OBITUARY: Meta Karen (Miller) Johnson

    Meta Karen (Miller) Johnson, 83 of Adel, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2020, at her home. Services will take place at a later date.
    Meta was born on May 12, 1937, in Iowa City to Alden and Edna (Olsen) Miller and grew up with her four siblings, Shirley, Joan, Jim and Jack. She graduated from Storm Lake High school on May 26, 1955.
    Meta married Robert Nolan Johnson of Nemaha, on March 10, 1956, and to this union there were three children born. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in dietetics.
    She worked at the Cherokee hospital as a dietitian and then was a state health inspector for nursing homes in South Dakota until retirement.
    She loved her grandkids, taking pictures, desserts, going for walks and riding bikes with her grandkids, and gardening.
    Meta is survived by her daughters, Annie Rathke (Frank) of Humboldt, and Nancy Coffin (Jeff) of Adel; son, Kevin Johnson of Mesa, AZ; sister, Shirley Hamann of Milford, ; 4 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
    She was preceded in death by both parents; husband, Nolan; sister, Joan Cupp; brothers, Jim and Jack Miller; and great granddaughter, Tatyana Cirksena.
    Online condolences may left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

OBITUARY: Teresa Lynn Cooley

Teresa Lynn Cooley, 57, of Adel, passed away Dec. 25, 2020. Services for Teresa will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to 1131 Prairie St., Adel, IA 50003.
    Teresa was born Dec. 10, 1963, in Des Moines, to Joe Cooley and Carolyn Coffin Cooley. Teresa graduated from Adel High School. Teresa was a resident of Adel where she worked many years as a dispatcher for Dallas County. She spent many years in a local bowling league and participated in numerous tournaments. Teresa had a favorite time of the year and that was the Christmas Season, she loved everything about it. She also enjoyed the Iowa State Fair where she would delight in all the fair activities, especially the grandstand shows. Most of all Teresa loved life. She spent time doing all kinds of activities and spending time with her friends and family. Teresa’s caring nature and heart-warming personality will be missed by many.
    She is survived by her mother, Carolyn Coffin Cooley; father, Joseph V. (Kathy) Cooley; sister, Jodi Cook; niece, Hannah Cook and nephew, Brecken Fryer, as well as numerous extended family members and many friends.
    Condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

OBITUARY: Mary Jane Brittain

    Mary Jane Brittain, 86, of Waukee, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at her home in Waukee. A visitation with family present was held  Wednesday, Dec. 30 at Caldwell Parrish – McCalley Chapel in Adel. A funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 31 at the funeral home with burial to follow in the North McDonald Cemetery in Madison County. Memorials may be directed to the North McDonald Cemetery for the continued care of the cemetery. All attendees are asked to follow guidelines of COVID-19 based on the Iowa Department of Public Health. Online condolences can be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.
    Mary Jane Brittain was born Dec. 12, 1934, in Jefferson Township, Madison County, to Clarence and Mary (Brayman) Brittain. She graduated from De Soto High School. Following school, Mary Jane began working for the Iowa Bar Association and following that worked numerous years for KBI an insurance company.
    Mary Jane had numerous hobbies and interests. Starting in the late 1950s, she travelled the world with her sister, Carol Ann Brittain, going abroad and exploring many different countries and continents. She enjoyed being in plays and also enjoyed being on radio shows during the state fair time. Above all else, Mary Jane was a caring sister, aunt, great aunt and friend who will be greatly missed.
    Her love and memories will be carried on by her sister, Evelynn Hubbard of Winterset; nephews and nieces, Clark Brittain of De Soto; Jason Brittain of Cheyenne, WY; Wayne Aldrich of Tucson, AZ; Dennis Aldrich of Van Meter, Loren Aldrich of Colorado; Susan Strause of Danville; Nancy Hansen of Bagley; Ron Brittain of Newport News, VA; Cheryl Thompson of Des Moines; Steve Brittain of Dallas, TX; Shirley Sevde of Waukee; Randy Brittain of Adel; Mike Brittain of Woodward; David Brittain of Dallas Center and special cousin, Donna Jones of Des Moines. In addition, numerous great and great-great nephews and nieces; extended family and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mary Brittain; brothers, Joe, Walter and Gene Brittain; sisters, Ruth Aldrich and Carol Brittain and five nephews.

OBITUARY: Catharine Ann Schafer

    Catharine Ann Schafer, 46, passed away Dec. 8, 2020, at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines due to a heart condition.
    Due to Covid-19 and public health mandates in Iowa, Visitation and Funeral services will be limited and masks are required for all guests, with social distancing of 6 feet apart in place.  Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints in Waukee. Due to the limitation of COVID-19, attendance will be limited and only allows for the same guest from the visitation to the funeral service. Live streaming will be available for those not in attendance at http://mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org/desmoinesiowamountpisgahstake. Following the services’ conclusion, there will be a procession from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints in Waukee to the Oak Dale Cemetery in Adel. The family welcomes anyone who is comfortable to the cemetery, however masks will be required.
     Catharine Ann Schafer was born Dec. 4, 1974, in Des Moines, to Steven C. and Cathy A. (Hadley) Schafer. Catharine graduated from Adel DeSoto Minburn High School in 1993 and attended Upper Iowa University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1998. She began her career working with the Des Moines Public School System, starting at Monroe Elementary. More recently she had been teaching 1st through 4th graders at King Elementary. She worked for DMPS for almost 22 years.
    She is survived by her parents, Steve and Cathy Schafer, sister, Valerie Schafer, brothers and sister-in-laws, Matt (Kelly) Schafer, Joe (Jackie) Schafer, and Dan (Amber) Schafer, her sweet nieces and nephews, Mackenzie Schafer, Liam and Eli Schafer, and Kasey, Will and Jackson Beasley-Tyrrell.
     Catharine was preceded in death by her Grandparents Gerald and Maxine Schafer, Earl Hadley, Nellie and Earl Collins, and Aunts and Uncles, Gerald Schafer, Paul Schafer, Cindy “Sue” Hadley, and Richard Hadley.
     The family would like to send a special thank you to Tray and Tammy Thomas and Kim and Kathy Chapman. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made to the family. Condolences may be left a www.caldwellparrish.com.

