Edward Nahas Obituary

Edward F. Nahas
Edward F. Nahas
Edward F. Nahas

January 8, 1945 - December 26, 2011
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Waukee, IA
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Edward Franklin Nahas passed away unexpectedly Monday, December 26, 2011, while working out at the Riverside YMCA in Des Moines. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Iles Funeral Homes—Dunn's Chapel concluding with a vigil service at 6 p.m. Wednesday. A funeral mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday, December 29 at Sacred Heart Church in West Des Moines. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery.

Ed was born January 8, 1945 to George and Susan Nahas. Born and raised in Des Moines, he attended All Saints Catholic School, graduated from Dowling High School in 1962, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Drake University.

Ed was an avid basketball player in his youth, playing for both the Dowling Maroons and Drake Bulldogs. As an adult, he dedicated much of his free time to coaching high school basketball at Dowling and Roosevelt. He enjoyed coaching and instilling a love of the game in others, but nothing gave him greater pride than watching his own children excel in athletics.

Ed worked for Polk County Juvenile Court for more than 30 years. He received many awards for his service to the community and the courts throughout his career. He also worked as a state-certified adoption investigator conducting home studies for more than 20 years. He was privileged to be part of the adoption experience with families across Iowa, assisting deserving couples with realizing their dreams of raising a child. Each year during the holidays, he continued to receive cards from many of the families he served. Those cards were a source of significant pride for him and always brought a smile to his face. Even in retirement, he continued his adoption work part-time because he found it to be so personally fulfilling.

He enjoyed spending time with his wife, family and friends, seeing his grandchildren, and regularly attending Iowa Cubs baseball games.

Ed is survived by his wife of 44 years, Maret; a son, James G., his wife, Carolyn L. and their children, Olivia L., George J., Joseph J. and James E.; a son, Ted, his wife, Heather and their children, Tommy and John; a daughter, Julie Muller, her husband, Rick and their children, Ellie, Katelyn and Nikole; two sisters, Cynthia and Sharon; a niece, Christina (Nabeel) Nimry; and a brother-in-law, Juri Kaseoru. He is preceded in death by his parents; and mother-in-law, Larissa Kaseoru.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Riverside YMCA in Des Moines.

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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1627 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA US 50265
Thursday, December 29, 2011
10:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursday, December 29, 2011
11:00 AM


101 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA US 50309