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Baker, Joyce Ann - Des Moines  
Joyce Ann Baker Des Moines Joyce Ann (Wells) Baker was born on May 30, 1939 in Guthrie, Iowa to George Albert (Sonny) & Rosa Hulda (Anderson) Wells. She is survived by her loving husband Carl Dean Baker, and their children Linda (Bruce) Agan, Diane (Jim Moon) Wagner, Cindy (Matt) Fleagle, Julie (Dan) Gibson and Roy Baker. Joyce had 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and loved each one of them dearly. Joyce loved to keep busy and stayed that way her entire life. She had many different careers throughout her lifetime. UFS hired Joyce full-time once Cindy started kindergarten. There she started out working as a teller, then became a mortgage loan officer and then held various other positions, and ended up becoming the first female vice president of the bank. During some of that time at UFS in the early years she worked two jobs, typing mortgage abstracts at night for American Abstract. It was during her early years at the bank that she met and married Carl (Dean) Baker who was the love of her life and they married on January 1, 1974. The bank eventually closed after Joyce worked there for twenty-five years. Joyce was also a member, and held various board positions in Civitan. After the bank closed, began the start of Joyce and Dean's entrepreneurial endeavors—consisting of car washes/car wash supplies, coin changer repair and sales, laundromat, rental properties, and a mobile home park. They bought and built their first car wash in 1987. Shortly after that purchased a Laundromat in Highland Park. They went on to own several car washes. In 1996, Joyce and Dean started participating in RAGRAI and bought an RV to stay in during the ride. For 15 years. Joyce drove the RV, and Dean rode RAGBRAI with 10 close friends who stayed in the RV and camped alongside them. Joyce took care of the RV, did laundry, made most of the meals and met the bikers at the start and the finish line every day of the RAGRAI journey. Joyce was very compassionate and caring and used her vast knowledge to help others less fortunate than her. She was always just a phone call away. Other hobbies Joyce enjoyed during her spare time were working on her rental properties, going to the casino, excursions with her sisters, and helping with the grandkids and great grandkids. Joyce and Dean were married for 41 happy years, from 1974 to 2015. She will be thought of every day and greatly missed by all. "She was small, but she was a giant!"
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Published in Des Moines Register from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2015
Belt, Lloyd W. - Des Moines  
Lloyd W. Belt Des Moines Mr. Lloyd W. Belt, 74, passed away January 20, 2015. Funeral services for Mr. Belt will be held Today, Saturday, January 24th at 11 am at Maple Street Baptist Church. Lloyd is survived by his wife, Penny Brown; his children, Loleta, Lloyd Jr. and Phylicia; 2 grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.
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Published in Des Moines Register from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2015
Bender, Phyllis (Death Notice) - Glidden  
Phyllis Bender, Glidden. Arrangements: Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 26, 2015
Bishop, Jim - Mt. Pleasant  
Jim Bishop Mt. Pleasant James B. "Jim" Bishop, 74, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tue., Jan. 20, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.. Services will be 2 PM Sun., Jan. 25 at the 1st United Methodist Church, 309 N. Main Street, Mt. Pleasant with the Rev. Deborah J. Stowers officiating. Committal services will be 1 PM Mon. at the Evergreen Cemetery, Britt, Iowa. Visitation will be 4-6 PM on Sat. at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, with a public Masonic Service at 6 PM Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com James was born April 29, 1940 in Manchester, IA, the son of Frank and Pearl (Rice) Bishop. He graduated from Earlville High School, received his BA degree from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, and his MA degree from Drake University in Des Moines. On Aug. 9, 1964 Jim married Gloria Jean Wise. Jim taught at Altoona High School, was a Guidance Counselor at Southeast Polk High School and later an Administrator in the Admissions Dept. of the DMACC in Ankeny. He then became an Area Field Manager for Cargill Seed Company Survivors include his wife, Gloria of Mt. Pleasant; 2 children - Karla (Kelly) Mick of New Sharon, IA and Clark (Amy) Bishop of Ankeny, IA; 6 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter 1 brother - David (Denise) Bishop of Jesup, IA; a sister-in-law - Marie (Gerald) Blumhagen of Castalia, IA and several nieces and nephews. His parents, a son in infancy - Brent James Bishop and a brother, Herb Bishop, precede Jim in death.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 24, 2015
Blair, Dick (Death Notice) - Vail  
Dick Blair, Vail. Arrangements: Pfannebecker Funeral Home.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 25, 2015
Booth, Vera E. - Des Moines  
Vera E. Booth Des Moines Vera E. Booth, 85, was born July 27, 1929 to John and Leona Vonnahme in Mount Carmel, Iowa. She passed away at Mercy Hospice in Johnston on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Vera was a loving mother and grandmother who treasured her family and their time together. Vera is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Tammy) Booth, Christi (Jerry) Irelan, and Michele (David) Darrah; two grandchildren, Jessica (Chris) Burke and Matthew (Amanda) Booth; great-grandchildren, Hudson Burke and Aaryn Booth; siblings, Gladys Steinkamp and Lyle (Lorraine) Vonnahme; as well as other loving relatives and many special friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland; her parents; brothers, Leon and LeRoy Vonnahme, and her sister, Alice Schmidt. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Ave., Des Moines, with a memorial service to begin at 10:00 a.m. A private burial will be held at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice in Johnston or the Alzheimer's Association in loving memory of Vera. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 23, 2015
