Memorial Services of Iowa

At Memorial Services of Iowa, we feel it is an honor to serve you, your family, and our community. Our funeral professionals have been committed to earning your trust. With decades of combined experience, we can help you create a lasting tribute to your loved one that truly reflects his or her unique life and fulfills your family's needs and traditions.

Celebrations of life can take many forms. No matter what type of service your family designs, we promise to serve you to the best of our ability and to uphold our five core values: Dignity, Respect, Professionalism, Commitment and Fairness.

We listen... carefully. We know that some of us find great comfort in traditions, and we work tirelessly to honor those traditions. Others find greater meaning in more personalized services--playing a favorite song, visiting an important place, re-creating a significant life event. Our professional team gets to know each and every family to help each and every individual remember, share, and ultimately move toward healing.


Our Obituaries

William "Bill" Alexander

August 7, 1927 - September 25, 2016

William "Bill" Alexander, 89, of Ankeny passed away September 25, 2016. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 5-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, also at the funeral home. Bill was born in Avoca, Iowa to Frank and Bertha (Garner) Alexander. He graduated High School from Red...
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Cathie Jane Bristow

July 5, 1944 - September 23, 2016

Cathie Jane Newton Bristow has done almost everything a person can do in a single lifetime. She has been a life guard, daughter, fiber artist, cheerleader, fashion merchandiser, mother, scuba instructor, wife, computer application trainer, grandmother, database and accounting system designer, builder, and developer, artist, the president of two companies, horseback rider, swimmer, design manager...
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Louis "Lou" Gieseke

September 16, 1927 - September 22, 2016

Louis F. Gieseke, 89, of Ankeny passed away September 22, 2016. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., September 26, at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 4 - 6:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25, also at the funeral home. Louis was born September 16, 1927 in Janesville, MN, and graduated from the University of Minnesota. He served with the US...
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Madeleine Kay Taylor

March 3, 1946 - September 18, 2016

Madeleine Taylor, 70, of Polk City passed away September 18, 2016. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 6 to 8:00p.m., Wednesday, Sept.21, also at the funeral home. Madeleine was born March 3, 1946 in Kansas City, MO. She graduated high school in 1964, and then graduated from Central...
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Leslie Herman Storey

February 18, 1930 - September 17, 2016

Leslie H. Storey, 86, of Ankeny, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather left this earth to go home to be with the Lord, September 17, 2016. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at First Church of Christ, in Ankeny. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Leslie was born and went to school in Woodward, IA. He played football for...
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Harlan K Baker

April 2, 1926 - September 13, 2016

Harlan K Baker was born on April 2, 1926, in Jefferson, Iowa, to Clarence and Vava (Hays) Baker. He died on September 13, 2016, at the age of 90. K graduated from Jefferson High School, where he served as senior class president. After graduation, K served in the Army Air Corps. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and a master's in industrial education. K was a member of...
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Laurice James Kerns

April 14, 1928 - September 11, 2016

Laurice James Kerns, 88, of Ankeny passed away Sept. 11, 2016, with his family by his side. He had suffered from Lung Disease for 2 years. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Sept. 15, 2016, at First Church of Christ (310 NW Ash). A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Sept 14, at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Laurice was born April 14, 1928 in Plover, Iowa to Paul...
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Mark Howard Trusty

June 29, 1953 - September 5, 2016

Mark Howard Trusty stepped peacefully into eternity on Monday, September 5, 2016, with his family by his side. Mark was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on June 29, 1953 to Thomas and Mary (McDonald) Trusty. He graduated from Ankeny High School in 1971 where he excelled in sports, participating in basketball, baseball, and track, in which he placed second in the state in the two-mile. After high...
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Loren Ray Bowers

December 15, 1949 - August 31, 2016

Loren Ray Bowers, 66, of Ankeny passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family and friends on August 31, 2016. He was born December 15, 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa. He grew up in Carney and graduated from Ankeny High School in 1969. He joined the City of Ankeny as a police officer in 1970 and served his community until he retired in 1995. After his retirement he joined Graham Construction...
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David Lloyd Christensen

November 15, 1946 - August 23, 2016

David (Dave) Lloyd Christensen, 69 of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away peacefully on August 23rd at home with his family by his side, after fighting cancer for several years. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 26th, also at the funeral home. Dave was...
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Leon Wayne Purscell

April 29, 1952 - August 21, 2016

Leon W. Purscell, 64, of Altoona was called home August 21, 2016 to be with his Lord Jesus. A celebration of life will be held 6:00 p.m., August 25, 2016 at Cornerstone church (410 17th Ave. S.W., Altoona) Leon was born April 29, 1952 in Madison County Iowa to Lonnie and Leota Purscell, and he graduated from Winterset High School. He went on to serve with the US Army for 9 years. During his...
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Joyce Elaine Lundstrom

