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Sondra Sinclair

Jan 28, 1941 - Nov 23, 2023

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Des Moines, IA

Sondra Diane Sinclair, 82, of Des Moines, IA, passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2023, in Carlisle, IA. Sondra was born in Des Moines, IA, on January 28, 1941, the daughter of Burt Henry and Vonda Evelyn (Jones) Benson. She received her education in Des Moines and graduated from Des Moines Technical School in 1959. Sondra was united in marriage to Henry Sinclair on May 23, 1959, and they made their home all their married life in Des Moines. Sondra worked as a file clerk for Washington Square...Read More

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Richard Eugene Prettyman

May 28, 1947 - Feb 25, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

On the Afternoon of February 25, 2024, Richard "Rick" Eugene Prettyman passed away Peacefully in the presence of family. After a hard fight with Cancer at Broadlawns Medical Center, IA. Richard was 76 years old.Richard was Born Guthrie Center, IA on May 28, 1947 to Opal and Howard Prettyman. He spent most of his years around the Metro and graduated at North High School in 1965.Richard loved his dog Babygirl, and always had to have his radio playing. He spent a lot of time with his Granddaughters, working on many projects, all his cars and loved church every Sunday.Richard was a active member of his community and would do anything to help others. Always wanted to save the planet by going Green. He was a friend to all.Richard is preceded in death by his Mother Opal, and his Father Howard.He is Survived by His Children, Nathan, Hannah, Luke, and Levi. His grandkids, Keylee, Alexis, Makayla, Teddy, Brooklyn and many Friends.A Celebration Of Life will be held on Saturday, March 9 2024, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Las Americas United Methodist Church, Des Moines, lowa. A private burial of cremains will be held in Guthrie Center at a future date.Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Las Americas United Methodist Church.

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Christopher Newman

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Des Moines, IA

A gathering of remembrance will be held on Friday, March 8, 2024 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. at Simplify Cremations and Funerals (4821 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315). Check back for a complete obituary

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Lea J. Reeve

May 30, 1925 - Mar 01, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

Lea J. Reeve, age 98, of Des Moines, Iowa passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024. A visitation for Lea will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at McLaren's Resthaven Chapel, 801 19th St, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265. Following the visitation will be a celebration of life at 11:00 AM at McLaren's Resthaven Chape, 801 19th St, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265. Lea will be laid to rest in McLaren's Resthaven Chapel & Mortuary & Resthaven Cemetery, 801 19th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265-3303.

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Scott Allan Dickson

Sep 06, 1961 - Feb 26, 2024

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West Des Moines, IA

Scott Allan Dickson, 62, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, February 26, 2024, in West Des Moines, Iowa. Scott was born on September 6, 1961, in Des Moines. He graduated from Adel-DeSoto High School in 1979.Scott began his professional career as a clothing salesman, then went on to sell computers and software at Dell and Apple Computers. His jobs took him to several cities before he finally landed in Austin, Texas. Scott loved the exciting lifestyle of Austin and many of his friends lived nearby. And he could play golf every day of the year! But distance did not keep him from his family and friends back home. Scott flew or drove back to Iowa on frequent occasions to reconnect with everyone. Often, bringing his sidekick Louis with him. Of course, the annual Adel Sweetcorn Festival would not have been the same without Scott!After nearly 40 years as a record-setting salesman, Scott finally retired to enjoy life and create memories doing the things he loved. Scott was an avid golfer and fanatical about Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns football. He loved laughing, joking, and spending time surrounded by family and friends. Everyone had a place in Scott’s heart and he in theirs. Scott was loved by many and will be missed by them all. Scott is survived by his father, Norman; two brothers, Randy and James; two nephews, Ryan and Clint; two nieces, Kelli Tutwiler and Janelle Ryan; numerous cousins; and a special friend, Kim (Penfield) Van Pelt, who helped Scott during some challenging times.Scott was predeceased by his mother, Karal Ann Potter; stepfather, Charles Potter; sister Kelly Elizabeth Moffitt; and nephew, Harley James Dickson. Services will be held at the Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, 735 South 14th Street, Adel, Iowa, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. Visitation will begin at 10 am. Funeral services are at 11 am followed by burial at the Oakdale Cemetery in Adel.Scott would love any donations to be made to Pug Rescue at https://donate.rescueme.org/pug

