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Memorial Services of Iowa

At Memorial Services of Iowa, we feel it is an honor to serve you, your family, and our community. Our funeral professionals have been committed to earning your trust. With decades of combined experience, we can help you create a lasting tribute to your loved one that truly reflects his or her unique life and fulfills your family's needs and traditions.

Celebrations of life can take many forms. No matter what type of service your family designs, we promise to serve you to the best of our ability and to uphold our five core values: Dignity, Respect, Professionalism, Commitment and Fairness.

We listen... carefully. We know that some of us find great comfort in traditions, and we work tirelessly to honor those traditions. Others find greater meaning in more personalized services--playing a favorite song, visiting an important place, re-creating a significant life event. Our professional team gets to know each and every family to help each and every individual remember, share, and ultimately move toward healing.


Our Obituaries

Robert Davis, Jr.

October 22, 1947 - January 18, 2021

Robert Francis Davis, Jr., born October 22, 1947, passed away January 18, 2021 at the age of 73 from Alzheimer's Disease which he battled for years. Robert went to East High School and was employed at MidAmerican Energy for 39 years where he was an electric meter man. Besides his wife, Terry Davis of 55 years, he is survived by his three children, Robert Davis III (Tina), Tina Deer (Darin),...
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Kathryn "Kay" Hill

May 6, 1930 - January 13, 2021

Kathryn Jane Hill passed away at the Suites of Ankeny on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. A visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 SW Walnut St.) To view the live stream for Kay's service please follow this link: https...
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Cristina Santiago Castro Acoymo

April 2, 1936 - January 11, 2021

Cristina Santiago Castro Acoymo, 84, went home to Jesus at 5:25 am on Monday, January 11, 2021 surrounded by her loving family at her home in Clive. Visitation and funeral Mass will be January 21st at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 510 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50021. Visitation will be at 10:00 am and mass will start at 11:00 am. Burial will proceed after at Memorial Services of Iowa at...
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Brian Edwards

March 24, 1958 - January 8, 2021

Brian Walter Edwards, 62, went to be with Jesus on January 8, 2021 after a long and tough battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family who will miss him very much. Brian was born to Wilbur and Rosemond Edwards on March 24, 1958 in Metz, IA. He graduated from Newton High School. He loved fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting, and spending time with his family. He was employed at Monfort...
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Sean Marvin

September 23, 1970 - January 3, 2021

Sean D. Marvin, 50, died at his home in Ankeny, IA with his family by his side on Sunday, January 3, 2021 after a brave three-year fight with colon cancer. Sean was born on September 23, 1970 in Osceola, IA to Sharon and Richard Marvin. He graduated from Clarke Community High School in 1989 and would later move on to graduate from Grand View University in 1996 with a degree in Criminal Justice...
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Beth Neubauer

August 2, 1943 - January 3, 2021

Beth M'Ree (Shive) Neubauer, 77, of Ankeny, Iowa passed away at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines in the early morning hours of January 3, 2021 due to complications of Covid-19. A private service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd) and burial will follow at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. To view Beth's Memorial Service please use...
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Louise Moon

February 8, 1925 - January 2, 2021

Des Moines- Louise Pauline Mayer Moon, 95, died on January 2, 2021, at Scottish Rite Park Healthcare Center from the effects of Alzheimer's Disease. Louise was born on February 8, 1925, in Chicago to Lazare and Esther (Bernstein) Mayer. After graduating from Grinnell College, she was married to John Henry Moon from 1947 until his death in 1998. They settled in Des Moines where they were...
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Janice Byrd

December 11, 1933 - January 2, 2021

Janice Byrd passed away January 2, 2021. A visitation will be 11:00-1:00 p.m., January 8, 2021 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., January 8th also at the funeral home. Janice Ann Garrison (Byrd) was born in Oelwein, Iowa on Dec 11, 1933 to Kirk and Ardys Garrison. She married Ernest Byrd on June 22, 1958 at the First Baptist Church in...
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Richard Paul Payne

December 18, 1938 - January 1, 2021

Richard Paul Payne, 82, of Polk City, IA, passed away January 1, 2021, at Mercy One Hospice in Johnston, Iowa A visitation will be held January 4, 2021 from 4:00 -6:30 p.m. at 6:30 p.m. a Rosary will begin at Memorial Services of Iowa, 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA. A funeral mass will be held January 5th at 10:30 a.m. at St Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1102 NW Weigel Drive, Ankeny...
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Ann Finger

June 29, 1956 - December 31, 2020

God gained a loving angel, dog lover, quilter and gardener on December 31, 2020 when Ann Marie Finger passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at home. Ann was born June 29, 1956 to John and Mabel (Kupka) Schwamman in Decorah, IA. Growing up in Fort Atkinson, IA, Ann learned to be a giving caretaker as the oldest of seven children. After graduating from Turkey Valley High School in Jackson...
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April Friesner

