Ronald D. Grove
West Des Moines
Ronald D. Grove, 72, died peacefully at his home early Monday, May 22, 2006 following a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in West Des Moines. The funeral service will be held Friday, May 26, at 12 noon at Sacred Heart Church in West Des Moines. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.
Ron was born December 7, 1933 in Dows, Iowa. He graduated from Clarion High School in 1951 then served honorably in the U.S. Navy for three years. Following college, he enjoyed a distinguished 45-year career as a Grain Merchandiser with various companies in the Midwest. In 2004, he retired after 18 years at Heartland Coop in West Des Moines. Throughout his life he enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Dorie of West Des Moines; three sons, Todd Grove of Garner, IA; Dave (Susie) Grove of Broomfield, CO; Doug (Patti) Grove of Naperville, IL; daughter, Amy (Paul) Bejarno of Clive, IA; ten grandchildren, Patrick Grove, Joe Grove, Sarah Grove, Grace Grove, Jack Grove, Thomas Bejarno, Abbey Bejarno, Natalie Bejarno, Jordan Voss and Taylor Voss.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard D. Grove; mother, Sophie Grove and brother, Leonard D. Grove, Jr.
The Family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Robert Shreck and his associates, Jane and Tammy. In addition, Hospice of Central Iowa and two of their fine associates, Kathy and Dana. Their care, comfort and support were greatly appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Central Iowa.
Memorial services for Geraldine (Jerry) Phillips will be 11 a.m. Monday, November 29 at the United Methodist Church in Osceola, with visitation one hour prior to services.
Geraldine was known as a very good cook and enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She was a member of the Nifty Needle Club, Sarah Rebekah Lodge and the United Methodist Church. Geraldine worked as a nurses aid at Clarke County Hospital, retiring in 1972.
Geraldine will be missed by her husband of 62 years, Charles; three children, Linda Fenton, Ivan (Julita) Phillips and Mary Ann Phillips; two grandsons, Tracy Fenton and Stacy Fenton; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, John, Donald, Rodman and Dennis "Dale"; one sister, Beverly Poe; and special friends, Steven and Anna Frohling and family and Jack and Sandy Goodrich and family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church in Osceola.
George Russell Patrick, 89, passed away on May 8, 2006. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at Bayard United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held today from 4 to 7p.m. also at the church.
George was born April 23, 1917 in Fort Pierre, South Dakota. He was the youngest son of Lorenzo Denton and Carrie Etheldred Seacord Patrick. He grew up on the family's homestead near Vivian, South Dakota and graduated from high school at Fort Pierre in 1934. He moved with his family to Iowa in 1937. He married Byrdene Esslinger February 8, 1944, in Guthrie Center, Iowa and they made their home on the family farm and farmed.
After retiring in 1978, he moved to Bagley, Iowa and worked part time for Garst Seeds in Coon Rapids, Iowa. He enjoyed collecting antiques and refinishing furniture in his later years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and a 4-H leader.
He is survived by his children, Colleen Montelongo, Bondurant; Jeannie (Jack) Stone, Bob (Karen) Patrick, Bill (Patti) Patrick, Steve (Tracy) Patrick, all of Bayard; and Dennis (Kim) Patrick of Guthrie Center; his 14 grandchildren and his five great-grandsons.
He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Leonard, Francis and Leslie, and one grandson, Juvenico Montelongo.
Frank Ketterer died Tuesday, June 13, at home after a long battle with melanoma cancer. There will be an immediate cremation, as were his wishes.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 at Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church at 4601 Douglas Avenue.
Frank was born August 14, 1925 in Maspeth Long Island, New York, the son of Jack and Minnie Ketterer. When Frank was yet a baby his father passed on but he was well nurtured by his nine older brothers and sisters. His mother and all but one brother, Harold in New York, are deceased.
In 1942 Frank graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Brooklyn New York. His country was at war so he immediately joined the navy where he qualified for the submarine branch and served most of his four years in the South Pacific. Upon discharge in 1946 he met and married Mavis, his wife of sixty years.
Frank was an active member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 347 for over fifty years. One of his great joys was teaching and working with the apprentice program.
Square and Round dancing became an important part of his life in 1972. Franks talents as a dancer and a teacher provided both he and Mavis with many hours of enjoyment and satisfaction. Many dancing friends were made over the years.
Son Daniel (Sue) and Nancy Jo Hawbaker (David) blessed him with five grandchildren. Joe, James, David Jr., Dustin and Erin. Also two great grandsons, Alexander and Anthony.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Iowa Hospice of Johnston, Iowa.
Erma Louise, (Forte) Prosperi 95, passed away May 15, 2006. She was at home with those who loved her.
She was a feisty, Italian wife and mother, active in St. Anthony's Church. Erma was a professional seamstress and arguably the best Italian cook in Des Moines.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, May 19, 2006 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 18, 4 to 7 p.m. at Tonini Chapel, with a 7 p.m. wake.
Erma is survived by daughter, Suzanne Kiernan, Aurora, CO; sons, Robert Prosperi (Jan), West Des Moines and Thomas Prosperi, Des Moines; and sister, Mary Partee, Des Moines. She leaves behind eight grandchildren and nine (almost) great-grandchildren.
