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Bailiff, John "Jack" - La Porte City And Formerly Of Corning  
John "Jack" Bailiff La Porte City and formerly of Corning John "Jack" Bailiff, age 82, of La Porte City, died Monday, February 23, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Friday, February 27, 2015 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Sycamore Street in La Porte City. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery in La Porte City with Full Military Honors. Public visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26 and after 10:00 a.m. on Friday, all at St. Paul United Methodist Church. La Porte City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com
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Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 27, 2015
Baker, Virginia (Death Notice) - Boone  
Virginia Baker, 90, Boone, died 02-26-2015. Arrangements: Schroeder Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 28, 2015
Ballard, Carole - Ankeny  
Carole Ballard Ankeny, Iowa Carole Ann Ballard, 83, a cherished and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister passed away on Saturday February 21 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. The oldest child of Sidney and Lois (MacHaffie) Hildreth, Carole was born in Des Moines on July 9, 1931. A lifelong resident of Ankeny, Carole graduated from Ankeny High School and AIB. Carole married the love of her life, Cecil Dwight "Tike" Ballard on August 31, 1949. Tike and Carole owned and operated Ballard's 66 for 33 years until their retirement in 1993. They enjoyed traveling, especially to their son's, Kirk, motorcycling racing events where they were his 'pit crew'. Their many memorable trips included Alaska, Florida, Arizona, Germany, Hawaii and snowmobiling in Yellowstone Park. Carole spent more than 80 summers at their family cabins at Lake Washburn near Outing, Minnesota where her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoyed many summers with their Nanny and Papa. Carole loved to play cards, Scrabble, go out to eat with friends and family, support her children and grandchildren by attending all of their school extra-curricular activities. She was an avid reader, a "sports enthusiast" and enjoyed watching college and pro football and basketball games. Carole remained active in her Town and Country Club with her friends for 60 years. Carole was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney and Lois Hildreth, and brother-in-law, Eddie Carr. Carole is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Tike Ballard; children, Julie (Bob) Shelquist, Diane (Keith) Petterson, Kirk (Nancy Tutor) Ballard; grandchildren, Katy (Justin) Loutsch, Lindsay (Ken) Norland, Courtney (Kiel) Huston, Ryan (Tasha) Petterson, Meredith (Reed) Weston, Sarah Rose Ballard; great-grandchildren, Kallie and Jack Loutsch, Riley and Cameron Norland, Harper and Quinn Huston, Brody and Jace Weston; brother Keith (Fran) Hildreth; sisters, Susan (Merle) Johnson, Nancy Carr, and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Carole's life will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, February 26, at Ankeny First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday at Ankeny Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Head for the Cure Foundation, (Brain Cancer Research). Online condolences and memories of Carole may be shared on her page at www.ankenyfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Des Moines Register from Feb. 24 to Feb. 26, 2015
Barakat, Mark - Des Moines  
Mark Barakat Des Moines Mark Abbas Barakat, 55, was born November 21,1959, to Ruth Lois and John S. Barakat, Sr., in Des Moines, Iowa, where he lived most of his adult life. He died of natural causes Tuesday, February 17, 2015, in Sheldahl, Iowa, while visiting family. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Tonini Funeral Home, 2135 SW 9th St., Des Moines, Iowa. Mark was a very warm and friendly person who loved people and his companion animals. He always brought laughter to his many friends and could strike up a conversation with anyone. For most of Mark's business life he owned and operated a successful carpet cleaning company. In retirement, Mark continued to work driving a taxi cab. Mark will be missed by everyone who knew him, especially his children who were the light of his life. He is survived by his children: Bradley, Crystal, and Loren Barakat; grandchildren: Matthew, Alexa, and Julian; his brother Douglas (Mary) Barakat; sisters: Lois Ichelson and his twin Ella Barakat; father John Barakat, Sr.; mother of his children and love of his life, Kim Letze; several cousins including Mary Ann Barakat, and four nieces. He was predeceased by his mother Ruth (Abbas) Barakat and his brother Dr. John Barakat, Jr.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 21, 2015