April 2, 1981 - December 28, 2020

April Lynn Friesner, 39, of Ankeny, IA passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA after a courageous five-year battle with breast cancer. Her sudden passing has left her family and friends heartbroken. April could light up any room she entered and was loved by many. April was born on April 2, 1981, in Des Moines, IA. She grew up in Ankeny, IA with her family...
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Brian Sykes

June 2, 1971 - December 26, 2020

Brian James Sykes, 49, of Bondurant, Iowa, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on December 26th, 2020. He was born June 2, 1971 to James Sykes (Gayle) and Rachel Sykes in Estherville, Iowa. He is survived by his parents; his beloved wife, Gina; sons, Jake, Cael, Caden, and Joshua; siblings, Justin (Jana) Sykes, and Stephanie Sykes-Comas (Angel); nephews, Christopher, Samuel and Isaiah; niece, CeCe;...
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Gerald Lanham

December 20, 1929 - December 26, 2020

Gerald "Gerry" Lanham, 91, of Ankeny, passed away at Mill Pond Care Facility on December 26, 2020 from cancer. Gerry was born on December 20, 1929 to Thomas "Eugene" and Emma Lanham in Monroe, SD. He was married to Delores Johnson on May 29, 1951 in Beresford, SD. Gerry worked on his parents' farm as a boy. He served as a cryptographer for the US Army from 1951-1953. During his lifetime, Gerry...
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Elizabeth "Beth" Meissen

March 26, 1958 - December 22, 2020

Elizabeth "Beth" Meissen, 62, of Ankeny, died Tuesday, December 22, 2020, after a 6-month battle with cancer. At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by her loving husband and children. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny. Beth was born on March 26, 1958 in Waterloo, IA to Donald and...
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James Murphy

April 15, 1943 - December 21, 2020

James L. (Jim) Murphy, 77, passed away December 21, 2020 in West Des Moines, IA. A visitation will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. following visitation at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. To view the live stream for Jim's funeral service...
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Elaine Barnwell

May 31, 1940 - December 17, 2020

Elaine Barnwell, 80, of Ankeny, passed away at 1:30 a.m., Thursday, December 17, 2020 at The Bridges in Ankeny, IA. She was born May 31, 1940 in Spring Valley, IL to Armando and Dena (Zaccanti) Bartolini, and married Jerome Barnwell on October 22, 1960 in Ladd, IL. A visitation will be held 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 21, 2020 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny,...
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JoAnn Alleman

September 21, 1935 - December 15, 2020

JoAnn Darlene Alleman, 85, passed away on December 15, 2020 at Sunnyview Care Center in Ankeny, IA, where she had been living after a fall in February, 2020. She was born in September 1935 to Raymond and Florence Porter. Jo married Barney Alleman on June 18, 1955 and they celebrated 65 loving years together this year. Jo will be remembered by many as she worked for HyVee Drugtown for 40 years...
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Richard Baker

March 20, 1939 - December 15, 2020


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Mary Jane Morris

October 29, 1938 - December 14, 2020

Mary J. Morris, 82, of Ankeny passed away December 14, 2020. A visitation will be held Thursday, December 17, 3-5:00 p.m., at Memorial Services of Iowa, (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd), with burial on Friday, at the Iowa Veterans cemetery. Mary was born Oct. 29, 1938. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Des Moines. She worked in the grocery business. First for Hinky Dinky in Des Moines, and...
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Lorna Ruth Murphy Agard

April 18, 1945 - December 14, 2020

Lorna Ruth Murphy Agard, 75, died December 14, 2020 at Trinity Center at Luther Park of complications from dementia and aphasia. Lorna was born in Hays, Kansas, on April 18, 1945, the third child of Rollen and Esther Murphy. The family lived in Woodston, Kansas, where Lorna grew up and graduated from Woodston High School. After graduating with a degree in education from Sterling College in...
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Howard Lee Justice

March 31, 1931 - December 12, 2020

Howard Lee Justice, son of Ralph W. and Alta Chamberlain, was born March 31, 1931 in Manilla, Iowa. He departed from this life on Saturday, December 12th. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 pm at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, December 18th. Due to COVID there will be a private burial service on Saturday, December 19th. Memorials may be made in Howard's memory to American Cancer...
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Skyla Ann Perez

October 27, 2019 - December 11, 2020

Visitation for Skyla will be held 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2020 at Prairie Ridge Church (825 NW 36th St). A funeral will be held at 6:00 p.m. immediately following the service. To view the livestream of the service, please use the following link: https://youtu.be/pStU4F1pQlE
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Grace Meetz

August 26, 1931 - December 9, 2020

Grace Mary (Berglin) Meetz age 89, formerly from Midway, AR., passed away on Wednesday, the 9th of December, 2020 in the Rolling Green Village in Nevada, IA. from the effects of the SARS CoV2 infection. Born the 26th of August, 1931 in Green Bay, WI. to Melvin J. and Gertrude M. (Timmers) Berglin, Grace was the oldest of four children. She learned early the value of responsibility by helping...
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John William Van Tuyl