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Gary Bill Schippers

Mar 26, 1946 - Feb 24, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

77, will be buried with full honors, a 21 gun salute with a flag presentation by the Air Force to his surviving son Justin Schippers at the Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa on March 29th, 2024, at 2p.m. Please gather at the Chapel. ALL ARE WELCOME to attend...Gary lived his life according to that creed. Gary Bill Schippers, was born to Milton and Rose (Smith) Schippers on March 26, 1946, was ushered into Heaven on February 24,2024. Gary was met by those who preceded him. The loving arms that welcomed him home included his parents and siblings, Marilyn, Virginia, Jacqueline and Rebecca, more recently having passed his wife of 20 years Anna (Benac) in 2019, his son Joshua in 2020 (aka Big Ship), his son-in law Noe (Castillo) in 2020 and his granddaughter Dallis (Harrison) in 2019. Although Gary had a hard time showing his affection, he held his family close to his heart and made that clear by his support to them throughout the years. Those who will honor Gary's life and legacy are countless: SaraJane and (John) Ratcliff and their children-Jerney, Megan and Rayna (Shores) and Mikhail (Ratcliff) Gina Castillo and children- Christian (Delani) Kelso, Vianna, Sofia, Riley and great grandkids Zoe and Ethan (Lund) Camielle and (Joshua) Schippers and child Olivia Justin and (Lacy) Schippers and children Mackenzie ( mother Jamie Weter), Jacob, grand-daughter Danielle (Hobbs-Harrison) and great grandchildren: Gema (Reeves) and Aglaia (Harrison) Gary was especially close to his nephew Curtis Johns who always took the time to reach out and see how Gary was doing or host Gary on his trips trucking across America. There would not be enough space to contain the names of all of Gary's friends, however Buddy Shaw was a friend of over 35 years and a fellow Veteran. They spent a majority of their time tearing up card tables and shooting dice or hanging out at Buddy's Bar in downtown Des Moines. Virgil Henning and Don "Milton the Monster" Little were a part of almost every story (my dad could remember) from the 60s and 70s hanging out at the pool hall or drag racing Gary's 1965 Mustang he took pride in having ordered out of the magazine. The stories he would tell about that car and the ones told to his kids by retired deputies who knew Gary well, too well, are cherished memories that will be passed down for generations. Gary the youngest of five siblings and the only boy, was adored by his older sisters Marilyn, Virginia and Jackie but being closer in age to Becky he was especially close to her but never forgave her for throwing sand at him which got caught between his eyes and his glasses...it was a lot of sand! He and Becky both loved re-telling that story of course in their own versions! It should be mentioned Gary and his father-in-law Vincent Benac were close and spent most Saturdays having coffee together after Vince would wake Gary up doing figure 8s with his El Camino "Your Dad is here Anna..." as he rolled out of bed to put the coffee on in their first home in Aurora Park prior to having children. The Schippers kids were raised in an immaculate home in Newton while both Milton and Rose supported the family through their employment at Maytag. Gary was very proud of his parents. Gary graduated from Newton Senior High, attended art school for a while until he enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He worked a rivet gun turning sheet metal into the bodies of planes. Gary married Anna Benac in 1971 but not before completing his confirmation at the white steeple Lutheran church on First Avenue. Gary and Anna moved to Longmont, Colorado with their infant daughter Sara (born in '74)) so Gary could try his hand as a salesman and be near to family in the area. They soon returned to Iowa to live in Sully. Their second daughter Gina was born in '78. Gary was kind of upset that Gina was born a girl and walked out of the hospital after finding out (her sister loved to re-tell that story). Gary and Anna later moved to Newton above the pool hall where they lived when Joshua, Garys first son and third child was born in '79. Gary had his son at long last. By the time Gary's son Justin was born, in '81, they lived in a small home on 4th Avenue. Gary wanted a baseball team of kids. 4 was the total when said and done. Gary and Anna raised their children in Newton, Iowa until their divorce in 1992. Anna and Gary loved to bowl, dance and have a "good time". Gary would take his kids sledding at their grandparents home across from the gun club eating Leolas "dry" peanut butter fudge, Leola (Benac) would give Gary crap right back telling him "If you want creamy fudge, make it yourself Gary." Gary was never one to withhold criticism when it came to food and loved to give Leola a hard time. They both found joy in it. Gary and his kids spent many a snowy evening doing figure 8’s in the mall parking lot after hanging out at the arcade inside the Newton Mall. Riding on his lap steering the Monte Carlo though Maytag Park was a pastime they will hold near and dear. We are all better drivers because of our dad. Gary loved all his children yet his oldest SaraJane was nearer and dearer. She cared for Gary at the end of his life. Prior to that stage Sara Jane took on Gary's business needs for his business, Schippers Trucking, while also watching over his home and beloved pitbull Sugar, while Gary was over the road. "Asphalt Gary" spent over 40 years driving over the road and received a final call on CB radio. Hearing all the trucks honk their horns in his honor was a magical moment. Prior to running his own trucking business, Gary worked at Manatts in Newton on the road crew learning every machine they had. In the 90s Gary went on to work as a lab tech at Des Moines Asphalt until a conflict of interests and safety compelled him to cash in his retirement and buy his first big rig to drive all year round. 18 wheels and 18 gears and millions of miles...his story is told at countless truck stop diners. He is a legend in the trucking industry. Gary was a member of the LGBTQ community in Des Moines, Iowa. Out donating Wells Fargo and Hy-Vee, Gary aided in establishing the Michael Shepherd scholarship, taking a stand against hate crimes. Gary's support of friends and family was not only monetary although it cannot be argued he was a giver. If one of his kids, grand-kids or friends found themselves without a place to lay their head there was never a doubt that Gary would open up his 4 bedroom home and kitchen cupboards to those in need. Gary invested in buying more semis over the years and when he survived a stroke in 2019, he made sure his drivers were titled their big rigs so they "could continue making an income and take care of their families" Gary was an overcomer beating pancreatic cancer in 2014, radiation poison from treatment. Gary also beat heart attacks and strokes throughout the years after. Gary was an HIV/AIDS survivor. He made contributions to the HIV/AIDS community that many will never know of. Grandpa Gary supported his grandchildren by providing funding for immunizations, school supplies and he didn't skip a beat to buy them tickets to Adventureland or their first car. Gary loved and is loved. He will be missed by all who knew him however his legacy of love and sacrifice will live on in the stories he told and those told of him...did I mention his laugh? Iconic!

