William "Greg" Annexstad Obituary

William "Greg" Annexstad

October 13, 1946 - October 9, 2021
Born in St. Peter, Minnesota
Resided in West Des Moines, Iowa
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William “Greg” Annexstad, 74, died from complications of lung cancer on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at MercyOne Medical Center in West Des Moines surrounded by family. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 12 at Iles Dunn’s Funeral Home where a Vigil Service will begin at 7pm. Funeral service will be held at St. Augustin Catholic Church on Wednesday, October 13 at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery.

Greg was born on October 13, 1946 in St. Peter, MN to William and Evelyn Annexstad. He graduated from St. Peter high school in 1964 and Mankato (Minnesota) State University in 1968. Greg moved to Des Moines in 1978 and was a long-time employee of Northern Natural Gas in Redfield, IA.

Greg is survived by his wife, Mary Jean of West Des Moines; children: Kelley (Peter) Cole, William J. (Kristina) Annexstad, Patrick (Amy) Morrison, Paul (Cara) Annexstad, Robert (Jennifer) Annexstad, Kate (Matt) Gotschall, Matt (Catherine) Morrison; sister, Susan (Garry) Carlson. He was also blessed with 15 grandchildren Caroline, Ernesto, Catherine, Ella, Quinn, Will, Giovanna, Taylor, Lauren, Sarah, Thea, Emily, Cole, Fenner and Asa. Greg was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Sandra (Gross) Annexstad.

Greg was very active at St. Augustin’s Parish and in the Catholic community. For many years Greg enjoyed training youth to become altar servers, also helping with the religious education programs. Greg was instrumental in helping to bring CEW retreats and perpetual adoration to St. Augustin. For several years Greg was a cantor, lector and usher. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. On Oct.5th 2013, he received the honors of the Fourth degree of the Knights of Columbus.

Sailing was truly one of his greatest joys in life. God, family and sailing. He was a member of the Saylorville Lake Yacht Club serving on the board at various positions. He has been a certified sailing instructor for many years. He was one of the founders of the SYC Sailing School where he devoted countless hours teaching youth and adults the joy of sailing. He was also the Executive Director of the SYC Sailing School. God, family, sailing AND soccer. Many hours were spent playing the game, coaching, and refereeing youth, high school, college and Des Moines’ own Menace team. He was former president of the Mid-Iowa Soccer Officials Association and former State Chairman of the Iowa Referee Committee. Greg was inducted into the Iowa High School Officials Hall of Fame. God, family, sailing, soccer AND singing. For several years, Greg sang with a barber shop quartet and many other barber shop groups. Singing was one his many great joys.

Memorial contributions may be made to InnerVisions or Iowa Catholic Radio.

Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.





Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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St. Augustin Catholic Church
545 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
10:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Wednesday, October 13, 2021


InnerVisions HealthCare
1355 50th Street Suite 400
West Des Moines, IA 50266
An unPlanned Pregnancy and STD Medical Clinic
Iowa Catholic Radio
2900 Westown Parkway Suite 220
West Des Moines, Iowa USA 50266