September 29, 1931 - August 17, 2016

Joyce E. Lundstrom, 84, of Ankeny died peacefully, August 17, 2016. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., August 23, 2016 at Memorial Services of Iowa chapel (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 22, also at the chapel. Joyce was born September 29, 1931 in Minneapolis, MN to Roland and Hazel (Pierce) Struthers. She lived in Ankeny most of her life,...
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Nancy Jo Waugh

February 13, 1944 - July 25, 2016

Nancy Jo Waugh, 72, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016 at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines, of complications related to Alzheimer's disease. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 29, 2016 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 6 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 28, also at the funeral home. Nancy was born February 13, 1944. She...
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Sandra Marie Keplinger

December 19, 1940 - July 21, 2016

Sandra Marie Keplinger quietly passed away Wednesday morning, July 20, 2016, surrounded by her spiritual friends and family. Born December 19, 1940, Sandy is survived by her two brothers, Wayne (Karen) Keplinger of Golden Valley, Minnesota and Jim (Kathleen) Keplinger of Marquette, Michigan. She had many nieces, nephews, grand nieces/nephews, as well as many close friends. She is preceded in...
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Christa May Schipper

June 1, 1982 - July 14, 2016

Christa was born in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from Newton High School. Her life was cut short, but her love for her children will keep living through them for many years to come. She left her love for life in all that she did, and everyone she touched, especially her fiancé, Zach, who stood by her until her final moment. Christa is survived by her children; Abigail (16), Lily (14),...
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William "Bill" Peterson

July 26, 1939 - July 7, 2016

William Norman Peterson, 76, of Ankeny, Iowa passed away at the Sunny View Care Center on July 7, 2016 surrounded by his family. Bill was born on July 26, 1939 in Storm Lake to W. Norman and Ann (Jones) Peterson. He graduated from Providence High School in Sulphur Springs in 1957 and moved to Minneapolis. In 1959 he joined the Air Force but was medically discharged due to his severe migraines....
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Salvador Martinez Carreon

October 15, 1936 - July 2, 2016

Salvador Martinez Carreon, 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on July 2, 2016 in his home. Memorial visitation will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, July 5 at Memorial Services of Iowa. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11am at St. Joseph's Church. Private family internment will be held at a later date. Salvador was born on October 15, 1936 to Angela and...
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Randall & Betty Hirsch

June 30, 2016

Randall Hirsch, 83, of Ankeny passed away June 29, 2016, after a 4 year battle with cancer, and his wife Betty Hirsch, 86, passed away unexpectedly June 30, 2016. A joint memorial service will be held for them, 11:00 a.m., July 8, 2016, at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 SW Walnut, Ankeny, IA). Randall was born May 8, 1934, in Ankeny, Iowa to Floyd and Lela Hirsch. He was married to...
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Brenda Kay Hutt

October 30, 1943 - June 23, 2016

Brenda Kay Hutt, 72, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Mercy Hospital surrounded by family. Brenda was born in Searcy, AR, to William and Alice Howell on October 30, 1943. As a toddler, her family moved to Pontiac, MI, where she resided until she was 18. Brenda married her childhood sweetheart, Harry Hutt, and they moved to Sheldahl, IA, where they raised their family. Brenda worked...
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Richard Lee "Slick" Grant

September 2, 1947 - June 13, 2016

Richard Lee "Slick" Grant, 68, passed away at Taylor House, June 13, 2016. There will be no funeral services per his request. Slick was born Sept. 2, 1947 to Ross & Bette Grant. He was a 1966 ALHS graduate & went on to be an electrician for 47 years and a proud member of IBEW Local 347. He was a member of the NRA & enjoyed the shooting range, playing guitars, riding his harley, fishing &...
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Garry Eugene Meyer

June 24, 1943 - May 31, 2016

Garry Eugene Meyer, 72, of Des Moines passed away May 31, 2016. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Garry was born June 24, 1943 in Jacksonville, Florida. He served with the US Navy for 4 years, and then with the US Coast Guard until his retirement. Garry is survived by his mother, Orvilla Meyer; brothers,...
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Carol Lee Ahn

October 12, 1950 - May 30, 2016

Carol Lee Ahn, 65, passed away May 30, 2016 at Taylor House in Des Moines. Burial will be held at a later date, and per her request no services will be held. Carol was born October 12, 1950 to Fred and Wilma June West. She married James Ahn February 6, 1969, and together they had 2 sons. Carol is survived by her husband Jim; sons, Steven James Ahn of Des Moines, and Troy Dale (Julie) Ahn of...
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Darrell Dean Eilander

June 14, 1938 - May 17, 2016

Darrell Dean Eilander, 81, of Ankeny, was called home on May 17, 2016, due to complications of a cardiac arrest. Celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Ankeny First United Methodist Church, where he had been a member since 1966. A visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m., Friday, May 20th at the Ankeny Memorial Chapel. Darrell was born on June 14, 1934. He...
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Martin Thomas Puhr

