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Dawn Minson

December 28, 1961 ~ September 8, 2018 (age 56)

Dawn Minson, age 56, of Norwalk died surrounded by her loved ones at Unity Point - Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines on Saturday evening, September 8, 2018.

A Memorial Mass will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 17th at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk.  The family will greet friends following the memorial Mass in the fellowship hall at the church.  A private burial of Dawn's cremated remains will be held in the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

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O'Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk is caring for Dawn's family.

Dawn's Life Story

Dawn Marie Zimmerman was born on December 28, 1961. She graduated from North High School in 1980. She married her best friend, Gary West, in 1982. Gary lost his battle with cancer in 1994. She later married Chuck Minson in April 2005. They shared a beautiful life together traveling, riding bikes, riding the Spyder & making memories with their family & friends.

Dawn was the mother of Travis, Matt, and Caleb.  She was a mother to Alexis, Chuck’s daughter; and the blended family was loved by Dawn and Chuck.  The boys were Dawn’s life and she lived every day for her family. Her family meant everything to her.

She attended St John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk, IA where she was not only a member but a teacher to younger generations. Her love for God and life showed in everything she did. She worked at Fidelity and Guarantee for several years, with 25 plus years of experience in annuities and life insurance.  She was a senior claims examiner.

Dawn’s smile was the sunshine in any room. She was the listening ear when you’d had a bad day. She was always just a phone call away. She was the best mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend you could have. Having Dawn in your life meant you always had someone cheering you on.

She was beautiful, courageous, funny, helpful, supportive, and kind. 

Dawn is survived by her husband, Chuck Minson of Norwalk; three sons, Travis (31), Matt (27) & Caleb (19) of Norwalk; step-daughter Alexis of Des Moines; her parents Howard & Joan Zimmerman of Des Moines; her siblings Bob (Ruth) of Des Moines, Terri McLemore (Doug) of Dayton, OH, Jim (Jodi) of Ankeny, Mark (Judy Balsman) of Windsor Heights; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that have become family.

Dawn was preceded in death by her first husband, Gary West; and her mother and father-in-law, Robert & Amy Minson.

She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. 

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