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Deborah Adams (Lande)

Deceased Date: 2009-01-09
Deborah "Deb" Lynn Lande-Adams age 53, died Friday, January 9, 2009, at Israel Family Hospice in Ames surrounded by her family after a long courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

A gathering of friends and family will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 16, 2009, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way. A Celebration of Deb's life will be held on Saturday, January 17, at 1:30 p.m. at the Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames, Iowa.

Deb is survived by her mother, Glendora Clark of Ames; father and stepmother Fred and Kay Lande of Ames; sisters Denise Metheny and her partner Susan Yeager of Chariton and Diane and Ralph Merrill of Smithfield UT; step-children Jared Adams of San Francisco and Emily Adams of Des Moines; step-grandson Stephen Hastings of Des Moines; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to the Collegiate United Methodist Church or the Bliss Cancer Center.

Grandon Funeral and Cremation Center is assisting the family.
Jane (Carlsen) Brandt - February 16th, 2023
Deb, You were always so kind. Never Forgotten.

Thomas Allen

Deceased Date: 1995-08-31
Thomas Allen, 40, West Plantation Boulevard, Lake Mary, died Thursday, August 31, 1995. Mr. Allen was a manager for Aaron Rental.

Born in Ames, Iowa, he moved to Central Florida in 1985. He was Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; sons Brandon and Douglas, both of Sanford; daughter Stephanie, of Ames; brothers Danny of Ames, Joseph of Marshalltown, and Scott of North Mankato, Minn.

Brisson Funeral Home, Sanford.
Jane (Carlsen) Brandt - June 22nd, 2023
Never forgotten!

Robert Amemiya

Birth Date: 1955-10-30
Graduation year: 1973
Deceased Date: 2016-07-13
Robert was the son of Grace and Minoru Amemiya, long-time residents of Ames, and brother of Michael. He graduated from Iowa State in 1977 as a Zoology major.

After graduating, Robert moved westward, first to Arvada, Colorado, and then to multiple cities in California including Modesto, Huntington Beach, San Francisco, and Long Beach. He had a long and successful career in restaurant and retail management.

In 1984 he married Patricia. In the late 80s they moved to Long Beach, where they remained until he passed away in 2016 from colon cancer. He was survived by Patricia.

We remember Robert as a joyful person who would have so enjoyed meeting up with the rest of his Ames High pals at this reunion. He loved getting together with his friends and family to tell stories, drink good wine and cook great meals. We miss his spark of impish humor and loyal friendship.

--Flora McMartin and John Carlson
Jane (Carlsen) Brandt - June 22nd, 2023
Never forgotten!

Mark Bell

Birth Date: 1954-11-14
Deceased Date: 2014-04-02
Mark Dwight Bell, 59, passed away after a lengthy illness on April 2, 2014. Mark was born November 14, 1954, in Ames, Iowa. He graduated from high school in Ames, Iowa. Mark moved to Texas and was a tower crane operator for 30 years. Survived by: his wife of 15 years, Kelly Bell; children, Jessica Lopez and husband Michael, Robert Graham and his wife Jenny, and Melinda Bell; grandchildren, McKinli Lopez, Autumn Graham, Kaylie Graham, Bobby Graham, and Cole Graham; parents, Mel and Jonnie Bell; 3 brothers, Tom, Lawrence, and Danny; 3 sisters, Sue Ann, Jackque, and Pam; and 1 niece and 3 nephews. Memorial service in Iowa is pending.
Kristi Fritsch Spoth - February 16th, 2023
I was able to visit with Mark’s sister, and she had these remembrances of her brother. Mark had one daughter, Melinda, and his 90-year-old mother was determined to represent Mark at her wedding in 2021. It was a very long day, but she accomplished her goal, but regrettably died a few months later. Some of Jacque’s other memories of Mark aka: John Henry Very competitive every game he played: monopoly, cribbage, backgammon, pool and golf He loved to watch Wheel of Fortune and golf tournaments on TV Always willing to lend a helping hand Bad luck seemed to follow him Cup of Coffee (Coffee Cupper) When he called me, he started with… “Hi Jack then the main point of the phone call and he ended: ”See ya later, love you, Bye” We love you with all of our hearts and will think of you always. From his sister Jacque Bell

Valree Blewett-Dickson

Birth Date: 1954-12-08
Deceased Date: 2014-03-22
Valree Mae Blewett-Dickson, age 59, of Ames died at her home on Tuesday, March 18. A gathering of friends and family will take place on Sunday, March 23, from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care (414 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA). A Celebration of Life memorial service will occur the following day, Monday, March 24, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Church of Christ (6th and Kellogg, Ames, IA), with a burial to follow at Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Val was born December 8, 1954, in Mason City, Iowa the daughter of Harland and Della Mae Blewett. She grew up on a farm near Meservey, Iowa. The family moved to Ames when Val was in middle school, and she graduated from Ames High School in 1973. In 1977, she started nursing school at Marshalltown Community School of Nursing, where she graduated in 1980 as a Registered Nurse. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1988 from Grandview College and her Master of Science in Nursing from Drake University in 1999 and was currently working on her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Allen College in Waterloo. She married James E. Dickson August 16, 1988, in St. Thomas Virgin Islands.

Val enjoyed being involved in both the teaching and clinical side of nursing. She worked in ICU/CCU at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines from 1986-1991. She then started her career as a nursing instructor at DMACC in 1992 while concurrently working as a PRN at Mary Greeley Medical Center. She resigned at Mary Greeley Medical Center in 2012 to devote more time to her pursuit of a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Allen College while continuing to educate the next generation of nurses at the DMACC Boone Campus.