July 10, 1934 - December 8, 2020

John William Van Tuyl passed away December 8, 2020. John was born on July 10, 1934 to Glenn and Lucille Van Tuyl. John's mother passed away when he was six weeks old. John attended various schools in the area and graduated from Woodward High School in 1952 at the age of 16. John attended Drake University and was a member of the Air force ROTC program. He received is BA degree as well...
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Roger Laurence Davis

November 19, 1932 - December 5, 2020

Roger Laurence Davis, 88, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2020, surrounded by his family. A private service with military honors was held December 12th at Ankeny Memorial Gardens for family. A Celebration of Life will take place in the summer of 2021. Roger was born at his family farm in Bushnell, South Dakota on November 19, 1932, the second of two boys, to Tom and Jensina Davis. Roger...
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Carl B. Potaracke

August 29, 1941 - November 25, 2020

Carl B. Potaracke, 79, of Ankeny passed away November 25, 2020. Funeral mass will be held, 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Our Ladies of Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny. The mass is available via livestream at: https://olih-church.squarespace.com/mass Visitation will be held Monday, November 30, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny...
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Marie L Yori

May 6, 1923 - November 23, 2020

Marie L. Yori, age 97, of Crystal Lake, IL, passed away on November 23, 2020 at Valley Hi Nursing and Rehab in Woodstock, IL. She was born on May 6, 1923 in Willisville, Illinois, the daughter to Anna Holmes. Marie grew up on a farm in Southern Illinois. When she was a teenager, she moved to Highwood, Illinois where she later met her husband, Fernando "Dusty" Yori, After getting married,...
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James "Jim" Hallihan

January 5, 1945 - November 20, 2020

James (Jim) Hallihan, of Ankeny, Iowa, was welcomed by God into life eternal on November 20, 2020. He passed at his home from sudden complications due to metastatic cancer. Jim is survived by his wife of 45 cherished years, Trish; and his children, Jennifer (Mark) Howieson, Kelly (Ryan) Wyllie and Danny (Lauren) Hallihan. He will also be deeply missed by his six grandchildren, Rosie, Jack, Lily,...
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Frederick Scherle IV

January 15, 1973 - November 18, 2020

On Wednesday November 18th, 2020, Freddie Scherle, loving father, son, and brother passed away at the age of 47. Freddie was born on January 15th, 1973 in Minneapolis. He attended Ankeny High School, the Air Force Academy, and Graduated from Iowa State University. He was a standout athlete from a young age and went on to a successful career in commercial banking. ...
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Connor James Moll

September 28, 1999 - November 16, 2020

Connor James Moll, 21, passed away November 16, 2020. Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines (925 Jordan Creek Pkwy. West Des Moines, Iowa). Please follow this link to view the live stream https://hopeonline.tv/specialevents He was born on September 28, 1999 in Des Moines. He graduated from Waukee High School in 2018 and...
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Tunney Jordan

December 4, 1953 - November 13, 2020

Tunney Ray Jordan, 66, passed away November 13, 2020 at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston, IA. He was born December 4, 1953 in Chicago, IL, to Tunny and Delores (Milano) Jordan. Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). There will be a prayer service following visitation at 5:00 pm, also at the funeral home....
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Donna Blunk

August 19, 1933 - November 5, 2020

Donna Blunk, 87, went home to Heaven on November 5, 2020. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Ankeny Baptist Church (2842 S.W. 3rd St). A visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 20th at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd) and one prior to the funeral service on Saturday at Ankeny Baptist. **Due to new Covid...
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Barbara Dennis

February 10, 1939 - November 4, 2020

Barbara Jane Dennis, 81, of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, was reunited with her husband of 41 years, Roland Alfred Dennis, on November 4, 2020. Barbara was born February 10, 1939 to Rosetta Violet and Walter Irving Armstrong in Des Moines, Iowa. Barbara attended and graduated from Des Moines East then went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force as well as the Iowa Army National Guard. Barbara was...
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Bennie "Ben" Hartley

December 5, 1930 - November 2, 2020

Bennie "Ben" Charles Hartley, 89, of Ankeny died Monday, November 2, 2020 at Sunnyview Care Center. Visitation will be held at 4:00 PM, Friday, November 6, 2020 with funeral service following at 5:00 PM at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Bennie was born on December 5, 1930 in State Center, Iowa, to Sarah and Ben Hartley. Bennie grew up and went to school in Maxwell. He...
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Marian Garner

September 13, 1928 - October 27, 2020

Marian Frances Garner, 92, passed away on October 27, 2020, at Hiawatha Care Center in Hiawatha, IA, after a courageous four-year battle with Alzheimer's. Marian was born September 13, 1928, to Gladys Hazel (Ruvoldt) and Milton Grady in Des Moines. She graduated from North High School in Des Moines in 1946. On September 11, 1948, she married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life,...
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McKenzie Jo Decker

