Des Moines, IA Obituaries

Newton Daily News

Mildred O. Hess

Mildred O. “Mickey” Hess, 90, of Newton, died Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Park Centre. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24 at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. The family will greet friends after the service with a lunch at the funeral home. The family requests masks be worn during the service. Memorials to Park Centre Garden View may be mailed to the funeral home.
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James "Jim" Zitzmann, Indianola

Celebration of Life services for James “Jim” Zitzmann, 84, who passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021, will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Indianola. Inurnment with Military Honors will follow in the IOOF Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.
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Donald Mackaman 91

Donald Mackaman 91, of Marshalltown, IA passed away Friday, September 17, 2021, at the Suites of Ankeny. Arrangements are pending at Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown. Online condolences may be sent to
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David Uhde, 55

David Uhde, 55, of Union, Iowa, passed away on the evening of September 15, 2021, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames surrounded by his loving family. Services for David will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, beginning at 1:30 P.M. at New Hope Christian Church. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021, from 5:00-8:00 at New Hope Christian Church. Memorials in David’s name may be directed to the family for a later designation. For additional information or to send a condolence please visit or call 641-844-1234.

Widow: Unvaccinated to Blame for Vaccinated Iowa Man's Death

An Iowa woman whose husband died from a breakthrough COVID-19 infection is blaming Americans who refuse to mask or get vaccinated. “It’s that kind of attitude that killed my husband,” Ardith Keplinger, whose husband, Gary Keplinger, of Mount Ayr, was buried this month, told the Des Moines Register. In his...
International Business Times

Iowa Widow Blames Unvaccinated Americans For Fully Vaccinated Husband’s Death

A woman in Iowa has expressed her anger toward Americans who refuse to get inoculated or wear masks in public, indoor spaces after she lost her fully vaccinated husband to COVID-19 last month. Ardith Keplinger's 77-year-old husband, Gary Keplinger, of Mount Ayr, died of a "breakthrough" COVID-19 infection on Aug....

Marylou Daniel, 71

Marylou Daniel, 71, lifelong resident of Marshalltown, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Per the wishes of Marylou and her family, cremation rites have been accorded under the care of the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. A family-led celebration of life will take place at 107 North Main Street in Laurel on Friday, September 17 at 4:00 P.M. For condolences, please visit or call 641-844-1234.
Newton Daily News

Hazel Irene Belzer

Hazel Irene (Allison) Belzer, 91, of Newton, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the Bright Kavanagh House in Des Moines. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at Newton Memorial Park Cemetery. Following the graveside service, the family will greet friends until 4:30 p.m. at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to EveryStep Hospice to be left at the funeral home.

Mary LuAnn Nichols

Celebration of life for Mary LuAnn Nichols, 67 of Melcher will be held on Tuesday, September 21st from 5:00-7:00pm at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas. Burial will be held at a later date at Waveland Cemetery in Prairie City. Memorials made be made in care of LuAnn’s family.
Chariton Leader

Beverly Joan (Espeland) Christensen

Beverly Joan Christensen (Espeland) passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 85 years old with the surrounding love of her daughters. For friends and family in the Chariton, Iowa area a Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2021 starting at 1:00 p.m. with a luncheon being served first followed by the Celebration of Life. Church services are optional which will start at 10:30 a.m. prior to the luncheon and Celebration of Life service. Location: Chariton Community Center 915 Osage Ave. Chariton, Iowa 50049.
Chariton Leader

Johnny B. Heston

Johnny B. Heston passed away on September 5th, 2021 at 3:15 a.m. in Olathe, Kansas. Born in 1957 to John and Rose Heston in Des Moines Iowa, he grew up with an older and younger sister on the family farm in Derby, Iowa. In 1977, Johnny graduated from AIB in...
Chariton Leader

Mary Wanda Brown

Mary Wanda Brown passed away Sept. 3, 2021, of natural causes at her daughter’s home in Des Moines, Iowa. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Cambria Cemetery. Mary was born Jan. 24, 1932, to Mary Nina and Willie Finckbone in Gravity, Iowa. Mary...
Newton Daily News

Doris Jane Birkenholz

Doris Jane Birkenholz, 86, was born Nov. 2, 1934, in Knoxville, the daughter of Lloyd and Wilda Mae (Myers) Kingery. Jane was a graduate of the Newton Senior High School, Class of 1952. On July 26, 1952, Jane was united in marriage to Henry C. “Hank” Birkenholz in Elkton, Md....

Bart Olson

Bartholomew J. “Bart” Olson, son of Bill Olson and Sherrill Lorraine (Pearson) Olson was born July 21, 1971 in Des Moines and passed from this life Sunday, September 5, 2021, at Clarke County Hospital at 50 years of age. Bart lived a “solitary” life but had a very generous heart....

Amber Marie Burton

Services for Amber Marie Burton age 42, of Des Moines will be held 10:00am Saturday, September 18th at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola. Cremation will follow services. Visitation will be held 3:00-8:00pm Friday at the funeral home, where family will be present from 4:00-8:00pm.
Newton Daily News

Gerald Wilcox

Gerald “JR” Wilcox, 62, of rural Newton, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at his home. A memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the First Christian Church in Newton. The family will greet friends after the service with a lunch at the church. The Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory is handling arrangements.

Sharon Nadiene Johnson, Des Moines

Sharon Nadiene Johnson passed away from pancreatic cancer at Bright Kavanagh House in Des Moines on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at the age of 84. Sharon loved square dancing, bowling, gardening and playing with her great-grandchildren. Sharon asked for no formal funeral or viewing. There will be a celebration of life for family members. Those wishing to honor her life can donate in her name to the Bright Kavanagh House.