Erma slipped softly away to join Ray, her husband of 70 years, to continue their unique and loving life together. The family requests that gifts of remembrance be made to Hospice of Central Iowa.
Dorothy Searcy, 84, passed away on May 9, 2006, at the Kavanagh House Hospice on Grand Ave in West Des Moines. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2006, at the Summit Hill Cemetery in Pocahontas.
Dorothy was born in Rolfe, Iowa before moving to Palo Alto, CA. She was a manager there for Edy’s Candies and Ice Cream until her retirement in 1984. She returned to Iowa following her retirement. She volunteered for the Van Meter Public Library and was a library board trustee since 1994. She was also a member of Community Club in Van Meter. She loved to travel and never missed an opportunity to take off on an adventure with family and friends.
Dorothy will be missed by her sons, Garth and Gary (Judy) Searcy of Des Moines; her daughters, Gerri Taylor of Chandler, AZ; Gwenn Stewart of Tucson, AZ; and Gail (Chris) Groves of Brandon, FL; her sister, Phyllis Aschenbrenner of Laurens, IA; twelve grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, one brother and a grandson.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Central Iowa.
Edith "Polly" Jay died January 13, 2005 at Park Centre Facility in Newton, Iowa. She was a former resident of Maxwell.
Polly is survived by her husband, Lyle; son, Jack; and daughters, Susanne Fales and Julie Johnson.
Nov. 24, 1943 - May 17, 2006
Visitation for Daniel Payne will be held on Friday, May 19, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
David Logan Fleming, "Frogfur," passed away Thursday evening at home in the company of his wife, Beth Davis- Fleming, and his family and friends. David was a man of the people, and was loved and well respected by all who knew him.
David was retired from Fisher's in Marshalltown. He was an active member of the UAW, the Democratic Party, the Iowa Veteran's Council and numerous other community organizations. Whenever anyone asked him how he was doing, David was fond of saying, "Finer than Frogfur." He was indeed up to the end.
David was born on July 3, 1946 in Waterloo and raised in Traer, Iowa to Logan and Grace Fleming, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Beth; brother, Bill Fleming (Kathleen Beebout-Fleming) of Des Moines; sister, Mary Shultz (Loren) of Portland, OR; niece, Jennifer Fleming of West Point, NY; nephews, Jeff Fleming (Kit) of Houston, TX, Jim Fleming of Atlanta, GA, Dan Fleming of Sarasota, FL, Chris Van Doren of Ankeny, Kurt Van Doren of Chico, CA, and Rob Van Doren of Des Moines; three stepsons and one stepdaughter; eleven step-grandchildren; and numerous step-nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. Dave is also survived by his special son, Sayasat "Simon" Nurbek of Kazakhstan. Other family members are step-siblings, Shirley (Ken) Thompson of Keokuk, IA, Joe (Diana) Fleming of Madison, WI, and Bill (Eileen) Fleming of Glenwood, IA (deceased).
Brooks Funeral Care is in charge of cremation. The family will receive friends at Dave and Beth's home at 103 North 13th Ave. in Marshalltown. Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at the Malloy Leisure Resource Center at the Iowa Veterans' Home.
Frogfur was fond of referring to Beth's flowers as "weeds" and was a great proponent of avoiding lawn work by suggesting all yards should be paved and painted green, thus, memorial contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers.
Donald D. Driscoll
Donald D. Driscoll was born Sept. 16, 1934, in Cedar Rapids IA to Francis and Agnes Driscoll. He found the girl of his dreams, Marlene Thompson, with whom he had 50 wonderful years. He served in the National Guard for eight years and was a member of the Teamsters. He was president and member of the Story City Jaycees in 1970, received a JCI Senatorship Award with highest honors.
After retiring from the insurance business, he spent his time building crafts, working in the barn, and riding the golf cart with his grandchildren.
Don is survived by his wife, Marlene (Molly), three daughters, Kim (Bill) Warrick, Chris Ames, Diana (Eric) Morehouse, two sons, David ( Jacki) and Tod (Sherry). 13 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
His wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will miss his witty sense of humor, and outstanding and interesting stories he would tell.
We love you and will deeply miss you.
Graveside services will be held at Oralabor Cemetery in Ankeny, IA on Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 10:30 a.m.
Darin Dean Carter, 29, formerly of Des Moines, died Monday, November 1, 2004 at St. Pats Hospital in Missoula, MT. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Brooks Funeral Care University Chapel.
He was born in Des Moines and graduated from Valley High School in 1993. Darin was employed with Earls Distribution as a delivery driver after moving to Missola, MT from Des Moines in 2001. He enjoyed fishing, hiking, photography, camping and was an avid outdoorsman.
Darin is survived by his parents, Harrison "Sonny" and Vicki Carter of West Des Moines; a brother, Shawn (Gina) Carter, of West Des Moines; a sister, Kerry Carter of Boulder, CO; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and his beloved cat, Miss Kitty.
Memorials may be made to the Animal Rescue League.