June 3, 1948 - May 14, 2016

Martin "Marty" Puhr, 67, of Ankeny passed away May 14, 2016 at his home, surrounded by family. A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday May 21, 2016, at Memorial Services of Iowa Chapel (4208 North Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Marty was born June 3, 1948 in Hackensack, MN. After graduating from high school, he joined the US Marine Corp, and...
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Francis "Franny" Johnson

November 27, 1930 - May 13, 2016

Francis "Franny" Johnson, 85, of Ankeny passed away May 13, 2016, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, after a lengthy illness. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday May 18, 2016, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ankeny. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 20, 2016 at Durant Cemetery, Durant, IA. Franny was born November 27, 1930 in Durant, IA, to Frank and...
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Marlow Scott Cowan

February 19, 1919 - May 12, 2016

Marlow Scott Cowan, God's faithful servant, was welcomed joyfully home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Thurs. May 12, 2016. Please join us for a celebration of Marlow's life at the Lutheran Church of Hope, 520 NW 36th Street Ankeny, Iowa 50023, 3:30pm Sun. May 15, 2016.Marlow was an only child born Feb. 19, 1919 in Rochester, Minnesota to Frank and Bertha Cowan. He married Frances Deforest...
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Victor Arnold Machir

May 27, 1942 - May 7, 2016

Victor Arnold Machir, 73, passed on May 7th, 2016 peacefully with his family by his side. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14th with services following at 11 a.m. at Memorial Services of Iowa. Vic was born on May 27th, 1942 to Diela (Henderson) and Morton Machir. He adored his step-father, George Hartman. He was raised on the east side of Des Moines, Iowa and resided in the...
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Ronald Ray Reynolds

July 28, 1941 - May 4, 2016

Ronald Ray Reynolds, 74, left his beloved home in Dexter IA to join his heavenly family on May 4, 2016, following a brief yet courageous battle with cancer. In honor of Ron the family will receive visitors from 2-3 pm on May 10, 2016 at the Crossroad Evangelical Free Church in Earlham, IA. A Memorial Service will follow at 3 pm. Refreshments to be served immediately following. A family burial...
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Joan Kay Flint

December 16, 1944 - May 3, 2016

Joan Kay Flint, 71, of Waukee, Iowa, joined her heavenly father on May 3, 2016. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2016 at DSM First (2725 Merle Hay Rd.) She was born December 16, 1944, in Spencer, Iowa, where she graduated high school. Throughout her life, Joan worked as a nurse's aid, encyclopedia salesperson, group home attendant, house cleaner, and...
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Herbert Oscar Wilkinson

March 11, 1933 - April 29, 2016

Herbert O. Wilkinson, 83, passed away April 29, 2016, at Sunny View Care Center. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday May 3, 2016 at First Church of Christ (310 NW Ash, Ankeny). A visitation will be held Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., also at the church. Herb was born in Winterset, IA on March 11, 1933, the son of Alvie and Laura Wilkinson. After graduating from Winterset...
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Robert "Bob" Eppard

April 3, 1938 - April 25, 2016

Robert "Bob" Eppard passed away April 25, 2016. His going home party will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Johnston E-Free Church. A visitation will be 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., prior to the service. A family burial will be at a later date at Rose Grove Cemetery in Williams, Iowa. Bob was born April 3, 1938 in Webster City, Iowa, to Donald and Gladys (Westwick) Eppard. He grew up on the...
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Robert F. Miller

June 9, 1923 - April 22, 2016

Having lived a long and full life, Robert F. Miller, 92, passed away at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines on Friday, April 22, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday. April 28, 2016 at All Saints Catholic Church (650 NE 52nd Ave) with burial to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 27th at Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208...
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Patrick F. Crouch

August 31, 1952 - April 20, 2016

Patrick F. Crouch, 63, of Prairie City went to be with the Lord, April 20, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with skin cancer. Pat will always be remembered for his kind and caring heart. He spent much of his life as a valiant caregiver. Patrick is survived by his Sister, Mary Exley, and two brothers Bill and Mark (Sandy), numerous nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. His...
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Francine "Frannie" Hermann

September 17, 1932 - April 17, 2016

FRANCINE (CAMPANELLA) HERMANN Francine Hermann, 83, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the Mass, also at the church. She lived a very long, productive and happy life. Francine was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 17...
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Eric John Marvel

January 19, 1973 - April 14, 2016

Eric John Marvel went to be with the Lord on April 14, 2016, a senseless casualty of a glioblastoma multiforme. Eric was born in Peoria, IL on January 19, 1973. He moved to Ankeny with his family in 1986 where he has resided ever since. He graduated from Ankeny High School in 1991 and then entered the Diesel Mechanic Program at DMACC. He pursued his passion for trucks and trucking in different...
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Josephine "Jo" Katherine Heston

May 2, 1925 - April 13, 2016

Josephine "Jo" Katherine (Beener) Heston, 90, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. She was born on May 2nd, 1925 to Phillip and Elizabeth (Miller) Beener in Des Moines, IA. A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2016 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m.,...
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Mildred "Millie" Matijevich

