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Dixie Wilson

May 15, 1943 - Nov 29, 2023

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Des Moines, IA

Dixie enjoyed going to Church, spending time with her family, shopping, camping, relaxing in her back yard, and loved her two chihuahuas Pickles and Skeeter very much.

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Margaret Lorene Bender King

Nov 05, 1937 - Feb 27, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

Margaret Lorene Bender King, 86, died peacefully Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at her home in Des Moines surrounded by her daughters. The family will receive friends 2-4 pm Sunday, March 3rd at Iles Dunn’s Chapel where funeral services will be held 10:00 am Monday, March 4th. Burial will follow at Avon Cemetery. Margaret was born November 5, 1937 in Des Moines to Harold Q. and Lorene E. (Nelson) Bender. She was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and Simpson College. Margaret was known for her philanthropy to many causes and her community including: St. John’s United Methodist Church, Church Women United, P.E.O. Chapter Q, DAR Jean Marie Cardinell Chapter, Daughters of the Nile, Beta Sigma Phi, PTA, Des Moines Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited and Polk County Election Board. Survivors include her daughters: Susan A. (Kenneth M.) Rew of Blue Springs, MO and Linda E. King of Des Moines; grandson, Cooper H. Rew of Blue Springs, MO. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert H. King. Memorial contributions may be made to Mayo Clinic. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Margaret King, please visit our Tribute Store .

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Judd Alec Furlong

Feb 18, 1986 - Feb 26, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

Judd Alec Furlong, 38, of Des Moines, Iowa, died on Monday, February 26, 2024, at his home in downtown Des Moines. Judd was born on February 18, 1986, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of John Anthony and Lonna Dee (Smith) Furlong and was the youngest of three boys. He grew up mostly in Atlantic, Iowa, where he made many friends, tagging along with his older brothers but also in his own right, even befriending a wild possum. This led to a love of animals that lasted throughout his life, from the family’s first farm cats, Rocky and Apollo, to cats/dogs with some of his relationship partners and his own pet Gecko, McKenna. As a child, Judd was a mini-Fred Savage look-alike and had a mischievous personality and huge heart. As he grew older his ability to make friends and be social became the focus of his life. Hanging out with the Roosevelt Drive crew was standard whether running around the neighborhood causing good-natured havoc, playing paintball, lots of video games or putting on private firework display/battles. After years of fun, Judd graduated from Atlantic High School in 2004. He moved to Ames, Iowa, continuing to expand his social network as he attended Iowa State University until his graduation in 2008 with a degree in Political Science. After graduation he worked at jobs in Seattle, Washington, and Missoula, Montana. While these adventures were fun, Judd longed to get back to Iowa to be close to his friends. After returning to the Midwest, Judd focused on his career at Wells Fargo as a Credit Card Mediator. His favorite part of the job was when he was sent to serve as an expert witness when cases went to trial. This allowed him to travel around the country, seeing new places and served as a vehicle for him to explore his art of photography. Judd was a talented photographer, professionally doing wedding/portrait shoots as well as having a press pass for Iowa State Athletic events. His other favorite types of photographs were nature inspired, especially wildlife, cityscapes and beautiful women. He often entered photographs in the Iowa State Fair contests and won Best of Show in 2007. He loved sharing the backstories behind the photographs and about the people he met through them. Many of his stunning photographs can still be seen on his Instagram and Flickr accounts. Judd loved being around people. He was a great listener, fun to be with and had a dark sense of humor. He loved learning, sharing with others corny jokes and random facts, especially those related to the armed forces and strange happenings. He had a large physical presence but an even bigger heart. He didn’t discriminate in his friendships, including relationships with those house-less around his building. He cared deeply about people and regularly gave these friends warm clothing and other necessities. Judd’s enjoyment of travel included trips with others when able. He and his “pseudo-brother” Drew once drove all the way from Seattle, Washington to Dallas, Texas. During the trip, Judd was focused on talking, relegating Drew to do all the driving and somehow Drew thought that was a fair trade. Judd explored Glacier National Park, Montana, one May with his brother Nick, their tents in unexpected snowdrifts. Taking everything in stride, they had a blast and ended the trip with Judd getting his first pictures of a moose in the wild. Judd explored New York City with his brother Wade, attended the Calgary Stampede with family and had many other journeys too numerous to mention but that will forever remain in people’s hearts. Always happy to go with the flow, Judd was content when he was with people, from his early years to adulthood. He was a favorite uncle, caring son, team-oriented co-worker, beloved brother and faithful friend. Judd was greatly loved and will be deeply missed by many, including his parents, John and Lonna; brother, Nick (Alena); nephews, Nile and Van and aunts: Beth (Bob) Furlong, Lisa (Loren) Nalean and Lynet Smith along with more friends than he could count. If it would benefit you to give a memorial to celebrate the person Judd Alec Furlong was, the family suggests the Central Iowa Shelter & Services organization at https://centraliowashelter.org. No formal visitation or services are being planned at this time, although friends are planning on gathering at Judd’s favorite neighborhood spot, Carl's Place (1620 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309), on Saturday, March 2nd at 4 PM Central Time to share stories in Judd’s memory. Online condolences may be left for the family who would love to hear a story of an escapade you had with Judd or favorite memory at www.sandhfuneralservice.com. To to the family, please

