Jerry W. Gipple
Jerry Gipple
Jerry W. Gipple

January 25, 1944 - April 4, 2020
Born in Washington County, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Jerry William Gipple, of Des Moines, a beloved father, grandfather, devoted husband, and cherished friend to many, passed away late Saturday evening April 4, 2020 at Wesley Acres Assisted Living Center in Des Moines. He was 76 years old.

Jerry was born the second of two sons on January 25, 1944 to William Edward Gipple and Ruth Maxine (Sprouse) Gipple in Washington County, Iowa and was raised in Ainsworth, Iowa. At an early age Jerry developed a lifelong love of the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking, and hunting his favorite query, the elusive Morel mushroom. He graduated from Ainsworth High School in 1963. As a young adult he drove trucks in southeast Iowa, later attended barber college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and served his country in the military. In the early days of his military service Jerry met and married his wife of forty years, Carol Ann Bryan (d.2009), of Bellwood Illinois. Together the couple made their home in Des Moines, Iowa where they raised their four children.

Barbering, the military, and trucking would all grow to become lifelong careers for Jerry and his 25 year military career began by voluntarily enlisting in the US Navy in 1966. He served 4 years active duty with the Navy and was a Vietnam veteran. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, and return to Iowa, he continued his military service as a member of the Iowa Army National Guard and retired as a Sergeant First Class after 21 years of service. His career as a barber spanned over forty years and he owned and operated two successful shops in Des Moines; Jerry's Barber Shop and The Triangle Barber Shop. In the trucking industry Jerry owned and operated a Meadow Gold Ice Cream delivery business and was a driver for many years with Caldwell and Hartung, Inc. and Vitalis trucking companies.

Jerry was a devoted and very enthusiastic Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He faithfully supported his teams and found great joy and happiness attending games with his family and friends. His love of the outdoors continued throughout his life and was evident from the countless memories, photos and tails of adventure enjoyed over the years with his family and friends by his side. He also had a fond love for trains. He was a member of the North American Railcar Operators Association and Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad Train Society, where he joyfully rode the rails on his self-built Iowa Interstate railcar. He was also a member of the Urbandale American Legion, the Izaak Walton League, and VFW Post 9127.

Jerry is survived, and his spirit and smile will be carried on by, his children; Keith Gipple of Boston, MA, Caroline Gipple of Kailua, HI, Christina Gipple of Des Moines, IA, and Karen (Gipple) Ellwanger of Kailua, HI; his granddaughter, Payton Whitham and brother, Don (Jo Ann) Gipple. Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Gipple (d. 2009) and his parents, William and Maxine.

Visitation will be held from 5-8pm, Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Iles Westover Chapel. Funeral services will be 11am, Friday, July 10, 2020 at the funeral home followed by interment at Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 12:30 pm. A live stream link to view the funeral will be available just prior to the service on Jerry's obituary page at

All in attendance for the visitation and service, at the request of the family, are encouraged to wear a mask. Thank you.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the American Cancer society. Online condolences are welcome at

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel





Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, July 9, 2020
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, July 10, 2020
11:00 AM
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
Friday, July 10, 2020
12:30 PM


American Cancer Society of Iowa
1717 Ingersoll Ave, Ste 111
Des Moines, IA United States 50309
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Iowa Chapter
1501 - 42nd Street Suite 230
West Des Moines, IA 50266