Warren Charles Gass
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Warren C. Gass, 89, passed from this life on Monday, March 25, 2013, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. In agreement with Warren's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, located at 3663 - 66th Street in Urbandale. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.
Warren was born on November 9, 1923, in Lacona, IA, one of seven children to Fred G. and Esther V. (Smith) Gass. He was raised and grew up near Melcher, IA, where Warren was a graduate of Melcher High School. Warren was an army veteran of World War II, serving from January 1943, until he was honorably discharged in July 1944. During World War II, while he was serving, Warren also had four brothers who were serving around the same time. In August of 2010, Warren and his four brothers were all fortunate to experience and participate in one of the Honor Flights to Washington D.C. together.
On January 30, 1945, Warren was united in marriage to Elsie M. Odem in Portland, OR, and their marriage was blessed with two sons. After many years as a car salesman, at the age of 82, Warren retired from the former Benson Buick Dealership in Des Moines. Prior to the start of his career at the Buick Dealership downtown, Warren worked in various jobs, including TV installation and repair. He was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church; the Urbandale American Legion Post #663; and a proud supporter and donor of the Dowling Club for many years. Warren loved spending time with his family; he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of 68 years, Elsie Gass of Urbandale; two sons, Rick (Nancy) Gass of Urbandale and Reg (Cecilia) Gass of Des Moines; four brothers, Wayne Gass of Urbandale, Darrell Gass of Des Moines, Roger (Martha) Gass of Urbandale and Ronald (Margaret) Gass of Des Moines; two sisters, Shirley (Dennis) Hurley and Margie Pope both of Des Moines; seven grandchildren, Ted (Amy) Gass, Kristina (Tom) Draur, Stacy (Joseph) McMath, Ryan Gass (Alysa Adkins), Tim Gass, Scott Gass (Elizabeth Vaughn) and Tom Gass; and nine great-grandchildren. Warren was preceded into eternal life by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at Iles Funeral Homes, Westover Chapel in Des Moines, where a parish vigil service will begin at 7 p.m.
The family has respectfully requested that any memorial contributions be made to St. Pius X Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to IlesCares.com.
Published in Des Moines Register from Mar. 28 to Mar. 31, 2013