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Gary Bill Schippers

Mar 26, 1946 - Feb 24, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

77, will be buried with full honors, a 21 gun salute with a flag presentation by the Air Force to his surviving son Justin Schippers at the Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa on March 29th, 2024, at 2p.m. Please gather at the Chapel. ALL ARE WELCOME to attend...Gary lived his life according to that creed. Gary Bill Schippers, was born to Milton and Rose (Smith) Schippers on March 26, 1946, was ushered into Heaven on February 24,2024. Gary was met by those who preceded him. The loving arms that welcomed him home included his parents and siblings, Marilyn, Virginia, Jacqueline and Rebecca, more recently having passed his wife of 20 years Anna (Benac) in 2019, his son Joshua in 2020 (aka Big Ship), his son-in law Noe (Castillo) in 2020 and his granddaughter Dallis (Harrison) in 2019. Although Gary had a hard time showing his affection, he held his family close to his heart and made that clear by his support to them throughout the years. Those who will honor Gary's life and legacy are countless: SaraJane and (John) Ratcliff and their children-Jerney, Megan and Rayna (Shores) and Mikhail (Ratcliff) Gina Castillo and children- Christian (Delani) Kelso, Vianna, Sofia, Riley and great grandkids Zoe and Ethan (Lund) Camielle and (Joshua) Schippers and child Olivia Justin and (Lacy) Schippers and children Mackenzie ( mother Jamie Weter), Jacob, grand-daughter Danielle (Hobbs-Harrison) and great grandchildren: Gema (Reeves) and Aglaia (Harrison) Gary was especially close to his nephew Curtis Johns who always took the time to reach out and see how Gary was doing or host Gary on his trips trucking across America. There would not be enough space to contain the names of all of Gary's friends, however Buddy Shaw was a friend of over 35 years and a fellow Veteran. They spent a majority of their time tearing up card tables and shooting dice or hanging out at Buddy's Bar in downtown Des Moines. Virgil Henning and Don "Milton the Monster" Little were a part of almost every story (my dad could remember) from the 60s and 70s hanging out at the pool hall or drag racing Gary's 1965 Mustang he took pride in having ordered out of the magazine. The stories he would tell about that car and the ones told to his kids by retired deputies who knew Gary well, too well, are cherished memories that will be passed down for generations. Gary the youngest of five siblings and the only boy, was adored by his older sisters Marilyn, Virginia and Jackie but being closer in age to Becky he was especially close to her but never forgave her for throwing sand at him which got caught between his eyes and his glasses...it was a lot of sand! He and Becky both loved re-telling that story of course in their own versions! It should be mentioned Gary and his father-in-law Vincent Benac were close and spent most Saturdays having coffee together after Vince would wake Gary up doing figure 8s with his El Camino "Your Dad is here Anna..." as he rolled out of bed to put the coffee on in their first home in Aurora Park prior to having children. The Schippers kids were raised in an immaculate home in Newton while both Milton and Rose supported the family through their employment at Maytag. Gary was very proud of his parents. Gary graduated from Newton Senior High, attended art school for a while until he enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He worked a rivet gun turning sheet metal into the bodies of planes. Gary married Anna Benac in 1971 but not before completing his confirmation at the white steeple Lutheran church on First Avenue. Gary and Anna moved to Longmont, Colorado with