Kathryn Lakin Obituary

Kathryn A. Lakin
Kathryn (Anderson) Lakin
Kathryn A. Lakin

October 28, 1915 - June 30, 2008
Born in Primghar, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Kathryn (Anderson) Lakin, 92, beloved wife of the late Charles "Charlie" Lakin, died on Monday (June 30) at Calvin Community's Health Center in Des Moines' Beaverdale neighborhood.

Born in Primghar, Iowa, on Oct. 28, 1915, Kathryn was the daughter of the late Catherine and William Anderson and was the youngest of nine children, all of whom predeceased Kathryn. She also was predeceased by her stepson, Robert. Kathryn graduated from Primghar High School and received a bachelor's degree in education from Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls in 1938. Kathryn taught English at Battle Creek, Iowa, High School from 1938-41 and was a claims adjustor for Iowa Mutual Tornado (IMT) in Des Moines for 20-plus years, retiring in 1978.

Kathryn and Charlie, a radio and television newsman for KRNT in Des Moines, were married in 1941. Enthusiastic bridge players, Kathryn and Charlie belonged to bridge groups in Des Moines for many years, and following retirement from IMT, Kathryn became involved in learning the skill of cross-stitching. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Lakin Flowers, and son-in-law, Earl, of West Hartford, Conn.; two grandsons, Charles Lakin and Matthew Earl, both of West Hartford; great-grandchildren, Braden Charles and Kathryn Rose; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kathryn's family would like to thank the staff members and dedicated professionals at Calvin Community and Iowa Health Hospice for their wonderful individualized service and care. Services for Kathryn will be private, and in lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in her memory to Calvin Community, 4210 Hickman Rd., Des Moines, Iowa 50310-3395. Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman Rd., Des Moines, Iowa 50322, is handling arrangements.







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