know was that Des Moines was horboring someone who did the Michelle 'look' quite a bit better than Michelle did!!!   I was very lucky to have known her for a few minutes back in the day.
 
From Marcia Rosen-Kain (Moorehead) on February 23rd, 2017
Patti and I were best friends in 6th grade. We used to crank call boys we liked (or didn't like). We gave each other best friends bracelets. We drifted apart in Jr. High going to different schools, but reconnected in HS.  I remember our days as gym leaders. I was so saddened to hear of her passing but will also remember her beautiful smile.
 
From Becky Moore Ayers on March 22nd, 2017
Patti was sweet and beautiful and always made the room brighter.  Loved by many. Gone too soon.
 

Diann Fox

1949 - May 15th, 1969

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Diann Lynn Fox, 20, died May 15, 1969, at Younkers Rehabilitation Hospital.  Miss Fox was injured in a car accident October 6, 1967, in Coalville, Iowa, and had been a patient at the hospital for one and a half years.  She died of complications from surgery.  

Miss Fox was a freshman at the University of Iowa at the time of the accident.  She was a member of the University Christian Church, where memorials may be made.  

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Erbie Fox, and a brother, Roger, at home.  
    

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Mary DeJong (Gantz)

April 4th, 1949 - April 4th, 2016

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Mary DeJong

Mary Katherine DeJong Gantz died on April 14, 2016 from complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), surrounded by her loving family and lots of sunlight. Mary was a respected community leader and volunteer, and a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and loyal friend to many. 

Mary was born on April 4, 1949 in Dallas, Texas to Bernard and Winifred DeJong. She spent her early years in Northwest Iowa, before moving to Des Moines during her teenage years. Her fondness for Iowa City began during college at the University of Iowa (BSN '71, MS '78). This is where she met her husband, Bruce. A courtship of two weeks resulted in 44 years of marriage. Mary and Bruce lived in Iowa City for that duration, with the exception of one year in Salt Lake City, UT, and a year in Zurich, Switzerland during Bruce's medical training. Over the years, Mary and Bruce travelled around the world, but always came home to Iowa City. 

Mary celebrated education. While earning a master's degree in nursing, she taught at the University of Iowa College of Nursing for twelve years, and also worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a nurse in the intensive care unit. Mary also taught nursing students while working at the University of Utah College of Nursing. Mary was also an active a member of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, and the Nineteenth Century Club, a historical local women's club. 

Mary's participation in the Iowa City community was far reaching in the areas of education, the arts, and grant making. She was a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program. Most recently she was a board member of the Iowa Women's Foundation and chaired the organization's Grants Committee; she was a board member at the Englert Theater (where she was on the founding board during the restoration); and she was a grant reader for the Johnson County Community Foundation. Previous leadership roles included president of the Iowa City Community School District Parents' Organization; president of the Hancher Guild; founding president of the F.W. Olin College Parent Organization in Needham, Massachusetts where her son, Jay, attended college; board member of the Preucil School of Music and Friends of Preucil School of Music; and member of the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. Mary also participated on the Oaknoll Board of Directors and Foundation Boards. 

Mary loved to garden and it was no surprise that she became active on the Project GREEN Steering Committee, having been the GREEN grants coordinator for many years. One project, the Kindergarten Tree Program, earned an Iowa Urban and Community Forestry Award in 2012. For many years, Mary was an active alumni of the Delta Gamma Sorority, assisting with oversight of the local chapter. She also worked as UNICEF coordinator of community volunteers. One of Mary's favorite projects was the ladybug release during the children's activity for the Iowa City Arts Festival. Mary's family is incredibly proud of her work; they know that her selfless leadership and rare ability to offer big ideas without missing the smallest of details has made Iowa City an immeasurably richer community. She had a quiet way of ensuring everyone was included in her thoughts.

Family was of the utmost importance to Mary. She was an amazing advocate for her children and was involved in all aspects of their lives. Her true legacy is her grandchildren, and interacting with all six of them brought Mary her greatest joy. The family home in Door County, WI, was a special place of peace for Mary and she treasured her time there with both family and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by both of her parents. She is remembered with great love by her husband, Bruce; her children, Ellen (Sean) Stiller, Jessica (Stephen) Sauter, and Jay (Aura) Gantz. Grammie Mary will be missed and celebrated by her grandchildren Charles and Genevieve (Vivi) Sauter; Rose, Sadie and Tobias Stiller; and Maya Gantz. 

Mary's family would like to thank Iowa City Hospice, Homewatch CareGivers and Drs. M. Gwen Beck, Timothy Thompson and Ann Broderick for their compassionate care. 

Contributions in Mary's honor should be directed to Project GREEN (www.projectgreen.org), The Iowa Women's Foundation (www.iawf.org), and/or Iowa City Hospice (www.iowacityhospice.org).

    

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From Susan Schuchat on September 26th, 2016
Mary - you were my roomie at Iowa our freshman year! We had a great floor in Burge Hall! You didn't like a mess so I never had to pick up or clean up anything! We listened to Iowa Marching band music every other night to go to sleep by! You gave good advice and we had many laughs. Feel so sad you can't be at the 50th reunion!
 
From Linda Moon Fredrick on July 14th, 2017
Mary was a special person. She always had a smile and kind word for everyone.
 

Boyd Gillam

October 8th, 1949 - May 10th, 2010

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Boyd Edward Gillam, 62, passed from this life on Thursday, May 10, 2012, following a heart attack.  In agreement with his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.  Services will be held at Urbandale United Church of Christ, followed by a private entombment.

He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on October 8, 1949 and resided in the area his entire life.  He graduated from Roosevelt High School, and attended Grandview College and Drake University.  Boyd served in the Marine Corps for two years.  

During his life he was employed at Sears Roebuck and Company and at HyVee.  He had a love of the classics, namely old cars, his Mustang, and 60’s music.  Boyd’s green thumb was evident in his yard with an extensive collection of perennial flowers.

He is survived by his wife, Marykay; children Mianne and Bryan; sister Bobbie; and nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America, Urbandale United Church of Christ, or Kavanaugh House.  
    

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- - September 30th, 2017

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Stephanie Grove

January 30th, 1949 - August 7th, 2011

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Stephanie Leigh ‘Stevie’ Grove, 62, died August 7, 2011, at her family home in Des Moines.  Stevie was born January 30, 1949, in Des Moines to Clifford Leroy and Margaret (Alverson) Grove.  She attended Grant and Elmwood elementary schools, Callahan Junior High, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967.  

 

Throughout her life she surrounded herself with many dogs, cats, chickens, geese, and every other kind of animal God placed on this earth.  In 1978, Stevie moved to Gold Beach, Oregon, which she loved as her home.  In 1994 she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and in 1999 moved back to Des Moines to be near her brother and nephews.   

 

Stevie worked in drug abuse counseling, and then as a cook in many restaurants in Oregon, Colorado, and Iowa. She found her calling cooking for the men at Hope Ministries Door of Faith Mission.

 

Stevie was preceded in her life by her parents and many aunts and uncles.  She is survived by brother Mark and his sons, Joshua and Lincoln; by sister Margaret (Bill) Grove Radford and their children, Ryan and Hope; brother Matthew (Theresa) and their children Sean and Erin; and by daughter Angela (Nate) Ludwig and son Liam; and by aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Hope Ministries.

 

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Galen Gustafson

1949 - February 10th, 1967

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Galen Lee Gustafson, 17, died Saturday, February 11, 1967, following a long illness.  A lifelong resident of Des Moines, he was a senior at Roosevelt High School, where he served on the staff of The Roosevelt Roundup. 

Pallbearers will be Jeff Simpson, Ben Bennett, Virgil Hill, Leo Salvini, Dale Kennedy, and Tom Morris.  Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Royce, Gail Hoffman, Ernest Weidner, and Don Doudna.  

Galen is survived by parents Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Gustafson; sister Greta; and grandmother, Mrs. Albin Gustafson.
    

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From Becky Moore Ayers on March 23rd, 2017
I met Galen when I was eight years old.  We were in Miss Hirsh's 4th grade class.  I had never met anyone so nice.  Our mothers arranged a play date and Mr. Gustafson took the time to came home from work to meet me.  The whole family was so incredibly nice and polite. I felt very honored.

 

Ron Heckinger

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Ronald Arthur Heckinger, 39, of Altamonte Springs, FL, passed away August 26, 1988.  He was born in Des Moines, IA, on April 17, 1949, and lived there until completing high school. 