June 27, 1994 - October 25, 2020

McKenzie Jo Decker, 26, passed away at home on October 25, 2020 after many years of struggling with addiction, God knew McKenzie needed to rest. McKenzie was born at Iowa Lutheran Hospital on June 27, 1994 in Des Moines, Iowa. Funeral services will be held for family and close friends at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 30, at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church at 510 E. First St. Ankeny, IA 50021...
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Dominick Leland Meyer

November 16, 2018 - October 22, 2020

Dominick Leland Meyer, born November 16, 2018, lost his fight with Biliary Atresia disease and went to live with the Lord on October 22, 2020. He was born in Des Moines, IA to loving parents, Nick and Ashley Meyer. Dominick no longer has to endure any more doctor appointments or pokes and is pain free. Dominick is survived by his parents; paternal grandparents, Alicia and Danny Meyer of...
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Lynn McKee

October 22, 1946 - October 21, 2020


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Timothy Brudtkuhl

November 3, 1958 - October 21, 2020

Timothy Ledru Brudtkuhl, 61, went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Visitation will be Monday, October 26, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home, 4208 North Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Faith Baptist Church, 401 2nd Street, Cambridge, Iowa. The service will...
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Anthony "Drew" Agosti

July 22, 1968 - October 14, 2020

Anthony Rudolph Agosti, Sr. "Drew" passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on October 14, 2020. He remained positive to the end of his challenging battle against Melanoma. Drew worked for Wells Fargo for 28 years working his way up from Assistant Manager to Senior Vice President Compliance Senior Manager. He loved spending time with his family vacationing, especially their trips...
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Nate Stupka

November 30, 1971 - October 13, 2020

Nathan Wade Stupka, 48, of Elkhart passed away October 13, 2020 due to COVID-19. A visitation will be held Friday, October 16, from 4-7 p.m. at Prairie Ridge Church (828 NW 36th St. Ankeny, IA 50023). A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 17, at 11:00 a.m., also at the church. Nate was born to Clarence and Marlene Stupka on November 30, 1971 in Yankton, South Dakota making him the...
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Simon Yiech

June 25, 1968 - October 11, 2020

Rev. Simon Bilim Yiech, passed away October 11, 2020. A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 7, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church (1100 SE Sharon Dr. Ankeny, IA 50023). Rev. Simon Bilim Yiech was born June 25, 1968 in Jiokow, South Sudan, to his respected, reputable parents, Yiich Lual Gach and Mer Banak Bol. He spent most of his childhood living in Jiokow. Simon had four...
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Sandra Brier

February 5, 1949 - September 30, 2020

Sandra Lee Brier passed away Wednesday, September 30th in Des Moines, IA due to complications from ALS. Sandy was born February 5th, 1949, in Fargo, North Dakota to Ames and Avis Skolness. She grew up on a North Dakota farm and later moved to Valley City, ND. On February 20th, 1972, she married Kirby Brier in Valley City and they enjoyed 48 wonderful years together. They raised three children...
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Tiffany Hoeck

March 1, 1975 - September 26, 2020

Tiffany Kristine Hoeck, age 45, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa after a courageous battle with cancer. Tiffany was born on March 1, 1975 in Cherokee, Iowa to Vince Cox and Judee Cox. She graduated from North High School in Sioux City, Iowa and later graduated from Iowa State University on a full basketball scholarship. It was at...
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Arthur "Blackie" Hubbard

February 9, 1921 - September 22, 2020

Arthur Lowell "Blackie" Hubbard, 99, passed away at home from natural causes on Sept 22, 2020. Per his request he will be cremated, with interment at the Iowa Veteran's Cemetery at Van Meter, Iowa, at a later date, and there will be no formal services or visitation. Blackie was born in Almartha, MO., on February 9, 1921. He was the fourth of eight children born to Chester and Mary (Weiss)...
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Molly Woodward

March 28, 1959 - September 22, 2020

Molly Kay Woodward (Naughton), 61, was born on March 28, 1959, to Norris and Helen Naughton (McDonald) in Des Moines, Iowa. Molly passed into the loving arms of God on September 22, 2020. Molly married Mark Woodward in 1987; they had two children, Kelsey in 1988, and Jake in 1991. They lived and raised their children together in Ankeny, Iowa. Molly was a wonderful wife and mother. She loved...
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Jim Cahill

January 28, 1942 - September 14, 2020

James "Jim" Cahill, 78, passed away at his home in Ankeny on September 14, 2020 surrounded by love and family. His visitation will be held from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 2020 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A prayer service will start at 3:30 p.m. Jim was born on January 28, 1942 in Mason City, Iowa to Calla and Hank Cahill. He married his high school...
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Jon Oxenford

July 24, 1948 - September 14, 2020

Jon Paul Oxenford, 72, of Ankeny, entered into eternal life after a courageous battle with brain cancer on September 14, 2020 at the MercyOne Hospice House in Johnston. Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11am on Friday, September 18th at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 SW Walnut St). Family will greet friends during a visitation being held 1 hour prior to the service and...
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Carol "Cookie" Leonard