November 17, 1928 - April 9, 2016

Mildred Louise Matijevich, 87, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, April 9, 2016. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Memorial Services of Iowa Funeral Chapel (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to service. Millie was born in Jacksonville, Illinois on November 17, 1928 to Maurice and Edna Crabbe. ...
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Marsha Lynn Caffrey

April 12, 1951 - April 2, 2016

Marsha Lynn Caffrey, 64, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 7 at 10:30 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 6 from 5:00- 7:00 at Memorial Services of Iowa chapel. Marsha was born April 12, 1951 in Cherokee, Iowa to Edwin and DeLoris (Peterson) Johnson. She grew...
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Sarah K. Magnani

December 23, 1930 - March 23, 2016

Sarah Magnani, 85, of Ankeny died of pancreatic cancer on March 23, 2016. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church. A visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00, on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, also at the church. Sarah was born on December 23, 1930 in Madrid, Iowa to Pete and Sunta ...
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Scott Allan Moon

August 7, 1968 - March 22, 2016

Scott A. Moon, 47, of Ankeny passed away unexpectedly at home, March 22, 2016. A visitation will be held 6 – 8:00p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 25, 2016, also at the funeral home. Scott was born August 7, 1968, and grew up in Ankeny. He graduated from Ankeny High School...
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Terry Doling

November 7, 1957 - March 18, 2016

Terry Doling, 58, of Ankeny, passed away unexpectedly on March 18, 2016. Terry was born in Iowa City to Thomas and Eleanor Doling, where he met the love of his life, Barbara Doling. They became high-school sweethearts and got married on August 25, 1979. Terry graduated from the University of Iowa in 1981 and went on to work 25 years for Payless Cashways. He spent the past 14 years as a...
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Patricia Ann Riggs

June 25, 1938 - March 2, 2016

Patricia Ann Riggs, 77, of Des Moines passed away March 2, 2016. A Memorial Service will be held 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 7, 2016 at Cornerstone Church in Altoona (410 S.W. 17th Ave.) Patricia was born June 25, 1938 in Madison County, Iowa, the youngest of 15 children. She was a strong independent pioneer woman. She enjoyed hunting squirrels, shooting rattlesnakes, fishing, bingo, playing...
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Curtis "Curt" MacVey

October 26, 1933 - February 28, 2016

Curtis Gerald MacVey, 82, of Ankeny, passed away February 28, 2016. Funeral services will be held 10:30a.m., Friday, March 4, 2016 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 3rd, at Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). "Curt" was born October 26, 1933 in Forest City, Iowa, the first child of Alice and Earl MacVey. He grew up in...
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Raymond Albert Romick

March 8, 1922 - February 25, 2016

Raymond Albert Romick, 93, of Alleman passed away February 25, 2016 in the care of VA Hospice. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., February 29, 2016 at the Ankeny Church of The Brethren (417 S.E. Grant St., Ankeny) A visitation will be held 3-5:00 p.m., Sunday, February 28th, at Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.) Ray was born March 8, 1922 in Colfax, Iowa to Charles Landis and...
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Toby James Logsdon

September 25, 1955 - February 24, 2016

Toby J. Logsdon, 60, of Des Moines passed away February 24, 2016, at his home. Interment will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Toby was born Sept. 25, 1955, and grew up in Pleasantville, IA. Toby was a loving Son, Father, Brother, and Grandfather. He is survived by his 4 children, Tracy (Stephanie), Travis (Amy), Ali, and Lindsay (Cody); 3 granddaughters, Chloe, Katalina, and Willow; a...
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Dorothy Mae Clemens

November 9, 1918 - February 23, 2016

Dorothy Mae Clemens, 97, passed away on Tuesday February 23, 2016, at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, after illness. Dorothy was born November 9, 1918 in her home in Melbourne, Iowa to James Arthur and Myrtle Diggins. She graduated from Melbourne High school in 1939 after surviving the severe weather of 1936 and 1939 and the big market meltdown of 1939. Dorothy would trek to Des Moines...
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Marilyn Gay Davis

July 14, 1938 - February 22, 2016

Marilyn Gay Davis, 77, of Des Moines passed away February 22, 2016 at Mercy Hospital. Marilyn was born at home in Des Moines Iowa on July 14, 1938 to Ocie and Esta Overton. She was raised in Des Moines and graduated from East High School in 1956. When she was 23 (1962) she met her husband of 53 years at the Kings Host Restaurant on Ingersoll. They married in 1964. Marilyn and Harrison ('Skip'...
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Kimberly "Kim" Ann Fitzgerald

July 18, 1968 - February 14, 2016

Kimberly (Kim) Ann Fitzgerald, 47, of Ankeny, Iowa was surrounded by her loved ones as she passed from complications after a heart attack at Nebraska Medical in Omaha on February 14, 2016. A Celebration of her life will be held at Ankeny First United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 27th at 11:00 a.m. with lunch to follow. Kim was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 18, 1968, the youngest...
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Louise Shirley Treangen

