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Davis, Joe R. - Jefferson  
Joe R. Davis Jefferson A celebration of life for Joe R. Davis, 83, will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson with burial at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Brown Funeral Home - Jefferson www.brownfuneralhomesiowa.com
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Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 13, 2015
De Long, Dorothy - Des Moines  
Dorothy De Long Des Moines Dorothy Mae De Long, 93, passed away April 16, 2015. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 20 at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at McLaren's Chapel in West Des Moines. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 75 years, LeRoy; one daughter, Sharon (Mike) Turner of Omaha; one granddaughter, Terri (Cliffton) Oquinn; great-granddaughter, Sarah Woodberry; and two great-great-granddaughters, Jane and Riley Woodberry all of Florence, SC.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 19, 2015
Delk, Joe (Death Notice) - Newton  
Joe Delk , Newton. Arrangements: Cremation Society of Iowa.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 16, 2015
Dershem, Wilma - Des Moines  
Wilma Dershem Des Moines Wilma, 79, passed away April 9, 2015 at Altoona Nursing and Rehab. Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m., Monday, at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. in Brooks South Town Chapel. Wilma was a longtime member of Bethel Open Bible Church, now called Experience Church. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Wilma is remembered by her children, Mark Dershem and Dan (Mary Ann) Dershem; three stepsons and three stepdaughters; granddaughters, Dareion and Jaedin; and a multitude of stepgrandchildren and step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Alta Taylor; husband, Irvin Dershem in 1987; sister, Jaunita and brother-in-law, Raymond.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 12, 2015
DeVries, Larry (Death Notice) - Iowa Falls  
Larry DeVries, 54, Iowa Falls, died 04-10-2015. Arrangements: Surls Funeral Home.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 12, 2015
Dickinson, Ralph - Des Moines  
Ralph Dickinson Des Moines Ralph Dickinson, 87, died Monday, April 13, 2015, of complications following heart surgery. Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, April 17 at Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines. Born in Oklahoma City, OK on October 22, 1927, Ralph was a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. He served with the Army Engineers during World War II. After college, Ralph worked for Proctor & Gamble for 38 years, beginning his career in Brownwood, Lubbock and Dallas, TX. In 1956, he was transferred to Des Moines, the city that became his family's home. Ralph was a long-time member of Grace United Methodist Church, Des Moines Golf & Country Club, and the American Heart Association. He was an active volunteer with the Heart Association for over twenty years, serving at the local, state and national levels. He also served as president of the Des Moines Grocery Manufacturers Association. A few years after retiring from Proctor & Gamble, Ralph started a second career, as the Executive Director of the Des Moines Ronald McDonald House for twelve years. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise, to whom he was married for 54 years. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Marie, his brothers, Warren and Robert, and his sister, Jo. Ralph is survived by his daughter, Diane of Des Moines, her three sons, Brad of Baton Rouge, LA, Scott (Jessie) of Charlotte, NC, and John (Beth) with Connor (his great grandchild) of Chicago, IL; his son, Glen (Laurie) of Des Moines, and their three sons, Phillip of Des Moines, Joe of Columbus, OH, and Michael of Chicago, IL; his son, Ross (Mindi), their daughter, Halie, and their son, Charlie; and his dear friend, Peg Buckley. Ralph, or "Pop" as he was lovingly referred to by his entire family, was known for his heartfelt birthday notes, undisputed memory and his appreciation of Sunday night family dinners. He will always be remembered for his competitive spirit, whether winning $1.00 from his sons on the golf course, or delightfully defeating his grandkids at cards. If Pop was not the score-keeper during a game of 7-Up, he made sure to check the math frequently. After the cards were dealt, Pop would, without fail, lament, "This is the worst hand I have ever had," and then proceed to win. Pop was loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. He always had a warm smile and a kind heart. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 1441 Pleasant, Des Moines, IA 50314 or to The Des Moines Golf & Country Club Educational Foundation, 1600 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266.
