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Harlan Rudd

Nov 20, 1940 - Nov 27, 2023

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Des Moines, IA

"Harlan DeWayne Rudd passed away November 27, 2023 at the age of 83, in Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He was surrounded by all ten members of his immediate family, including his wife, two sons, daughters-in-law, and his five grandchildren. \u0026nbsp; The eldest son of thirteen children, Harlan was born on November 20, 1940 to Loris "Bill" Rudd and Ona "Angeline" Herteen at the Ottumwa Regional Hospital. He got his first job at R \u0026amp; L Truck Stop in Bloomfield, which started h...Read More

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George Steven Baires

May 21, 1991 - Feb 17, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of George Steven Baires, a beloved father, son, and brother. George was born on May 21, 1991, and unexpectedly left us on February 17, 2024. From his early days growing up in West Des Moines, IA, George was known for his jovial personality. He graduated from Valley High School in 2009, carving out a reputation as an individual who was not only smart but also funny and easy-going. George was someone who knew how to lighten any situation with his humor and warm presence. In 1998, he was blessed with a sister, Jasmine Oseguera, with whom he shared an inseparable bond. Their love and admiration for each other was a testament to George's innate ability to love unconditionally. George became a proud father for the first time in 2019 and again in 2023. His children, Nevaeh and Ruben Baires, were his pride and joy. His legacy of hard work and love will continue to live through them. George was a loving father who instilled in his children the importance of being true to oneself and the joy of living life fully. George leaves behind his loving parents, Edelmira Baires and Ruben Oseguera-Chavez, who nurtured the man he became. His loss will leave a void in their hearts that can never be filled. The family will honor George's life at a visitation service to be held on February 25th, 2024, at 1:00 PM. The outpouring of love for George affirms how much he was cherished and will be missed. His spirit, his laughter, his love for life - these are the things we will hold dear as we remember him. Con profunda tristeza anunciamos el fallecimiento de George Steven Baires, un querido padre, hijo y hermano. George nació el 21 de Mayo de 1991 y nos dejó inesperadamente el 17 de Febrero de 2024. Desde sus primeros días en West Des Moines, IA, George fue conocido por su personalidad jovial. Se graduó de Valley High School en 2009, labrándose una reputación como una persona que no solo era inteligente sino también divertida y tranquila. George era alguien que sabía cómo aligerar cualquier situación con su humor y su cálida presencia. En 1998, fue bendecido con una hermana, Jasmine Oseguera, con quien compartía un vínculo inseparable. Su amor y admiración mutuos era un testimonio de la capacidad innata de George para amar incondicionalmente. George se convirtió en un padre orgulloso por primera vez en 2019 y nuevamente en 2023. Sus hijos, Nevaeh y Ruben Baires, eran su orgullo y alegría. Su legado de trabajo duro y amor seguirá vivo a través de ellos. George fue un padre amoroso que inculcó a sus hijos la importancia de ser fiel a uno mismo y la alegría de vivir la vida plenamente. George deja atrás a sus queridos padres, Edelmira Baires y Rubén Oseguera-Chávez, quienes criaron al hombre en el que se convirtió. Su pérdida dejará un vacío en sus corazones que nunca podrá llenarse. La familia honrará la vida de George en un funeral que se llevará a cabo el 25 de febrero de 2024 a la 1:00 p.m. El gran amor por George afirma lo mucho que lo apreciamos y lo extrañaremos. Su espíritu, su risa, su amor por la vida: estas son las cosas que apreciaremos al recordarlo. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of George Baires, please visit our Tribute Store .