October 15, 1944 - September 13, 2020

Carol Ann "Cookie" (Sorensen) Leonard, 75, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at the Mill Pond Care Center in Ankeny. A visitation will be held 1:00-2:45 p.m., Thursday, September 17, 2020 with a brief prayer service at 2:45 p.m. at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd) with burial following at Nevada Municipal Cemetery. Cookie was born on October 15, 1944, in Ames, Iowa to...
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Arthur Ryan

March 21, 1961 - September 12, 2020

Arthur H. Ryan, 59, passed away September 12, 2020 in Des Moines, IA. He was born March 21, 1961 in Des Moines, IA to Eugene and Marcia (Holt) Ryan. A visitation will be held from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). There will be a service at 1:30 p.m. and burial of his urn following the service at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. ...
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Larry Kaufman

January 13, 1940 - September 12, 2020

Larry F. Kaufman, 80, passed away September 12, 2020 in Des Moines, IA. He was born January 13, 1940 to Ralph and Lois (Arehart) Kaufman on a farm in Adel, Iowa. He married his wife Janet Hill on August 22, 1964. Larry was a hard-working employee for 34 years at the John Deere plant in Ankeny. He was also an active and proud member of the United Auto Workers Local 450. He enjoyed bowling and...
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Dale Keith Sawhill, Sr.

December 23, 1938 - September 9, 2020

Dale Keith Sawhill Sr. passed away peacefully on September 9, 2020 at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. He was born on December 23, 1938 at his family home in Podunk Center, IA (yes, it is a place). May 20, 1967, he married the love of his life Sally Kay Johnson. Dale was hard-working man who put in 37 years at Armstrong Tires. After retirement, he and Sally enjoyed time of refreshment at...
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Lory Nels Johnson

August 17, 1938 - September 9, 2020

Lory Nels Johnson, 82, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2020, at Unity Point Hospital in Des Moines. Due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, a virtual service will be held for Lory at Ankeny First United Methodist Church in Ankeny, Iowa (206 SW Walnut St.) Following CDC guidelines. Pastor Mike James will be officiating the funeral service at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 2020. ...
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Jesse John Guzman

September 7, 1941 - September 7, 2020

Jesse passed away peacefully on his 79th birthday, on Monday, September 7, 2020. He was born on September 7, 1941 in Omaha, NE. He is survived by the love of his life Carolyn and their blended family; Terry Dickinson, Dan (Linda) Guzman, Christine Sisco, Kim Reiter, Tim (Tami) Marienau, Chris (Jacqueline) Marienau, Jenny (Dan) Bieck, Dustin (Cari) Guzman, Angie Circo, their grandchildren,...
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John "JP" L'Estrange

July 3, 1943 - September 3, 2020

John P. "JP" L'Estrange, 77, of Ankeny, Iowa passed away on September 3rd, 2020. He was a beloved husband, father, brother and friend. Following graduation from Martensdale St. Mary's High School he served his country in the Marines. He was honorably discharged after serving four years in Vietnam, during which he received a Purple Heart. He spent the remainder of his career as a...
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Antonio "Tony" Pavon

March 10, 1944 - September 1, 2020

Tony Pavon, 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and family the morning of September 1, 2020 at his home. There will be a graveside service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Ankeny Memorial Gardens (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Tony was born March 10, 1944 in Fort Madison, Iowa to Gillardo and Elouise Pavon. He lived in Fort Madison until he was seven when his family...
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Trent Terlisner

October 31, 2000 - August 31, 2020

Trent Terlisner, 19, passed away August 31, 2020. A visitation will be held 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd.) Trent was born October 31, 2000 to his parents Amanda Terlisner and Lance Dana. Growing up he attend Coon Rapids Schools then transferred and graduated from Saydel High School. He went on to graduate from Iowa Central...
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Roger Cory

September 17, 1947 - August 31, 2020

Roger Dale Cory, age 72, passed away August 31, 2020 in the ICU at Methodist Hospital of Covid-19. The visitation and funeral will be held at the Elkhart Christian Church (252 NW Washington Ave. Elkhart, Iowa). The visitation will be held Friday, September 4, 2020 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. The funeral will be held Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. with the burial to follow at Elkhart Cemetery....
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Evelyn "Evie" Joanne Gregersen

January 23, 1933 - August 28, 2020

Evelyn Joanne (Toulouse) "Evie" Gregersen passed away August 28 after a long illness from complications caused by Alzheimer's disease. She was born January 23, 1933 at Des Moines, Iowa, attended the Des Moines public schools and graduated from East High School in January 1951. The family will hold a visitation outdoors (weather permitting) on Friday, September 18 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Memorial...
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Justin Sturtz