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Published in Des Moines Register from Apr. 15 to Apr. 17, 2015
Duggan, Leo A. - Newton  
Leo A. Duggan Newton Leo Duggan, of Newton, died Friday morning, April 10, 2015, at Park Center in Newton. Funeral services for Leo will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Pence ~ Reese Funeral Home in Newton. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the services; 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., at the funeral home. Memorials are being designated to Leo family or to Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society. Leo A. Duggan, 87, the son of Leo R. and Cordelia (Miller) Duggan, was born August 7, 1927, in Rockwell, Iowa, and was a high school graduate. On June 10, 1951, Leo was united in marriage with Alice Marie Hausmann, in Pesotum, Illinois. To this union four children were born, David, Theresa, Ann and Mary. Resident of the Newton area since 1957, Leo was employed by John Deere for twenty years, and later by the Maytag Company in Newton. He also enjoyed farming, airplanes, toy tractors, his birds, gardening and trains. He devoted his life to his family and friends, and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Those left to honor Leo's memory include his son David L. (Mary) Duggan of Ankeny; his three daughters: Theresa Marie (Kirk) Langmaid of Newton, Ann Ronette (Tom) Curphey of Slater and Mary Irene (Larry) Leadbetter of Park Rapids, Minnesota; his thirteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren; and his many friends. Leo was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Alice Marie on August 23, 2003; a brother Daniel and a sister Noreen. Online condolences may be left for the family at: www.pencefh.com .
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Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 14, 2015
DuPont, Ellen Rawson Hall (In Memoriam)  
Ellen Kate Rawson Hall duPont December 6, 1927 - March 20, 2015 Ellen Kate Rawson was born in Des Moines, Iowa on December 6, 1927 to Cummins and Ruth Rawson, the second of two children. As a young girl, her mentor and super hero was her big brother Albert. She loved Al's outgoing personality and jovial spirit. EK was very proud of her family's political heritage: great-grandfather Albert Baird Cummins, Governor of Iowa (1902-1908), US Senator for 18 years (1908-1926), as well as a two-time presidential candidate; Edward Rawson, the first Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1650-1686); and Josiah Bartlett, signer on the Declaration of Independence as well as Chief Justice and Governor (1792-1794) of New Hampshire. EK was a graduate of Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, IA, Bradford Junior College, Haverhill, MA and University of Iowa, where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. After graduation, EK lived in Switzerland where she enjoyed both the Swiss culture and alpine hiking, including climbing the famed Matterhorn. Upon her return from Europe, EK was offered a job at Young & Rubicam Advertising Agency in San Francisco. In 1955, EK married John Latham Hall and moved to Denver where they had their first child, Lindsay Hall, who passed away at 10 days of age from a blood disorder. Two years later, EK's first son, Edward "Ted" Latham Hall was born and he was her pride and joy. Soon after, the family relocated to Des Moines where John went to run the family business, Iowa Pipe and Tile. In 1961, EK and John welcomed John Getchell Hall into the world and their family was complete. In 1967, the Hall's relocated to Portland, Oregon where EK became active at Oregon Episcopal School, which both boys attended, including serving on the Citizen Council. EK and the family attended Christ Episcopal Church in Lake Oswego and Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland. EK was also active in Portland's Young Audiences and was a member of the Portland Garden Club. EK had fond memories of spending time at their cabin in Sun River, Oregon along with her annual trips she did with her biking group called "Cycle-4". These four women explored the French Loire Valley, Napa, Central Oregon, New Zealand and Hawaii as but a few of their travel destinations. In 1991, EK married Stephen duPont and they spent their time between three residences - Casey Key, FL, Old Saybrook, CT, and Block Island, RI with their adored little Westie named Hannah. EK's beloved Steve passed away in 2012 in Florida and soon after EK and Hannah relocated to Portland to be close to family. EK was preceded in death by husband Steve, son Ted, and brother Al. She leaves behind her son, John and his wife and children, Julia, Carson and Courtney Hall and her daughter-in-law, Joan Hall. Memorial Celebration will take place on Sunday, May 31st at 4:00 pm in the Trellis Room at the Des Moines Botanical Garden. Remembrances may be given to the Des Moines Botanical Garden.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 12, 2015
Duxbury, Nancy - Rochester, Minnesota  
Nancy Duxbury Rochester, Minnesota Nancy Ginther Duxbury was born Oct 9th, 1929 in Rochester, MN and peacefully passed away April 3rd, 2015 in Des Moines, IA after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Her family was at her side. Nancy is survived by her children: Rebecca Hoffman, Deborah Cattoor and John Duxbury; her sisters Molly(Arlet) Wyant, Sally(Darrell) Linton and Gretchen Hanson, and grandchildren, Harrison(Nyssa) Hoffman, Leslie Hoffman, Sarah(Ryan Greening) Cattoor, Michelle Cattoor and Christopher Duxbury. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Marjorie Haugen Ginther and son-in-law Larry Cattoor. A celebration of her life will be held April 26th from 4-7pm at her granddaughter's "restaurant" The Keg Stand. She will also be celebrated this summer in Rochester.
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Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 19, 2015
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