Obituary: Nellie Cochran

Nellie Cochran, 83 of rural Adel, passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2020, at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center, where she had recently moved. She was ready to meet her Lord, whom she had followed all of her adult life.
Funeral services were held Nov. 23 at New Hope Evangelical Free Church near Adel, where she was a member. Burial followed at Oakdale Cemetery.
Nellie married her high school sweetheart, James (Jim) Cochran on Dec. 12, 1954. They had four sons. Nellie and Jim shared nearly 63 years of married life together and were lifelong farmers near Adel until their retirement. Nellie also worked at several places off the farm during her lifetime, including the Dallas County Courthouse and Dexfield Community School District to name a few.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Gilbert and Violette Dymond; her brother, Dean Dymond; and her husband, Jim.
Nellie is survived her sister, Sherry Tonnenson; four sons, David (Aleta), Dennis (Ann), Steve (Denise), and Ron (Eve); nine grandchildren, Chris (Michelle), Randy, Jason (Ellen), Amy (Adam) McLaughlin, Joel, Debra (Michael) Townsen, Laura, Emily (Terrell) Allen, Josh (Ashley); and ten great grandchildren, Kalie, Mason Devon, Emmy, Nate, Tierney, Sterling, Addison, Sean, Harlow, Zoey, and another one due in December.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Redfield First Responders or New Hope Church in Adel. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

Obituary: Marsha Brittain

    Marsha Brittain, 57, of Woodward, passed into the arms of her heavenly father on Nov. 11, 2020.
    Funeral services were Nov. 16 with burial following at North McDonald Cemetery rural Van Meter.
    She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on Jan. 19, 1963.  Marsha graduated with highest honors with a degree in Computer Science from Corpus Christi State University. In Corpus, she and Michael Brittain fell in love, married in 1993, and moved to Iowa. They enjoyed 27 joyful years together.
    Through her battle with cancer, Marsha maintained her dignity and quiet strength. Her faith and grace were a blessing to her family and all who knew her.
    Marsha was a loving mother and is survived by daughters, Suzy Johnson (Nathan Johnson), Megan Brittain (Brandon Rutledge), and Sabrina Brittain (Ehssan Alwareeth). She was a wonderful grandmother to Isaac Johnson, Lila Rutledge, and Rocky Rutledge. She will also be missed by her husband, Michael, her mother, Toffie Morales, her father, Roger Morales, her sisters, Monique Morales (Mark Davey), and Yvette Morales as well as countless relatives and friends.
    The family wishes memorial contributions be made to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance https://ocrahope.org/
    Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

Obituary: Ronald “Brownie” Brown

    Ronald “Brownie” Brown 86, of Stuart, previously of Van Meter, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at the Stuart Community Care Center. A Graveside Service will be held 2 p.m. Friday Nov. 20 at the Van Meter Cemetery, south of Van Meter.
    Ronald Brown the son of Lloyd (Hazel Shoults) Brown was born Oct. 21, 1934, in Des Moines. Ron served his country in the National Guard for four years where he served with B Company 168th Infantry Battalion. In 1964 Ron united in marriage with Glenys Davenport in Loveland, Colorado. Together they had two children. Ron was the owner and operator of Van Meter Auto Sales which was located both in Van Meter and Waukee.
    His memory will carry on with his sons, Michael Brown of Townsend, Montana and Bill Brown of Cedar Rapids; grand children, Thomas Brown of Helena, Montana and Olina Brown of Houston, Texas; sister, Lloydene Cadwell of Adel, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
    He is preceeded in death by his wife, Glenys; parents, Lloyd and Hazel; sisters, Elizabeth Schmidt (Brown), Mary Gillispie (Brown), Dorothy Gourd (Brown).
    A special thanks to Jaylene Quinn and Sandy Sargent for the great care and love they showed for Ron.
    Memorial contributions can be made in Ronald Brown’s honor to the American Legion Apache Post 27; ATTN: Finance Office, 1018 S. Meridian Road, Apache Junction, AZ 85120
    Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

Obituary: Wesley (Mike) Robert Greer

    Wesley (Mike) Robert Greer, 76, of Van Meter, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at home with his family by his side.
    Wesley (Mike) Robert Greer was born on March 14, 1944, to Darlene & Jack Greer in Boone. Mike grew up in Lockridge with his three siblings Evaughn, Janice, and Ray. Mike left school at 14 and went to work with his dad, who instilled in Mike a strong work ethic and taught him all he knew about welding.
     In the summer of 1962, Mike met the love of his life, Sharon Kay Ostrander in Van Meter, Iowa through mutual friends. They married on Oct. 25, 1963. In their early years, they enjoyed saddle club, riding across country on their motorcycle and stock car racing. Their family grew to five with the births of their three children, Steve, Jeannene and Marj.
    Mike was a jack of all trades; skilled in welding, mechanics, cement work, farming and (eventually) woodworking. After retiring, Mike spent time playing cards with friends and family, and planting, pruning and caring for their yard. He was an incredibly hard worker but his family was the most important thing to him. He loved to talk about Sharon, his kids, and grandkids and to tell stories of the adventures about his younger years. He was a born storyteller, and everyone knew that he was always ready and willing to share his opinion.
    Mike passed away at home on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, after his battle with cancer. He was able to give his family the gift of fifteen months after his prognosis. In that time, he cherished moments with his family; attending weddings, meeting new great-grandchildren and traveling. Mike lived each day to the fullest, knowing that life is lived on God’s time, not ours.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Evaughn Carey.
     Mike is survived by his wife, Sharon Greer and children, Steve (Julie) Greer, Jeannene (Roger) Willms, and Marj (Brad) Anderson. His grandchildren, Dawn (Bill) McCrory, Austin (Erika) Willms, Caitlyn (Dean) Shivvers, Craig (Chelsea) Greer, Skylar (Kayla) Willms, Cydney (Marc) Murillo and Payden (Jackie) Willms and 8 great-grandchildren.  His siblings, Janice (Gerald) Awe, Raymond (Shelly) Greer and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
     A service will be held at the American Legion Post 403 in Van Meter on Friday, Nov. 6. Family will be available for a visitation starting at 9-10:30 a.m., with the service to start at 11 a.m. A luncheon to follow, served by the Legion Auxiliary.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Legion post 403 and Hospice of the Midwest 103 N 4th St Guthrie Center, IA 50115 or 9203 Northpark Dr. Johnston, IA 50131.

OBITUARY: Shirley Maxine (Heitmann) Reis

Shirley Maxine (Heitmann) Reis, age 100 of Adel, formerly of Charles City, passed away on Oct. 28, 2020, at the Urbandale Care Center. A private burial and graveside service will be held on Friday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City.
    Shirley was born on July 7, 1920, in Charles City, the daughter of John O. Heitmann and Mabel A. (Blunt) Heitmann. She was born, raised and lived in Charles City until moving to Adel five years ago. Shirley married Earl N. Reis on Jan. 28, 1939, in Charles City. Shirley worked as a babysitter over the years. When you visited her, you could count on chicken and noodles and apple pie.
    Left to cherish her memory are her children, Roger E. Reis (Virginia) of Loomis, CA, and Janice (Louis) Webber of Adel, IA.; grandchildren, Roger E. Reis, Jr., Gerald N. Reis, Anjanette Richards and Michelle Puls; great-grandchildren, Monica, Shawna, Audrey, Roger III, Cierra, Paige and Quinn; great-great-grandchildren, Rory and Raina, and many loving nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl in 1999; sister, Thelma Koehler; brothers, Alvin and Melvin Heitmann, and stillborn great-granddaughter, Angel Rose.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the memorial of the donor’s choice in Shirley’s memory.  Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

OBITUARY: Wanda J. Lienemann Levorson

Wanda J. Lienemann Levorson, 86, of Adel, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at the Perry Lutheran Home.
    Wanda was born on Nov. 11, 1933, to Leo Morgan Tracy and Frances Marie (Hawkins) Tracy. She attended De Soto High School and graduated in 1951. She married Peter T. Lienemann on Aug. 24, 1952. Following the loss of her first husband Peter, Wanda met Irwin Levorson and the two were joined in marriage on June, 19, 1993.
    She is survived by her husband, Irwin Levorson; son, Paul (Sandy) Lienemann; step-son, Jerome Levorson; sister, Betty (Stan) Gustafson; grandchildren, Alecia (Mike) Waite, Jeffery (Megan) Lienemann, and Thomas (Christina) Lienemann; and 6 great grandchildren.
    Wanda was preceded in death by her first husband, Peter T. Lienemann; sons, Peter Jr. and Mark Lienemann; and brothers, Bill, Sidney and Leo Jr. Tracy.
    Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30 at Faith Lutheran Church in Adel. Memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 31 also at the Church. Pastor Matt Krause will officiate the service. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery. Guests in attendance are encouraged to follow all CDC and social distancing guidelines.
    Memorial contributions may be made out to Faith Lutheran Church in Adel, or the Perry Lutheran Home in memory of Wanda. Online Condolences may be expressed at www.caldwellparrish.com.

OBITUARY: Penny Lee (Fritz) Trask

Penny Lee (Fritz) Trask, 68, of Grimes, passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. There was a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Eagles Club, 1735 11th St. N.W., Cedar Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the family.

OBITUARY: Robert “Bob” Denneson

Robert “Bob” Denneson, 61 of Waukee, passed away Oct. 6, 2020. Funeral Services will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at Caldwell Parrish McCalley Chapel in Adel. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 12:30-2 p.m. They recommend to wear masks and follow CDC or IDPH guidelines for COVID-19. Live streaming of the service will be available on caldwellparrish.com. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or to the family.
    Bob Denneson was born March 8, 1959, in Knoxville to Robert and Beulah Denneson. Bob was united in marriage to Stephanie Chapman on June 29, 1991, and at that time they brought their families together to raise them as one.
    His legacy will carry on in the hearts of his family; wife Stephanie Denneson; son Chris (April) Chapman; daughters Kerrie (Jake) Stober and Amber (Tony) Kilgore; grandchildren Christina, Jordan, Nevaeh, Grant, Gabby, Wesley, Elsie, Hattie; brother Carl (Karen) Denneson; mother-in-law Marlene Brown. Also survived is Stephanie’s brothers and sisters and their children.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Roberta and father-in-law Ralph Brown.

OBITUARY: Christopher O. Lane

    Christopher O. Lane, 49, of Adel, passed away at his home on Sept. 28, 2020.
    Christopher was born on Nov. 22, 1970, and was the oldest son of the late Ret. SGM Larry O. Lane. He was a pillar of the Lane Family after his father’s passing in 2014.
    He was proud to be a father to his son, Dylan. He loved spending time with family, loved his job, loved life, was a friend to many and loved by all.
    Chris was preceded in death by his father, Larry O. Lane; and his grandparents.
    He is survived by his mother, Goldie Lane; son, Dylan Lane; brothers, Patrick Lane, Matthew (Manda) Lane, and Andrew (Jessie) Lane; nephew, Lou Jurgensen; niece, Dani Mae Lane; and his previous wife, Traci Gordon.
    A celebration of life service will be held 2-4 p.m., Oct. 10 at 409 S. Ninth St, Adel.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a later designation. A gofundme has been set up for the family at www.gofundme.com/f/christopher-o039dell-lane-funeral-expenses. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

OBITUARY: Rose Scheckel

    Rose Scheckel, 61 of Adel, passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.
    Rose was born on Nov. 16, 1958, to Charles and Carol Ann (Randolph) Spiegel. She was united in marriage to Joseph Scheckel on May 10, 1981.
    For most of her life, she worked as a resident treatment worker at the Woodward Resource Center. Most recently, she worked at the Brick Street Bakery before she got sick.
    Rose is survived by her husband, Joe Scheckel; her children, Tammie Spiegel, Justin (Shelby) Spiegel, Ahren (Crystal) Spiegel, Christopher Scheckel and Nathan Scheckel; grandchildren, Joseph, Contessa, Shyanne, Arya, Braylyn, Adylynn and London; sisters, Cindy (Reebert) Shoeman, Pam Maxsween, Virginia Smith and Mary Smith, Jeanine Spiegel, and Patty (Jason Nugent) Spiegel; brothers, Charles (Erica) Spiegel, and Greg (Lainey) Spiegel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Spiegel and Carol Ann Henderson; and her grandparents, Mary Ida and Richard Dale Randolph.
    Visitation will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Adel. Celebration of life service will be 11 a.m., Oct. 5, 2020 at Faith Lutheran Church. Graveside and a celebration of life will also be held at a later date.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a later designation.  Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

Obituary: Norma Jean Slater

    Norma Jean Slater, 87 of Adel, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. A private family graveside service will be held on Saturday.
    Norma was born Nov. 29, 1932, to Marion and Nina (Griswold) McKinzie. She had two brothers, Raymond and Kenneth. She grew up in the Winterset area before moving to Earlham where she and her husband Darold raised five children.
    She worked for JCPenney for more than thirty years, a place where she met many people she called her second family. She cared for her co-workers deeply. When she retired, she volunteered at Adel Acres Care Center and the Stuart Care Center, reading to residents which she enjoyed. She also wrote a column for the Dallas County News called “Norma’s Nonsense.”.
    She enjoyed sewing memory bears and pillows for people made from their loved ones clothing. She loved to bake and watch the birds at her feeders every day. But most of all she loved her children and family.
    Norma is survived by her children, Alan Slater, Lisa (Ron) Caudle, and Brian Slater; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren, and her brother, Kenneth (Karen) McKinzie.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Darold; her son, Gary Slater; daughter, Dawn Pieper; and her brother Raymond McKinzie.
    She was a wonderful mother and will be greatly missed.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her family for a future designation. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

Obituary: Patricia Louise Whisner (Merical)

    Patricia Louise Whisner (Merical), 82, died peacefully in her sleep in Winterset on Sept. 7, 2020. Private family services will be held on Saturday.
    Patricia was born May 19, 1938, in Royal Oak, Michigan, to the late Dale and Ann Merical (Boudewyns). The Merical family returned to Adel in 1939, where her father ran the local DX station on Greene Street. Patty graduated from Adel High School in 1956, where she was active in basketball and softball. She married Lyle Whisner on Aug. 4, 1957, at the Adel Methodist Church.
    Patty and her husband Lyle lived in the Adel area for more than 40 years where they owned and operated Whisner and Son Construction, along with an antique store at their residence in rural Adel.  In 1983 they moved to Dallas Center where they continued with their construction business and opened an antique store in downtown Dallas Center. They both enjoyed traveling and searching for antiques.
    Patricia enjoyed baking and preparing large meals and was known as a wonderful cook. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, antiquing, and was a member of the Red Hat Club. Patty was passionate about spending time with her family and watching her children and grandchildren in their many activities.
    Patricia is survived by her 3 children: son,  Michael (Gloria) Whisner, Adel; daughters, Annie Cumpton (Albert) Rich Hill, Missouri; Linda Brannon (Daryl) Bollivar, Missouri;  sister, Marilyn Oberg (Larry) Perry;  10 grandchildren: Kyle Whisner, Lisbon; Alicia Fisher, Adel; Kolby Whisner, Adel; James and Samatha Hopes-Cumpton, Rich Hill, Missouri; Clayton Cumpton, Rich Hill, Missouri;  Jeffery Cumpton, Springfield, Missouri; Cody Brannon, Bolivar, Missouri; Katelyn Choate Morrisville, Missouri; William Brannon, Bolivar, Missouri, and 10 great grandchildren.
    Patricia was preceded in death by her husband Lyle, infant sons, Lyle Jr. and Jeffrey, twin brother Ron, sister Kathy Furr, and parents Dale and Ann Merical.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the ADM Alumni Association in Patricia’s name.  Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

Obituary: Carolyn Mae Buttrey

    Carolyn Mae Buttrey, 86 of Waukee, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at Calvin Community in Des Moines. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in De Soto. Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 27 where family will greet friends from 4-6 p.m. at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. Those in attendance are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Masks are recommended for both the service and visitation. Live streaming of the funeral service will be available to watch on Carolyn’s tribute wall at www.caldwellparrish.com starting at 10:30 am.
    Carolyn was born on Dec. 20, 1933, in rural Shannon City, Iowa, to Myrel L. and Mildred M. Minnick, the second of three daughters. She was educated in rural one room school houses until the family moved to rural Cumming, Iowa. She attended elementary school in Cumming and high school in Norwalk, until the family moved to De Soto, where she attended her senior year and graduated. While attending high school in Norwalk, she worked part time with a family with three children and the local telephone service in the home. There she learned to operate the telephone switchboard. When the family left farming and moved to De Soto, they operated the local telephone company where Carolyn helped out.
    She attended DMACC in accounting, worked at Greyhound as an audit department leader and later in the insurance policy writing department of Principal.
    Carolyn married Lyle Buttrey and had three children, two daughters and one son. She enjoyed music and her children. She also enjoyed holding home demonstrations with Stanley Home Products and other home sales items.
    She is survived by her two daughters, Diana (Bob) Near and Debra Smith (Don Clark); three granddaughters, Alyssa Smith (Warren Holder), Chaundra (Austin) Sapienza, and Brenna (Brian) Delker; two great granddaughters, Taylyn Berry and Aracella Sapienza; two great grandsons, Gage and Kolbe Delker, and another Baby Girl Delker on the way; and her sister, Mary Lienemann and family of Bloomington, Minnesota.
    Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Bruce; and her sister, Betty Margaret.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to the De Soto Methodist Church or Calvin Community toward their Capital Building Campaign. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

Obituary: Mary Evelyn Daugherty

    Mary Evelyn Daugherty, age 79, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Aug. 5 after a heroic battle with cancer.
    Mary was born April 1, 1941, in Evergreen, Alabama, to the late Horace and Leetta Higdon. Her father built houses, and they moved around south Alabama when she was a little girl. She graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile, Alabama, in 1959. Mary worked for Sears Credit for many years. In 1962, she met Jack Daugherty while he was in the Air Force and stationed near her home and they married on Sept. 28, 1963. Soon after, Jack was deployed and served in Vietnam. Mary worked at State Farm for several years after that.
    In 1972, Mary and Jack moved to Adel to be closer to Jack’s family. Mary was a dedicated member of New Hope Church in Adel where she enjoyed Bible studies, volunteering and meeting many friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with her “Glory Girls” group. She so looked forward to fun lunches and special time with friends.
    Mary enjoyed traveling to see her family and finding new restaurants. She loved keeping in touch with family and friends and always remembered to send cards for birthdays and special days. Mary will be remembered by her family for being a dedicated homemaker, wife and mother. She will especially be remembered for loving her dog, Shelby, and enjoying mystery shows on television. She will be greatly missed.
    Mary is survived by her three children and eight grandchildren: son Tim (Christy) Daugherty of Pleasant Hill, IA and children Cassidy, Gavin & Casey Daugherty and Evan, Kyle & Kelsey Holleran; daughters Tania Daugherty of Mobile, AL; Teri (Matt) Farrand of Fort Collins, CO and children Tatum & Mac; brother Leon (Myrtle) Higdon; sister Kalita (Marshall) Dickens; and many relatives and friends.
    Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack; her father, mother and her brother, Edmond Higdon.
    Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 10 at New Hope Church, east of Adel. Burial followed at Oakdale Cemetery, in Adel. Memorials can be sent to New Hope Church, P.O. Box 21, Adel, IA 50003. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

Obituary: Marilyn Lipnik

    Marilyn Lipnik, 84, passed away on July 30, 2020. Born in Des Moines, on Oct. 7, 1935, she was one of four beloved children raised by Russell Kenneth and Hazel Marie (Patterson) Craft.
    Marilyn grew up in Adel, where she attended high school, graduating as the class of 1953 valedictorian. Her modesty prevents us from sharing that she was also voted homecoming queen.
    Her early professional career led her to the East Coast, where she began working for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware as a chemist. Introduced by a mutual friend to Gerald “Jerry” Lipnik, they wed on Sept. 5, 1964, and remained married until his death in 2001. Her devoted care for him during a long illness was genuinely inspiring.
    Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Ann Craft Vance, and her husband, Jerry. She is survived by her sons Bob, Mike (Jill), Steve (Yael), and Andrew; grandchildren Ella, Ethan, Evan, Henry, and Elliott; brother Robert Craft (Heidi) and sister Louise Gossett (Joe). She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.
    A visitation was held at Muehlig Funeral Chapel on Aug. 2. Marilyn will be interred during a family ceremony in her hometown of Adel, Iowa, on Saturday, Aug. 8.
    Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in honor of Marilyn may do so to Ann Arbor Meals On Wheels, National Kidney Foundation, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.

Obituary: Michael Dean Sobotka

    Michael Dean Sobotka, of Van Meter, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 28, 2020. A visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 with family receiving friends from 1-4 p.m. at Zachary Williams Jensen Fieldhouse, 1010 Dickinson Ave., Ames. A funeral service will be held at the fieldhouse starting at 4 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at the fieldhouse following the funeral service.
    Mike was born Jan. 19, 1965 to Jerry Sobotka and Rebecca Graf in Mount Ayr. Mike graduated from Van Meter High School where he participated in football and basketball.
    He built his own company, Seamus Excavating, and was a hard worker, generous and full of life and energy. Mike had various groups of friends, whether it was golfing, hunting, fishing or playing cards, and he loved them like family. He was sometimes called “Happy Mike or Smiley Mike”, but his favorite nickname was Papa Mike given to him by his grandkids. One of Mike’s favorite passions was golfing. He also enjoyed bow hunting for deer, fishing with his sons, country music concerts with Summer, occasionally smoking a fine cigar and being a loving and protective father.
    Mike is survived by his wife, Robin; children, Jacob (Bridget), Summer, Robbie and Beau; grandchildren, Jade, Cohen and Rush; parents, Jerry (Deb) Sobotka and Rebecca Graf; siblings, Brad (Sherri) Graf, Jason Graf and Erin Graf; Robin’s parents, Diana Hoy and Terry Hoy; Robin’s siblings,, Toby (Nicole) Hoy, Angie (Steve) Mague, Ginger (Darren) Lindstrom, Leslie Young, Sarah (Brian) Sheehy, Amber (Andrew) Apple and Lacey (Devan) Standley; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents and cousin, Robbie.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to ChildServe. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

Obituary: Travis Shane Evers

    Travis Shane Evers, of Adel, passed away unexpectedly on July 23, 2020, at the age of 45. A visitation was held Monday, July 27 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, at New Hope Church, east of Adel. Burial will follow the funeral service at Oakdale Cemetery in Adel. Those in attendance are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Masks are recommended for the services. Live streaming of the funeral service will be available to watch on Travis’s tribute wall at www.caldwellparrish.com starting at 10:30 a.m.
    Travis was born Aug. 30, 1974, to Stan and Connie Evers in Ottumwa. Travis was a long time resident of Adel and worked at Hy-Vee in Waukee. Travis previously worked as a manager at McDonald’s, and before that, as a journeyman in the sheet metal union. When not at work, Travis could be found playing pool, games on his phone, watching his favorite seasonal sports teams the Cowboys, Hawkeyes, and Cubs or spending time with family. As a child, he enjoyed playing all sports and loved vacations on the beach at Lake Michigan. When Travis was back at home, he was not a fan of the heat!  In fact, he loved winter and would listen to Christmas music all year long. Travis was known to make people laugh and was a loving friend to all creatures great and small. Everyone who met Travis was touched by his kind and generous heart, and he was referred to by many as the “gentle giant.”
    Travis is survived by his three children, whom he adored: Lizzy (Steven Steinick), Wesley, and Caitlyn Evers, and his beloved grandson, Jason. Travis will be dearly missed by his best friend and wife of 20 years, Pam, as well as his sister, Shannon, and loving parents, Stan Evers and Connie Smith, and stepfather, Gary. Travis will be missed by many other extended family members, colleagues, and the many friends and acquaintances who were touched by his kindness.
    He was preceded in death by his Nana and Grandpa Evers of Pella and Grandma and Grandpa Miller of Ottumwa.
Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com

Funeral notices

    • Kevin Slaybaugh, 50, of Waukee, passed away on Jan. 6, 2021. Private funeral services were held on Jan. 12. They can be viewed at www.facebook.com/ernstfuneralcremation. A public committal service was held Jan. 12 at Moffitt Grove Cemetery in rural Yale.
    •  Mark Chartrand, 75, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, after a short battle with cancer at Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny. A private service will be held for the family at a later date.
    • Forrest Edward Burgin, 86, of Johnston, passed away Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Private family services were held Friday, Jan. 8. Public graveside services were held in the Union Cemetery, Iowa Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Pleasant Hill Free Church 4555 Park Ridge Ave., Pleasant Hill, IA 50327.
    • Charles Richard Goodman, 68, of Johnston, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. The funeral was held Friday, Jan. 8, at Iles Westover Chapel.  Burial followed at Iowa Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made either the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society https://support.nmcrs.org/a/homepage, the Semper Fi Fund https://semperfifund.org/donate/, or Vietnam Veterans of America https://vva.org/donate/.
    • Lola Louise (Steenhoek) Vanderhart, 82, of Johnston, passed away on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. A private funeral service will be held at The Bridge in Johnston, on Wednesday Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. This service will be live streamed on Merdithdrive.org. Interment will follow in the Waveland Cemetery in Prairie City. There will be no public visitation. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Brio of Johnston- Elan Cottage Memory Support, 6901 Peckham St., Johnston, Iowa 50131.
    • Richard Paul Payne, 82, of Polk City, passed away Jan. 1, 2021. A funeral mass was held Jan. 5 at St Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1102 N.W. Weigel Drive, Ankeny. Memorial contributions may be directed to Assumption Catholic Church, 1906 Sycamore, Granger, IA 50109, in support of the Tamanique El Salvador Scholarship Fund.
    • Darlene J. Chaney (Muffley), 88, of Waukee, passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. A memorial service is pending.
    • Shari A. Hanke-Clark, 84, of Waukee, passed away on Dec. 30, 2020. No services are planned at this time. In the future, a memorial service will be held. Memorials in honor of Shari may be made to the Waukee Food Pantry or the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry.
    • Jean Barnett Wirt, 69, of Johnston, passed away Dec. 26, 2020. Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held Friday, June 25, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
    • Lola J. Carson, 84 of Johnston, passed away Dec. 26, 2020. Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hopeville Rural Music Reunion, 413 McPherson St., Osceola, IA 50213, in care of Deloris Reasoner.
    • Bruce Edward Walters, 64, of Johnston, passed away on Dec. 18, 2020. Tree Memorials for Bruce have been requested by the family and can be made through give.americanforests.org.
    • Fred Wessendorf, 93, of Johnston, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Memorials contributions may be made out to Faith Lutheran Church or Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Please mail condolences and contributions to Nancy Holt 13902 W Westport Ct. Wichita KS 67235. A private family service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 at Faith Lutheran Church, 10395 University Ave., Clive. The service will be livestreamed on Fred’s obituary page at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com. Burial will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.
    • Eric Ohnemus, 62, of Grimes, passed away on Dec. 24, 2020. Pierschbacher Funeral Home, 641-774-2918, was in charge of arrangements.
    • David Lee Chrisinger, 67, of Grimes, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Cremation rites have been accorded and no services are planned. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.
    • Cynthia Chamberlin, 65, of Grimes, passed away on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Iles Westover Chapel where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery. Due to social gathering limitations, Cynthia’s service will be live streamed. Visit Cynthia’s obituary page on www.IlesCares.com for a link 10 minutes prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Valley United Methodist Church and the Iowa Food Bank.
    • Fred Farmer, 77, of Waukee, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. A public funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Soteria Church. Memorials in Fred’s name (payable to Joyce Farmer) may be left at the church or the funeral home. Online condolences and full obituary at www.pencefh.com.
    • Mary Jane Brittain, 86, of Waukee, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. A funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 31 at Caldwell Parrish - McCalley Chapel in Adel with burial to follow in the North McDonald Cemetery in Madison County. Memorials may be directed to the North McDonald Cemetery for the continued care of the cemetery. Online condolences can be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.
    • Nicole Keller, 76, of Waukee, passed away on Saturday Dec. 12, 2020. A celebration service will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines as soon as it is appropriate to do so. In lieu of flowers and donations, gifts should be directed to NAMI at namiiowa.org and/or the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines at ucdsm.org.
  •  Joe Ed Jeffries, 70, of Johnston, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2020. There will be a Celebration of Life at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter (Adel) on April 5 at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to Hope Ministries and Food Bank of Iowa in memory of Joe.
    • Karen Ann Heinen, 74, of Johnston passed away on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. Private family services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter. The service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend. A link will appear on Karen’s obituary page at www.Ilescares.com, where you may also leave online condolences.
    •  Reta Ann Bruene, 80, of Grimes, passed away on Dec. 13. The family plans to have a service to honor Reta at a later time. Memorials can be directed to Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310 or St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 6426 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131.
    • Paul Joseph Leto Sr., 69, of Grimes, passed away on Dec. 22, 2020. Visitation was Saturday, Dec. 26, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Des Moines. Memorials may be directed to the family at www.caldwellparrish.com.
    • Danny Lee White, 71, of Waukee, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Services were held at Ernst Funeral Home in Waukee with final military rites conducted at Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Memorials may be directed in Danny’s memory to: Waukee VFW Post #11517, P.O. Box 16, Waukee, IA 50263.
    •  Thomas William Carpenter, 62, of Grimes, passed away Dec. 15, 2020. Memorial services were held Dec. 19  at Grimes United Methodist Church. Inurnment followed at Sunny Hill Cemetery in Grimes. Contributions may be made to Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands or the Good Samaritan Fund at Grimes United Methodist Church in Tom’s memory.
    • Berdina (Dee) Marie Jayne, 91, of Johnston passed away on Dec. 14, 2020. Cremation has occurred in accordance with Dee’s wishes. There will be a small gathering in the near future limited to immediate family due to COVID-19 restrictions. Internment is planned for the spring of 2021 at Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Adel, where she will join Maynard. In lieu of flowers, it is Dee’s desire that memorial contributions be made to the Iowa Public TV Foundation or to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.
    • Jennifer Suzanne O’Toole, 46, of Johnston, passed away on Dec. 17, 2020. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Dec. 22, from 4-7 p.m. at Iles Westover in Des Moines. A private ceremony will be held on Dec. 23 at Iles Westover. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
    •  Patti Ann Welder-Christensen, 53, of Grimes, passed away Dec. 3, 2020. Dec, Sundberg-Kirkpatrick Funeral Home is in charge of services.
    • John Robert “Bob” Bahr, 62, of Grimes, passed away on Dec. 6, 2020. Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway is in charge of services.
    • Dora Jo Brubaker, 81, of Johnston, passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Due to the social gathering limitations currently in place, a Celebration of Dora’s life will be planned for a later date. Friends and extended family are encouraged to share their sympathies with Dora’s family using online condolences available at www.IlesCares.com.Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Presbyterian Church.
    • Sally I. Niffenegger, 88, of Johnston, passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Due to COVID-19, the service will be for family only but will be livestreamed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com below Sally’s obituary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Taylor House, 3401 E. Douglas Ave., Des Moines, IA 50317 in memory of Sally Niffenegger.
   • Thomas A. Belling, 79, of Grimes, passed away on Dec. 2, 2020. Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services, Waukee was in charge of services.
    • Phyllis Burns, 85, of Johnston, passed away on Dec. 1, 2020. A private graveside service was held Dec. 5 at the Clio cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to New Hope Assembly of God Church and Every Step Hospice. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.
