Roxy Scott  Ventling
Roxy Scott Ventling
Roxy Scott Ventling

November 17, 1935 - December 8, 2018
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Resided in Urbandale, Iowa
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Roxy Lea Scott was born to Thomas LeRoy and Leona (Smith) Scott on November 17, 1935 in Cedar Rapids, IA and passed away December 8, 2018 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, December 13, at Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Marion, IA.

Growing up on a farm outside Marion, IA, Roxy attended school in a one room schoolhouse on her family’s farm, and later graduated from Marion High School. She attended the University of Iowa, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

On August 28, 1956 Roxy married Gary Ventling and together they had 4 children. They raised their family in Urbandale, IA and Roxy remained in Urbandale following her husband’s death in 2003 until moving to assisted living in 2015.

Roxy’s life was centered around her faith. She had a generous, loving and caring spirit, always believing in the goodness of those whose paths she crossed throughout her life. Roxy loved to travel and experience other cultures to the fullest and raised her children to be strong advocates for social justice. She found great joy in writing, philosophy and discussing current affairs. Roxy was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan, devoting many hours to following her teams. She advocated for her patients throughout her nursing career, whether at the University of Iowa Hospitals, private medical practices, Polk County Visiting Nurses Association, or the final 18 years of her career at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines. She retired from nursing in 1998, though she never stopped being a nurse.

Roxy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gary and her sister Donna Lynn Hansen. Those left to remember her are her children Kim (Wayne) Bruns of Urbandale, Pam (Todd) Flesch also of Urbandale, Amy (Del) Hester of Duluth, GA and Doug (Tracy) Ventling of Altoona, IA; nine grandchildren, Michael Flesch of Urbandale, Christopher (Rachel Lippincott) Bruns of Des Moines, Katie (Lucas) Droessler of Lakewood, CO, Matthew Ventling of Iowa City, IA, Jessica Flesch of Urbandale, Jennifer Ventling of Davenport, IA, Joshua Ventling of Iowa City, Sydney Sears of Iowa City, and Nathan Sears of Altoona; brothers-in-law, Robert (Mary) Ventling of Coal Valley, IL and Terry (Wanda) Ventling of West Des Moines, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be missed dearly by her family and many friends.

The family will receive friends from 5 - 7 p.m. Tuesday at Iles-Westover Chapel in Des Moines, where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Relief Services,, or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences will be welcomed at


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Vigil Service
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
7:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
11:00 AM
Graveside Service
Prairie Chapel Cemetery
Marian, Iowa 52302
Thursday, December 13, 2018
11:00 AM


Catholic Relief Services
545 - 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50312