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Gail Anne Heyn

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Gail Anne Heyn

Des Moines - Gail Anne Heyn, 70, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2017 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, after bravely battling three bouts of cancer in the past five years (she was ready to go home to her "good buddy God"). Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at McLaren's Chapel followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial will take place at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.

Gail was born on November 18, 1947 in Kearny, New Jersey before her parents moved her to Des Moines, IA in 1951. Gail had a thirst for knowledge and expanding her mind.

Gail was a gentle soul who had a zest for living, despite the many medical challenges that she was handed throughout her life. She had many loves in life: a love of her catholic faith, her family, children, music and singing, the Denver Broncos and John Elway, Jeff Gordon and NASCAR, travel, a love of photography and politics.

Gail had a successful and diverse career, first using her journalism degree at Younkers Department store, downtown, in the advertising group in the 1970's. Gail enjoyed her time at Younkers.

Gail also used her journalism experience during the years she worked for the Department of Environmental Quality in Des Moines during the 80's. Gail earned her Masters in Education and then spent the rest of her career as an educator of children for the Iowa Area Education Agencies - teaching at St. Augustine's in Des Moines and then teaching in Albia and Ottawa, IA.

Gail moved back to Des Moines after retiring from teaching and she spent her retirement years close to her family. To remain active, she volunteered for Dennis Kucinich's 2008 campaign for president, responding on his behalf to emails regarding the campaign, and continued to volunteer for Kucinich until she was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.

Gail was preceded in death by her parents, John (Jack) Heyn and Evelyn (Johnnie) Heyn and her sister, Dian Heyn. She is survived by her sister, Jean Keiter (Bob); niece, Heather Keiter; nephews, Dustan Keiter and Brandon Keiter; and great-niece, Morgan Keiter.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Iowa Commission for the Blind or Gary Sinise Foundation.
Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 4, 2017
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