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Samuel Lee Heard Jr

Aug 30, 1960 - Feb 10, 2024

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null, IA

Samuel Lee Heard Jr was born on August 30 1960 to Samuel Lee Heard Sr. and Donna Jean (Clay) Heard. He graduated from Des Moines Technical High School and went on to join the United States Navy and received the Expeditionary Medal. Samuel, affectionately known as (June) was an avid fisherman and loved to spend time on the water. He enjoyed reading his bible, music, and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his father Samuel L Heard Sr, stepmother Patricia Howe- Heard, siblings, Bonita L. (Marvin) Heard-Harris, Michael L. Heard, Janine A. Heard, Kevin T. Heard, Pamela J. Heard, Youlanda M. (Martell) Bolden, Amos E. Heard, Jr (Monica)., Michelle D. Howe-Heard, and Mary L. (Anthony) Wells. His aunt Annette Heard, close special family friend Joleen Wolf. His children Destiny, Samuel Lee III, Tremere, Jamal, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a host of, nieces, nephews, other extended family, and friends.  Samuel was preceded in death by his mother Donna Jean (Clay) Heard. Grandparent’s  Thomas and Helen (Cross) Clay Sr, Jack C. Heard and Mina L. Heard Sr, and Marguerite E Howe. Uncle’s Robert Fowler, Malcom Guinn, Thomas N. Clay, Bernard B. Clay, James A. Clay, Jack Heard Jr, Donell Heard, Jesse Heard. Aunt’s Rose A. Edmonds, Darlene Woods, Dorothy M. Clay, Katherine Clay, Carol Craig Clay, Nora L Fowler, Shirley Guinn-Cotton. Stepfather James Oliver Lee, and brother Preston Cecil Scott.

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Lori Neal

Mar 05, 1955 - Feb 16, 2024

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West Des Moines, IA

Lori Neal, 68, of West Des Moines, passed away at the EveryStep Kavanaugh House after a lengthy battle with cancer. Lori was born on March 5, 1955 to Arvard and Wilma (Thomsen) Neal in Kearney, Nebraska. She attended high school in Kearney before receiving her bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska - Kearney. Lori worked as a manager at JCPenney for many years before making a career change. She went back to school to become a lab technician and worked at Broadlawns Medical Center, retiring in 2020. Lori enjoyed taking walks, going to the theater to watch plays and musicals, and listening to and attending rock concerts. She was also a huge Nebraska Cornhusker fan. Lori valued her friendships and family. Spending time with her grandchildren was a highlight of her life. Lori is survived by her two sons, Eric (Robin) Baer of Blue Springs, MO, and Collin (Stephanie) Baer of Lincoln, NE; brother, Tim (Kathy) Neal of Fort Collins, CO; sister, Pam (Doug) Reinert of West Des Moines; and 4 grandchildren, Justin, Tyler, Oliver, and Ellery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arvard and Wilma Neal. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Simplify Cremations and Funerals in Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.simplifyiowa.com.

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Paulette Louise McCarthy

Apr 18, 1944 - Feb 18, 2024

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West Des Moines, IA

Paulette Louise McCarthy, age 79, of West Des Moines, Iowa passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024.

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Joseph Allen Smith

Aug 15, 1933 - Feb 16, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

Joseph Allen Smith, age 90, of Des Moines, Iowa passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024. A visitation will be held Friday, February 23, 2024, from 5 - 7 p.m. at McLaren's Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines, Iowa. A funeral mass will be the next day at 10:00 AM at Saint Augustin's Catholic Church in Des Moines. Joe had a deep heart for the needs of people in the Des Moines community. As Vice President of Fundraising for the United Way of Central Iowa (1977-1988) Joe brought significant changes in planning, policy and corporate participation that helped grow and expand the level of giving and impact of the United Way in the Des Moines area. After United Way he worked endlessly to help non-profits with their fundraising campaigns and was particularly involved and fond of the Salisbury House. He worked for EMC Insurance Companies at the end of his career as Director of Community Relations. He was very giving to all and made it a point to make donations to many. Joe volunteered at a number of organizations, but was particularly committed to the Catholic Worker House. Over the years Joe mentored and encouraged countless young people to help them enter the world of business. Joe was an incredible storyteller with short stories being published in well-known Connecticut newspapers. The two most prominent works were Grimy the Griffin and Christmas Bridge at Birmingham. Joe wrote a Christmas story each year for over 50 years which he shared with family and friends. Joe was brilliant with the ability to read and speak seven languages and would many times refer to Greek and Latin backgrounds to terms and expressions. Much of his linguistic skill came from his early years at Catholic Seminary. One of his favorite hobbies was his library of old radio broadcasts; and it was something shared with and enjoyed by many. Joe was a lifelong learner, which he instilled in his children and later in life to his beloved grandchildren. Joe is survived by his wife, Judith Smith; sister, Angela Smith; children, Arthur (Renea) Smith, Mark (Shelly) Smith, David (Lisa) Smith, Helen (Jim) Lile, Ray (Ashley) Philips, Joy (Steve) Mulholland; grandchildren, Jessica Jimenez, Joel (Jessica) Smith, Ashley Smith, Jason (Beba) Saunders, Ryan Smith, Brandon Smith, Alexandria Smith, Victoria Smith, Andrew (Destiny) Lile, Jillian Lile, John Phillips, and Madeleine Phillips; many nieces, a nephew, and many great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Dolores B Smith; daughter, Mara Smith; mother, Ruby Smith; brother, John Michael Gill; sister-in-law Irene Fortunato; brothers-in-law John Fortunato and John Prano. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Salisbury House in Des Moines in memory of Joe.