Barrett, Harold G. - Dallas Center  
Harold G. Barrett Dallas Center Harold G. Barrett, 94, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at Spurgeon Manor, Dallas Center. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 23, at Dallas Center United Methodist Church with interment at the Brethren Cemetery, Dallas Center. Harold was born on November 17, 1920, in Des Moines to Charles and Lepha (Cadwell) Barrett. He attended Waukee High School and Iowa State College majoring in Animal Husbandry. Harold joined FarmHouse Fraternity, where he made many lifelong farming friends. He was a member of the 1941 champion Iowa State Livestock Judging Team while in college. Harold married his college sweetheart Lilla Rossiter after their graduation from Iowa State in 1942. They settled on the family farm between Dallas Center and Waukee, where they lived together for 67 years, where Harold farmed for 70 years, and where they raised three sons. During his lifetime, Harold saw seismic changes in farming practices, from draft horses plowing the fields to computer-driven, GPS-directed tractors, planters and combines. Harold farmed with his son Tom, Tom's wife Judy, and a succession of hired hands. Harold's Century Farm encompassed some of the flattest, most fertile farmland found anywhere. On it, he grew corn, soybeans, oats and alfalfa hay and fed many high-quality black and crossbred cattle every year. In 1969 he was an early pioneer in livestock confinement buildings, when he built one of the first slotted floor cattle barns. One of his proudest moments was when his truckload of cattle topped the market at the Chicago Livestock Yards. In 2001, Harold and Lilla and Tom and Judy were honored to host a visit to their farm by President George W. Bush. Harold was an active member of the Dallas Center United Methodist Church. He served on the Board of Directors for the Waukee Co-op and was a lifelong member of the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association. For eight decades Harold was a loyal member of the Dallas Center Rotary Club, achieving 24 years perfect weekly attendance and being named its first Paul Harris Fellow in 1990. Harold and Lilla enjoyed camping in their travel trailer at Clear Lake and in the mountain states. He took great delight in rooting for Iowa State, especially the Cyclone basketball teams. Harold looked forward each year to attending the Iowa State Fair and checking out the newest farm equipment and watching (and judging) the livestock shows. He was the proud owner of a 1944 Indian Army Surplus motorcycle, which he rode until he was 91. Annually, he was among the first entrants in the Dallas Center Fall Festival parade. And on every Fourth of July, Harold could be counted on to ride his motorcycle in the Minburn parade in the morning and the Waukee parade in the afternoon, even in 90+ degree temperatures. Harold was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lilla, his sister Glenace Lounsberry and brother-in-law Vernon Lounsberry. Harold is survived by his sons Tom (Judy) Barrett of Dallas Center, Mark (Joan) Barrett of Ames, and Dan Barrett of Saint Louis, MO; nieces Brenda (Don) Blumberg and Carol Lorey; five grandchildren Cynthia (Curt) Wilson of Ponca City, OK, Christine (Steve) Westercamp of Farmington, IA, Jason (Magvilh) Barrett of Woodbury, MN, Chad Barrett and Holly of Johnston, IA, and Kate (Tim) Pleskac of Berlin, Germany; twelve great-grandchildren Tyler and Brock Wilson, Grace, Joy, Josiah, Nehemiah, Elijah, and Noah Westercamp, Beau and Cole Barrett, and Quinn and Liam Pleskac. The family will receive friends from 5 - 7 p.m. Sunday, February 22. at Iles-Brandt Chapel, Dallas Center. Memorials may be made to the Dallas Center United Methodist Church or the FarmHouse Fraternity Foundation. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com .
