Jean Loomis

Jean R. Loomis passed away on Feb. 26, 2017 at the age of 91, in Des Moines.

Graveside services will be held April 22 at 11 a.m. at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. A reception will be held at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake.

Jean Reed was born on Oct. 17, 1925 in Dekalb, Ill.  Her young life was spent in Sioux City and Storm Lake. She was working in a hamburger shop in Storm Lake when she met her future husband.

On Nov. 9, 1942, she was united in marriage to Vincent E. Loomis of Spencer. They moved to Van Nuys, Calif. to work in the Timm Aircraft factory building planes for the war. They returned to Iowa in February of 1944 to attend the funeral of Vince’s only sibling, Leo.

They made their home in Storm Lake for the next 49 years where they raised their two daughters, Vickie and Lynette.

A few years after the death of her beloved husband, Jean moved to Arnolds Park where she lived for 14 years. Jean then moved to Phoenix, Ariz. to enjoy the sun and warmth year round. She lived in Phoenix until May of 2016, when she moved to Des Moines to be closer to her family.

Jean enjoyed sunbathing in her younger years, a cup of coffee, beer or glass of wine with the neighbors or her group of friends, traveling, playing quarter slot machines, cards, sewing, knitting, reading and anything red.  Every summer she made potato salad for the B.V. County fair with her friend, Monica.

She is survived by her daughters, Vickie (Richard) Meixner of Bloomington, Minn. and Lynette (Roger) Wheatley of Des Moines; three grandchildren: Julie (Scott) Nelson, Lakeville, Minn.; Chad (Cristen) Wheatley, Spirit Lake; Jeffrey Meixner, Redondo Beach, Calif.; and four great-granddaughters: Karlie Nelson, Ames; Abbie Nelson, Lakeville, Minn.; Cameron and Casidy Sheda, Spirit Lake; nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband Vince, her parents, siblings, a nephew and a host of friends.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery.