John Ashby, 61, died Friday, March 5, 2004 at Kavanagh House on 56th Street. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 9 at Eastwood Church of the Bible (2940 E Ovid Ave). Interment will follow the service at Highland Memory Gardens.
John was born in Iowa City to Howard and Margaret Ashby on May 14, 1942. He went to school in Prairie City and served in the Army Reserves. John worked for the State of Iowa at the Hoover Building and served as a security guard for Camp Dodge and PerMar.
John will be missed by his daughters, Kittylyn (Olin) Robinson and Kristylyn (Brian) Terry of Des Moines; sons, Mikeal John (Roberta) Ashby of Guthrie Center, Rick (Christal) Ashby of Des Moines, and Charles Ashby; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by his brother, Larry Ashby of Tulsa, OK and sisters, Helen (Duane) Harris and Janice (Bill) Hebron of Des Moines.
Visitation for John will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 8 at Brooks Funeral Care – Tonini Chapel. Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice Kavanagh House on 56th Street.
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John (Jack) William Schlemmer, 81, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center of a heart attack. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, March 5th at West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 George Mills Civic Parkway. Family will greet friends at the church from 3:30 p.m. until the time of the service Friday.
Jack was born in Council Bluffs, IA. He moved to West Des Moines in 1960 to work for Brenton Bank. He retired from Bank of America (formerly Plaza Bank) in 1986. Jack was a very active member of the West Des Moines Christian Church, past president of the Downtown Lions Club, and volunteered at the Blood Center of Central Iowa. He served his country in the US Navy during WWII.
Jack will be missed by his wife of 60 years, Joann; 2 sons, David (Anne-Marie) of Maitland, FL and Don of Des Moines; 2 daughters, Nancy (Bob) Goldhammer of Clive and Debby (Frank) Gresh of Edmund, OK; 4 grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; 2 step great grandchildren; a brother, Conrad; and a sister, Ruth Marshall, both of Council Bluffs, IA.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Jack’s church or the Blood Center of Central Iowa.
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G. Lorraine Leo
Memorial Mass for Lorraine Leo will be held 10:30 AM Wedensday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church of which she was a member.
Lorraine was born in Chariton Iowa and graduated from high school in Osceola. She owned and operated a ceramics product company. She enjoyed arts and crafts and was a member of St. Anthony's Altar and Rosary Society.
Lorraine will be missed by her husband of 35 years Joseph, her children, Don (Cinda) Young, Bonnie (Mike) O'Tool, Arlene (Verle) Akes and Darlene (Mike) Smith, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, 4 sisters, Dorothy Strayer, Donna Powell, Carol Elsworth, Deanna Whitlatch, and 1 brother, George Norton. She was preceded in death by her first husband Jack Young.
Memorial contributions suggested to her church, American Cancer Society or Mercy Hospice.
Lonnie C. Roberson
Lonnie C. Roberson, 57, died July 19 in Rockport, ME. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 26 at Brooks Funeral Care-University Chapel. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Lonnie was born in Maine and moved to the Des Moines area in 1977. He was employed at Ambico and was most recently a stockbroker prior to retirement.
Lonnie loved nature and being outdoors. He enjoyed fly fishing, gardening, the Boston Celtics and basketball. Lonnie also liked remodeling. He had a great sense of humor and made everyone around him laugh.
Lonnie will be missed by his sons, Joshua, Nicholas and Torey; daughters, Lindsay Roberson-Sayers and Chelsea; four grandchildren, Ethan, Connor, Kaleb and Alexandra; mother, Evelyn Roberson; brother, Terry Roberson; the mother of his children, Nancy Roberson; and his fiancé Abby Shrik.
Lois Elaine Neely, 74, died September 17, 2004 of cardiac arrest at Mercy Hospital. No services are planned at this time. Burial will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.
Lois was born in Boone and had lived in Carlisle for 46 years. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her youngest grandson, Justin, and having coffee with her sister, Sharon.
Lois' close friends were very important to her and she appreciated all the time spent on her by her "family of friends" at the Mercy Dialysis Unit.
Lois is survived by her daughter, Kathryn L. Asher; sons, Donald P. Neely and Steven R. Neely; three grandsons; three stepgrandchildren; two great-granddaughters; sisters, Sharon, JoAnn, Beenie, Janet Ray and Faye; and brother, Dale.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Neely.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Carlisle Fire & Rescue.
Mildred Mary Hettinger died at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines on September 15, 2004. She had been a resident of Ramsey Home for several years.
Mildred was born to John A. and Mary Hanks in Corydon, IA, on September 25, 1904, the youngest of four children. The family moved to Des Moines in 1912 and she lived the rest of her life there.
She was a graduate of East High School, the first of her family to complete a high school education. On June 30, 1922 she married Harvey H. Hettinger, a veteran of World War I. Mildred worked at the Book Bindery on East 22nd and Grand and in the Alteration Department of Younkers both for many years.
She was a member of Grand Park Christian Church and the Union Park Garden Club. She loved doing handwork and her flowers gardens were the talk of the neighborhood.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers and numerous other relatives including a very special nephew, Orbin W. Hanks. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Ron Koeppel; four grandchildren, Todd Koeppel (Heather), Dr. Traci Duncanson (Michael), Terry and Tammi McClain (Garrett); and nine great-grandchildren. Included in those who survive is a niece, Mildred Maxine Rich of California who loved her very much.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, September 20 at Brooks Funeral Care-University Chapel, with Fr. Wayne Gubbels presiding. The family will greet friends on Sunday from 5 until 7 p.m. with a Wake service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grant Park Christian Church, St. Theresa Catholic Church or Holy Trinity Catholic Church in her name.
Marian Audrey Williams, 84, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2004 at Hospice Kavanagh House on 56th Street in Des Moines. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 6 at Resthaven Cemetery.
Marian was born in West Des Moines in 1919 and graduated from Valley High School. She was a very active member of West Des Moines Christian Church.
Marian is survived by her son, George (Marcia) Williams; grandchildren, Melissa Williams and Scott (Camille) Williams; great-granddaughter, Jada Williams; step-grandchildren, Jeff (Joan) Way, Mike Way, Denise Way and Jon (Miyuki) Way; step-great-grandchildren, Heather, Ryan, Stephanie, and Stephen Way; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill and step-grandson, David Way.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of Central Iowa.
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Services for Nina LaRaine Hedden McKiness Eyster will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 18 at St. Augustin's Catholic Church in Des Moines. The family will receive visitors from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Brooks Funeral Care-University Chapel.
Nina was born February 24, 1928 in Nora Springs, IA, the seventh child of Lila (Dean) and Harry Hedden. She was a graduate of Nora Springs High School and married Daniel W. McKiness to whom three children were born, Patrick, Candice and Tralee McKiness. Dan was killed in an auto accident in 1957.
While living in Mason City, she was den mother for the Boy Scouts and Brownie pack. She was active in her church by being President of the St. Joseph's Church Circle and was Vice-President of St. Helena's Tabernacle Society. She was a long term board member and secretary of the Migrant Action Program which helped migrant workers in the Mason City area. She was President of the Mason City Pilot Club. She served as President of the American Field Service who sponsored the International Student Exchange Program.
She married Bill Eyster in 1962 and moved to Des Moines in 1971. There she served as President of the Des Moines Pilot Club. She received appointment from Pilot International as Director of International Affairs Community who worked to promote care and hope in the very special arts. She was founder and charter president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, NARI and was listed in their Who's Who Book of Certified Remodelers. She was a past member of the Des Moines Club and Embassy Club. Nina was President and co-founder of Retsye Industries, was COE for Allied Windows and a factory rep for Heartland Windows until her retirement in 2001. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of many bridge clubs. She was also an avid gardener.
Nina is survived by Sarah McKiness of West Des Moines, Candice (David) Jorgensen of Des Moines and Tralee (Mark) Thomas of Mason City; grandchildren, Zoe McKiness McCuddin (Mike), Seth McKiness, Michael and Amanda Jorgensen and Eric and Jason Thomas; and great-grandson, Jack Patrick McCuddin. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Daniel McKiness and William Eyster; and her son, Patrick.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nina Eyster Memorial Fund. Nina would like to thank all of her family and friends for their support throughout her illness. She would also like to thank the Mercy Radiology Department, cancer wing, hospice house and above all Dr. Westberg and Dr. Deming.
Kenneth L. Fenton
Services will be held 7:00 PM Friday at Brooks Funeral Care Tonini Chapel for Kenneth who died of cancer September 1, 2004. Kenneth was born in Dodge City, Kansas, August 26, 1941.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife; Karen, children; Jamie Blaylock, Ken Jr. and Shannon Wood, 3 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, a brother Denny and many cousins and friends.
Visitation will begin 3:00 PM Friday.
Ned P. Chiodo, Sr.
Mass of Christian Burial for Ned P. Chiodo, Sr., age 89, who died Saturday at Wesley Acres will be celebrated 10 A.M. Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Ned was retired from Deere and Company and served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Bellizzi- MacRae American Legion.
Ned is survived by his 4 children, Ned Jr. (Nancy), Catherine, Rosemarie (John) Yost and Sam (Debra) and 8 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and son.
Visitation will be held 3-8 P.M. Monday with a 7 P.M. Rosary at the BFCTC. Memorial contributions suggested to St. Anthony’s Parish Foundation.
Neva Dell Waggoner, 86, of Mercy Hospice in Johnston, IA, passed away from Congestive Heart Failure on Tuesday, July 20. The funeral will be held at West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, on Saturday, July 24 at 11 a.m. Burial will immediately follow at Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation will precede the service from 10 to 11 a.m.
Mrs. Waggoner was born near Macksburg and had lived in Webster City and Ames before moving to West Des Moines, where she lived for 33 years before moving to McAuely Terrace in Johnston and 3801 Grand assisted living in Des Moines.
In school, she sang and accompanied music groups, was active in drama and played on the girl's basketball team. After acting tryouts, she was selected to appear in lead roles of several Iowa State Fair productions. She was Valedictorian of her Senior Class and was awarded a scholarship to Simpson College.
In addition to being an accomplished accompanist and vocalist, she played hand bells, taught piano and directed choirs.
Mrs. Waggoner was a member of the West Des Moines Christian Church and had been active in Women's Club. She was a member and organist of The Order of Eastern Star in Webster City.
She had been the Civic Newcomer Hostess in Ames and upon moving to West Des Moines, she became the Helpful Hostess of West Des Moines. She retired in 1977. Although a very active person throughout her life, her main focus was her family and home.
She is survived by two sons, Elwin (Carolyn) of Wyandotte, MI, and John (Lois) of Urbandale; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don.
Memorial contributions may be made to her church or Mercy Hospice, 5820 Winwood Dr., Johnston, IA 50131.
Nancy C. Ritchie, 79, beloved wife, mother and gradmother, died September 23, 2004 after a long illness at Hospice Kavanagh House in Des Moines. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Indianola with burial in IOOF Cemetery.
She was born Marshalltown and spent her youth in Chilicothe, MO before moving to West Des Moines and then to Indianola where she resided for the past 36 years. Mrs. Ritchie was a homemaker, a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church and an avid sportsperson, but enjoyed being her grandchildren's biggest fan at their sports activities.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Berkley Ritchie of Indianola; a son, Donald Ritchie of Milo; three daughters, Donna McDonald of Minneapolis, MN, Susan Johnson of Indianola, and Sharon Owens of Milo; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Charles Cesar of Flagstaff, AZ and Ben Cesar of Bettendorf.
Visitation will be Monday at Brooks Funeral Care-University Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to her church.