December 31, 1928 - February 11, 2016

Louise Shirley (Parker) Treangen, 87, passed away February 11, 2016, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Louise previously lived in Ankeny. A Funeral Mass will be held on the Friday of Mother's Day Weekend, May 6, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the Mass, also at the church. Born Dec. 31, 1928, to Lela...
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Larry Douglas Akin

December 18, 1951 - February 11, 2016

Larry Douglas Akin, 64, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 11, 2016. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday February 15, 2016, at Slater Baptist Church with burial to follow at the Slater Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Larry's life. Larry was born December 18, 1951, in Chance, Kentucky to Oris Guy and Dorothy Mae Akin. He attended Faith Baptist Bible...
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Ronald "Ron" Dean Walker

August 31, 1933 - January 29, 2016

Ronald "Ron" Dean Walker, 82, of Ankeny passed away Friday, January 29, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 5, 2016, at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 5 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 4th, also at the funeral home. At Ron's request everyone should dress casual for the visitation. ...
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Richard "Rick" Stanley Russell

February 18, 1952 - January 20, 2016

RICHARD "RICK" STANLEY RUSSELL February 18, 1952 – January 20, 2016 Richard "Rick" Stanley Russell, 63, of Ankeny passed away January 20, 2016 at the Veterans Administration Hospice Center in Des Moines, Iowa due to complications from Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. He was surrounded by his family and the caring staff. A memorial service will be held 11:00am, Saturday, January 30...
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Kristina "Kristi" Marie Masters

December 12, 1979 - January 19, 2016

Kristina (Kristi) Marie Masters died in a car accident on Tuesday January 19, 2016. She was born in Fargo, North Dakota on December 12, 1979 to Jill and Mark Bale. Her family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1990. She married her high school sweetheart and love of her life Matthew Masters in Lincoln on July 27, 2002 and they had two beautiful sons; Zachary (7) and Tyler (3). After graduating from...
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Carol Lynn Lee

October 9, 1957 - January 9, 2016

Carol Lynn (Rhoades) Lee Carol Lee, 58, of Ankeny, passed away January 9, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Ankeny Christian Church (2506 SW. 3rd Street, Ankeny Carol was born October 9, 1957 to Naomi Elizabeth (McCartney) Rhoades and Ivan Eugene Rhoades. She graduated from Hoover High School in 1974 and was...
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Roy Luedtke, Jr.

March 3, 1956 - January 9, 2016

Our dearest Roy Luedtke, 59, of Polk City passed away January 9, 2016. Roy had been an employee at Pioneer for the last 32 years. During his time at Pioneer he was able to explore the entire world and meet many friends along the way. He enjoyed his work and was able to accomplish many things during the past 32 years. Roy was born in Waupaca WI and was raised in Zittau WI on a dairy farm with...
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Mary Rose Vonnahme

September 21, 1930 - January 1, 2016

Mary Rose (Lammers) Vonnahme was born on September 21, 1930 in Carroll, Iowa to Frank and Minnie Lammers. She passed away January 1, 2016 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. Mary and her husband Wayne were married in Carroll on June 22, 1949. They lived in several places over their lifetime together. Their adventures with eight children took them from Carroll, Coon Rapids, Guthrie Center,...
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Donald Ray Sardeson

June 26, 1948 - December 25, 2015

Donald Ray Sardeson, 67, of Ankeny, Iowa passed away Friday, December 25 after a brief and intense battle with cancer. Don was born June 26, 1948 in Portland, Oregon to Stephen and Gladys Sardeson. Following his father's death in 1950, he moved to Sioux City, Iowa with his mother and younger brother, Grover. He graduated from Sioux City East High School in 1966 and married Cynthia Wingfield on...
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Rose Ann Medici

February 12, 1927 - December 22, 2015

Rose (Bisignano) Medici, 88, of Carney passed away December 22, 2015. A funeral mass will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday December 28, 2015 at All Saints Catholic Church (650 NE 52nd Ave, Dsm). A visitation will be held 3 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 27th, at the Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Rose was born February 12, 1927 in Terravechia, Italy. In 1936 her family moved to the...
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Ronald Michael Steilen

December 29, 1926 - December 18, 2015

Ron Steilen passed away peacefully Friday, December 18, at Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny, with his loving wife, Gladys, at his side. The visitation will be held Monday, December 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny—with a rosary to be said at 4 p.m. A funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 22 (also at the church), with burial to follow in the...
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Roger Kline Scholes

April 8, 1942 - December 16, 2015

Roger K. Scholes, 73, formerly of Ankeny, passed away December 16, 2015. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). a visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Roger was born in Des Moines, IA April 8, 1942. He graduated from Ankeny High School, and went on to earn a Bachelors degree from the University of...
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Kelly Ann Rinker

January 18, 1966 - December 15, 2015

Kelly Ann (Quinlin) Rinker, 49 of Ankeny, joined the Lord and loved ones in Heaven on December 15, 2015 after a courageous 18-month battle with Leukemia. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 18, 2015 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church. A visitation will be held 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17th, also at the church. She was born January 18. 1966 in...
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Norma Jean Cook

