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Ky Du Seu

January 1, 1961 ~ March 31, 2019 (age 58)
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Ky's celebration of life visitation for family and friends will be 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6th at O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services in Norwalk, Iowa. 

There will be a dinner following the visitation at Cool Basil in Des Moines (directions for both O'Leary Funeral Services and Cool Basil are under the "Service Details" tab on this screen).  

PLEASE NOTE: For those attending the dinner USE ONLY THE FRONT RIGHT SIDE DOOR AT COOL BASIL.   [The Main entrance will be for customers only]     Meals and Select Drinks will be provided with the exception of alcoholic beverages, which can be purchased at the BAR by those individuals who would like to have one.   Ky's Family is looking forward to seeing everyone at the restaurant.  

For on-line condolences and to send flowers to the service (using O'Leary's Flowers in - no delivery fees) please select the "Send Tributes/Flowers" tab on this screen or call (515) 981-0700.


Ky Du Seu's Life Story

Ky Du Seu was born on January 1, 1961 in Vientiane, Laos where he lived with his parents and 11 siblings until the age of 14. On September 20, 1975, Ky and his family crossed the Mekong River to Thailand and lived on Temple Grounds for one month until the refugee camp was built where they settled for nine months;  waiting for the opportunity to migrate to the United States.  On June 26, 1976, Ky and his family settled in Grinnell, Iowa, for a short time before moving to rural Kellogg, Iowa, near Rock Creek where Ky began to attend Grinnell High School.  In April of 1979, Ky and his family moved to Illinois settling in Elgin.   After two years, Ky decided to return and live in Grinnell, Iowa.

Ky was united in marriage to Laraine Lemke.  He immediately became a father through the adoption of his first son, Jeremy Michael, and soon thereafter to his second son, Anthony Daniel.  Ky enjoyed fatherhood so much they went onto having another child, his first daughter Jennifer "Jen" Mayli.  Fatherhood was Ky’s greatest source of joy and happiness. Ky’s marriage quickly went aloof, leading to a dissolution.  Soon thereafter Ky met DeAnn "Dee" Oswald and they quickly fell in love.  Although Ky and Dee never married, they spent the next 17 years building a life and family together. They began their life together in Gilman, Iowa where they welcomed Ky’s second daughter, Koren Sangpartjen. Eventually they moved to Grinnell to be closer to Ky’s children, who were always a large part of his heart and soul; and later moved to Altoona.   

Ky became an independent contractor where he enjoyed working for, and with, his brother Mahn’s company, ACCU Services. Ky was an extremely hard worker and within a few years he became an independent subcontractor working for several reputable companies all within in central Iowa such as Townsend Engineering, Storey Kenworthy WorkSpace, Stork Food Processor, Bergstrom Construction, and Scami USA.  Ky and his family throughout the years lived in several communities in Iowa that include Des Moines, Grinnell, Gilman, Newburg, and finally to Newton where Ky and Dee welcomed a wonderful surprise after an amazing 15 years together their final child, Kaylanna Selmae. 

Ky was an incredibly fun loving, caring, nurturing father.   He enjoyed every moment of being a father, with all of his children being a main source of pride and his greatest accomplishment. They all meant the world and more to him!  Throughout the years Ky frequently and routinely took in additional jobs on the side in order to provide a higher quality of care and support for his family.  Some of the places he worked include Delong Sportswear in Grinnell, Rowat Custom Stone & Marble formerly of Des Moines (now Norwalk), Cool Basil in Des Moines, and Thomberts in Newton.   

Ky continued to work as an independent subcontractor up until his untimely passing at the age of 58 on March 31, 2019.  It never seemed to bother him that he didn't always have a lot, and he would still give you the shirt off his back in a heartbeat. Ky had a great sense of humor, and was always willing to be silly to make you smile. He leaves those to carry on his legacy his loving children, brothers, sisters, the mothers of his children, cousins, and a host of wonderful good friends.  He was preceded in death by his son, Jeremy and his parents.


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