Ron is survived by his wife, Karen; sons Steven, Jeremy, Jason and Bryan; daughters Kimberly and Tammy; his parents Elmer and Darlene; sisters Charon and Roxanne; and a brother, Fred. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Central Florida.


 

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Bob Jackson

January 30th, 1949 - January 10th, 2014

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Robert ‘Bob’ Lee Jackson, 64, passed away January 10, 2014.  

He was born on January 30, 1949 in Marshalltown, IA, to Robert and Thelma Jackson.  He graduated from Roosevelt High school where he was a starter on the varsity basketball team.  He attended the University of Iowa where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and played on the freshman basketball team.  He left college to serve in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era.  
Bob worked as a stock broker in Arizona and in car sales at University Volvo in Charlotte, NC.

Bob enjoyed golf, horse racing, and supporting the Carolina Panthers.

He is survived by daughters Jill Norris and Kathryn Askew; father, Bob Sr., siblings Jim Jackson, Dave Jackson and Sue Eppenauer; his grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
    

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From Tom Jewett on March 15th, 2017
Bob Jackson was one of the J students in the class of ’67 at TRHS. We J’s began each day in room 110, just inside the S.W. entrance of Roosevelt. There, for three years, we experienced a steading ritual of attendance, announcements, class business, and mentoring. All of this was orchestrated by our homeroom teacher, Mr. Bill Freimuth.
The Class Members list on this website shows there were 25 J’s, and my recollection is that those students were the class. Six of us - 24 % - are also on the Memorials page. Seeing these names brings back powerful memories of our teen years, including sadness for the loss of old friends. Each of those classmates was a gifted person who contributed to the homeroom group. I am thankful for those memories and for having known Bob Jackson.
(Fifty years is a long time. I apologize for any errors or omissions.)
 

John Jaeger

October 3rd, 1948 - December 29th, 2003

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William John Jaeger III was born October 3, 1948 in Des Moines, IA. He died at home in Jackson Hole, WY, on December 29, 2003.

John graduated from Des Moines Roosevelt High School , then completed his education with a degree in Industrial Science Technology from the University of Wyoming in 1975.

John loved life in the Teton Mountains and made Jackson Hole his home after graduating from college. He established a construction business, WJ Enterprises.

In 1976 he married Donna Lenz. Together, with other couples, they formed an ELCA Lutheran Church, Shepherd of the Mountains. John had an interest in the Masonic bodies and the Shrine, and enjoyed his membership in the Royal Order of Jesters. He loved camping, hunting, climbing and boating.

John fought cancer for eight years. He is survived by his wife, Donna; children Melissa and Will; sister, Judy and other extended family.

 

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From Tom Jewett on March 15th, 2017
John Jaeger was one of the J students in the class of ’67 at TRHS. We J’s began each day in room 110, just inside the S.W. entrance of Roosevelt. There, for three years, we experienced a steading ritual of attendance, announcements, class business, and mentoring. All of this was orchestrated by our homeroom teacher, Mr. Bill Freimuth.
The Class Members list on this website shows there were 25 J’s, and my recollection is that those students were the class. Six of us - 24 % - are also on the Memorials page. Seeing these names brings back powerful memories of our teen years, including sadness for the loss of old friends. Each of those classmates was a gifted person who contributed to the homeroom group. I am thankful for those memories and for having known John Jaeger.
(Fifty years is a long time. I apologize for any errors or omissions.)
 

Jan Jaques

August 8th, 1949 - October 17th, 2016

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Jan P. Jaques, 67, passed away at home Monday, October 17, 2016. Graveside services will be held 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 20, at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. A gathering of friends will be held at a later date at Red Lobster.

Jan was born August 8, 1949, in Yokohama, Japan, to Charles and Arlene (Shepard) Jaques. Her father was a Retired Colonel in the U.S. Army which afforded her the opportunity to live in Japan, Germany, Ottumwa, Iowa and Des Moines. Jan graduated from Roosevelt High School and Mercy School of Radiologic Technology. She worked as a Radiologic Technologist at Mercy Medical Center for 39 years.

Jan was a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Her passion was her profession, co-workers and patients at Mercy Hospital. She also loved animals, especially dogs and cats. To this end she contributed to any and all animal rescue missions.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. She is survived by cousins and a host of friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.
Published in Des Moines Register on Oct. 20, 2016

 
     
     

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From Tom Jewett on March 15th, 2017
Jan Jaques was one of the J students in the class of ’67 at TRHS. We J’s began each day in room 110, just inside the S.W. entrance of Roosevelt. There, for three years, we experienced a steading ritual of attendance, announcements, class business, and mentoring. All of this was orchestrated by our homeroom teacher, Mr. Bill Freimuth.
The Class Members list on this website shows there were 25 J’s, and my recollection is that those students were the class. Six of us - 24 % - are also on the Memorials page. Seeing these names brings back powerful memories of our teen years, including sadness for the loss of old friends. Each of those classmates was a gifted person who contributed to the homeroom group. I am thankful for those memories and for having known Jan Jaques.
(Fifty years is a long time. I apologize for any errors or omissions.)
 

Jeff Jeambey

- - July 11th, 2002

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Jeffrey L. Jeambey, 53, of Des Moines, died of cancer July 11, 2001, at Hospice Kavanagh House.  Services will be at Camp Dodge Chapel with a private burial at a later date.

Mr. Jeambey was born in Mt. Pleasant, IA and lived in Des Moines most of his life.  He was a retired sergeant major with the Iowa National Guard and served in the Vietnam War and Persian Gulf War.  Upon discharge he was awarded the Legion of Merit.  He was a secretary associate with the U.S. Army, Des Moines Freedom Chapter, and a member of Day-to-Day Support Group.  He enjoyed sailing and sunsets.

Survivors include his wife, LuAnn Vondracek; a son, Jason; his father, Graham; his mother, Anne; his brothers, Gregory, Kenneth, James, and Jon; and his sisters, Janet Sanburg-Grillo and JoAnne Jeambey.

Contributions may be made to Broadlawns Medical Center or Hospice of Central Iowa.
    

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From Tom Jewett on March 15th, 2017
Jeff Jeambey was one of the J student in the class of ’67 at TRHS. We J’s began each day in room 110, just inside the S.W. entrance of Roosevelt. Mr. Bill Freimuth was our homeroom teacher. There, for three years, we experienced a steading ritual of attendance, announcements, class business, and mentoring. All of this was orchestrated by our homeroom teacher, Mr. Bill Freimuth.
The Class Members list on this website shows there were 25 J’s, and my recollection is that those students were the class. Six of us - 24 % - are also on the Memorials page. Seeing these names brings back powerful memories of our teen years, including sadness for the loss of old friends. Each of those classmates was a gifted person who contributed to the homeroom group. I am thankful for those memories and for having known Jeff Jeambey.
(Fifty years is a long time. I apologize for any errors or omissions.)
 

Linda Sampson (Johnson)

- - April 5th, 2010

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Mike Johnson

- - August 12th, 1972

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Michael C. Johnson, 23,  died August 12, 1972 of suffocation in Montauk, New York.

He was a native of Des Moines and a graduate of Roosevelt High School and Westmar  College in LeMars, IA.  Mike was a member of St. Augustin Catholic Church.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Johnson; sisters Karen and Mary Kay; and brothers Robert and Ted.  


    

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From jamie Stimson on September 8th, 2016
A group of Beaverdale people from the class of 67 get together every couple of years.  Never fails, at some point during the weekend, memories of Mike pop up and we all enjoy talking about what a good guy he was, and about how much we all miss his bigger than life personality.  Much too young!!!
 
From Tom Jewett on March 15th, 2017
Mike Johnson was one of the J students in the class of ’67 at TRHS. We J’s began each day in room 110, just inside the S.W. entrance of Roosevelt. Mr. Bill Freimuth was our homeroom teacher. There, for three years, we experienced a steading ritual of attendance, announcements, class business, and mentoring. All of this was orchestrated by our homeroom teacher, Mr. Bill Freimuth.
The Class Members list on this website shows there were 25 J’s, and my recollection is that those students were the class. Six of us - 24 % - are also on the Memorials page. Seeing these names brings back powerful memories of our teen years, including sadness for the loss of old friends. Each of those classmates was a gifted person who contributed to the homeroom group. I am thankful for those memories and for having known Mike Johnson.
(Fifty years is a long time. I apologize for any errors or omissions.)
 

