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Tracy Cheney

Tracy Cheney of West Des Moines, 57, died on June 9th, 2020, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tracy was generous, vibrant, and gracious. She was an avid reader, an active skier, and life-long bicyclist. Tracy loved to golf and hike with friends. She lived a dynamic spiritual life. She often traveled between Iowa, Arizona, and Utah and brought joy to the lives of her family and friends who will miss her beyond words.

She is survived by her husband Rod, parents Shirley Kleywegt and David Kaloupek, children Cole (Cleo) and Blake (Mara), and dog Evy.

A private celebration of life will be held by the family. Due to public health restrictions and an abundance of caution, the family will forgo a public service. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to Dream Team Des Moines to support young adults growth through RAGBRAI (https://dreamteamdesmoines.org/donate/). A memorial bike ride will be scheduled for the fall of 2020.




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Published in the Des Moines Register from Jun. 18 to Jun. 22, 2020.
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July 9, 2020
Dear Rod, Children and Family

I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful Tracy.
As you know, she was all heart in anything she did including friendship. She will forever possess a piece of mine.

Please accept my deepest sympathy

Sincerely, Julie Coppola
Julie Coppola
Friend
July 1, 2020
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Lisa Volk
June 30, 2020
Rod, I just learned of your loss.
I am so,so sorry.
Word cannot ease the pain.
My sympathy to your family.
You were a magnificent couple.
Tracy smile would light up a room.
Russell Hornfisher
June 29, 2020
Tracy was an amazing person. She was caring and willing to help solve any issue that would develop , and did. She was so energetic and thoughtful. She always made others feel comfortable and would listen to the concerns. She loved to talk about her family . She will be missed greatly. My Sympathy
Don Roose
Friend
June 29, 2020
Dear Rod and family, I don't know if you remember me. I used to live at 15027 Desert Willow Dr. I just heard from Tim, the guard at Eagle Mountain. I was shocked and sad at the same time to hear about beautiful, inside and out, Tracy. My love and prayers are with you and your families at this time. I will light a candle for Tracy. I also would like to make a donation to her favorite charity in her memory. Please, when you have the time, let me know what charity.

Barbara Rosen
Friend
June 29, 2020
Tracy had a great laugh and a beautiful smile. The Band will miss her dearly!!
Joelle Hamontree
June 26, 2020
We were fortunate to have Tracy in our Eagle Mountain Book Club. She just glowed and brought such vibrant energy to to each of our meetings. Tracy's insightful, sometimes quirky, contributions to our book discussions will be greatly missed. She touched each of us in her own special way. The ladies of the Eagle Mountain Book club, her friends, will make individual contributions to Tracy's charity in her honor. With deepest condolences, Eagle Mountain Book Club.
June 26, 2020
Rod, I just learned of your recent loss. Whenever I think of the times I spent with you and Tracy I always remember her beautiful smile. I am sorry for your loss and the loss to your entire family. Please know that you are all in my heart and prayers.
JoAnne Kanas
June 24, 2020
I had the special privilege of knowing Tracy for just one week as we cycled through Provence on my brother's 50th birthday trip. Tracy made a huge impression on me as a woman who loved life, cycling, family, and friends. I feel lucky to have had that brief encounter because she had the best energy and lit up the world with her humor and great nature. I can still remember saying "goodbye" to her -- I have missed her ever since. I am so sorry for your profound loss. With blessings, Diana
Diana Iles Parker
Acquaintance
June 24, 2020
Sending many prayers to the Cheney family,

Anyone who had ever had the honor to meet Tracy knows she lit up a room with her smile and laughter, she never met a stranger only a new friend and inspired so many of us to reach for the stars always making our goals and dreams a fun adventure along the way.
I will always remember Tracy thanking everyone at the end of each and every outing we had, I found this quality about her so endearing and told her so. Tracy will always hold a special place in my heart and she will be greatly missed by many.