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Published in Des Moines Register from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, 2015
Beckett, Virginia Lee - West Des Moines  
Virginia Lee Beckett West Des Moines Virginia Lee Beckett, 90, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Kavanagh House in Des Moines. Virginia was born June 24, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa to Arnold J. and Evelyn (Heber) Ziegler. For the past few years, she has enjoyed her home at Edgewater Retirement Community in West Des Moines. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. Virginia and her sister, Jackie would visit their brothers in Arizona every winter and she always looked forward to those trips. Virginia is survived by her loving daughters, Barbara (Mike) Burch and Connie Storey; grandchildren, Molly (Jim), Brian, Kelly (Adam), and Gretchen; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Grace, Jacob, Alex, Haley, and Hannah; sister, Jackie Daykin of Dubuque, IA; and her brothers, Arnold (BeaAnn) Ziegler and Tom Ziegler of Tucson, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Beckett. Per her wishes, cremation has occurred. A celebration of life will be planned for a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to HCI Care Services, Kavanagh on 56th, 900 56th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 22, 2015
Benning, Teresa (Death Notice) - Avoca  
Teresa Benning, Avoca. Arrangements: Ohde Funeral Home.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 23, 2015
Berger, Diane D. - Coralville  
Diane D. Berger Coralville Diane D. Berger, 78, longtime resident of the Coralville area died Thursday, February 26, 2015, at the Windmill Manor Care Center in Coralville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held at 2pm Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Powell Funeral Home in Wellman, Iowa, where there will be a time of visitation one hour prior to the services. Burial will be at the Wellman Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in Diane's memory to support three causes near and dear to Diane and her family, Dialysis Care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Alzheimer's research and Hospice Compasses. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com . Diane Dolly Dressler was born January 20, 1937, in Des Moines, Iowa the daughter of Arnold B. and Mildred (Schoen) Dressler. Growing up in Des Moines, she attended schools there, graduating from Lincoln High School. On March 28, 1964, she was united in marriage to Harlan G. Berger at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. In addition to raising their family, Diane worked for Drs. Skaugstad and McLaughlin at their Coralville Medical Practice for over twenty years. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, she enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing cards, traveling throughout the United States, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, and stopping at the Casino! Diane was good natured, with a great sense of humor, very kind soul who always put her family and friends first. Her family includes her children; Bonnie Hogan; Dave Broadie (Cindy), Deb Negley (John), and Rick Berger (Judy); 11 grandchildren, Peter (Rebecca), Abigail, Chris, Ashley, Collin, Melissa (Nick), Brian, Jeremy, Emily, Max and Maddy; great-granddaughter, Henna; Diane's sister, Doreen Dressler; and her brother-in-law, Dennis Berger (Janice). She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harlan, grandson, Joseph, and son-in-law, Chuck Hogan. Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service and the Powell Funeral Home are caring for Diane's family and her services.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 28, 2015
Berridge, Kim Carl - Solon  
Kim Carl Berridge Solon Kim Carl Berridge, 60, of rural Solon and formerly of Des Moines died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with refreshments and fellowship following the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Solon Fire Department or Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com . Kim was born March 13, 1954 in Iowa City, the son of Carl and Ruby Jean (Long) Berridge. He graduated from Iowa City West High School and later Kirkwood Community College where he received his degree in welding. For over 30 years he worked as a welder and Lead Operator for the Williams Brothers Pipeline, which became Magellan Pipeline, in Iowa City and Des Moines. Kim loved his Harley's and working with his hands. He loved the land and cared for the environment and wildlife. Kim had a wicked sense of humor, was quick to laugh and was always willing to help someone in need. His family includes his mother, Ruby Jean Berridge; daughter, Shonna Stevenson (Chris); grandchildren, Cameryn, Ben and Cole; sister, Roxanne Vincent; nieces Erica and Lilly Vincent; and nephew, Brian Vincent. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Berridge; uncle, Terry Berridge; and aunt, Eunice Goodrich. Kim was one of a kind, and he will be missed by all that loved him.
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Published in Des Moines Register from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2015
Beye, Susan - Altoona  
Susan Beye Altoona Susan Theresa Beye, 68, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Susan was born February 26, 1946 in Des Moines to Gilbert and Winifred Bolten. She grew up in Des Moines and attended St. Joseph's Academy. On November 26, 1966 she married Gregory Beye and spent 49 years building a family and a home. Susan spent 30 years as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service and enjoyed the bonds she made there. Susan was a loyal friend to anyone that knew her and loved spending time with her family and friends. Susan is survived by her husband, Gregory; her daughter, Brenda; her two sons, Steve (Jenny) and Douglas (Kari); her two grandchildren, Gavin and Liam; her three brothers, Jim Bolten, Michael (Madeline) Bolten and Richard (Kathy) Bolten.; sister in law, Debra (Carl) Taylor; brother in law, Rick (Francesca) Beye; sister in law, Denise (Scott) Beye Rose Huntington and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joe Bolten and sister, Mary Ramirez. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00pm, Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Iles Grandview Park Chapel, a vigil service will follow. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, February 26 at Ss. John and Paul Catholic Church in Altoona. Private burial will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Taylor House Hospice.
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Published in Des Moines Register from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2015
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