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Denis Aschoff


1927 - 2016
Denis Gerard Aschoff, 89, entered Heaven's gates on Sunday, September 25, 2016, in Ankeny.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, September 30, 2016 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny, Iowa. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the church with the Rosary Prayer Service immediately following the Visitation.

Denis Aschoff was born on September 16, 1927, in Randolph, Nebraska to Robert and Angeline Aschoff. As a young boy growing up in Randolph, Denis spent most of his time helping his father on the farm. After he graduated from high school, he enjoyed meeting up with his friends from the nearby town of Hartington, Nebraska. As one summer was coming to a close, his friends introduced him to a stunning young lady who would eventually become his wife, Norma Ann Lange. Shortly after they met, Denis and Norma began planning their wedding and were happily married the following summer on May 11, 1954, in Norma's hometown of Hartington, Nebraska.

Together, Denis and his bride left their families and hometowns and moved to Omaha, Nebraska, Cedar Falls and eventually Des Moines, IA where Denis pursued a career in sales. As their journey carried them across city and state lines, they were blessed with a family of six children of their own: Robert "Bob" (Diane), Denise (Mike), David (Bonnie), Susan (Michael), James "Jim" (Zsuzsa F), and Julie (Neil). From his working years onto retirement and beyond, Denis valued the time he spent with his growing family, but he also enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and cheering for his favorite teams: the Chicago Cubs, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Throughout his life, Denis was able to share his passion for family, golf, cards, and his favorite sports teams with 31 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren. His love and pride for his family will be deeply missed by each and every one of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Denis is also survived by his brother and 5 sisters. Although his survived family and friends carry heavy hearts with this loss, they are happy he has been able to join his parents; sister, Bernice and other family members together in Heaven.
Published in Des Moines Register on Sept. 28, 2016
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