Syndi Giudicessi (Johnson)

- - May 3rd, 1999

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Cynthia Guidicessi Johnson, 50, of Johnston, IA, died of breast cancer May 3, 1999 at her home.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Des Moines and lived in the area most of her life.  A registered nurse, she worked with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Surviving are her husband, Dennis; her daughters Jocelyn Johnson, Nicole Johnson and Shana Johnson; her sisters Joann Becker and Rene Hinchliff; and her brothers BJ Giudicessi and Ron Giudicessi.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
    

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From Becky Moore Ayers on March 8th, 2017
Syndi was one of my oldest and dearest friends.   Loyal, funny, kind, she was always there for me.  My birthday is in November so I was one of the last people to get my license.  So even though I couldn't drive my share, Syndi drove out of her way every morning to pick me up for school and drive me home in the afternoon.  

 
From Sue Rood on March 20th, 2017
Syndi was such a good friend.  Many of you may remember her car, "The Green Pea".  What a legend!  We had many great times on weekends and
going to games in that notorious car!!

Sue Rood
 
 

Peter Jones

- - August 27th, 1979

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From Tom Jewett on March 15th, 2017
Peter Jones was one of the J students in the class of ’67 at TRHS. We J’s began each day in room 110, just inside the S.W. entrance of Roosevelt. Mr. Bill Freimuth was our homeroom teacher. There, for three years, we experienced a steading ritual of attendance, announcements, class business, and mentoring. All of this was orchestrated by our homeroom teacher, Mr. Bill Freimuth.
The Class Members list on this website shows there were 25 J’s, and my recollection is that those students were the class. Six of us - 24 % - are also on the Memorials page. Seeing these names brings back powerful memories of our teen years, including sadness for the loss of old friends. Each of those classmates was a gifted person who contributed to the homeroom group.I am thankful for those memories and for having known Peter Jones.
(Fifty years is a long time. I apologize for any errors or omissions.)
 

Craig Kaldenberg

- - June 30th, 1986

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Craig Kaldenberg, 37, of Minneapolis, a maintenance engineer, died of leukemia April 30, 1986.

Mr. Kaldenberg was born in Ames, IA and lived in Des Moines most of his life.  He was a member of Earthwatch Society.

Survivors include his wife, Becka; sisters Karen Riggs and Gwen Kaldenberg; brother Mark Kaldenberg; his parents, Henry and Margaret Kaldenberg; and his grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of America.
    

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From Keith Jahnke on September 8th, 2016
I was saddened to hear of Craig's passing at such an early age.  I didn't know Craig well but we did have a few classes together and we worked together for about a year or so at the McDonalds on Forest Ave.  

I also remember him carrying a 5 gallon can of water on his back (strapped to a pack frame) on a trip at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico (summer of '64 or '65 as I recall).  There were at least two others from our class on that trip, Jon Beatty and Chuck Lininger that immediately come to mind.  

Craig always impressed me as a hard worker and all around nice guy who got along with everyone.

 
 
From John Hull on April 7th, 2017
I had the good fortune to know Craig Kaldenberg when we were undergraduates at Iowa state University. In our junior year, five trhs1967 alums rented a house together. We were Craig, Henry Clark, Gerry Ramsey, Ken Hintze, and myself. The previous year, the five of us had often gathered in one of our dorm rooms to play cards before dinner. In our freshman and sophmore years, Craig, Henry, and I were physics majors and had a number of classes together.
 
From Ken Hintze on December 23rd, 2017
Craig and I were grade school playmates high school classmates and later roommates at Iowa State University along with Henry Clark, John Hull and Gerry Ramsey.  I fondly remember out expeditions in the woods near his family home as we searched for meteorites.  He loved the outdoors.  In college we hiked at Ledges State park or canoed on local rivers.  Craig left us far too young, but he lives on in the memories of those who knew him.  
 

Mike (Hans Michael) Kauten

- - September 6th, 2006

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Hans Michael Kauten, age 62, passed away on September 6, 2006.  He was  born June 15, 1948 in Friedburg, Germany.

 

On January 7, 1969, he became a proud citizen of the United States, and later served in Vietnam as an airman in the U.S. Air Force.

 

Mr. Kauten is interned at Leavenworth National Cemetery, in Leavenworth, KS.

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Tom Kern

October 10th, 1948 - May 15th, 2015

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Thomas Dean Kern, 66, passed away peacefully at his home on May 6, 2015.  He will be laid to rest at Rest Haven Cemetery in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Thomas was born October 10, 1948 in Des Moines to George and Lois Kern.  He graduated from Wartburg College with a degree in Social Studies.  He worked for the State of Iowa, retiring as the Supervisor of the State Disability Determination Services Bureau.

He will be missed by his sister, Judy Rasmussen of Urbandale, IA; brother, Robert Kern of Chicago, IL; his nieces, great-nieces, and great-nephew. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, John B. Rasmussen. 

    

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From Tom Jewett on March 8th, 2017

My recollections of Tom are from Merrill J.H., before we moved on to Roosevelt. We became friends at the lunch break. Lunch room can be a challenging social experience for students who have left grade school to enter the changed circumstances of Junior High School. Several of us, four 7th graders and one “elder” eighth grader, found refuge together at the table at the back wall. It was here, under the clock, that Vice Principal Paus (sp) would position himself at the beginning of each lunch period to call for a minute of silence. And here, every day, we eat our lunches together - trading food and stories. We were quite a bit different from each other, but we stuck together.

The biggest excitement was when one of the tougher members of the group called out a “cool” student for a fist fight. After school dismissal, the two arrived at the designated slope behind the school playing field. We were there to support our friend. Besides us and the friends of the other student, a small mob had gathered to watch. Someone in the crowd throw a snowball which hit a car below. The driver got out to run the student down. We all panicked, tore back to school, raced to the gym locker room, and calmly acted as if we were there for an after-school activity. The fist fight never took place.

I am sorry to say I lost contact with Tom after Merrill. He was a good friend in those days.

 

Stephanie Dozoryst (Klebenow)

1949 - November 14th, 2015

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Stephanie Jean (Nee Dozoryst ) Klebenow, of Wales, WI, found peace on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the age of 66. Stephanie was raised in Des Moines, IA, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967.  She later graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in French and International relations.

In her mid-twenties, she moved to the Milwaukee area where she taught French at Cedarburg High School. Later, she began a new career as a financial planner. She is survived by a sister, Christine (Adam) Jones, and by step-mother Charlotte Dozoryst of Des Moines, IA. Memorials appreciated to Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, www.alzwisc.org.

 

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From Linda Moon Fredrick on July 14th, 2017
Stephanie was a high school friend who was pretty, inside and out. I remember her easy smile and ready laugh.
 

Bob Knapp

- - March 30th, 2014

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Bobby Joe Knapp died on March 30th, 2014 in Guthrie County, Iowa.

 

Bob was born on June 29th, 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Harold and Joanne Knapp.  He is survived by his former wife, Barb; his children Bradie, BJ, Bailey; his grandchildren; a sister Kathy; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his son Brian, his sister Deb Frisk and his parents.

 

Bob was successful in real estate sales and development.  He owned a restaurants in Grimes for many years, had a successful music publication business, and owned a pig farming operation.  Bob enjoyed landscaping, carpentry, travel, snow skiing and golf.  He never met a stranger and was always the life of the party.  He had many friends who could each share a few "Bob stories".

 

In accordance with Bob's wishes, he was buried in Glendale Cemetery next to his son, Brian.

 

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Karen Schuster (Kubik)

- - September 9th, 2002

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Karen Suzanne Schuster Kubik, 53, passed away in Cedar Rapids, IA, September 9, 2002.  She was born in Iowa City, IA, to Veldon and Betty Schuster on March 19, 1949.  Karen grew up in Des Moines, and later attended Simpson College in Indianola, IA.

 

Karen was a member of First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids.  She enjoyed stamping, gardening, and cooking.  Most important to her were her family and friends.

 

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Bruce; a daughter Amy; a son, Bryan; a sister, Linda; a granddaughter and her mother.  Her father and a son, Chad Robert, preceded her in death. 

 

A memorial fund in her name has been established.

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From Nancy Petefish (Sortino) on March 22nd, 2017
Karen was my very best friend. She touched my life forever with her understanding and friendship.  She fought the fight to beat cancer but sadly lost.  I miss her everyday.
 