    • Margaret Malloy, 72, of Johnston, passed away on Nov. 30, 2020. A celebration of life service will be planned for a future date. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hope Ministries of Central Iowa or The Wounded Warrior Project in loving memory of Margaret.Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
    • Greta Van Hemert, 86, of Johnston. passed away on Dec. 4, 2020. A private family Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. A livestream of the service will be available at www.ilesfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Meredith Drive Pre-school or Taylor House Hospice.
    • Thomas Michael Schieffer, 71, of Waukee, passed away on Nov. 30, 2020. Private graveside services will be held at Graceland Cemetery in Creston.
    • Lois Porath, 85, of Grimes, passed away on Nov. 24, 2020. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Lois’ name to Friends of Lake Panorama, P.O. Box 488, Panora, IA 50216.
    • Jill Morrill, 64, of Urbandale, passed away on Friday Nov. 27, 2020. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made in Jill’s memory to the National Brain Tumor Society; www.braintumor.org 55 Chapel St., Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458. A scholarship fund will be created in Jill’s honor for the Johnston Community at a later date. On Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m., please gather at the Johnston High School parking lot at 6500 N.W. 100th Street in Johnston, to show your appreciation as Jill makes her final visit to the projects she worked so hard for and say goodbye to the community she loved. We ask people to please respect social distancing guidelines and to wear your favorite bright color.
    • Patricia L. McCormick, 93, of Johnston, passed away on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.
    • James “Jim” Eugene Garrison, 95, of Johnston, passed away on Nov. 25, 2020. A private family funeral service for Jim will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, West Des Moines.
    • Marilyn Ann McIntyre, 85, of Johnston, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Services will be held in the spring due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.
    • Ramona Grace Porter, 87, of Johnston, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Graveside service will be held at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter and she will be buried with husband, the love of her life. Memorial contributions may be directed to Mosaic Axtell, P.O. Box 67, Axtell, NE 68924.
    • Wayne E. Anderson, 84, of Johnston, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Private family services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church with burial to follow in McDivitt Grove Cemetery in Urbandale.
    •  Lois Ardell Maupin, 88, of Johnston, passed away on Nov. 13, 2020. Private services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
    • Cristopher (Cris) Williams, 69, of Grimes passed away on Nov. 10, 2020.  A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Interment will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.
    • Mary Erickson, 90, of Grimes, passed away on Nov. 15, 2020. Visitation was held Nov. 20 at McLaren’s Funeral Chapel in West Des Moines. A private family funeral service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Kennybrook Village Memory Care Unit.
   • William Beeman “Gris” Grismer, 95, of Waukee, passed away on Nov. 10, 2020.  In lieu of flowers, you may send a memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org.
    • Margaret Athlene Beck, 90, of Johnston, passed away on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. The family plans to have a celebration of Life, Mother’s Day 2021.
    • Merrill G. Brown, 78, of Grimes, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Private family services were Saturday, Nov. 14 at Brandt Chapel.
    • Mickey Miles Merical, Sr., 72, of Waukee, passed away on Nov. 5, 2020. A private funeral service was held Monday, Nov. 9.
    • Carolyn Tucker, 75, of Waukee, passed away on Nov. 7, 2020. Services will be held at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines on Friday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. The family respectfully requests all guests wear masks and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Autism Speaks or JDRF.
    • Henry E. Wittkowski, Jr., 84, of Grimes, passed away on Oct. 29, 2020. Services will be held at noon Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Burial will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines.
   • William Lafayette Milne, 76, of Polk City, passed away Oct. 25, 2020. A memorial visitation will be at Merle Hay Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 7. Memorial Contributions can be directed to The Polk City American Legion Riders Post 232.
    •  Jameson Michael Rowedder, 7, of Waukee, passed away Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family or to a GoFundMe account that will be used for a memorial in Jameson’s name. Celebration of Life open house will be held Nov. 13 from 4-7 p.m. at Windsor Heights Community Center (at Colby Park), 6900 School St. in Windsor Heights.
    • Jeanette “Jean” Kathryn Rushenberg, 92, of Waukee, formerly of Des Moines, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. A private family interment will be held at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a later date. In Jean’s honor, memorial contributions may be made out to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1730 28th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265 or UnityPoint Hospice in care of UnityPoint Health Foundation, 1415 Woodland Ave., Suite E-200, Des Moines, IA 50309.
    • Jay Cookman, 82, of Waukee, passed away on Oct. 31, 2020. Funeral services were Nov. 4 at Lutheran Church of Hope (925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines). Burial was at Resthaven Cemetery.
    • Carol Myers, 73, of Waukee, formerly of Creston, passed away Oct. 30, 2020. Private Graveside services are being held Friday, Nov. 6 at Graceland Cemetery, south of Creston. In lieu of flowers, memorials are kindly suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, in Carol’s name.
    • Hartford “HB” Worley, 75, of Johnston passed away Oct. 24, 2020. Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway is in charge of arrangements.
   • James Richard Brown, 62, of Johnston, passed away on Oct. 17, 2020. Funeral service was held Oct. 22 at Iles Dunn’s Chapel. Interment was at the Evergreen Cemetery in Emmetsburg.  Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund.
    • Lauryn Charlotte Freundl, 13, of Johnston, passed away Oct. 18, 2020. A celebration of life will be postponed until Saturday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. Memorials may be directed to the family and condolences expressed at www.HamiltonFuneralHome.com.
   • Dennis Nelson Thompson, 77, of Grimes passed away on Oct. 16, 2020. A visitation and private funeral were held Oct. 19 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, 8201 Hickman Road, Urbandale. A private burial was at the Sunny Hill Cemetery in Grimes. Memorials may be directed to MercyOne Hospice-Johnston.
    • Daniel James Miller, 62, of Grimes, passed away on Oct. 1, 2020. Brooks Funeral Care is in charge of arrangements.
    • Austin Andrew Cecil Antisdel, 32, of Grimes, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Funeral services were held Oct. 24 at Iles Westover Chapel. Graveside services were held at Moon Cemetery in Macksburg. Contributions may be made to UnityPoint Home Hospice or to the Moon Cemetery in Macksburg for a new road sign.
   • John H. Gogerty, 80,  of Polk City, passed away Oct. 15, 2020. Coffee and cocoa will be served at a celebration of life reception at Walnut Woods Lodge on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please direct your memorial contributions to www.boystown.org.
    •  Robert “Bob” Brodie, 81, of Waukee, passed away on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, at Merle Hay Funeral Home, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials may be directed to the family who wish to create a memorial scholarship fund in his name. Due to Covid-19, masks will be required and please honor the 6-foot distancing guideline.
    • Penny Lee (Fritz) Trask, 68, of Grimes, passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. There was a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Eagles Club, 1735 11th St. N.W., Cedar Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the family.
    • Jenny Johnson, 75, of Polk City, passed away on Oct. 14, 2020. Hamilton’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    •  Thomas Charles Bower, 73, of Waukee, passed away Oct. 6, 2020. A memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 26 at 10:45 a.m. at Ernst Funeral Home. Inurnment to follow at Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Thomas’ service will be live streamed and can be viewed at www.facebook.com/ernstfuneralcremation.
    • John Wayne Mandernach, 74, of Waukee, passed away Oct. 12, 2020. In lieu of flowers, John requested memorials be given to Hope Ministries, P.O. Box 862, Des Moines, IA 50304.
  • Terry Ray Stubbs, 76, of Grimes passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Private family services will be held at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.
    • Oburn Earl Herrick “Obie,” 91, of Johnston, passed away on Oct. 5, 2020. The funeral was held Oct. 9 at Merle Hay Funeral Home. The family asks that any donations be made to the Johnston Fire Department.
    • Sr. Mary Karen Macksey, CHM, 94, of Johnston, passed away on Oct. 7, 2020. Iles Dunn’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
    • Myron “Mike” H. Perman, 80, of Johnston, passed away  on Oct. 8, 2020. The funeral was held on Oct. 12. Burial followed at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be directed to Windsor Heights Lutheran Church.
    •  Francis “Frank” Arnold, 59, of Waukee, passed away Sept. 29, 2020. The Cremation Society of Iowa.
    • Karen Jean Stevens, 73, of Waukee, passed away on Oct. 4, 2020. Services were held on Oct. 8 with burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Waukee United Methodist Church in Karen’s memory.