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Cathy Jane Smith

Dec 23, 1948 - Feb 24, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

In loving memory of Cathy Jane Smith, born in Des Moines, Iowa on December 23, 1948. Cathy passed away on February 24, 2024, at Kavanaugh Hospice House after her battle with lung cancer. Cathy is survived by her sister Julie Cain, her two children: Tami Crooks (Jason) and Rodney Smith (Latoya)., and her grandchildren: Jacob, Jamie, Christian, Marisa and Xavier, her great grandchildren: Alihandra, Cobie, Eli, Antonio, Angelina, Alexander, Arielle and Angel, and her great-great granddaughter Amoure Kay. A Memorial service will be Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Merle Hay Chapel, 4400 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310.

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Brenda Boham-Marshall

May 04, 1964 - Jan 29, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

Brenda Boham-Marshall, 59 of Orient, Iowa formerly of Creston, passed away Monday, January 29, 2024 at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Brenda was cremated and no public services are planned at this time. Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center is in charge of the cremation arrangements. Memories and condolences can be shared online at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com. Brenda was born in Creston, Iowa on May 4, 1964, the daughter of Marvin Dean and Rosella (Keener) Boham. She was raised in Creston and educated in the Creston Public Schools. After receiving her GED, Brenda worked as a Certified Nurse Aide, providing in-home care to area residents for several years. She later worked a short time as a Security Guard at the Gummy Bear factory in Creston. Brenda helped make refrigerator parts while working at Pent Plastics in Afton. Brenda was known for her kindness and awesome sense of humor. Brenda was united in marriage on July 21, 2005 to Melvin Marshall. The couple was married in Butler County, near Allison, Iowa and made their home in Orient, Iowa. Brenda never had any children but is survived by her loving family including her husband, Melvin Marshall of Orient; 4 sisters: Linda Thompson of Cedar Hill, Tennessee; Rose (husband Loni) Vanderpluym of Arispe, Iowa; Donna Howard of Creston Iowa; and Maudie Ott of Greenfield, Iowa; half-brother, Kevin (wife Jackie) Abell of Kearney, Nebraska; her special and life-long friend, Lynn Emig; and by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Brenda will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents; 3 sisters: Barbara Wilkey, Edna Lilly and Bertha Long; and by several nieces and nephews.