November 12, 1979 - August 27, 2020

Justin Sturtz, 40, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020. He was born November 12, 1979 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Justin had a great love for fishing, wrestling, and was a huge Iowa State football fan. He loved going to concerts and had made many artists friends. He is survived by his children; Tailen, Alexus, and Dallas; a grandchild, Za'Niyah due next month; his mother, Teresa Trueblood;...
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Wilma Lorene Walker Taylor

December 25, 1916 - August 25, 2020

Wilma Lorene Walker Taylor, 103, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines, Iowa. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual service will be held for Wilma at Ankeny First United Methodist Church in Ankeny, Iowa, (206 SW Walnut St.) following CDC guidelines. Pastor Angie Loomis will be officiating the funeral service at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday,...
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Joyce O'Brien

June 22, 1924 - August 24, 2020

Joyce M. O'Brien, 96, passed away August 24, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. She was born June 22, 1924 in Mingo, Iowa to Claude and Ferne (Means) Baker. They lived in Mingo until the Depression forced her family to move to various locations for work. She attended seven different high schools, and graduated from Oskaloosa in 1941. Joyce worked at Bankers Trust in Des Moines during WWII,...
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Carol Dianne Cowell

August 4, 1947 - August 22, 2020

Carol Dianne Cowell, 73, of Ankeny Iowa passed away Saturday, August 22nd at her home surrounded by family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The family will greet friends and family at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home Wednesday August 26th from 5 -7pm for a memorial visitation. A private family service with cremains will be held at a later date. Dianne, the daughter of Helen and...
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Larry "Scotty" Scott

August 18, 2020

As an avid recreational sailor and an expert sonarman for the U.S. Navy following graduation from Dowling High School, the story of Scotty is perhaps best told as "An Epic Voyage of Love and Laughter". His journey began 81 years ago, born in Des Moines, Iowa to Joseph and Arline Scott and growing up alongside his brothers Dennis, Bill and Tom. Larry often shared stories of he and his...
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Nancy Applegate

April 2, 1941 - August 16, 2020

Nancy Applegate, 79, passed away from heart and kidney failure on August 16, 2020 at her home in Ankeny, Iowa. She was born April 2, 1941 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Harry and Ethelyn (Smith) Copeland. Nancy was a graduate of Waukee High School in 1958. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with family and friends. She worked at TMC Transportation Company for 35 years. Nancy is survived by her...
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Wilbur "Gene" Hill

July 27, 1928 - August 14, 2020

Wilbur "Gene" Hill was born July 27, 1928 in Webster City, IA. He was the son of Kenneth and Lila Hill. He graduated from Stanhope High School in 1946 then went on to play basketball at Webster City Jr. College for a year. He was drafted into the U.S. Army stationed at Camp Carson Colorado for nine months before he received medical discharge. He met the love of his life, Kathryn Jane Swanson,...
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Parker Smith

September 9, 1933 - August 14, 2020

Parker Allen Smith, 86, passed away from natural causes on August 14, 2020. Parker was born on September 9, 1933, in Algona, Iowa to Harold and Edith (Blum) Smith. He graduated from Plainfield High School where he was a two-sport letterman in basketball and baseball. He had a long and successful career in the grocery business, managing several stores before owning his own store, Smith's Super...
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Richard "Dick" Seymour Martin

October 2, 1930 - August 13, 2020

Richard "Dick"S. Martin, 89, passed away August 13, 2020 at home. Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church (1102 NW Weigel Drive, Ankeny, Iowa), with burial to follow at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the mass. Dick was born to Seymour and Anna Margaret Martin on October 2, 1930...
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Jason Johnson

February 3, 1978 - August 12, 2020

Jason L. Johnson, 42, of Elkhart, IA passed away on August 12, 2020 following a courageous year long battle against the terminal brain cancer Glioblastoma Multiforme. A visitation will be held 1-3 p.m. September 12, 2020, at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd. Ankeny). A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. also at the funeral home. Jason was born in Decorah, IA on...
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Steven Lukacik

December 18, 1945 - August 10, 2020


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Lester Cook

September 25, 1922 - August 9, 2020

Lester Bernard Cook, 97, passed away August 9, 2020 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Lester was born September 25, 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Otis and Florence (Beebe) Cook. Lester graduated from East High School and immediately began his long and decorated military career with the US Army. In February of 1941 he enlisted into the Iowa National Guard 168th INF BN, 34th...
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Michael Fowler

January 30, 1943 - August 9, 2020

Michael "Mike" Allen Fowler, 77, of Ames died Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Israel Hospice House. He was born January 30, 1943 to Allen and Eleanor Fowler in Charles City, Iowa. Mike graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master's Degree in Animal Nutrition. Mike retired from Land O'Lakes after a long and successful career. Mike was an avid Iowa State Cyclone fan...
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Ryan John Mueller

