Ronda Bess Obituary

Ronda R. Bess
Ronda R. Bess

February 3, 1950 - December 26, 2021
Born in North Platte, NE
Resided in Johnston, Iowa
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Ronda Renae Bess, 71, of Johnston, Iowa went home to be with Jesus, Sunday, December 26, 2021. She passed away after a hard week battling covid. She was a dearly loved piano and organ teacher in Johnston, Iowa. She had a passion for music and enjoyed teaching her students.

Ronda was born February 3, 1950, in North Platte, Nebraska. She graduated from North Platte High School in 1968 and received her BA in Education at Kearney State College in 1971. She married Richard Bess in 1970 and spent the last 49 years in Iowa. While living in Iowa she held many positions including Bankers Life, St. Augustin School, Des Moines Substitute Dispatching and Critchett’s Piano & Organ. She spent the last 20 years sharing her love of music with over hundreds of students. Ronda’s major love was for her Savior Jesus and serving Him.

Ronda is survived by her husband, Richard; son, Rian (Heather); daughters, Regina and Rishel (Erin); grandchildren: Zack, Trey, Jake, Hannah, Gavin, Brooke, Austin, Miya, Addie, Caitlin; sisters, Sherry (Bob), Joyce (Gene) and Kendra (Ken); stepbrother, Paul (Bonnie); cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, January 14, 2022, beginning at 10:00 a.m. with a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 a.m. at Westover Baptist Church, 2330 62nd St., Des Moines, IA. Burial will be at the Waukee Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Westover Baptist Church.

For those unable to attend, the funeral will be live streamed. A link will appear, just prior to the service, on Ronda’s obituary page at, where you may also leave online condolences.

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.





Westover Baptist Church
2330 - 62nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, January 14, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Westover Baptist Church
2330 - 62nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, January 14, 2022
11:00 AM
Waukee Cemetery
6th St., South of Triangle 1 Mile
Waukee, IA US 50263
Friday, January 14, 2022