Betty Lou Poggenpohl

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Betty Lou Poggenpohl

Des Moines

Betty Lou Poggenpohl, 94, passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Scottish Rite Park.

Betty Lou is survived by her children, Rex (Sharon) Poggenpohl of Estes Park, CO, and Kim Poggenpohl of Atlanta, GA; grandson, J. Reed "Zak" Poggenpohl of Taiwan; and great-granddaughters, Alexia, Isabella, and Aviana Kotara of Okinawa. She was preceded in death by her husband John H. Poggenpohl; grandson, J. Scot Poggenpohl; and all of her siblings.

Betty Lou was born on June 1, 1920 in Des Moines, IA to Willis and Nellie (Montis) McRae. She was one of nine children. She graduated from North High School, and went to work in Accounting/Finance at Meredith Corporation until she retired in 1988 - 51 years later.

Betty Lou loved to travel, her journey's took her to places such as London, Paris, Rome, Austria, Germany, Ireland, and Hong Kong, just to name a few. She also loved to dance! Fishing was also a favorite past time with her husband Johnny.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Family will greet friends following from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Scottish Rite Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Scottish Rite Park or to St. Jude's Hospice. Condolences may be expressed at

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Hamilton's Funeral Home
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
(515) 224-0078
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Published in Des Moines Register from July 29 to Aug. 18, 2014
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