January 14, 2013


JUNE 6, 1930 — JAN. 12, 2013

ALBIA — Iden “Ike” Dunsmoor, 82, of Albia and formerly of Chariton and Oskaloosa, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Oakwood Nursing and Rehab Center in Albia. 

He was born June 6, 1930, in Mahaska County, the son of George Arthur and Ruth Irene Halliburton Dunsmoor. He graduated from Rock Island (Ill.) High School with the class of 1948. Early in life, he worked on area farms, as well as his family farm near Fremont. On June 24, 1950, he was united in marriage to Pauline Hanger at Chicago, Ill. Ike worked as a Woolworth and Co. store manager in Chicago. He moved back to Iowa and helped open shoe stores for the Hill Brothers and National Bellas Hess Dry Goods Stores in conjunction with Hill Brothers. He became a store manager in two weeks, and no other store manager ever topped him in store sales. Throughout the years he owned and operated “5-D’s” Market in Milan, Ill. He later worked at Supersweet in Oskaloosa. Ike worked for the railroad for a brief time. They lived in Salem, Mo., and operated a ceramics business. During that time, Ike worked for the U.S. Forest Service reading topographical maps. They moved to Chariton in 1999, and to Oskaloosa in 2010. He enjoyed doing art work and working in his flower garden.

His family includes his wife of over 62 years, Pauline Dunsmoor, of Albia; four children, Shelley (and Michael) Carr, of Eddyville, Cindy (and Gary) Beavers, of Shawnee, Kan., Iden Dunsmoor, of Oskaloosa, and Ross (and Conni) Dunsmoor, of North Hollywood, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Larry (and Jewel) Dunsmoor.

He was preceded in death by parents; a brother, Art Dunsmoor; a grandson, Charles Carr; and a great-granddaughter, Cassidy Dunsmoor.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with Pastor Alvern Boetsma officiating. As was Ike’s wish, his body will be cremated following the funeral ceremony. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will begin Tuesday after 12 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel, and the family will be present Tuesday from 4 p.m. until service time to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Disease Association.

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