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James D. Eden

May 03, 1956 - Feb 24, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

James D. Eden, age 67 of Atlantic, IA, died at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, IA on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Arrangements are pending with the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Atlantic, IA

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Colleen Sorenson

Mar 21, 1939 - Feb 15, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

Colleen Sorenson, 84, of Indianola passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Services will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Milo. Interment will follow at the Milo I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Monday, February 26, 2024, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Colleen’s family to be designated at a later date.Colleen was born on March 21, 1939, to John Leroy and Edna (Banks) Willis. She grew up in Cainsville, Missouri. She met Alvin Sorenson, and the couple was married on June 28, 1959. The young couple were blessed with three children: Becky, Gail, and Kent. Colleen and Alvin began dairy farming as a newlywed couple, always working side by side, they made the best of lean times as they raised their family. Moving to Des Moines and soon after making their home in Indianola. Colleen and Alvin both worked for the Indianola School District. She worked for 20 years as a bus driver and enjoyed every moment making a difference in children’s lives.Colleen touched the hearts of many people with her warm personality and kind spirit. Her love for animals was evident, especially with her dog, "Larry." She had an incredible sense of humor, always ready to tell a joke or even play a prank. She could even be a bit ornery. She was known for pinching people's fingers as a sign of affection. Colleen was a people person and would do anything for anyone and had a very caring soul.In her spare time, Colleen loved to read. She had a deep faith and spent countless hours reading the Bible. She enjoyed doing ceramics and crafts and had several TV programs she would enjoy watching as well. Colleen's family was very important to her, and she loved to have them over. Her homemade bread was amazing, and she could really make up a wonderful batch of potato salad. She used just the right amount of mustard and red onions.The last few years she went to work with her son every day. She enjoyed this immensely. Not only did Colleen get to spend this time with him, but she was always engaging with people; everyone was drawn to her. She genuinely cared for others and what they had to say. Employees and customers enjoyed seeing her at work.Colleen will be dearly missed by her children: Becky (Mike) Bowlin, Gail (Mike) Barrell, and Kent (Shawnee) Sorenson; grandchildren: Jeremy, Michelle, Josh, James, Makala, Madelynn, Noah, Samantha, and Chloe; many great grandchildren; and her brother, Leroy Willis.She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Al; sister, Eva Mathis; brothers, Clayton Willis and Marvin Willis; grandson, Kent Sorenson; and nephew Marc WillisColleen Sorenson's legacy of love and laughter will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew her. May she rest in peace knowing she was deeply cherished by all who had the privilege of crossing paths with this remarkable woman.

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Lonnie Dale Sulgrove

Nov 25, 1958 - Feb 16, 2024

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West Des Moines, IA

Celebration of Life Services: Will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bridgewater United Methodist Church with a luncheon following at the church. Burial will be in the Garner Cemetery, south of Bridgewater. Pastor Karen Patrick will officiate the service. The Lamb Funeral Home in Fontanelle is in charge of the professional arrangements. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.lambfuneralhomes.com. Open Visitation: Will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Fontanelle from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Friday, February 23, 2024, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Fontanelle from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the Lonnie Sulgrove Memorial Fund to be established by the family at a later date. Lonnie Dale Sulgrove passed away February 16 just after 7pm at Mercy West Lakes Hospital in West Des Moines after battling an ongoing illness related to diabetes.Lon was born November 25, 1958, in Greenfield, IA and became the cherished son of Merlyn and Jeane (Adrian) Sulgrove through adoption. He completed his high school education with the 1977 graduating class of Bridgewater-Fontanelle High School. Following high school, Lon pursued higher education at Southwestern Community College in Creston, where he majored in computer programming. A bachelor throughout his life, Lon dedicated himself to his career in the computer programming and customer support industry.Lon’s memory is cherished by his brother, Les Sulgrove, along with Les’ wife Linda of Des Moines, Nieces Lindsay Foster (Matthew) of Hiawatha, Kelsay Johnson of Des Moines and nephew Jonathan Sulgrove (Meghan Stougard) of Des Moines. His legacy continues through his great-nephews and great-nieces: Patton Oehler, Pierce, Parker and Preston Foster, Blake, Raeli, and Jensen Johnson.During his high school years, Lon distinguished himself as a formidable athlete on the Bridgewater-Fontanelle Panthers football team. His passion for automobiles went far beyond mere enthusiasm; he was a true authority of Chevrolet muscle cars from the 1960s. For those who knew Lon well, the term "collector" of auto parts holds a unique significance. His 1984 Monte Carlo was his last most cherished vehicle.Throughout his professional journey, Lon dedicated 23 years to the Unisys corporation, roles that took him from Clear Lake, IA, to Minneapolis, MN, and eventually to Irvine, CA. He regarded the four patents he earned in computer programming during his tenure as a testament to his expertise and a source of great pride. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, Lon invested himself fully in a tech startup that eventually evolved into a consultancy. His pursuits also led him to live in Pennsylvania for a time before he circled back to Des Moines. Lon's last professional chapter was with Mediacom, where he provided support in their Network Operations Center. Exceptional customer service and adept problem-solving became the hallmark of Lon’s career.Lon is preceded in death by his parents Merlyn who passed in 1971 and Jeane in 2013. He will be laid to rest at Garner Cemetery in Bridgewater, IA near his parents. The family kindly suggests that tributes be made to Take Back Bridgewater, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life in and around Bridgewater. Gratitude is extended to the doctors and nurses for their compassionate care in Lon’s final years and a special thank you to Lon’s best friend over the years, Ed Egli for helping to keep Lon’s cars running and shared his passion for cars and car shows. Lon will be missed by many.