Judy Blanchard (Lewis)

March 14th, 1949 - November 4th, 2014

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Judith Blanchard Lewis, of Creston, Iowa, died Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at the Afton Care Center in Afton. 

Judy was born March 14, 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa to Jeannie Marie Haywood and John Theodore Blanchard. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967.

Judy moved to Akeley, Minn., she began working for Ah-gwah-ching in food service as a cook for 19 years. Judy moved to the Creston area in 2000 where she worked a variety of odd jobs before retiring in 2011.

Survivors include her three children Kristie (husband Scott) Nixon of Afton; Gary Clear, Jr. (Ang Narducci) of Red Oak, IA.; Chris (wife Charity) Clear of Creston; five brothers Jay (wife Nikki) Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz.; Jack (wife Gayle) of Queen Creek, Ariz.; Jon (wife Meg) Blanchard of Raleigh, NC.; Joe (wife Lorane) Blanchard of Prairie, Idaho; Jeff (wife Lisa) Blanchard of Los Altos, California and thirteen grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Joyce Kientzle.


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Toni Ellis (Loomis)

December 31st, 1948 - July 18th, 1999

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Toni Jean Ellis Loomis, age 50, died of a heart attack on Sunday,  July 18, 1999, at her home in Des Moines.  

 

Mrs. Loomis was born in Des Moines on December 31, 1949, and lived most of her life in the area.  She worked for Stormy’s Tavern in Urbandale, and was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.  

 

She is survived by her son, Brad Floden, and daughter, Merri Floden; a sister, Jody Cosson; and two grandchildren.  

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Iowa.  

 

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Christine Lyon (Lyon-Jenkins)

- - September 13th, 1999

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Christin Lyon-Jenkins, 50, of Denver, Colorado, died at home Sept 13th. The cause of death is unknown, pending results of an autopsy. Services were held Saturday in Denver.
 
Mrs. Lyon-Jenkins was born in Des Moines and moved from the area in the early 1970s. She returned to Des Moines for a brief period in 1995. She was a golf instructor with the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
 
Survining are her husband, Steve; her father, R. Wayne Lyon, and a brother, Robert Lyon, both of Des Moines.

 

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From Cathy Abramson Auble on January 28th, 2017
My first clear memory of Chris was hilarious.  We were in our elementary school classroom at Windsor, and the teacher was out of the room, so the students were milling around.  Another female student Rosemary (I don't remember her last name) who was much taller than Chris was teasing Chris.  The next thing that I remember, Rosemary was on the floor in front of Chris, and they both were laughing.  Chris said, "I flipped her;"  Chris had flipped Rosemary over Chris' shoulder!  I was surprised at how strong Chris was.  It makes sense that she later became a golf pro - talk about great upper body strength!
 

Gary Madison

October 11th, 1948 - April 5th, 2006

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Gary Douglas Madison Oct 11, 1948 - Apr 5, 2006.  Gary Madison, 27 year Colorado resident, was born in Des Moines, IA.   He was an electrician/handyman and owned Black Forest Home Repair.  He enjoyed the outdoors, camping and Nascar racing. 

He is survived by loved ones; Vicki Titus, Mike and Jenny Pattison, Hollis Walker, former wife of 31 years Sherry Madison; mother, J.  Ardivene Madison; brother, Roger Madison; and son, Jeffrey Douglas Madison.  Gary is predeceased by his father Arthur Richard Madison.  He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

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Helen Matthews

- - September 29th, 1995

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Helen R. Matthews, 44, of Denver, CO, died there on September 29, 1995, of complications related to diabetes.

The body was cremated, and a prayer service will be held at a later date at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Des Moines, where she lived through high school.  
    


 

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Doug Mayo

May 25th, 1949 - October 2nd, 2013

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Douglas William Mayo, 64, passed away at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa, on October 2, 2013.

Doug was born May 25, 1949 in Des Moines, and was a lifelong resident of the area.  He enjoyed golfing and boating.  His vibrant personality made everyone feel welcomed and loved.  With a positive spirit, he greeted everyone with a smile.

Doug was an active member of the Home Builders association for over 25 years.  He was dedicated to both his work and his customers as general manager of Kitchen and Bath Ideas.  He helped create a scholarship fund for HBA of Iowa Educational Corporation, which provides educational assistance to individuals who have an interest in home building and related industries.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie, daughter Angela (Shawn) Reeves, daughter Mendy (TJ) Weigland, sister Dwynne Kuhlman, and his grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be directed to HBAI Educational Corporation, for the Doug Mayo Scholarship.  

    

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From Jamie Stimson on September 8th, 2016
Dammit Doug!!!

I wish you would have come to at least one class reunion!!!!  Each reunion, I was excited to see you and get, even a small dose of your blistering sense of humor.   I have already commented to others about hoping you'd come to the 50th.  And, then I saw this.....Sad loss.
 
From Trudy Gabelman on July 29th, 2017
I really thought I'd see you again.  Wish we had pursued our dreams together.  Guess it wasn't meant to be after all. 
 

Carol McClurg

January 20th, 1949 - July 7th, 2011

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Carol McClurg Field, passed away at home on July 7, 2011, in St. Johns, Michigan.  She was born January 20, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska.  Dr. Field grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967.  She graduated from Simpson College with a BA in Music Education in 1971. She attended Michigan State University where she met her husband, John M. Field, and graduated with a BA in Music Therapy in 1973.

She and her husband settled in St. Johns, where she worked as a nursery school teacher, and served many years as Executive Director of Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Clinton County. Following the death of her son in 1980, she dedicated her life to helping as many people as possible. She attended Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina, graduating magna cum laude, and attained her Michigan license as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1987.  Returning to St. Johns, she opened her practice in 1987, and retired in October 2007.

She enjoyed hiking, bicycling skiing, and camping.  

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, John M. Field; brother Ed (Rebecca) Wood of Barryton, MI; and brother Matt (Sue) Field of Mt. Pleasant, MI.  She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Mary, an infant son, Marshall, and her parents.
    

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From Tom Jewett on March 10th, 2017

Carol and I were in several classes together at TRHS, and perhaps also at Merrill. She had a super personality. She seemed to be always cheerful, friendly, and mature
 

I remember seeing Carol at the Iowa State Fair one summer. She was working at her father’s pickle business booth, giving out free samples. She was on her own, confidently managing the booth. With adult-like professionalism she cheerfully offered me a sample. 
 

Carrol was an amazing person. It is sad that in later life I never had contact with her to tell her what a remarkable person she really was.

 

Patrick McPhetrige

July 9th, 1949 - December 16th, 2015

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Patrick was born in Emmetsburg, IA on July 9, 1949.

Patrick served in the US Army from 1968 to 1971 with a tour  of Vietnam.  He received two Purple Hearts and numerous metals and awards.   

After Vietnam
he was stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga and after taking a voluntary Army trip to Alabama, he met Sandra Langston.  They married 3 months later and moved to Denver, Co.   

Patrick and his family moved
back to Alabama in 1988 where they reside in Helena.

Patrick is survived by his wife of 44 years, daughter Sarah (Mike) Gaskin, son Jamin, mother Doris McPhetrige, sisters Cheri, Nola and brother David. Grandchildren Claudia and Brody.

Patrick died as a direct result of exposure to Agent Orange.  His ashes are buried at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Al.

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From Tom Jewett on May 7th, 2017

I knew Pat through a scouting Explorer group that his father led. Pat’s father and some other men organized several trips for the group. The first was weekend canoeing down the Little Turkey River in eastern Iowa to give us some experience.  We apparently passed muster, because after this there were two more outings. One was a fishing, canoeing, and portaging expedition through the US/Canadian boundary waters. The other was camping in a national wilderness area in Idaho, which could only be reached by horseback. I still well remember these experiences with Pat and the others.

A few years ago, I tried to track Pat down, but was not able to locate him. Learning of his passing was tough. I am glad to have known Pat; he was a good friend.

 

Chuck Merritt

November 4th, 1949 - February 8th, 2009

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Charles Worth Merritt passed away on February 9, 2009, in Slater, Iowa.  His death came quickly and with little apparent pain from heart failure due to massive blood clots to the lungs.

Chuck was born November 4, 1949, in Eureka, CA, the second son of Leonard and Margaret Merritt.  He was a graduate of Des Moines Roosevelt High School and of Simpson College in Indianola, IA.