    • Norman Guy Blair, 83, of Waukee, passed away Oct. 5, 2020. Memorial graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Waukee Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a memorial to be directed later.
    • Susanne Elisabeth Christensen Rogers, 68, of Waukee passed away on April 15, 2020. A private family service will be held at a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Diabetes Association at P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.
   •  Roger Louis Stephens, 66, of Waukee, passed away on Sept. 21, 2020. Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 at 10:30 a.m., at Ernst Funeral Home, Waukee. Memorials may be directed in Roger’s memory to Mercy Hospice House in Johnston.
    • Alberta “Bert” Gianni Ferderber-Stiles, 93, of Johnston passed away on Sept. 18, 2020. A Celebration of Life was held Sept. 25 at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church, 4600 Meredith Drive, Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic School, 1265 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50316.
    • Nick Fraizer, 23, of Waukee, passed away on Sept. 20, 2020. The family will receive visitors from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi in West Des Moines at a later date. Social distancing guidelines will be observed, and facemasks will be required.
    • Mary Frances Tague, 77, of Johnston, passed away Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The family greeted friends on Monday, Sept. 21 at Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines. Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3663 66th St., Urbandale, with burial at Resurrection Cemetery, Guthrie Center. Memorials in Mary’s honor may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church.
    • Jeffrey Matchell, 66, of Grimes, passed away on Sept. 12, 2020. Memorial services are 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday morning. Inurnment of the cremated remains will be at Resthaven Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Mission Cancer and Blood located at John Stoddard Cancer Center.
    • Mary Pauline (Polly) Munck, 92, of Johnston, passed away Sept. 1, 2020. A family memorial service will be held in the future. Memorial gifts in her name are requested to St. Paul Presbyterian Church or Johnston Community Library.
    • William C. Webb, 74, of Johnston, passed away Sept. 4, 2020. Westover Chapel is in charge of services.
    • Yvonne Claire Lessard Sullivan, 92, of Johnston, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Memorial contributions may be made to Taylor House. They will celebrate Dolly at a later date.
    • Herman “Lou” Schroedel, 89, of Johnston, passed away on Sept. 7, 2020. On Thursday, Sept. 17, there will be a family memorial service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church followed by a Committal at Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Donations may be directed to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or Animal Rescue League of Des Moines.
    • Christy Hopkins, 67, of Grimes, passed away Sept. 10, 2020. A private Celebration of Chris’ Life will be held at Jester Park Lodge, Granger. Interment will follow later that afternoon at the Newell Cemetery.
    • Bernard Joseph Volz, 91, of Grimes, passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Assumption Catholic Church in Granger, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral at Assumption Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Memorials may be made to Assumption Catholic Church.
  • Betty Grace Sayre (McGlothlen) Roelofsen, 96, of Johnston, passed away on Aug. 29, 2020. Services were held Friday, Sept. 4. Memorial contributions may be directed to MercyOne Johnston Hospice Care, 5820 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131.
    • Shirley Ann (nee Grimmius) Blenderman, 87, of Johnston, passed away Sept. 1, 2020. Services will be private due to COVID-19. Those sending cards, please include a favorite memory of Shirley to 6169 Brandywine Drive, Johnston, IA 50131.
    • Clayton Carter Lloyd, 2, of Johnston, passed away on Aug. 30, 2020. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020.
   • Charles E. Craigmile, 88, of Waukee, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.
    • William “Bill” Kinnaird, 77, of Grimes, passed away Aug. 21, 2020. No services will be held at this time due to COVID-19. Memorial contributions may be designated to Iowa Heart Foundations or Animal Rescue League of Des Moines through Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 368, Grinnell, IA 50111 or through Bill’s Family.
    • Glenn L. Warden, 82, of Grimes, passed away on Aug., 19, 2020. A Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. at New Hope Assembly of God, 4425 70th St., Urbandale. Due to the Coronavirus, social distancing and masks will be required for the safety of everyone.
   • Richard Bryant Corbett, 81, of Waukee, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, where the family will receive friends from 9:30-11 a.m. The service will be live-streamed on the Iles website. Go to IleCares.com at 10:45 a.m. Saturday and scroll to the bottom of Dick’s obituary to join in the service. Inurnment will follow at Waukee Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Waukee Parks and Recreation Department.
    • Carolyn Mae Buttrey, 86 of Waukee, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home - McCalley Chapel in Adel. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in De Soto. Visitation was Thursday, Aug. 27. Those in attendance are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Masks are recommended for both the service and visitation. Live streaming of the funeral service will be available to watch on Carolyn’s tribute wall at www.caldwellparrish.com starting at 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the De Soto Methodist Church or Calvin Community toward their Capital Building Campaign.
    • Susan Marie (Eslinger) Eckstaedt, 69, of Waukee, passed away on Aug. 8, 2020. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Des Moines Walk - ALS Association Iowa Chapter - Walk to Defeat ALS “Team Sue,” 3636 Westown Parkway, Suite 204, West Des Moines, IA 50266.
    • Ben Luther, 46, of Grimes, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020. Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
    • David “Dave” Lee McMurry, 73, of Grimes, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020. Celebration of Life Services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Mary Lou McMurry, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544.
    • Thelma Fisch, 101, of Grimes, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. A memorial service was held Monday, August 10 at Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines. Interment of cremains followed in the Veterans Section of Glendale Cemetery next to her husband Florian.
   • Phyllis Maxine Cox, 89, of Johnston, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. Private services were held on Thursday, Aug. 6 at Westover Funeral Home. Burial followed at Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
   • Donna Dee Loney, age 80, of Waukee, formerly of Marshalltown, passed away July 31, 2020. A private family service was held Aug. 6 at Hamilton’s Funeral Home on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Freedom of Youth Ministries or the Heinz 57 Pet Rescue in Donna’s memory.
    • Craig Stephen Rogers, 61, passed away July 30, 2020. Services will be held on Friday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines with visitation one hour prior. Memorials may be directed to the Izaak Walton League of Des Moines.
    • Cindy Nelson, 61, of Polk City, passed away July 25, 2020.
    • Ronald Toney, 71, of Polk City, passed away July 25, 2020. Ron’s full obituary and details about the livestream can be found at www.ernstfuneralhome.com.
    • Betty Ann Brown, 85, of Polk City, passed away July 24, 2020. A visitation will be held 1-2 p.m., Aug. 8 at Lakeside Fellowship Church (1121 W. Bridge Road, Polk City). A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. also at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeside Fellowship Church or MercyOne Hospice (5820 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131).
  • Craig Kruger, 63, of Grimes, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020. A private service was held Thursday, July 23. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for monetary donations to be made to AHeinz57, Furry Friends Refuge, and Animal Rescue League.
   • Andy Eugene Long, 55, of Johnston, passed away on  July 17, 2020.
    • Military internment will take place for Allen Meacham on July 31, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. in the Van Meter Veteran’s Cemetery, 34024 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Adel, Iowa.
    • Gene Paul Jackson, 68, of Polk City, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 5 p.m. at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Following the service, a visitation will continue until 7 p.m.
    • Penny Gordon, 60, of Polk City, passed away July 14, 2020.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to her family, to be divided among charities she supported.
    • Betty Mae Lopeman, 93, of Waukee, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Per Betty’s request, there will be no services. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
    • Elizabeth Ann Strong, 77, of Waukee, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020. The family received friends on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Iles-Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. In honor of Ann’s love of animals the family has asked memorial contributions be made to AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport. Online condolences will be welcomed at llesCares.com.
    • Daniel “Dan” E. Lane, 62, of Polk City, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. There will be a celebration of life planned by the family in the spring. 

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