Joseph Gunn Obituary

Joseph N. Gunn
Joseph N. Gunn
Joseph N. Gunn

December 13, 1930 - July 21, 2008
Born in Detroit, Michigan
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Joseph Norman "Joe" Gunn, 77, passed from this life on Monday, July 21, 2008 at HRC Manor Care in West Des Moines. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, at Iles Funeral Homes – Westover Chapel in Des Moines, where the family will greet friends from 1 p.m. until the service time on Tuesday. Burial will follow at Sunny Hill Cemetery in Grimes.

Joe was born on December 13, 1930 in Detroit, MI to Herman and Florence Doubet Gunn. He moved to Iowa when he was a teenager and lived with his aunt and uncle, Nell and Horace Baker, until he became an adult. Joe was a 1948 graduate of the former Beaconsfield High School and later graduated from Iowa State University in Ames. Joe had also attended Drake University in Des Moines, where he earned his CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter's) degree. From 1952 to 1954, Joe was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving as Corporal with the U.S. Marines Corps, until he was honorably discharged. He had served time in both California and Japan during those two years.

On June 5, 1954, Joe married Mary Jean Ivers in Des Moines, where they made their home. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Dennis and Janet. Joe was employed as a Department Manager with Farm Bureau Mutual for 15 years, until he retired in December of 1989. Prior to that, he was employed with Preferred Risk Insurance Company for 17 years. He loved to fish and travel. Joe and Mary Jean had spent 13 winters at a RV resort outside of Mission, TX, where they made many friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Jean Gunn of Des Moines; son, Dennis Gunn of Des Moines; daughter, Janet Gunn also of Des Moines; brother-in-law, Larry (Donna) Ivers of Carlisle; two sisters-in-law Connie (Steve) Wilson of Lampe, MO and Ruth (John) Noel of Omaha, NE; several nieces and nephews; and a host of many friends. Joe was preceded in death by his parents.





Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Westover Funeral Home
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
2:30 PM
Sunny Hill Cemetery
SE Jacob Street and SE 6th Street
Grimes, IA US 50111
Tuesday, August 5, 2008