Larry Duane Williams

May 20, 2018
Larry Williams, age 61, passed away peacefully at his home, October 25, 2015 in Des Moines, with his family at his side.

He was born October 19, 1954 in Augusta, Georgia to Jim and Jean Williams. Larry graduated from Lincoln High School before obtaining his civil engineering degree from Hawkeye Tech in Waterloo.

His love of sports started at a young age while playing baseball at Fort Des Moines Little League. He became an avid Chicago Cub and Iowa Hawkeye fan. Larry enjoyed golfing and playing the guitar.

Larry met the love of his life Sandy Smith and the two were wed on August 21, 1982, from this union his pride and joy was born, his daughter, Nicole. He spent many years watching and coaching her softball teams.

Many will remember Larry from his years managing Army Post Mow and Snow.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 33 years, Sandy; daughter, Nicole (Matt) Hemping; granddaughter, Riley; parents, Jim and Jean Williams; siblings, Terry (Cathy) Williams, Dan (Deborah) Williams and Judy (Randy) Lyons.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be held October, 31, 2015 from 2-5 pm at 6809 NW 84th Ave in Johnston Iowa.

Memorial contributions may be directed toward the family in loving memory of Larry.

Published in Des Moines Register on Oct. 28, 2015


Lincoln 1973, 45th Year Reunion, Sep 14 & 15

May 9, 2018


Send a check for $45 per person, $90 per couple, made out to “ALHS Class of 1973” to:

ALHS Class of 1973, PO Box 35873, Des Moines, IA 50315-4205

More details to come.  In the meantime, send in your yellow mailer to stevegregg at msn dot com.  If you never got one, then email me and I’ll make sure you get one.

Fred Campo

May 9, 2018



Fred Campo


Memorial services for Fred Campo, 56, of Ackworth, IA, who went home to heaven on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, due to complications from surgery, will be held 11 a.m., Monday, October 22 at the First Assembly of God Church in Indianola.

Fred was born March 6, 1956 in Des Moines to John and Maria Campo. He graduated from Lincoln High School where he met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Leslie. Following high school he began his 40 year career as a diesel mechanic at O’Halloran International where he was known for hard work and dedication. As his family grew, Fred and Leslie purchased land outside Indianola and he began construction on the home and country living that would define his lifestyle and that of his family. All his children share treasured memories of fishing, hunting, horseback riding and everyday country adventures.

True to his Italian heritage, Fred had a passion for cooking and enjoyed spending time in the kitchen and around the dinner table with his family.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents John and Maria and his brother Sigifredo. He is survived by his wife, Leslie; children, David (Diane) Campo, Leah (Joseph) Butler, Lindsay (Andy Becker) Campo and Daniel Campo; grandsons, Grady Butler and Marcus Campo; brother, John Campo; and sisters, Bina Querrey and Linda Boyd.

Visitation will be held 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, October 21 at Overton Funeral Home where family will be present to greet friends. Online condolences may be made at


Rita Willson

December 2, 2017

Rita Willson, Mother Of Classmate Steve Willson

Des Moines – Rita A. Willson passed away on Tuesday November 28, 2017 at Trinity Center in Des Moines, Ia at the age of 84.

Rita is survived by her sister Kay and her husband Larry Unkrich of Fairfield; her children Steve Willson of Des Moines, Bruce Willson and his wife Tracey of Las Vegas, Eric Willson and his wife Cindy of Des Moines, Colleen Willson and her husband Kent of Iowa City; her grandchildren Shane Schrek and his wife Michelle, Cody Wade and his wife Ashley, Cali Wade, Alec Willson, Hillary Willson, Myles Willson, Cole Willson and Willson Benedict; her great grandchildren Braydon, Bella, Lincoln. Jaydon, Colton, Willa and Wyatt.

Rita is preceded in death by her mother Eldena her step father Milo Clark of Stockport and her husband L. Donald Willson.

Rita was born on December 11th, 1932 on in Fairfield, Ia to Eldena and Tom Scarborough. Rita graduated from Parsons College in 1954 . Rita married L. Donald (Don) Willson on December 19, 1954 in Fairfield. Rita and Don moved to Des Moines in 1963 where they raised their children. Rita began working for Meredith as a home typist then at 10th street location. Rita continued to work at various locations under Merdith, Neodata and EDS until 2009. When not working Rita enjoyed reading, attending various plays and musicals, cooking and playing games with friends.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday December 2, 2017 at Croatian Fraternal Slavic Center located at 6575 Indianola Ave in Des Moines from 1 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers send a donation to the Animal Rescue League or Fairfield Arts and Convention Center or Des Moines Performing Arts or Iowa Culinary Institute.
Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 1, 2017

Reunion In Fall 2018

August 27, 2017


The elite Reunion Committee is busy planning a 45th year class reunion to be held on or about Fall of 2018.  We’re changing up the venues so don’t expect it to be in the same places.  You can check here for updates.