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Helen Jeanette Harris

Jul 01, 1933 - Feb 12, 2024

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West Des Moines, IA

Helen Jeanette Harris, lovingly known as Jeanette, passed away peacefully at her home in West Des Moines, Iowa, on February 12, 2024. She was surrounded by her devoted family, a testament to the kind of person she was and the impact she had on those around her.Born on July 1, 1933, in Caribou, Maine, Jeanette was the daughter of Joseph and Flora (Dionne) Dubay. Throughout her life, she found immense joy in simple pleasures. She had an unwavering love for puzzles and spent many cherished hours conquering them. It was through these seemingly trivial activities that she found solace and a sense of accomplishment.However, it was her love for her own family that truly defined Jeanette's life. She married the love of her life, Daryl Dean Harris on June 7, 1952 in Collinsville, Connecticut, who stood by her side as a loving husband of 71 years until the very end. Together they built a foundation of love and support that would carry them through all of life's hurdles.Jeanette was a beacon of strength and kindness, and her absence will be deeply felt by all who knew her. Her unwavering love for her family and her genuine warmth are qualities that will be remembered fondly. She will be remembered by her husband Daryl Dean of West Des Moines; son Michael (Polly) Harris of Des Moines; granddaughters Jessica (Jason) Carey of Earlham and Ashley Harris of DeSoto and great-grandchildren Jacob and Josie Carey.As we mourn the loss of Jeanette's physical presence, let us also celebrate a life lived to the fullest. She leaves behind cherished memories and an eternal legacy of love. May her spirit continue to guide and inspire us all as we navigate the journey of life without her physical presence. In keeping with Jeanette's wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.

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James Reich

Jun 26, 1953 - Feb 15, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

James "Jim" Reich, age 70 of Urbandale, IA, died on Thursday, February 15th at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. A private family celebration will be held at a later date.Jim was born on June 26, 1953, in New Richmond, WI. Jim grew up in Baldwin and graduated from Baldwin-Woodville High School in 1971. On August 25, 1973, he was united in marriage to Debra "Debby" Bonnes at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Baldwin. This union would further bless the couple with three children: Brian, Angela, and Adam.Jim received his Associates degree in Accounting from Chippewa Valley Technical College in 1973 and spent the next year working at E.L. Murphy Trucking in St. Paul. In 1974, Jim came back to Baldwin and purchased Northside Cafe from his parents. His business background and his strong work ethic allowed him to be a successful business owner for many years. Jim’s work hard, play hard attitude, gift of storytelling and ability to make anyone laugh with a well-rehearsed joke made him a natural in the bar and restaurant industry. He ultimately sold Northside Cafe to buy a larger establishment in Menomonie, Eva’s Cafe (later called Jim’s Cafe). He then went on to own the Wilson Nite Club and the Coachman Supper Club. One of Jim’s largest professional accomplishments was expanding the Coachman Supper Club to include a banquet facility that sat up to 400 people. This facility hosted many weddings and annual parties, making it a well-known establishment within the community.Jim found great joy in raising his children and took pride in their accomplishments. He was always there to provide feedback and unwavering support. This joy continued in his heartfelt relationships with his grandchildren. Jim retired in 2008 and upon Debby’s retirement in 2019, they moved to the Des Moines area to be closer to family.Jim had many passions in life. In addition to raising his family, he was an avid card player and participated in many leagues and clubs over the years including pool, darts, softball, golf and bowling. Throughout all of these activities, Jim valued the friendships he made and was always there to lend a helping hand.When he wasn’t participating in these activities, he enjoyed cheering on one of his favorite professional teams, including the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Twins. Jim is survived by his wife, Debby, and their three children: Brian Reich (Michelle), Angela McGargill (Ryan), and Adam Reich (Rachel); as well as 5 grandchildren: Sophia Reich, Luke Barnard, Camille Barnard, Grayson McGargill, and Eleanor Reich, as well as his special cousin, Bonnie Massino (Fred), and many nieces and nephews.Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Grace, and his brother, Donald Reich.