He dedicated himself to Christian Ministry at the New Life Center in Des Moines.  In 1993 he married Lisa Stuart, and they had two children, Eliza and Stuart.  The family served in the community of Slater, IA, where Chuck continued a ministry of intercessory prayer.  He founded Times of Refreshing, a nonprofit foundation for the financial support of eligible ministries.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his brother Robert Merritt, half-brother Leonard Moreland, among other family members and brothers and sisters in Christ.
    

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From Tom Jewett on March 7th, 2017

Chuck was a friend from Merrill JHS and Plymouth confirmation group days. We remained friends at Roosevelt. He had a gift for the arts – music and acting, enjoyed basketball, and possessed a wicked sense of humor. After college, we were both involved in a 70’s Jesus people group in Des Moines for a number of years, each of us eventually moving on from there. I to work in China and Hong Kong, he to marriage and family. We continued as “bros” through the ups and downs of life. – Tom Jewett

 

Jim Merritt

- - March 24th, 1967

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Beautiful spring weather, school vacation, and the temptation to enjoy both ended in tragedy on Friday, March 24, 1967.  Killed was James R. Merritt, 18, of Des Moines, a senior at Roosevelt High School.

The car he was driving at a high speed hit a dip at the bottom of a hill on Bell Avenue, skidded 200 feet, then slammed broadside into a tree.

Mr. Merritt was a member of St. Augustin’s Church, and was a member of a guitar group.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Merritt, and three sisters, all at home.  
    

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Ken Mitchem

August 8th, 1949 - January 10th, 1999

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Dr. Kenneth Mitchum died at Allegheny General Hospital on Sunday, October 17. 1999, of lung cancer.

He was born in Springfield, MO, on August 8, 1949, to Paul and Luella Mitchum.  Dr. Mitchum graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967.  In 1971 he graduated from the University of Illinois.  After receiving a Master’s degree in Behavioral Genetics at the University of Texas, Dr. Mitchum attended Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

In 1979 he began a medical internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  Dr. Mitchum was chief of hypertension at VA Medical Center Pittsburgh, was a staff physician at the VA Psychiatric Hospital, and later served as chief of medicine.  He also taught residents at Allegheny General Hospital.

Dr. Mitchum is survived by his wife, Deborah, daughters Kimberly, Jenna, and Emily, and stepson Brian.  
    

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From Susan Schuchat on August 14th, 2017
Ken was one of our most intelligent classmates! But besides that he had a certain vision and manner of looking at the world that indicated he would do something wonderful. For part of his practice, he worked on developing software for the medical profession and he stood up for patients rights at the VA hospital when others didn't. Also, he practiced his violin more than I did!

 
 

Diana Hanes (Montinguise)

1949 - July 21st, 2015

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Diana Kay Montinguise, 66, passed away July 21, 2015, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, IA.  

Diana’s family would like to thank Dr. Deming, Dr. Elsaway, 8th Floor South at Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospice in Johnston and all who cared for her.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Michael; daughter Jennifer Crandall; sons Anthony and Christopher; brothers Dennis and Douglas; her mother and her grandchildren.  
    

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Craig Moore

November 4th, 1948 - December 20th, 2007

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Robert “Craig" Moore, 58, passed away December 30, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
 
Craig was born November 4th, 1949, in Des Moines to Robert and Dorothy Moore. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and Iowa State University in Industrial Arts Education. Craig's first marriage was to Paula Moore, from this union he had daughter, Lisa. He then married Sandra Kay (Rickert-Boehm) on 2/22/02 at the Campanile on the Iowa State University campus. From this union, he gained four stepchildren, Katie, Karissa, Mark, and Michael Boehm.

Craig worked at H & D Kawasaki in Boone then for Zooks Harley Davidson as a mechanic from which he retired. Craig loved riding motorcycles. He could fix anything. He loved going to his stepchildren's and grandson's ballgames and other activities. He enjoyed going to ISU and Iowa Cubs games, jokes, and playing with words and the English language. He also loved shopping for a bargain, taking road trips, wood working, fishing, hunting, and dogs.
Craig was always willing to help a friend or a stranger and he knew no enemies. The wealth and loyalty of his friends is indicative of his loving heart and soul. Craig spent enumerable hours taking care of Sandy's mom who has Alzheimer's disease.

Craig is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughter, Lisa Diane (Donny Young) Moore; stepchildren, Katie (Charlie) Crees, Kari Boehm, Mark Boehm and Michael Boehm; stepmother, Dorothy Ann Moore; grandchildren, Ethan Crees, Breanna, Tanner, Hannah, Mallory, Dawson, Gus, and Gunner Jack.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests consideration be given to a cause in which Craig was interested, supporting important research efforts at the University of Minnesota aimed at stopping the development of Alzheimer's Disease.


For those who might be interested, giving information follows:

Dr. Karen Hsiao Ashe (at the University of Minnesota) has been conducting revolutionary research into Alzheimer's Disease.  You can support Dr. Ashe's work via the Minnesota Medical Foundation at: https://www.mmf.umn.edu/index.cfm?event=gift&giveto=3414 or send a check (write "Fund #3414 Alzheimer's – Moore Memorial" in the memo field) to Minnesota Medical Foundation (MMF), PO Box 64001, St. Paul, MN 55164-0001; or call 800-922-1663.
 
Published in the Boone News from 1/4/2008 - 2/4/2008
 

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From Sherry Newton (now Andre) on August 12th, 2017
Craig had me laughing all the time.  He was a sweet, giving person.  Craig will always have a special place in my heart.
 
From Becky Moore Ayers on April 2nd, 2017
We had the same last name so for years and years, Craig and I sat next to each other in classes, homeroom, graduation line up.  H.e had a great wit and smile and I was so sad to hear of his passing.
 
 

Sandra Heman (Mortensen)

March 20th, 1949 - May 7th, 2016

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Sandra Diane Mortensen passed away on May 7, 2016, at Manor Care in Fair Oaks, VA.  Sandy was born on March 20, 1949 in Des Moines to John and Ilene Heman, and graduated from Roosevelt High School. Shortly after graduation she married Ted Mortensen and later divorced.

She is survived by her sister, Janet Heman Mackey, and several nieces and nephews.  In addition she is survived by special friend Cleo Irvin of Burke, VA.  Services will be at a later date.

 

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From Pati Petersen-VanZante on September 1st, 2017
Sandy was in my Blue Bird and later, Campfire group at Monroe School, and in my class. I enjoyed Sandy, and we had alot of fun as children.  We did not keep in touch after elementary, but I hae aleays remembered her, her mother, and father very fondly. 
 

Ron Newgaard

- - December 24th, 1970

In Memory of my Best Friend. We were like brothers from Grant Elementary, Callahan Jr. High and finally graduation from from TRHS 1967.  John Clark

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Ronald Louis Newgaard was born in Des Moines, IA on May 22, 1949, to Otis and Ruby (Poole) Newgaard. 

 

He passed away December 24, 1970, at age 21.  He is interred next to his parents at Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines.

 

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Jim Nylen

- - March 13th, 2005

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James Link Nylen, 55, passed away in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday, March 13, 2005, after a lengthy illness with a brain tumor.

Jim was born and raised in Des Moines.  He founded Woodland Ltd. Manufacturing Company in 1988.  He was a member of the Audubon Society, Variety Club of Iowa, and the VFW.  He had been very active with the Iowa DNR.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; daughters Sophie and Kate, both at home; a sister, Elizabeth (Scott) Crawford; a brother, David (Michelle) Nylen; and his parents, LeRoy and Helen Nylen.

Memorials may be directed to the Heart Connection in Des Moines, or Hospice of Central Iowa.

 

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From Randy Groff on November 1st, 2016
Fun, creative, brave and wild. In fourth grade we designed (on paper) a three stage rocket...way before the space program.

A good man. 
 
From Becky Moore Ayers on August 12th, 2017
Jimmy Nylen was so funny and kind.  We were good friends in junior high. He added personality to our class and the world and I was so sorry to hear of his passing. 
 

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Jane Rood (Ortner)

- - October 6th, 2009

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Jane Rood Ortner, 60, entered her eternal life on October 6, 2009, surrounded by her family at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

Jane was a lifelong resident of Des Moines and a graduate of Roosevelt High School.  She liked animals, taking long walks with her dog, and loved to decorate for holidays, especially the Christmas season.

She will be missed by her husband of 37 years, John; sons John and Josh; mother Nancy Kooker; sisters Kate Starostka and Lucy Anderson; and brother Ned Rood.