August 11, 1931 - December 7, 2015

Norma Jean Wikelund Cook, 84, of Des Moines passed away December 7, 2015. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 14, 2015 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd) Norma was born in Chicago Illinois August 11, 1931. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa in 1949, and Drake University with an Education Music degree in 1955. She was married and...
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Clifford Ray Holseid

July 10, 1921 - December 7, 2015

Clifford Holseid, 94 passed away peacefully on December 8, 2015. He was a loving Father, kind and caring man with a silly sense of humor. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, December 11, 2015 at Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 North Ankeny Blvd). Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Clifford was born July 10, 1921 to Ollie and Hattie (Sorenson ) Holseid. After high...
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Joshua Allen Vaughan

July 4, 1989 - December 5, 2015

Joshua A. Vaughan, 26, of Ankeny passed away unexpectedly December 5, 2015. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., December 10, 2015 at Elkhart Christian Church. A visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 9th, at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Josh was born July 4, 1989 in Des Moines, and graduated from Ankeny High School in 2007. He worked at...
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Gregory Loren Petersen

June 10, 1959 - November 30, 2015

Gregory Petersen, 56, of Dallas Center passed away of a heart attack November 30, 2015. A Memorial Gathering will be held 10:00 a.m. to noon, December 5, 2015 at the Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N Ankeny Blvd) Greg was born in Des Moines, IA. Beginning as a child he was a born mechanic. He owned and operated Honda Heaven in Dallas Center, until his passing. Greg is survived by his father,...
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Terri Ann Holliday

March 9, 1961 - November 26, 2015

Terri Ann Holliday, 54, of Ankeny passed away November 26, 2015. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N Ankeny Blvd) Terri was born in Des Moines, IA, March 9, 1961, and graduated from Urbandale High School. She enjoyed quilting, facebook, playing games, and spending time with her family. Terri is survived by her daughter...
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Raymond Wylie Thornton

October 31, 1949 - November 25, 2015

Raymond Wylie Thornton, 66, of Ankeny passed away November 25, 2015 at Altoona Nursing and Rehab. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 1 at Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 5 – 7:00p.m., Monday, Nov. 30th, also at Ankeny Memorial. Raymond was born Oct. 31, 1949 in Des Moines, to Warren and Dorothy Thornton. His favorite pastimes...
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Parker Elaine Lande

November 16, 2015 - November 22, 2015

Parker Elaine Lande passed away November 22, 2015 at Mercy Hospital after she was born prematurely November 16, 2015. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., November 25, 2015 at Fjeldberg Cemetery, south of Huxley. Parker is survived by her parents, Adam and Brittney Lande; grandparents, Vickie Wirtz and Don Owens, Troy and Dawn Wirtz, and Paul and Jan Lande; 1 great-aunt Mary Lande; 4...
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Mollie Suzanne Vallejo

September 30, 1974 - November 16, 2015

Mollie Suzanne (McKenna) Vallejo, 41, of Ankeny passed away after a long battle with cancer, November 16, 2015 A Funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 20, 2015 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church. A visitation will be held 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 19, also at the church, with a Rosary at 7:00. Mollie was born in Des Moines, Iowa, September 30, 1974. ...
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Amber Marie Brown

November 23, 1978 - November 10, 2015

Amber Marie (Henderson-Nuzum) Brown, of Altoona passed away November 10, 2015. A visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2015 at Memorial Services of Iowa Chapel (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A memorial service will follow at 7:00p.m. Amber was born November 23, 1978 in Des Moines, IA to Deborah Hoisington and Leon Fisher. She graduated from North High School. She was a proud...
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Frank John Matijevich

July 6, 1925 - November 1, 2015


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Mary Lou Hermann

May 17, 1932 - October 31, 2015

Mary Lou Hermann, 83, of Ankeny passed away October 31, 2015, at Mill Pond Retirement Community. Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Mary Lou was born May 17, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Lincoln High School. She moved to Ankeny in 1964 where...
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Wayne Bast

July 28, 1935 - October 29, 2015

Wayne R. Bast, 80, of Ankeny, IA, went to be with the Lord on October 29, 2015, surrounded by his loving family, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA. Wayne is survived by his five children, Valerie Rice and husband Jim of Des Moines, IA, Gregory Bast and wife Jan of Goldfield, IA, Lynnette Hastings and husband Dave of Ankeny, IA, Dynelle Heinz and husband David of Lecanto, FL, and Lisa Boes and...
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Marcia Lou Westgate

July 22, 1949 - October 20, 2015

Marcia L. Westgate, 66, of Ames, passed away October 20th, 2015 at Mary Greeley Hospital. Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m., October 24th, 2015 at Christ Community Church (5501 George Washington Carver Ave, Ames, IA). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service, also at the church. Marcia was born in Waterloo, IA. She graduated from Aplington High School, and later received...
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Norreen E. Perkins

