Lawrence Dutcher Obituary

Lawrence J. Dutcher
Lawrence J. Dutcher
Lawrence J. Dutcher

July 22, 1919 - August 17, 2007
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Lawrence J. Dutcher, 88, passed away August 17, 2007, at Kavanagh House in Des Moines. He was a resident of Illahee Hills in Urbandale since 2004. A

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, August 20, 2007, at Iles Funeral Homes - Westover Chapel. Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines.

Lawrence was born in Des Moines on July 22, 1919 to Monroe and Elizabeth Dutcher. He graduated from North High School in 1937 and attended Northwestern University. He and his wife, the former Mary Ambos, were married in New York City, May 11 1941. He served as Chief Pharmacist Mate in the US Navy during World War II, aboard the USS Munargo and was discharged in November 1945.

He worked with his father in and later became the owner of Dutcher and Son Stockyards in Des Moines for many years. Following that he owned a trucking company in Des Moines as well. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Des Moines and a Past Master of Capitol Lodge and High Priest and fifty year member of Corinthian Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Iowa.

He and Mary retired to Bella Vista, Arkansas for several years, before returning to Des Moines in 2004. While in Bella Vista, he enjoyed tennis and golf and was a member of First United Methodist Church. He and Mary enjoyed extensive world travel during their retirement.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his son, Bruce Dutcher and wife Betty of LeMars, Iowa, daughter Nancy Dutcher and her husband Steve Cahn of Colorado, and daughter Barbara Dutcher of Florida; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Don Dutcher and wife Bette Lu of Jackson, Michigan, Herb Dutcher and wife Ruth of Indianola and Phil Dutcher and his wife Mary Ann of Bella Vista, Arkansas; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Des Moines.


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Memorial Service
Westover Funeral Home
Monday, August 20, 2007
2:00 PM
Masonic Cemetery
1550 48th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
Monday, August 20, 2007


First United Methodist Church
1001 Pleasant
Des Moines, IA 50309