Borgen, Dr. Joseph "Joe" - Bella Vista, Arkansas  
Dr. Joseph Borgen Bella Vista, Arkansas Dr. Joseph (Joe) A. Borgen passed away January 21, 2015, with his devoted wife, Deborah Ivis Borgen by his side. Joe was born December 14, 1940, the son of Norris and Gertrude (Felde) Borgen in Viroqua, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a B.S. and M.S. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout he completed additional graduate studies at the University of Michigan and received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Champaign. Before his retirement Joe served as President and CEO of Des Moines Area Community College for 20 years, where he led a significant expansion of the College, while working closely with business leaders in Economic Development. Joe was often described as a visionary. Prior to his tenure at DMACC, he served as President and CEO of Danville Community College. In his free time, he enjoyed travel, fishing, hiking, biking, reading and spending time with family and friends. Joe is survived by his wife, Deborah of Bella Vista, AR; children, Christine Borgen (Chris Eaborn) of Geneva, Switzerland; Kevin Borgen (Dung Nguyen) of San Diego, CA; Amy Roberts of Mahomet, IL and Michael Cleff of Lafayette, IN; his twin, Mary Ankerberg of Wauwatosa, WI; four grandchildren, Ryan and Keaton Roberts and Annabel and Oliver Eaborn. He is also survived by his in-laws, Leonard and Donna Ivis of Parker, CO; Dave Ivis (Jean) of Parker, CO; Dan Ivis of Boone, IA; Jerry Bernholtz (Dianne), New Virginia, IA; and Sherry Renze (Jerry) of Carroll, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents and seven siblings precede him in death. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 3:30 until 5:30pm at St. Stephen Catholic Church Chapel in Bentonville, AR. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5:30pm in the Sanctuary. Services are under the care of Callison-Lough Funeral Home, Bentonville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to, DMACC Foundation, Dr. Joseph A. Borgen Endowment Fund; 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd., Building 22, Ankeny, IA 50023. Online condolences can be made at www.callisonlough.com .
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Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 27, 2015
Boyd, Michael William - Altoona  
Michael William Boyd Altoona Mike Boyd, 57, was born June 1, 1957 in Garner, Iowa to William and Betty Boyd. He passed away suddenly Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Mike worked for American Concrete for 10 years and enjoyed horses, riding motorcycles, being outdoors and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Dawn Chapin; children, Shane (Annie), Justin (Michelle), and Ashley (Luke Daughenbaugh); step-daughter, Nicole Chapin; nine grandchildren; siblings, Rod, Patti, Rocky (Pat), and Debbie (Steve) Cave; as well as his nieces, nephews, many special relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death his parents and his daughter, Shannon. Family will begin greeting friends at 9:00 a.m. Friday, January 23, 2015, with a celebration of life scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m., at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines. Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 22, 2015
Brewer, Margaret Mary "Maggie" - Des Moines  
Margaret "Maggie" Mary Brewer Des Moines Margaret "Maggie" Mary Brewer, 75, died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at The Careage of Newton. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Maggie is survived by her children, Mike (Maria) Sorick and Jennifer Bendgen; grandchildren, John, Caitlin and Thomas Sorick and Jacob Bendgen; sisters, Patricia Chiu and Kathleen Neill; dear friend, Lonnie; and nieces and nephews. Maggie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Brewer; daughter, Kathleen Sorick; and brothers, Timothy and Henry Rogers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Charities. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com
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Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 27, 2015
Brouelette, Eleanor J. - Grand Junction  
Eleanor J. Brouelette Polk City Eleanor J. Brouelette, 75, of Polk City passed away at home peacefully with her family January 25, 2015. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., January 29, 2015 at St. Paul Presbyterian Church (6426 Merle Hay Rd). Eleanor was born March 20, 1939 in Los Angeles, CA to Raymond and Mary Peterson. She graduated from Manual Arts High School. In 1963 she was married to David Brouelette in Las Vegas. Together they had 3 children. In 1977 they moved to Grand Junction, CO where they made their home until 2007, before moving to Polk City. She enjoyed reading, gardening, spending time with her family, and her dog "Daisy". She was a Deacon in her church and a master of Trivial Pursuit. Eleanor is survived by her husband, Dave, 2 children, Raymond (Kay) of Arizona, Cindy (Denny) Anderson of Urbandale, IA; 5 grandchildren which she adored, Christian Brouelette, Kaylie Kawcak, Taylor Evans, Riley and Regan Anderson; 5 great-grandchildren; a sister Niki; 2 nieces and 3 nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Michael. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ARL. Online at www.MemorialServicesOfIowa.com .
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Published in Des Moines Register from Jan. 27 to Jan. 29, 2015
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