Leonard "Tom" Shanley Obituary

Leonard "Tom" Shanley

July 6, 1926 - May 17, 2024
Born in Mansfield, South Dakota
Resided in West Des Moines, Iowa
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Leonard “Tom” Thomas Shanley, 97, passed from this life on Friday, May 17, 2024, in West Des Moines, Iowa. A memorial service will be held at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church on June 11 at 11:00 AM with a luncheon reception to follow. Interment will take place at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa at 2:00 PM on the 11th.

Tom was born on July 6, 1926 in Mansfield, South Dakota to Earnest and Ella (LeFevre). He and his siblings grew up as hard-working helpers on the family farm, now part of the agricultural enterprise managed by his nephews. After graduating from high school in Mansfield he went on to serve in the US Navy Air Corps in World War II. Following his return home, he earned an associate’s degree and spent 24 years with the Sun Oil Company as sales manager before his retirement in 1984.

Tom was united in marriage with Bernice Jensen on June 9, 1950 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The couple made their home in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa with their children, Diane and Michael. Tom enjoyed spending time with his family, and was a member of the Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, Golden K Kiwanis Club, the Men’s Garden Club of Des Moines, and American Legion Post 663 in Urbandale, IA. He was an accomplished golfer and lifetime hunter and fisherman.

He will be missed by his daughter, Diane (Larry) Tabak; grandchildren Josh Tabak, Crystal Carmody, and Kyle Shanley; siblings Mae Grandy, Lerna Keddie, and brother Lawrence (Jerri) Shanley. Tom is preceded in death by his wife, Bernice; son, Michael; grandson, Zachary; parents Ella and Earnest; and brother Earl.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Iowa Veterans Cemetery or Windsor Heights Lutheran Church. Online condolences are welcome at IlesCares.com.

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.




Memorial Service
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
1240 - 66th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50311
Tuesday, June 11, 2024
11:00 AM
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
Tuesday, June 11, 2024
2:00 PM


Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA 50003-3300
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
1240 66th Street
Windsor Heights, IA US 50322