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Frederick Lenus Olson

Jan 20, 1947 - Feb 19, 2024

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West Des Moines, IA

Frederick Lenus Olson, known affectionately as Fred, passed peacefully at his home with his wife and daughter by his side on Monday, February 19, 2024. Fred was a man of diverse talents and passions who left a lasting impact on all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was born on January 20, 1947, in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, to Herschel Sr. and Katherine Olson. Fred was a gentle peacemaker at heart. Throughout his life, he displayed a remarkable work ethic and unwavering dedication to his pursuits.Fred's professional journey was a testament to his determination and ambition. Starting as a company mail carrier at UNIVAC in his early years, he eventually rose to become a skilled software engineer. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to explore various fields including software development, automotive diagnostic and repair, sales and installation of automotive electronics, and sign-making and installation. In his later years, he found joy in his work at Enterprise Rent-A-Car at the Des Moines International Airport.Beyond his career successes, Fred was known for his love of simple pleasures such as cigars and strong coffee. He had a dry sense of humor that will be missed by many. Fred cherished moments spent with friends and family for porch chats. He loved animals, his favorites being cats, dogs and monkeys. He also had a passion for performance sports cars and was very proud of his 2017 Mustang GT. A talented musician, Fred was a professional drummer and enjoyed playing guitar as a hobby. Earlier in life, he was an avid bowler with exceptional skill on the lanes.An intellectual at heart, Fred had a passion for reading and expanding his vocabulary, always eager to share a "word of the day" with those around him. His diverse taste in music ranged from 50's and 60's rock to country classics, and easy listening by artists like Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Ray Charles. He admired Carrie Underwood and took pleasure in watching NASCAR and Indy Racing, particularly rooting for Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick.Fred's proudest accomplishment was undoubtedly his marriage to Doris Jean Barnes on January 4, 1982, in Taos, New Mexico along with the birth of his daughter in 1984 and his son in 1985 in Palm Desert, California. Together, they built a life filled with love and shared experiences. Fred leaves behind a legacy cherished by many. In addition to Doris Jean Olson of West Des Moines; he is survived by his daughter Natalie (Evgeny) Beletskiy of Sacramento, CA; daughter-in-law Heather Olson of St. Paul, MN; step-son Christopher (Rhonda) Kindem of Apple Valley, MN; step-daughter Shelly (Matt) Kindem-Nelson of Cottage Grove, MN; brother James Olson of Osceola, WI; grandchildren Vera Beletskiy, Palmer Olson, Jada and Mackenzie Kindem; Matthew (Jessica) Kindem; Tyler and Lauren Nelson; along with numerous cousins.Fred was preceded in death by his parents Herschel Sr. and Katherine (Andersen) Olson, son Garrett Olson and siblings Sandra Cobb, Karen Jensen and Herschel Olson Jr.A celebration of life memorial gathering will be held Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at Ernst Funeral Home, 80 NE Dartmoor Drive. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Fred's memory to an animal rescue of your choice. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa was Fred's favorite rescue in the area.

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