July 14, 1979 - August 3, 2020

SFC Ryan John Mueller was born on July 14, 1979, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Wayne Mueller and Karen (Zaczek) Mueller. He attended Milwaukee Technical School and later joined the United States Army in 2003. He serviced in Iraq and after returning home spent 13 years as a recruiter and Center Commander in Minnesota, Iowa, Vermont, Southern Illinois, and Missouri. Ryan was united in...
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Phyllis Kingery Ruff

July 1, 1933 - August 3, 2020

Phyllis Kingery Ruff, 87, passed away August 3, 2020. A visitation will be held 9:30-11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 12th at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 a.m., also at the funeral home. Phyllis Ann Kingery Ruff was born on the Kingery family century farm in Mt Etna, IA on July 1, 1933. She was the first child for Everett and Anna ...
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Betty Stephens

October 22, 1928 - July 31, 2020

Betty Rose Stephens, 91, of Ankeny, Iowa died July 31, 2020. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). She was born Betty Butcher on October 22, 1928 in Coffey, Missouri to Orange and Kathryn Butcher. She attended North Polk High and married her soldier sweetheart, Max Stephens, in Bethany, Missouri on December 26,...
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Camila Arias-Lopez

March 13, 2002 - July 30, 2020

Camila Ivette Arias-Lopez, 18, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020, after a long heroic battle with osteosarcoma. Camila was born in San Jose, Costa Rica to Sileny Arias-Lopez. She attended elementary school in Santo Domingo and Horquetas, Costa Rica until third grade. After immigrating with her mother to the United States, Camila attended elementary, middle, and high...
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Janice Jan Walker

March 31, 1937 - July 27, 2020

Janice "Jan" Juluanna Walker, 83 of Ankeny passed away Monday, July 27, 2020 peacefully at Mill Pond. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). An outdoor funeral service will follow the visitation at 4:00 p.m., also at the funeral home. Jan was born March 31, 1937, in Kingsley, Iowa. She graduated from...
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Darlene Holcomb Quick

February 12, 1936 - July 27, 2020

A Life Remembered…. Darlene M. (Holcomb) Quick, 84, passed away July 27, 2020 at Parkridge Specialty Care, Pleasant Hill, IA where she has resided since July 1999. Darlene was born February 12, 1936 to Oscar A. and Mae (Church) Holcomb. She attended Douglas Elementary School, Woodrow Wilson Jr. High, and East High School. Darlene then married Richard L. Quick. Dick and Darlene moved to...
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Coleen Musick

August 4, 1932 - July 25, 2020

Coleen Musick is selling Avon to the Angels. She passed away July 25, 2020 at Parkridge Specialty Care in Pleasant Hill. A funeral for Coleen will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 31, 2020 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home. (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will start at 10:30 a.m. The funeral service will also be live streamed on Facebook, please follow the link listed below. Coleen was born...
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Betty Brown

May 13, 1935 - July 24, 2020

Betty Ann Brown, 85, of Polk City, IA., passed away July 24, 2020. A visitation will be held 1-2 p.m., August 8, 2020 at Lakeside Fellowship Church (1121 W Bridge Rd. #188, Polk City, IA). A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. also at the church. Betty was a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother and now an eternal spirit with Christ. Betty was born...
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Duane Lindner

April 27, 1962 - July 22, 2020

Duane Roman Lindner, 84, of Ankeny passed away July 22, 2020 A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Duane was born April 27, 1936 in Watertown, South Dakota. He attended school in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School with the 1954 graduating class. He married Judith Lunbom July 28, 1962 in...
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Gene Jackson

December 2, 1951 - July 21, 2020

Mr. Gene Paul Jackson passed away Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 at his home in Polk City, IA at the age of 68. Gene was born December 2, 1951 in Belmond, Iowa to Bonnie and the late Clarence Jackson. Gene was active in high school sports at Corwith-Wesley High School and graduated in the class of 1970. Following high school, he attended North Iowa Area Community College and Iowa State University...
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Robert Johnson

May 14, 1952 - July 19, 2020

Bob Johnson, 68, passed away peacefully at Taylor House Hospice early Sunday morning, July 19, 2020, after a two-year battle with cancer. His wife of 32 years, Gena Johnson, was by his side, holding his arm when he passed. Bob was born May 14, 1952, in Des Moines. He graduated in 1970 from Ankeny High School where he was a wrestler, football player, and keyboard player in the combo "The Long...
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Charles Madison

March 18, 1925 - July 16, 2020

Charles Thomas Madison finished his life's final mission at age 95, in hospice care. Against the odds, he survived WWII bombing missions, being shot down, and becoming a prisoner of war. Against the odds, he grew up poor but succeeded in his mission to provide for his family and to "pay it forward" to ensure their success in life. Having lived through the Great Depression, the Dustbowl, and a...
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Patricia Daniel

March 18, 1949 - July 16, 2020

Patricia (Pat) Daniel passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on July 16, 2020 in Urbandale, Iowa where she had been cared for by her sister Paula Diane. Pat was born March 18, 1949 in Bemidji, Minnesota to Stan and Rita Stough. The family later moved to Early, Iowa where Pat graduated from Crestland High School in 1967. After graduation, she attended Iowa Central Community College in...
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Gerald Eden