December 25, 1934 - October 17, 2015

Norreen Perkins, 80, of Des Moines, passed away peacefully in the company of her family in hospice on October 17 after a prolonged battle with cancer. In accordance with her wishes, she was directly cremated, followed by a private ceremony for her immediate family. Norreen was born on Christmas day, 1934 to William and Harriet Anderson of Duncombe, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents,...
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Madonna Kay Wall

November 7, 1938 - October 14, 2015

Madonna (Clemens) Wall, 76, of Ankeny passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family October 14, 2015. Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. Madonna was born November 7, 1938 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was a member of the synchronized swimming team, and graduated from East High School. She then married her high school sweetheart,...
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Thomas C. Massy

November 2, 1930 - October 14, 2015

Thomas Cleaver Massy, 84, of Waterford Assisted Living in Ames, IA, went to be with his heavenly Father on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday October 17, 2015 at Memorial Services of IA (4208 N Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny IA), with burial at Story Memorial Gardens in Ames. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior, also at the funeral home. A gathering for...
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Norma Jean Ortega

December 15, 1930 - October 13, 2015

Norma Jean "Tillie" Ortega, 84, of Ankeny, Iowa (formerly Topeka, KS) passed away October 13, 2015. A visitation will be held in Ankeny, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., October 15, 2015, at the Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 North Ankeny Blvd.) Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, October 19, 2015 at Penwell Gabel Midtown Chapel (1321 S.W. 10th Ave, Topeka). A visitation will be held 5:00 to...
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Marilyn Ruth Shearer

January 21, 1939 - October 11, 2015

On Sunday, October 11th, Marilyn Ruth Shearer had the most perfect, peaceful passing while she was surrounded by her loved ones. As Pastor Tom and Pastor Troy were praying over her and her family was sharing their favorite memories, she was welcomed into the arms of Jesus. A visitation will be held Wednesday, October 14 from 5:00-7:00pm with family present at Memorial Services of Iowa Chapel ...
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Hilda Alvina Kabitzke

October 5, 1927 - October 9, 2015

Hilda Alvina Kabitzke, 88, of Alleman passed into eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on October 9, 2015. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at the Ankeny Memorial Gardens Chapel (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Hilda was born to Albert and Freida (Noack) Scharf on October 5, 1927 in San Antonio, TX....
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Carol Lee Paullin

April 16, 1942 - October 4, 2015

Carol Lee Paullin, 73, of Ankeny passed away October 4, 2015 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, 2:00 p.m., October 8, 2015 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Carol is survived by her husband Rex, a son Scott, a stepson and a step daughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, and first son...
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Betty Jean Frank

May 17, 1923 - October 4, 2015

Betty J. Frank, 92, of Johnston passed away October 4, 2015. Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.) Betty was born in Des Moines, Iowa May 17, 1923, to an Italian-Irish family. She attended and graduated from the old North High School in Des Moines. She met Jake Frank at Riverview Park in Des Moines, and they were...
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Roger John Schenke

August 7, 1935 - September 22, 2015

Roger John Schenke, 80, of Ankeny passed away September 22, 2015, at Bright Kavanaugh House. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., September 25, 2015 at the Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Roger was born in Colesburg, IA, the son of Russell and Violet (Ross), and graduated from Greeley High School in 1953. He joined the...
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Afton Opal Allen

March 25, 2013 - September 20, 2015

Afton Opal Allen, daughter of Ryen and Dana (Earles) Allen, was born on March 25th, 2013 and went to heaven September 20, 2015. A service will be held from 6-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N. Ankeny IA) Please join us after the service to celebrate her life at Jethros (1425 SW Vintage Parkway, Ankeny, IA) Afton was born at only 25 weeks...
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Douglas Miller Ellingson

October 6, 1959 - September 18, 2015

Doug Ellingson, 55, of Polk City passed away September 18, 2015 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston after an epic battle with colon cancer. A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at the middle parking lot, at Saylorville Marina. Doug was born October 6, 1959 in Decorah, IA. He graduated from Hoover High School, in Des Moines in 1979, and went on to graduate...
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Richard Roy Hansen

March 25, 1929 - September 13, 2015

Richard Roy Hansen, 86, of Ankeny, Iowa passed away at the Madrid Home on September 13, 2015 after prolonged illness from pancreatic cancer and Alzheimer's disease. A funeral mass will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 18, 2015 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church, in Ankeny, IA. A visitation will be held Thursday Sept. 17th, from 5 to 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 4:45, and prayer service at...
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Juanita Truesdell-Beatty

April 18, 1925 - September 5, 2015

Juanita Truesdell-Beatty, 90, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2015, Juanita was born in River Sioux, Iowa, the daughter of Rhoden and Mary Jane (Dungan) Sample. She was raised in Missouri Valley in 'Seaton's Addition' until she moved to Minneapolis, MN where she attended Minnesota Bible College. Juanita was the activities director of Westmont Care Center in Logan, Iowa...
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Merlin Echtenkamp