 

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From Sue Rood on February 27th, 2017
Jane was such a wonderful person.
We were close cousins, and our families remained committed to staying
in touch a few times every year.
My memories of Jane were always filled with her caring gestures and her
willingness to support you in any way.  In 2003 I had undergone cancer surgery in late 2002, and then my father passed away in early 2003.  Jane
was the first one to volunteer to drive me to radiation therapy appts.
matter what the winter weather.
Such a loving person!

Your cuz,
SusieI'm


matter what the weather conditions. 
What a compassionate person!

Your "cuz",
Susie

 
 

Joe Pasternak

- - December 5th, 2006

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Dr. Joseph Pasternak, 57, of Wilmette, IL, passed away December 5, 2006, after a courageous five-year battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was born and raised in Des Moines, IA.

Joe received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Iowa and his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he also completed fellowship training in Pediatric Neurology.  He was head of the division of Pediatric Neurology at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare from 1979 until his death, and was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

He is survived by his wife and professional partner of 27 years, Dr. Barbara Trimmer, daughters Emily and Rebecca, and his sister, Patty Tripp.

It was Joe’s wish that memorial contributions be endorsed to the University of Iowa Foundation and be directed to the Joel and Bernice Jacobson Pasternak Prize in Mathematics, which was established by Joe in honor of his parents.


    

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Jim Patrick

January 2nd, 1949 - May 13th, 2001

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Franklin Pearce

- - July 22nd, 1999

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Franklin Ray Pearce died of a cardiac arrest on his fiftieth birthday, July 22, 1999, in Midland, TX. 

Frank was born in Mason City, IA, and lived in Iowa until enlisting in the U. S. Army in 1968.  He served 3 years including a tour in Vietnam. 

In 1979 he married Janice E. Haltom in Florida.  They lived in Florida and Arkansas before moving to Texas. 

He is survived by his wife and their children.


 

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Bill Pederson

- - May 7th, 2005

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William ‘Bill’ Pedersen, 56, born January 12, 1949 at Des Moines, Iowa, the son of William and Dolores Pedersen, died Saturday, May 7, 2005, at his home in Bixby, Oklahoma.  

He married Gena Pugh on May 21, 1977.  Bill was the owner of Construction and Development Services, a residential and commercial construction company.  He was an active member of Riverview Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Gena; son Brandon (Jodey); daughter Cassie (Jason Lee); granddaughter, Savannah; parents, Bill and Ann Pedersen, Jr. and Delores and Dale Shawan; and a host of other family and friends.

The family requests memorials to the Bill Pedersen Scholarship Fund, First Bank Centre, Broken Arrow, OK  Services were held 1 p.m. Tuesday May 10 at Riverview Baptist Church in Bixby.

 

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From Jamie Stimson on September 9th, 2016
Bill was a 'top shelf' quality friend for me.  We moved to DSM from a small eastern Iowa town when I was in the 6th grade.  My older sister went to college at the same time, so it was a lonely time to be a kid at my house.  Started 6th grade at Perkins and, within a few weeks, Bill was my friend.  We spent some time together away from school, but we were mostly school friends.  And that continued all the way through Roosevelt.  We drifted a part after that.  Then, just a few months before he died, we ran into each other on an airplane.  If was as if fate brought us together for a few minutes to say good bye.
 

Jim Pierson

- - July 20th, 2016

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James (Jim) Pierson died at home in Clarksville, Tennessee, on July 20, 2016, of heart disease.

Jim was born in Garden City, Kansas, and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University.

His career was spent in the printing industry in plants in Des Moines, Iowa; Buffalo, New York; Hickory, North Carolina; Effingham, Illinois; Merced, California; Corinth, Mississippi; and Dickson, Tennessee. He has worked at Bridgestone Metalpha in Clarksville for the past several years.

Jim is survived by his wife Judith Patterson Pierson; their sons Lucas (Carolyn) Pierson of Nashville; and Zane Pierson of Tampa; and one daughter, Callan Pierson Hodgson (Andrew) of Chattanooga. Family in Iowa includes two brothers, Jeff and Mark; and one brother-in-law, Garry Patterson, and their spouses and families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Bonnie Pierson of Des Moines.

Private services and burial will be held at a later time in Carlisle, Iowa. 


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From Tenney D Smith on September 8th, 2016
Well Judy,   It's been a long time since we crossed pathes but your partner Jim and I were very close friends as you know. This is a big shock to read about his passing. I pray for you and your family as you continue down the road of life without this man beside you. May you remember all the good times you had together. It will take some time to digest all of this for me. A big lose for everyone that knew him.

Sincerely,

Tenney D Smith
 
From Steve Beck on September 14th, 2016
Such sad news to find out about Jim's recent passing Judy. We shared some great times during our years at TRHS. Jim was one of my fellow classmates I was hoping to hook up with and renew our friendship.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!!!

 
 
From Pati Petersen-VanZante on September 1st, 2017
Jim sat in my row in Mr. Hansen's homeroom, for three years, he was always kind, and smiling.  It makes me glad that he has such a lovely life and family. 
 

Dale Pilmer

- - September 25th, 2015

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Dale Harris Pilmer, 65, of Norwalk IA, died unexpectedly September 25, 2015, at his home.

 

He was born in Des Moines November 15, 1949, the son of Dale and Jean Pilmer.  Dale grew up in Des Moines, and graduated from Roosevelt High School.  He attended Drake University and was employed by Equitable of Iowa before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1969.  He served during the Vietnam War, stationed in Korea as a radio operator.

 

Dale returned to Des Moines in 1973 and worked for the Veterans Administration, retiring in 2010.  Dale loved to read, enjoyed genealogy, and loved living in Norwalk, having moved there in 1984.  Growing up he was very close to his paternal grandfather, Lisle Pilmer, who was an early settler of the Norwalk area.  Dale’s interest in family history and historic preservation drew him to the house he owned on Main Street.
 

Dale also liked car racing, classic cars, and car magazines.  Since childhood he loved the sound of pipe organs and was a member of the American Guild of Organists.  He was a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church in Des Moines, where he was active in music ministry.

 

Dale is survived by his sisters, Andrea Pilmer, Nancy Borghi, and Sharon Pilmer, all of West Des Moines; his aunt, Mary Nemeth; and many nieces and nephews.

 

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Larry Pitts

- - November 21st, 1996

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Larry D. Pitts, 47, of Urbandale, died of a heart ailment on November 21, 1996, at home.  The body will be cremated and a memorial service will be at Westover Funeral Home.

Mr. Pitts was born in Milwaukee and lived most of his life in Des Moines.  He was a disabled U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Rainbow Club.

He is survived by his parents, and three brothers, Gregory, Rodney, and Gary.


    

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Tom (Thomas C) Putnam PHD

August 30th, 1948 - September 2nd, 2016


 

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Tom was born August 30, 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa to Clyde and Dorothy Rolofson Putnam; and passed away suddenly September 2, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts in his wife Susan Putnam's, loving arms. He is survived by his brother Kim Rolofson Putnam, Kim's wife Cindy Putnam, and nieces Megan Putnam McGee and Brittney Putnam; and his wife Susan Lawrence Putnam, step daughters Melissa and Clara Coleman and four step grandchildren.

Tom grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and spent many summers with his brother Kim in Cripple Creek, Colorado on his mother's family ranch. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, and Westminster College. Tom served in the Peace Corps in West Africa in the early 1970's.

Thomas C. Putnam, PhD, was for many years active as a psychotherapist and Jungian analyst in Cambridge, MA. Before establishing a private practice there. He graduated from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge and was ordained a priest serving as a chaplain at Peter Bent Brigham hospital in Boston. He received his analytic training at the CG Jung Institute of New York and a doctoral degree in psychology from The Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio. A longstanding member of the CG Jung Institute-Boston, he served as President for the New England Society of Jungian Analysts for many years and was, up to his sudden illness, an instructor and supervisor at the Boston Institute. He will be missed by his many patients, colleagues and analysts-in-training for his insightful and professional contributions. 

Tom loved the mountains and spent many summers and winters hiking and climbing on the East and West coasts. He was a 4th Dan Black Belt in Martial Arts and recently trained in an IADO Dojo. He loved to Roller Blade and spend time in the outdoors with his wife and grandchildren. He was a warm, wonderful, compassionate, kind and very generous good hearted soul, and loved by so many.