April 22, 1941 - July 16, 2020

Gerald Eden 79 passed away July 16, 2020 in Ankeny, IA. Loving husband to Karen Eden and father to Debbie Iliff and Penny Hines. He had 5 grandchildren, Ashley, Brian, Jordan, Whitney and Jade and 6 great grandchildren. Sister in law Sharon Hoskins and many nieces, nephews. Gerald retired from Firestone and was an antique restorer for 24 years. His hobbies and joy were family, working,...
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Penny Gordon

September 3, 1959 - July 14, 2020

Penny Lyn Gordon, 60, passed away July 14, 2020 at EveryStep Kavanagh House in Des Moines, Iowa. A memorial visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A private service will be held in her hometown on August 29, 2020. Penny Lyn, the daughter of Warren "Punch" and Gloria (Barker) Breakenridge, was born...
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Rory Wadle

February 9, 1957 - July 14, 2020

Rory Wadle, 63 of Ankeny passed away on Tuesday July 14, 2020 in his home. A graveside service will be 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2020 at Iowa Veterans Cemetery (34024 Veterans Memorial Dr. Adel, IA 50003). Rory Joseph Wadle was born February 9, 1957 in Des Moines, Iowa to Ken and Charlotte (Knight) Wadle. Rory was a graduate of Dowling High School in Des Moines. Rory served his country in the...
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Myron Houghton

July 26, 1941 - July 14, 2020

Myron James Houghton, 78, entered the glorious presence of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday morning, July 14, 2020 at Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny, Iowa, due to complications connected with COVID-19. His funeral service will be held on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Ankeny Baptist Church 2842 SW 3rd St. Ankeny). Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 19,...
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John "Duncan" Tilton

February 11, 1967 - July 14, 2020

John "Duncan" Tilton,53, loving husband to Michelle, and father to Rylee and Drew passed away Monday July 13th in Ankeny Iowa. A visitation will be held 5-7 p.m., Thursday, July 16th at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 17th at Prairie Ridge Church (825 NW 36th St). In honor of John please wear, Longhorns, Cowboys, or...
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Jerry Adams

October 21, 1941 - July 13, 2020

Jerry LeRoy Adams passed away peacefully on Monday, July 13, 2020 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, following a brief illness. He was 78 years-old. Born on October 21, 1941, he grew up with six siblings on the family farm near Morrill, Nebraska. Jerry started school at age four and advanced to 1st grade on the first day, as there were no other kindergarteners in...
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Maurice Wilcox

March 22, 1936 - July 11, 2020


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Keith Cook

March 7, 1930 - July 11, 2020

Keith Cook, 90 passed away peacefully, Saturday July 11, 2020. He rejoined his parents Elbridge M and Miriam V (Trowbridge) Cook, sister Marilyn (Cook) Ehler, and brother James T Cook in their heavenly home. A visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.) A graveside service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Ankeny Memorial...
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Gregory Austin

May 22, 1953 - July 10, 2020

Gregory Austin, 67, passed away July 10, 2020. A visitation will be held 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A graveside service will follow the visitation, beginning at 3 p.m. at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. Greg was born May 22, 1953 in Mason City to William and Elaine Austin. He worked at Victor Manufacturing for 32 years...
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Darrell Rout

July 22, 1939 - July 10, 2020

Darrell, the "Tree Guy", passed away peacefully after a short stay at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa on July 10, 2020. Darrell was born in Wright County, Iowa to William Sr. and Lura Rout on July 22, 1939. He was one of seven siblings. He grew up in Dows, Iowa. After high school, he met Fran on Halloween of 1963 and they later got married on December 14, 1964 and had three children. ...
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Candice Taylor

March 24, 1958 - July 9, 2020

If you knew Candy, you knew that she was one of a kind. Her strong, independent, stubborn side could out shine anything life threw at her. She met every challenge, big or small, head on with no intent to back down. This meant firstly that her children were always taken care of and secondly that you WOULD use a coaster for your drink! The rules in her house were simple, but clear: No whining, no...
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Laurie Daye

May 18, 1958 - July 7, 2020


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Harold Ware

April 7, 1953 - July 4, 2020


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Lowell Vine

November 21, 1953 - July 4, 2020

Lowell H. Vine, 66, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center. His wife, Debbie, was with him when illness struck suddenly after a pleasant day spent together at home. The next morning Debbie was at his side when he peacefully left this earth to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ. Lowell was born on November 21, 1953, in Decorah, Iowa to Harlan...
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Scott Mitchell

October 20, 1947 - July 4, 2020

Scott Blaine Mitchell, 72, passed away July 4, 2020. Scott was born October 20, 1947 to Charles and Betty Green and was adopted and raised by James and Patsy Mitchell. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Lincoln Cemetery in Alleman. Those...
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