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Rusty Michael Putnam

Dec 10, 1979 - Feb 19, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

Rusty Putnam, 44, of Afton, died Monday, February 19, 2024, at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines. Celebration of Life Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Powers Funeral Home in Afton. Pastor Mary O’Riley will officiate the service. Burial will be private. Open visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, prior to service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences can be given at www.powersfh.com.Rusty Michael Putnam was born on December 10, 1979, in Des Moines, Iowa. He was educated in Earlham schools and graduated with the class of 1997.Rusty first started working for Wilco Services, and through the years he worked a variety of construction and labor jobs, including the Chestnut Sign Company. Rusty also worked for the Afton Co-op and in his free time he enjoyed performing for locals as a musician.Rusty is survived by his mom and stepfather, Pam (Tim) Hunter of Afton; his son, Ryan (Allyson) Putnam of Winterset; his granddaughter, Octavia Putnam; his brother, Rob (Angela) Putnam of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; his stepbrother, Shane Hunter of Afton; his niece, Morgan Putnam; nephew, Tate Putnam; his step-grandmother, Dennise Hunter of West Des Moines; and many other extended family members.He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Beverly Love; step-grandfather, Pat Hunter; and step niece, Kylie Hunter.

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Bonnie Halterman Stoner

May 25, 1928 - Feb 15, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

What a dash! They say the beginning and ending dates don’t matter - what matters is the dash. Bonnie has had quite a dash. She has lived through the great depression, the civil rights movement, the sixties and flower power, and the technology age to a country now divided by politics. She made the most of her dash. Bonnie was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the only child of Lorrine Vonk and Marlin Linbloom. She was later adopted by her step-father, Arch Halterman. Bonnie was raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended East HIgh School where she met the love of her life, Jerry. She graduated in 1946. Bonnie and Jerold E Stoner were married June 12, 1949. She was a homemaker, running the house, entertaining, and offering love and guidance to her children all her life. She was an avid card player, especially bridge, and loved her Afghan Hounds - Caesar, MissyLou, and Tony, too. She was blessed with many amazing friends who shared in her life and loved her fiercely. Bonnie attended Lutheran Church of Hope with several of her close friends. Bonnie wore many hats and was known by many names to her loved ones - madre, mama, grandma, gram cracker and Bon. She will be greatly missed by those who love her still. Bonnie is survived by her son, Steven of Portugal, daughters Susan Emmerich (Joseph) of Jacksonville, Florida and Melinda Stoner (Margo) of Des Moines; eight grandchildren Sally Mitchell (Joe), Jill Freeburg (Max), Kristoffer Stoner (Amanda), Heidi Emmerich (Mike), Kara Mozolic (Garrett), Ryley Stoner, Khristina and Hezekiah Adams, and 24 great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Shirley Barker, and four nieces. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry, her son Jeffrey Stoner, and a stillborn son. Visitation for Bonnie will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Lutheran Church of Hope 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 11:00 am at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to AHeinz57 Pet Rescue in Bonnie’s name.