Tom lived a life of service to others. He strived to take away the despair, the pain and the fear that many came to him with and then, take – for a while – the burden on his own shoulders.
He taught others to see the burden they carried as something they could walk beyond – to a better place. He gave them the tools and the strength to cast away their burdens or, at least, to understand and not let one's burdens control their lives. He made life better for others.

He lived his life with compassion for all beings. He lived his life with complete and boundless love for his wife, his family and his friends. He sought always to save all beings from suffering.
And now he has left us – but he is still with us.

Tom has left this world – but he is in every blade of grass, in every cloud, in every drop of rain and in every being. When we want to see him – we will just look around at the world.
When we want to talk to him – we will simply talk to him and know he will hear.

I know he wants you all to remember him, in times of difficulty in the days ahead – and simply, just simply – remember him and smile.

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From Sue Putnam on March 23rd, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAd5BWWanws&feature=youtu.be

Tom's wife Sue created this You Tube Video in horor of Tom. It's lovely.
 
Just highligh then copy the link and paste in your browser.
 

Jane Quinn

October 4th, 1949 - July 11th, 2011

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Jane Ann Quinn, 61, died Monday July 11, 2011 in Sunnyvale, CA. 

She was born on October 4, 1949, the daughter of Lawrence L. and Florence Quinn, and grew up in Des Moines.

She had worked for the Sunnyvale Police Department and also Syntex Pharmaceuticals.

Survivors include. a brother, James L. Quinn of Sunnyvale, California.  Jane was preceded in death by her parents.




 

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Mary Rabe

August 23rd, 1949 - May 25th, 1999

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Mary E. Rabe Ellis, 49, died of a liver ailment Tuesday, May 25, 1999, at Kavanagh House in Des Moines.  A private family burial will be at a later date.

 

Mary was born in Des Moines August 23, 1949, where she lived most of her life.  She was a homemaker.

 

She is survived by a daughter: her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Rabe; a sister, Kathleen Shea; and a brother, James Hagen.

 

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Jim Richardson

- - April 17th, 2010

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Jim's wife, Blanche, provided us with this memory of her husband.

Jim Richardson
 
1948 - 2010
 
James Douglas Richardson, age 61, of Dallas, Texas, passed from this life in his home the morning of April 17, 2010 as the result of Leukemia.
 
Jim was born on December 21, 1948, in Des Moines, Iowa to Dale and Ruby Richardson who preceded him in death.  He is survived by his wife of twenty-three years, Blanche Creel Richardson of Dallas, Texas; his only brother David Richardson, and wife, Diane Richardson of Denver, Colorado; and, a large extended family of in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews across the country.
 
Jim was an accomplished leader and provider for many in his profession as the owner of USA Packaging Company; in his Church, Gaston Oakes, where he served on various committees; and, in his community where he served and contributed to many charities.  It must be said that Jim’s greatest accomplishment was becoming the man of character and integrity that I, his wife, knew him to be.  He was and remains to be the best person I have known.  His presence is greatly missed.  
 

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From Becky Moore Ayers on May 1st, 2017
Jim was a good friend.  He was super nice guy with a wonderful smile.  I'm so sorry he's gone.
 
From Brad Schuchat on June 26th, 2017
Jim was a great guy and life long friend. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
 

Ron Rosene

November 19th, 1948 - January 13th, 2005

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Ronald Lee Rosene, age 56, passed away at a Lakeview, OH, nursing home on January 13, 2005. Ron was born November 19, 1948, in Indianapolis IN. He is survived by his wife, Susan, of 17 years.

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Kathy Avise (Rouse)

August 4th, 1949 - April 6th, 2005

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Kathleen ‘Kate’ Cory Avise-Rouse, age 55, of Tama, Iowa, died April 6, 2005 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines due to a sudden illness.

She was born August 5, 1949, in Des Moines to Lowell and Colleen Avise.  She graduated from Roosevelt High School and received a BS from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX.  It was her lifelong career and pride to provide her talents as a Christian educator.

Her hobbies were scrap booking and Santa Claus collecting.  She enjoyed her grandchildren at ‘Grandma’s Camp’ and liked learning new things.  

Survivors include her husband, Jerry; children Kristofer, Kelly, Kymethe, Jessika, Jeremiah, and Korey; nine grandchildren; and brothers Keith and Kevin.
    

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Virgil Sampson

- - October 25th, 2015

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Paula Schaedlich

November 3rd, 1949 - November 24th, 2015

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Paula Schaedlich, former chief operating officer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, died Nov. 24, 2015 of pancreatic cancer at her home in Mayfield.  She was 66.

The daughter of William and Helen Schaedlich, Paula Sue Schaedlich was born November 3, 1949, in Fort Morgan, CO, and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, where she graduated in 1967 from Roosevelt High School.
 
While a student at Iowa State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1972 in English, Ms. Schaedlich began working for nonprofits promoting family farms, solar power and environmental stewardship.  After college, Ms. Schaedlich worked as a media coordinator for the Iowa Public Interest Research Group. She was a co-founder of the Community Action Research Group, which specialized in energy, food and agriculture, and environmental issues.  Ms. Schaedlich was conference director for the Infant Formula Action Coalition in Washington from 1979 to 1980, and helped organize the Nestle Boycott Coalition.
 
In 1981 arrived in Baltimore as project coordinator at the National Aquarium, a position she held for a year before being named program coordinator.
She held various positions with the American Association of Museums and the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
 
In her private life, Ms. Schaedlich had a penchant for offbeat adventures, such as riding bayou wetlands airboats, attending the National Accordion Festival in Texas, or seeking out Mardi Gras celebrations in small Louisiana towns.  She enjoyed taking visitors to games at Camden Yards, the American Visionary Art Museum or roadside crab shacks outside Ocean City.
 
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Dick Ruess; a daughter, Julia Ruess of Sydney, Australia; and her mother, Helen Schaedlich of Des Moines.

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James Scoltock

May 18th, 1949 - June 27th, 2002

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James H. Scoltock, 54, passed away on June 27, 2002.  He was born May 18, 1949, to Joseph and Claire Scoltock.  Jim lived most of his life in Des Moines. 

He is survived by his mother, and his brother Dr. John Scoltock. He is buried in Yellville, Arkansas.

    

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Mark Seamons

December 15th, 1948 - January 9th, 1998

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Mark J. Seamons, 50, passed away on January 9, 1998, in Hyde Park, Utah. He was born on December 15, 1948, in Logan, Utah.  At that time, he was given  one chance in 1,000 to live.  At age four months, both eyes were removed due to malignant glaucoma.  

Mark began playing tunes on the piano when he was two-years-old, replicating music he had heard on the radio or phonograph.  A child prodigy, he later received formal training in Beverly Hills, California, and learned to read music in Braille.  

In 1966 Mark moved to Des Moines to study music with jazz pianist Earnest ‘Speck’ Redd, during which time he resided with Dr. and Mrs. William Miller. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967.  A Des Moines Register article, published February 11, 1967, noted Mark’s gratitude toward Roosevelt students for helping him navigate the large campus, and for Mrs. Janice Jensen, a district teacher for the visually handicapped.  He performed for Roosevelt’s student body and faculty, reportedly leaving them spellbound.

Mark was known nationally, and performed classical and contemporary piano and organ music throughout California and Utah.  On August 14, 1982, he married Melva N. Gunn, who survives.  Mark is also survived by sons Mark and Michael, and daughter Miranda. 


 

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David Selsor

- - April 1st, 2003

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From Brian Ritchhart on June 1st, 2017
Dave was a good friend of mine and we got into trouble together on a number of occassions.  He was a talented musician and artist and a free spirit, to be sure.  His father was a Methodist minister who designed and made a silver ring for me that I wore for 20 years.  Although Dave and I lost touch after high school, I hope that he had a good and happy life!
 

Fred Spence

August 14th, 1949 - January 31st, 1991

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Frederick Alan Spence, 41, passed away January 31, 1991, in Alameda, California.  He was born in Indianola, Iowa, to Morris and Luella (Oldfield) Spence on August 14, 1949.

Fred lived in Des Moines where he graduated from Roosevelt High School and then the University of Iowa.

After working as a geriatric resource consultant in Illinois, he relocated to California where he worked in computer systems for Pacific Bell Telephone Company.  His life-long interest was the theater, and he appeared in many amateur productions over the course of his life.

He leaves his mother and older brother, Stephen.  He was preceded in death by his father, Morris. 

He is entombed at Grace Cathedral Columbarium in San Francisco.  