Val was very active in Mackenzie and Nolan's life, coaching youth sports teams, co-leading a 4-H club, organizing school parents, and enthusiastically attending all sorts of events. She was a member of United Church of Christ, Nursing Education Council, AHS Fine Arts Booster Club, AHS Athletic Booster Club, NFA DMACC, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and both National and Iowa League of Nursing. Most importantly she was a mother to Mackenzie and Nolan and a wife to Jim.

Val is survived by her husband Jim, their children Mackenzie Joy and Nolan Lloyd Dickson, all of Ames; sisters Vivian (Stan) Brandmeyer of Versailles, MO, and Brenda Westvold of Clive, IA; and nephews Mike Brandmeyer and his family, Brent Brandmeyer and his family, Nic Westvold and his family, and Jason Westvold and his family. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to DMACC Foundation Nursing Student Scholarship Fund--Boone Campus, Story County 4-H Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be directed to
Jane (Carlsen) Brandt - June 22nd, 2023
I'm sure our paths crossed at some point in our nursing careers. Never forgotten.

Anne Blomgren (Ebert)

Deceased Date: 2000-07-25
Anne Louise Blomgrenn, 45, of San Diego died of a heart ailment Tuesday at San Diego Hospice. The body was cremated, and memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 6 at Mira Mesa Presbyterian Church in Mira Mesa, Calif.

Mrs. Blomgren was born in Albert Lea, Minn., and had lived in Ames most of her life before moving to Illinois, Wisconsin, and California. She was an industrial and architectural engineer and manager for companies in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and California. She was a member of engineering honor society, Institute of Industrial Engineers, and Society of Women Engineers, where she had served as vice president.

She is survived by her husband, Michael; two sons, Daniel and David, both of San Diego; a stepson, Gregory, of New Berlin, Wis.; her parents, George and Gladys Ebert of Ames; a brother, George Ebert of Milton, Mass., a sister, Barbara Ebert Hough of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a step-grandchild.
Jane (Carlsen) Brandt - June 22nd, 2023
Never forgotten!

Bruce Davis

Birth Date: 1955-08-08
Deceased Date: 2004-06-04
Bruce Gerald Davis, 48, of Chicago, and formerly of Ames, died Friday, June 4.

Bruce Gerald Davis was born on Aug. 8, 1955, to William and Bonnie (Pomeroy) in Charles City. He graduated from Ames High School in 1973 and attended Iowa State University. He married Teresa Royer and later moved to Chicago and worked as an architect.

He is survived by his mother, Bonnie Little; three children, Vanessa, Jacqueline, and Benjamin of Chicago; one brother, William Davis, of New Jersey; and two sisters, Diane Davis, of Boone, and Twyla Anderson, of Ames.

Services were Monday, June 7, 2004, in Chicago.
Jane (Carlsenn) Brandt - February 16th, 2023
Bruce, you were always so kind! Never forgot. I remember, I believe that you were a wrestler (light weight). Never forgotten!

Judith Ann Dorr

Deceased Date: 2020-08-31
Judith Ann Dorr, 65, of Bondurant, IA, passed away on August 31, 2020, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center surrounded by loved ones. A visitation will be held at Eternity Church in Clive, IA on Saturday, September 12, 2020, from 9:30 to 11:30 am, with a Celebration of Life to follow at 11:30 am.

Judy is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, David LaCombe; children, Joshua, Hannah, William, Benjamin, Kaitlyn, Kiah, and Zachariah Dorrlacombe, and Mary-Kate (Kyler) Prunty; grandchildren, Josiah (Shaunda), Jobediah, John, and James Dorrlacombe, and Jaxson Flanders; sister, Jayne Kragel; brothers, Chuck (Heather) Dorr, and Craig (Mary) Dorr, and many other family members and friends.
Jane (Carlsen) Brandt - June 22nd, 2023
Never forgotten!

Michael Eschbach

Deceased Date: 1974-06-03
Michael Eschbach, 20, 727 Ridgewood Ave., died June 3 in an accident on old U.S. Highway 30.

Memorial services are Wednesday at 2 p.m. from St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. W. F. Siefkes officiating.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Eschbach, 727 Ridgewood Ave.; a brother, Scott; three sisters, Jacqueline, Shelly, and Kimberly, all at home; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Eschbach, 111 Lynn Ave. and Mrs. L. V. Wessel, Culver City, Calif.

A memorial fund has been established for St. Paul Lutheran Church. Gifts may be left at the church, 15th St. and Wilson Ave.
Randy Wildman - June 19th, 2023
I worked with Mike on a construction crew pouring concrete for a grain elevator. The crew wondered why he didn't show up for work that day.
Jane (Carlsen) Brandt - February 16th, 2023
Never Forgotten!

James Feyerabend

Birth Date: 1954-12-06
Deceased Date: 2008-11-20
Jim Feyerabend was born December 6, 1954, in Caldwell, Idaho. His family moved to Ames in 1965. He finished high school in Ames and earned a computer science degree from Iowa State. Degree in hand, he began a prosperous career in Seattle and then Los Angeles. He enjoyed LA and loved going to the Santa Anita horse races.

Jim’s life was complicated by first juvenile diabetes and then multiple sclerosis. He was lucky to have a father whose feet hit the floor the minute Jim collapsed on the floor in a diabetic reaction. Diabetes did not keep Jim from a successful career, but later, when he developed MS, his medical complications became insurmountable. He spent his final years cared for by family.

Jim passed away in Camp Verde, AZ, on November 20, 2008. He willed his body to science in the hope that might help others.
Paul Durand - September 19th, 2023
He was a great friend and a kind man.
Jane (Carlsen) Brandt - June 22nd, 2023
Never forgotten!