June 20, 1931 - August 19, 2015

Merlin Echtenkamp, 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at Taylor House Hospice. Merlin was born June 20, 1931 in Randolph, Nebraska to Harry and Caroline Echtenkamp. He spent his childhood in Belden, Nebraska. On June 16, 1951 he married the love of his life, Beverly Conklin. Merlin proudly served in the Army from 1952-1954, and served for 18...
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Mary Rose Kent

June 19, 1927 - August 19, 2015

Mary Rose Kent, 88, of Ankeny passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m., Sunday August 23rd at Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Mary Rose was born in Guthrie County June 19, 1927 to John and Rosetta Rees. She is survived by her husband of 49 years Duaine...
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Carrol "Gus" Schwaderer

December 18, 1927 - August 18, 2015

Carrol "Gus" Edwin Schwaderer, 87, of Ankeny passed away August 18, 2015 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 22, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Elkhart, Iowa. A visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 6:30 Friday August 21, also at the church. Gus was born December 18, 1927 near Guthrie...
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Kathy JoAnn Mook

October 10, 1959 - August 13, 2015

Kathy JoAnn Mook, 55, of Osceola passed away Aug. 13, 2015 at Taylor Hospice House. A memorial gathering will take place 11:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Aug. 22, 2015 at the Osceola Eagles Lodge. Kathy was born October 10, 1959 in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Martensdale-St. Mary's High School in 1978. She lived in Osceola where she raised her 2 children, and worked for Siemans and Winnebago. ...
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Micheal William Hutton

March 20, 1935 - August 1, 2015

Micheal W. Hutton Sr., 80, of Ankeny passed away peacefully August 1, 2015. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny. A visitation will be held 6 -8:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Ankeny Memorial Chapel, with a prayer vigil at 8:00 p.m. Micheal was born March 20, 1935 in Des Moines to Street and Mary Hutton. He graduated...
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Jarrett L. Peterson

February 17, 1968 - July 25, 2015

Jarrett L. Peterson, 47, died unexpectedly in his sleep Saturday, July 25, 2015. The son of Jerold and Joyce Peterson of Ames, Jarrett was born on February 17, 1968 in Ames, Iowa. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Tele-communicative Arts from Iowa State University in 1991. From a young age, Jarrett was destined to be in communications. Whether it was getting a grade in high school changed...
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Stanley E. Lassegard

August 25, 1931 - July 21, 2015

Stan Lassegard, 83, was born in Mitchell, South Dakota to Thomas and Minnie Lassegard. After two years of army service, Stan graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1958. He worked as Branch Manager of the Ames office of the Social Security Admin. for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He served on the Alzheimer's Chapter Executive Board. For many years, Stan served as the Service Committee...
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Roy Robert DeMoss

April 24, 1940 - July 16, 2015

Roy Robert DeMoss, Jr., 75, of Ames was promoted to heaven July 16, 2015 and finally made it home. He was reunited with JoAnn, his wife of 51 years. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, at Grace Bible Church (308 Mathews Dr., Gilbert). A visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, also at the church. Roy was born on April 24, 1940, in Ames, Iowa,...
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Julia "Madonna" Kasper

September 12, 1917 - July 15, 2015

Julia "Madonna" Kasper, 97, of Ankeny passed away July 15, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2015 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church, in Ankeny. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the mass. Madonna was born September 12, 1917 in Des Moines, Iowa to George and Mary Pierick. She graduated from East High School. She married Andrew Kasper June 17, 1939...
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Amanda Kay (Hall) Morrill

November 12, 1982 - June 26, 2015

Amanda K. (Hall) Morrill, 32, of Bondurant went to heaven June 26, 2015. A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A service celebrating her life will be held at 7:00 p.m., following the visitation. Amanda was born Nov. 12, 1982, in Memphis, TN. She graduated from Urbandale High School in 2001, and then...
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Shirley May Parrish

May 1, 1938 - June 21, 2015

Shirley May Parrish, 77, of Ankeny was greeted by the Lord Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Taylor House Hospice. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday June 27, 2015 at Ankeny United Church of Christ (602 S.E. Delaware Ave.) with burial to follow at Oralabor Cemetery where she will join her late husband Bill, who passed away 20 days earlier. A visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday...
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Paul Anthony Seuferer

December 16, 1932 - June 19, 2015

Paul A. Seuferer, 82, of Ankeny died June 19, 2015 at his home surrounded by family. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church. A visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. to 7:30p.m., Tuesday, June 23rd at Ankeny Memorial Chapel (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Rosary will be said at 5:30, and a Prayer Service will be held at 7:30. Paul was born...
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James Vidal Diaz

June 21, 1926 - June 18, 2015

James V. Diaz, 88, of Ankeny passed away early Thursday morning, June 18, 2015. His last moments were spent with his wife Ruby at his side. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 22, 2015 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. James was born June 21, 1926 in Quito, Ecuador. He moved to the U.S....
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