In the meantime, keep an eye on your mailbox for a Yellow Mailer, which will trickle out to the class over the next couple months.  Your mission is to fill out that Yellow Mailer with a fury and send it back to me with all speed.  Just get it done.

If you have not received a Yellow Mailer by Halloween, contact me.  You don’t want to be left out.

Craig Hines

May 21, 2017


Craig Hines
1954 – 2017

A Celebration of Life Visitation for Craig Harold Hines, 62, who passed away at home in Indianola, will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Overton Funeral Home.

Craig is survived by his children, Curty (Mary) Hines, Shannon Hines; grandchildren, Jacob and Chey Hines; great-grandchild, Justin Hines; sibling Terry (Stan) Sherwood, Doug Hines, best friend, Dave Swartslander and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marjorie and Bud Hines.

Memorials may be given to the family in his name. For a complete obituary or to submit an online condolence visit our website at
Published in Des Moines Register on May 22, 2017
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Born: September 8, 1954
Place of Birth: Des Moines, IA
Death: May 20, 2017
Place of Death: Indianola, IA
Occupation: Construction

Celebration of Life
Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Overton Funeral Home
501 W Ashland Avenue
Indianola, IA 50125

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Franklin Roy Tate

April 30, 2017

1955 – 2017

East Lansing, MI

Franklin Roy Tate will be remembered by those who loved him for his warm heart, creative mind, and activist spirit. He passed from this world on April 25, 2017.

Frank was born on June 13, 1955 to Dorothy (Springer) and Lloyd Tate. He grew up on the Southside of Des Moines, Iowa, a place that remained dear to his heart. After graduating from Des Moines Lincoln High School in 1973, he enlisted in the Navy in 1975, and was trained as a naval photographer in Pensacola, Florida. He also served on the USS Nimitz, and later in New London, CT. (He once quipped that his headstone should read, ‘I’d rather be here, than on the USS Nimitz’.) He was honorably discharged in 1982 after 6.5 years of service.

He attended Rochester Institute of Technology, receiving his BA in Audiovisual Communication in 1986. Subsequently, he moved to the Lansing, MI area with his first wife, Kate, where their two sons, Dylan and Ethan, were born. Frank worked in the field of educational technology at Michigan State University, retiring after 25 years. Additionally, he earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from MSU in 2006. Frank particularly enjoyed his final years at MSU working to design and develop online courses.

Frank and Mary Bremigan met and fell in love in 2008, and the two were married in 2010. For several years they lived large, travelling and embracing life, despite his diagnosis with kidney cancer. Frank was an avid golfer, and a gifted photographer and designer. He was a dedicated activist for civil rights and peace. He loved his sons beyond measure.

Franklin is survived by his wife, Dr. Mary Tate Bremigan, sons Dylan Lloyd and Ethan Richard Tate and their mother Kate (Anderson) Tate, sisters Linda (Denny) Waterman and Patricia (Robert) Welty, brother Richard (Patricia) Tate, nephews Jeff (Jenny) Waterman and John (Angela) Tate, nieces Brandy Tate, Kathie (David) Cunningham and Cheryl (Darrin) Glover, several cousins, and grand-nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held both in East Lansing and Des Moines. In East Lansing, a service at the Peoples Church, 200 W Grand River Ave., will take place Thursday May 4, 2017 at 3:00pm (visitation at 2:00pm).

In Des Moines, a service at Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, 3120 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315 will take place on Monday May 8, 2017 at 3:00pm (visitation at 2:00pm). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Veterans for Peace 1404 North Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102 or Hospice of Lansing, Stoneleigh Residence 3411 Stoneleigh Dr., Lansing, MI 48910

April 20, 2017


March 19, 2017


Marilyn “Darlene” Griffith

March 4, 2017


Marilyn “Darlene” Griffith

Des Moines

Marilyn “Darlene” Griffith, 86, of Des Moines, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Iowa Methodist Hospital. Darlene was born on December 18, 1930 in Ogden, Iowa to Luella and Edward Nelson.

Darlene enjoyed sewing, teaching others to sew, quilting but most of all she treasured time with her family and friends. She loved traveling and wintering in Texas. Darlene was the matriarch of her family and she will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish her loving memory are her sons, Bob (Diane), Tom (Melanie) and Jim (Kathy); eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; brother, Don (Judy) Nelson; and many other loving family and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gail in 2003 and her brother, Dean Nelson.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church, 6411 SE 5th Street. She will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society in memory of Darlene.

On-line condolences may be expressed at

Published in Des Moines Register from Mar. 3 to Mar. 5, 2017 – See more at:

Mrs. Griffith is the mother of classmate Tom Griffith.