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From Pati Petersen-VanZante on March 2nd, 2017
This sadden's me very much, Spence was always so happy, and I first met him in the 7th grade at Franklin Jr. High.  Last saw him in Iowa City, He was a happy and kind young man, who was a happy and kind person when last I saw him. in the Summer of 1971.  We did theater together at Roosevelt.
 

Sharon Stanfill

- - October 17th, 1969

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Sharon K. Stanfill, 20, of Des Moines, died on Friday, October 17, 1969, in a two-car crash near Ottawa, KS.  Also killed in the crash was Jerry Campbell, of Des Moines.  A joint memorial service is planned at First Baptist Church in Des Moines, and a family service for Miss Stanfill will be held in Houston, TX. 

The couple were riding in Campbell’s car when it was involved in a head-on collision.  Miss Stanfill was a 1967 graduate of Roosevelt High School.



 

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Sydnie Weese (Starkey)

- - August 26th, 2005

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Sydnie Margaret Starkey, 55, of Loveland, Colorado, died Aug. 26, 2005. She had been in frail health for some time.

She was born Oct. 5, 1949, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Walter  and Frances Weese.  Sydnie graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA and attended Drake University and Hiram Scott College.

During the time she lived in Loveland, she worked in various manufacturing facilities and was a homemaker most recently.

Mrs. Starkey loved English literature and all things about England. A trip to England a few years ago was a highlight of her life. She was a great "Jeopardy" fan and knew most of the answers.  She enjoyed playing the piano and embroidery work.  She was a caring and compassionate person who was always ready to help anyone in need. At the time of her death, she was active in several social advocacy groups.

Sydnie is survived by her husband, William Starkey of Loveland; her mother, Frances Weese of Longmont; a brother, Walter Weese of Loveland; a sister, Hartena Brockell of Longmont; a nephew and two nieces; and extended family member Brian Mc-Kaskle of Tulsa, Okla.

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David Steele

- - October 1st, 2015

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Mike Sturgeon

- - May 7th, 1997

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Craig Thornhill

- - July 22nd, 2010

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Richard Craig Thornhill passed away on July 22, 2010, in San Diego, CA. 

Craig graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967, then earned a degree at the University of Iowa in 1971.  He attended law school in San Diego and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. 

​The pledge he took was one he held true his entire life and through his passing:  “The true gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deeds follow his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.:  (Words of John Walter Wayland of Virginia, 1899).
 
Craig’s gift to others was to be an example of how to deal with adversity, and with total and complete dignity.  He persevered and endured with Multiple Sclerosis for thirty-seven years.  He was a restaurant manager for the Hungry Hunter and volunteered in the Multiple Sclerosis office in San Diego.
 
Craig is survived by his parents, Martha and Bill, currently of Kansas City, MO; brother and best friend, Michael; sister Pamela Fox; and other extended family in West Virginia, Maryland, and Minnesota.
 
 

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From Randy Groff on November 1st, 2016
A wonderful kind and real person. A friend to all.
 
From Randy Groff on December 10th, 2016
It's so sad we lose touch with people we knew who were kind. The best part of facebook is that we can find and re-connect with friends...If i could re-connect with Craig I would tell him thanks for being my friend...he was in the "in-crowd"...but he always personable and kind...I'm sorry I didnt have a chance to tell him that and thank him.....I was an SAE too at Drake.
 
 
From Becky Moore Ayers on April 3rd, 2017
Craig may truly have been the nicest person in the world.  I met him at Meredith Jr High and we became good friends.  He asked me to the 9th grade dance ...  the first dance I ever went to.  I was so excited to go with him.   Sweet, always smiling, a true gentleman. 
 

Theresa Sue Toussaint

January 6th, 1949 - July 3rd, 2013

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Theresa Susan Toussaint Brown was born January 6, 1949. She passed away in Tampa, FL, July 3, 2013. She is survived by her loving family and friends.

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Jeanne Rubin (Warburton)

- - August 20th, 2003

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Jeanne Rubin Warburton, 53, of Kauai, HI, died of cancer August 20, 2003.

Jeanne was born in Des Moines on August 30, 1949.  She graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended the University of Iowa.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of New York in Albany.  Prior to moving to Kauai in 1978, she lived in Albany, NY, Pittsfield, MA, and Gainesville, FL.

Jeanne was a lifelong teacher of disabled youth.  She taught at the Koloa Elementary School for 12 years, worked several years as an independent educator of literacy skills, and the last three years as an early intervention specialist for mothers with newborns.  She conducted summer literacy clinics and tutored dyslexic students.  Her love of language and communication skills made her an asset to her community.

Jeanne is survived by her husband, Ranney Warburton; mother, Mary Rubin; brother, Ron Rubin; and nephews and nieces.

In remembrance of Jeanne’s love of children and learning, donations can be sent to the Jeanne Warburton Memorial Literacy Fund, The First Hawaiian Bank, Koloa, HI.
 


 

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From Susan Schuchat on April 22nd, 2017
Jeanne and I along with two other '67 classmates, Dee Bodin and Linda White - grew up together on Lincoln Avenue - a safe child freindly dead-end street. We young neighborhood children had such fun together - playing on the empty lot making forts, hiding and eating under the raspberry bushes, playing Ally Ally Auction free at night, playing jacks on the porch out the rain, lots of board games, dancing to music in Linda Hargrove's basement and visiting the Anderson Erickson dairy billboard cows. Beaverdale was a short hike away and we often road our bikes nearby for ice cream. Jeanne had a difficult home situation but you never knew it. She was always kind and considerate of others and their feelings but she also loved a good time. She was a remarkable person and those who knew her miss her.
 

Gary Ward

November 5th, 1949 - August 7th, 2008

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Gary Wayne Ward, 58, of Ankeny, IA, passed away August 7, 2008, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Born November 5, 1949, in Kansas City, MO. He lived in Missouri and California before moving with his family to Des Moines. Following graduation from Roosevelt High School, he served proudly as a U. S. Marine in Vietnam. After his deployment, Gary worked at the telephone company in Des Moines for over 30 years. Gary was known for his generosity and love for his family.

Gary is survived by his mother, Ruth Parker of MO; his daughter Layla Nichols, of VA; his son Zach Ward, of Altoona; four grandchildren; his sisters Diana, Beverly, and Carol; and a brother, Tom.

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Paul O Wells

- - September 27th, 2011

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From Randy Russell on September 18th, 2016
We lovingly called him Rosie. Paul, Mark Cochran would skip school and congregate at Marks house and each would take turns calling the school as the father of the other to explain out illness. One day Paul called and was put on hold. Don Blackman came on the phone and told Paul to get his ass to school and report to his office and bring Randy and Mark with him.
 

Judi Whiting

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Judith Ann Whiting Myers, age 54, died April 21, 2002, in Amherst, VA.  Mrs. Myers was born July 25, 1949, in Galion, Ohio. 

 

She is survived by her sister, Sharon; her brother, Richard, sons Tad and Matthew, and granddaughters Tiffany and Kimberly. 

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Karen Widney

- - December 5th, 1998

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Karen M. Widney, 51, of Valley Junction Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, died of a respiratory ailment there on December 5, 1998.

Miss Widney was a lifelong resident of Des Moines and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Karen was a retired distributor for Amway products.  

Survivors include her sister, Betty, and a brother, Larry.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League.
  

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Leslie Williams

May 28th, 1948 - July 4th, 1993

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Leslie C. Williams, 45, passed away in Los Angeles, CA, July 4, 1993. 

 

He was born in Des Moines, IA, May 28, 1948, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Williams. Leslie enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968. 

 

He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA,

 

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Peter R Williams (Saxton-Williams)

- - February 26th, 2014

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Cynthia Hahn (Woltz)

January 25th, 1949 - April 20th, 2018

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Cindy was born January 25, 1949 in Des Moines, IA to Grover and Mary (Rusk) Hahn. Growing up she attended Roosevelt High School, Cotty College in Nevada, MO, and the University of Iowa. After raising her family, she was able to pursue her artistic interests while working in the family business. She loved hot coffee on cold winter mornings and loved watching birds, especially martins, on warm summer evenings. Most importantly, she was a good listener and mentor to all of those fortunate to have her in their life's circle.

Cindy was a beloved wife and mother and is survived by her husband, Peter; three children, Brian, Mary (Nate) Abner, and David (Jana); six grandchildren; and one brother, Grover (Cindy) Hahn.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation, www.arthritis.org/iowa.

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