their infant daughter Sara (born in '74)) so Gary could try his hand as a salesman and be near to family in the area. They soon returned to Iowa to live in Sully. Their second daughter Gina was born in '78. Gary was kind of upset that Gina was born a girl and walked out of the hospital after finding out (her sister loved to re-tell that story). Gary and Anna later moved to Newton above the pool hall where they lived when Joshua, Garys first son and third child was born in '79. Gary had his son at long last. By the time Gary's son Justin was born, in '81, they lived in a small home on 4th Avenue. Gary wanted a baseball team of kids. 4 was the total when said and done. Gary and Anna raised their children in Newton, Iowa until their divorce in 1992. Anna and Gary loved to bowl, dance and have a "good time". Gary would take his kids sledding at their grandparents home across from the gun club eating Leolas "dry" peanut butter fudge, Leola (Benac) would give Gary crap right back telling him "If you want creamy fudge, make it yourself Gary." Gary was never one to withhold criticism when it came to food and loved to give Leola a hard time. They both found joy in it. Gary and his kids spent many a snowy evening doing figure 8’s in the mall parking lot after hanging out at the arcade inside the Newton Mall. Riding on his lap steering the Monte Carlo though Maytag Park was a pastime they will hold near and dear. We are all better drivers because of our dad. Gary loved all his children yet his oldest SaraJane was nearer and dearer. She cared for Gary at the end of his life. Prior to that stage Sara Jane took on Gary's business needs for his business, Schippers Trucking, while also watching over his home and beloved pitbull Sugar, while Gary was over the road. "Asphalt Gary" spent over 40 years driving over the road and received a final call on CB radio. Hearing all the trucks honk their horns in his honor was a magical moment. Prior to running his own trucking business, Gary worked at Manatts in Newton on the road crew learning every machine they had. In the 90s Gary went on to work as a lab tech at Des Moines Asphalt until a conflict of interests and safety compelled him to cash in his retirement and buy his first big rig to drive all year round. 18 wheels and 18 gears and millions of miles...his story is told at countless truck stop diners. He is a legend in the trucking industry. Gary was a member of the LGBTQ community in Des Moines, Iowa. Out donating Wells Fargo and Hy-Vee, Gary aided in establishing the Michael Shepherd scholarship, taking a stand against hate crimes. Gary's support of friends and family was not only monetary although it cannot be argued he was a giver. If one of his kids, grand-kids or friends found themselves without a place to lay their head there was never a doubt that Gary would open up his 4 bedroom home and kitchen cupboards to those in need. Gary invested in buying more semis over the years and when he survived a stroke in 2019, he made sure his drivers were titled their big rigs so they "could continue making an income and take care of their families" Gary was an overcomer beating pancreatic cancer in 2014, radiation poison from treatment. Gary also beat heart attacks and strokes throughout the years after. Gary was an HIV/AIDS survivor. He made contributions to the HIV/AIDS community that many will never know of. Grandpa Gary supported his grandchildren by providing funding for immunizations, school supplies and he didn't skip a beat to buy them tickets to Adventureland or their first car. Gary loved and is loved. He will be missed by all who knew him however his legacy of love and sacrifice will live on in the stories he told and those told of him...did I mention his laugh? Iconic!