Thank you, Ron, Shirley, Cole and Blake, along with the rest of Tracy's family members for sharing beautiful Tracy with her many friends our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
Jenny Cannon
Friend
June 23, 2020
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. I will miss her friendship and positive spirit.
Janice Johnson
Friend
June 23, 2020
How privileged we feel to have had our path in life cross with Tracys over the past years in Arizona. One could feel the warmth from her infectious smile, her exuberance for an active lifestyle and passion for her family with every conversation we had. Our hearts are beyond sad today. Peter and I send our love and prayers to the Cheney family.
Linda and Peter Kockerbeck
Friend
June 23, 2020
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Linda Donzelli
June 23, 2020
Rod and family - I remember Tracy and Rod back when we were in Jr. high - Stilwell, Hillside days. Way back then Tracy was always a bright light! Always kind, sincere, big smile and sparkling eyes.
I moved back to WDM area and ran into Tracy at FedEx store one day.....even after 40+ years I recognized her - that big smile! She beamed as she told me how much she loved her husband and children. My positive thoughts and prayers are with you.
Julie Wahlig
Friend
June 22, 2020
Dear Rod, Cole/Cleo, Blake/Mara, Shirley and David my very deepest
sympathies. She loved you all so very much!! Tracy I will miss your laugh
and long talks. You were a shining light in my life. My life will never be
the same. Your kindness and generosity will inspire me for my remaining
days. Love you forever Jenny
Jennifer McTaggart
June 22, 2020
I am a security guard at the Cheney's Arizona location. Tracy always made my day when she would stop and visit me while I was at work. I will greatly miss the hugs, gifts, and warm greeting she would always give me. I will miss her very much.
TIM VORK
Friend
June 22, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tracy's entire family. We are sorry for your loss.
Sharon Tahtinen
Acquaintance
June 22, 2020
Oh, Dear Shirley,
We are thinking of you as you try to live through this loss of your precious daughter. May you find peace in the fact we all love you!
Kathi Sircy and David Wright
Kathi and David
Friend
June 22, 2020
Praying for your whole family. I am so very sorry. I had just met Tracy, she was fun, smart and a beautiful woman. I wish I had met her long before. Always will be here for you if you need anything.
Helen
Helen Turner
Acquaintance
June 22, 2020
Prayers for all of you. I am so very sorry. I had just really met Tracy, what a smart, fun, beautiful woman, I wish I met her long before. Always will be here for you if you need anything.
Helen
Helen Turner
Acquaintance
June 22, 2020
Rod, I am so sorry for the loss of Tracy. Gone way too soon. My deepest sympathies go out to you and the boys and your entire family during this very difficult time. Sending hugs and prayers to all.
Dawn Hageman
Coworker
June 22, 2020
Very sorry to hear about Tracy's passing. I always seemed to meet up with her somewhere along the line on RAGBRAI each year. I enjoyed talking to her about her week and such. I will miss that meet up!
Michael
Friend
June 22, 2020
Rod and family, our biggest condolences - words can't express how very sorry and sad we were to hear of Tracy passing. She was a special person, and will undoubtedly be missed by many.
Cory Watson
Friend
June 21, 2020
I am so deeply sorry, Rod. I am thinking of you and your family through this most difficult time.
Stella Vicanovic
Friend
June 21, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family Rod and may God bless you all. Tracy was such a wonderful person and we will miss her dearly. The band will never be the same!
Brad & Lynn Ruhl
Friend
June 21, 2020
Rod, we were so very sorry to hear of Tracy's passing. May all of your wonderful memories bring you some measure of comfort in the difficult days and years ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sam and Mary Bernabe
Mary Bernabe
June 21, 2020
My deepest condolences to Rodney, her sons,parents and friends. Tracy was a smart, beautiful woman with a compassionate heart. May her family be comforted by the loving and happy memories of Tracy's amazing and blessed life.
Joy Beadleston
Classmate
June 20, 2020
am deeply sorry Rod to here the news. I know Tracy was a truly great mother and human being.
William K. Wirtz
Friend
June 20, 2020
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Debra Hillenburg
June 20, 2020
Such a beautiful happy person ♥ A friend to anyone that was lucky enough to cross paths with her! Prayers continue for all the family!
Jane Hockman
Friend
June 20, 2020
So sorry for your loss Rod and family. It was always a pleasure to visit with her at the starter shack.
Doug Drake
Acquaintance
June 19, 2020
I will miss Tracy so much. She was truly a beautiful person with an abundance of love for life. Love and prayers to Rod, Cole, Blake and family.
Bobette Galloway
Friend
June 19, 2020
Tracy loved life! She was adventurous, a listener and the kind of friend everyone wishes they had. She was just simply wonderful.

So many fun and memorable times with her.

Love you.

Janet Harris
Friend
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