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Larry Aaron Conn

Feb 01, 1936 - Feb 15, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

"Larry Aaron Conn, age 88, of Pleasantville, died Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Wesley on Grand, Des Moines, Iowa. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wakonda Christian Church, 3938 Fleur Drive – Des Moines, IA 50321. Visitation with refreshments will be served one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Pleasantville Cemetery. Larry was born February 1, 1936 in Pleasantville the only child of Cash Stephen and Beulah Dabb Conn. He attended the local schools and graduated in 1953. Larry earned college degrees from Drake University and Northern Colorado University. He studied organ with Russell Saunders (Drake) and Evan Hilty (Colorado University). Larry was a music teacher at Twin Cedars Community School for 15 years. From 1972 until 1982 Larry was Division Manager of Personnel at the Federal Reserve Bank (Des Moines Office). In 1982 he became the Director of the Webb Shadle Memorial Library located in Pleasantville and retired after 32 years. Larry was an Organist and Pianist and served several Des Moines Churches and in particular the Wakonda Christian Church where he was a member and served as organist for 43 years. He was also Director of Music for 25 years and was honored by being named Deacon Emeritus in 1978, and organist Emeritus in 2015. Larry was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce in 2015. He inherited the love of gardening from his mother and father and continued to maintain vegetable and flower gardens for many years. He was a founding member of the Pleasantville Garden Club in 1989. Also he was a member of the Iowa Rose Society and the American Rose Society. One of Larry’s interests was the study of ancient civilizations. He did extensive travel to many of these sites including Mexico, Egypt, Rome, Greece, and all of Western Europe. Larry was also an avid Drake Basketball fan. Larry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by cousins and many friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Wakonda Christian Church or the Pleasantville Christian Church."

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Theodore Smith

Died : Mar 01, 2019

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Des Moines, IA

Ted passed at home, with wife Tracey by his side, after a nearly three year battle with renal cancer. A Celebration of Life open house will be from 6-10 p.m., Friday, March 1 at Christopher’s Restaurant in Beaverdale. A graveside service will be announced shortly. No shiny shoes or dress clothes allowed. In honor of Ted, please wear a Carhartt t-shirt, Packer's gear, or stinky old ball cap. He would want you all to be comfortable and just be yourselves. Nothing can be said about Ted that his family and many friends don’t already know. He was loved and admired so much and will be missed by all who knew him. We will joyfully keep his memory alive. Husband of 37 years and hero to wife Tracey. Role model to son Adam (Maria). Best Poppa in the world to Mary, Rose, Beau, and Wren. Loving Brother to Gretchen (Jim), Kathy (Troy), and Tim (Brandee). Loved son-in-law to Jerry and Joanne and brother-in-law to Mike and Arlene. Proud uncle to Brian (Alanah), Brent (Felicity), Brad (Leslie), Tobias, Ruby, Ryan, and Ben. Great uncle to Rylan. Preceded in death by father Duane and mother Janet. Special thanks to all of our family and friends who have been so supportive these past few years. Also, to the caring nurses and aides at Unity Point Hospice (you know who you are) who made our journey with cancer a little more bearable. Ted established bank accounts for each grandchild shortly after they were born. In lieu of flowers, please direct any memorial contribution to Ted's grandchildren. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Theodore Smith, please visit our Tribute Store .

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Susan J. Schreck

Apr 14, 1943 - Feb 15, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

Susan J. Schreck, 80, passed away with her family by her side on February 15, 2024 at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines. A gathering for friends and family will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2024 from 2-4pm at Iles Dunn’s Chapel, 2121 Grand Avenue, Des Moines. Susan was born April 14, 1943 in Dyersville, Iowa the daughter of Gregor and Armella (Spoden) Froehle. Her family moved to Des Moines in her early life and she graduated from Des Moines Tech High School (Central Campus). She retired from Power and Telephone Company, where she worked for over 15 years. Susan enjoyed sewing, reading, crafts, painting, bird watching and crocheting. Her most treasured time was being with her family. She was an active member of The Ancient and Honorable Order of the Turtles. She also enjoyed watching movies and was very dedicated to Wheel of Fortune. She is survived by her daughters, Deanna Malloy (Tony Biegger) and Christina Schreck both of Des Moines; grandchildren, Caitlyn (Jake) Goeller, Evan (Kenzi) Malloy all of Des Moines, Hanna (Anthony) Dixon of Cedar Rapids and Jeffrey Biegger of Des Moines; great grandson, Grayson Malloy; nieces and nephews, Kim Estelle, Kelly Rivera, Chris Meis and Kurt Meis and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Carol Meis. Memorial contributions may be directed to Special Olympics or the Des Moines Public Library Foundation. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com. Arrangements by Iles Dunn's Chapel To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Susan Schreck, please visit our Tribute Store .

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