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Dr. Walter Donald Felker

Jul 11, 1927 - Feb 25, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

Dr. Watler Donald Felker passed away on February 25, 2024 at Wesley on Grand in Des Moines, Iowa. Walter Donald Felker was born July 11, 1927 to Walter Alvin and Bertha Bernice (Morrow) Felker, at their farm home in Lewis County, Missouri. He attended Liberty Township School and then Williamstown High school for one year. Sophomore year of high school was at Central Catholic High School in East St. Louis. His family moved to Ottumwa, Iowa and Don graduated from Catholic Central Boys High School in 1945. Immediately after graduating he enlisted in the Navy and was sent to boot Camp at the Naval Training Center Great Lakes in Illinois on July 4, 1945. He was Seaman 1st Class in the USNRs and served at the small craft facility in San Francisco Bay. He was honorably discharged on August 19, 1946. Upon returning home he discovered his Mother had enrolled him in St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, so off he went to further his education during the fall semester of 1946. In 1949 he was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa after completing six semesters at St. Ambrose and one summer session at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Don and Donna (Jean Cavanaugh) were married on December 27, 1950 in Ottumwa. Campus housing for married students in Pammel Court was their home in Ames until Don graduated in 1953. Doc set up a practice in Carroll, Iowa but in a few months accepted an offer to join a veterinary practice in Manning, Iowa. Doc Felker was a highly respected veterinarian in the Manning area until 1987 when he accepted an appointment as State Veterinarian of Iowa. He served in this role until 1999. In 1987 Don and Donna moved to Ankeny where he resided until now. His proudest accomplishment as state vet was devising and implementing the program that eradicated the swine disease pseudorabies from the State of Iowa. Don was also an active member of his church and community. At Sacred Heart Parish in Manning he was a lector and church trustee, in Ankeny he was also a lector and achieved the level of Fourth Degree in the Knights of Columbus. The Holstein Museum in Manning was one of his special interests. Also in Manning he was a member of the Manning Development Association and was especially proud of his role in establishing the Municipal Housing Agency of Manning. He and Donna belonged to the Iowa State University Gentle Doctor Society. Doc had developed close friends over the years with those who shared his professional and hobby life. He told many endearing stories about being a veterinarian and living in Manning, fishing in Canada, pheasant hunting, playing bridge, volunteering at church, golfing, the Knights of Columbus and traveling as State Veterinarian. Don was respected for his problem solving mechanical abilities, seemingly able to fix anything with paper clips and rubber bands. He told his daughters he could fix anything but a broken heart. Don was preceded in death by his wife Donna of 59 years, his parents, his sister Norma Frances Felker Mottet, a brother Paul Edward who died in infancy and his brother-in-law George Cavanaugh and his wife Rose. Don is survived by his four daughters and their families, Kathryn Therese Warneke of Elk River, MN and her family Julie Kallemeyn (John) and their children Odin, Elliotte and Rosaline, Hallie Warneke (Kazem Sodoughi) and their daughter Leila, and Donald and Rachel Polecke.; Anne Patrice Felker (Norm Hockett) of Ames, Iowa and her family Jennifer and Mark diOrio, their daughter Gwendolyn and Thomas Hockett; Mary Cecile Sibbing (Larry) of Hamilton, Illinois and her family Elizabeth Gudgel (Andrew) and their children Joseph, Anna and Lucy, Emily Watson (Bill) and their children Theo and Mara. Kendall and Cherish Sibbing and their son Eli, plus a babe due in August; Norine Lucille Moulsoff (James) of St. Paul, Minnesota. His sister’s daughters Delores Wellman (John), their daughter Anne Schwemm(Michael) and their children Will and Amelia and their son John, and DIanne O’Connell (Dan). George’s children Chris Cavanaugh, Craig and Karen Cavanaugh, Curt Cavanaugh, Cary Cavanaugh, Cecile (Cavanaugh) Gustafson, and Charles and Tammy Cavanaugh. The family is deeply grateful for all the caregivers from Care by April, Wesley on Grand and especially, Barbara Walters. A funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, May 31, 10:30 am at St. Luke’s Church in Ankeny, Iowa. At 9:00 am a visitation will precede the Mass. A graveside service will be celebrated on Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 am at St. Patrick Cemetery in St. Patrick, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the organizations below: Congregation of The Humility of Mary www.chmiowa.org. Dad credited these Nuns with giving him a superior high school education or the Shrine of Saint Patrick Saint Patrick, MO https://saintpatrickshrine.com, This is for cemetery upkeep and restoration of old headstones, plus this is the home of our Felker family plot. After going to the web site, go to Menu, scroll down to the Red Donate Online button, scroll down to Blue button, select either Cemetery Fund or Gravestone Restoration.

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Dean Young

Oct 27, 1939 - Feb 24, 2024

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Des Moines, IA

Dean Young (84) passed away peacefully on February 24, 2024, at his home surrounded by his loving family. A public visitation will be held on March 5, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (2926 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310) with a funeral mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery (400 NW 54th Ave. Des Moines, IA 50313)Harry Dean Young was born on October 27, 1939, in Evanston, Illinois, to Helen Angela Baumgarten and John Long. Later in life, Helen would meet Frederick Charles Young who would take him as his own and adopt him. The family would later relocate to Des Moines, Iowa, where Dean was raised by his grandparents, attended North High School, graduating with the class of 1958. As a young boy, Dean enjoyed raising rabbits with his grandfather where he learned about genetics, enabling him to breed award winning rabbits. As a young adult, he worked with judges at the state fair.Upon graduation from high school, Dean went to work as a meat cutter for Pidgeon’s with his grandfather. Later, he went on to work over 20 years with Dahls until his back injury in 1986. While rehabbing from his back injury, Dean was able to focus on his original love for woodworking. Dean was eventually able to turn his love for woodworking into a business with the love and support of his family. Prior to opening a store front, Dean traveled the country with his family doing craft shows.On May 17, 1975, Dean and Cheryl Ann Ewald were united in marriage at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. And to this union, they were blessed with three children; Victor, Melissa and Suzanne. The family would continue to make their home in the Des Moines area to raise their family. Upon retirement, Dean went to work part-time at Hy-Vee. Dean also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.Dean is preceded in death by his mother, Helen; natural father, John and adoptive father, Frederick as well as his beloved grandparents, Fred and Mabel Young.Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Cheryl; children, Victor (Stacy) Young, Melissa King, Suzanne (Gary) Young; grandchildren, Christian King, Donovan Young, Makaila King, Ashlyn King and Nathaniel King and half-sister, Helen W. Young.Memorial contributions can be made to the family towards the purchase of a plaque to be placed at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in the rabbit and poultry building where Dean was superintendent during the fair.

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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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