What is Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss?

Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers a variety of services to educate, support and connect with those who are grieving.
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Hamilton's Funeral Homes host a variety of events to serve and give back to our community.

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Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines


Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Raymond B. Shepherd

Pleasant Hill

Raymond Burton Shepherd was born December 14, 1934, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Elmer Burton and Darlene Shepherd. After graduating high school, Raymond enlisted in the United States Army. He was a lifelong resident of the Des Moines area, self-employed in the retail business.

Raymond passed away in his own home while under the care of UnityPoint Hospice on the morning of Friday, February 9, 2018. He was 83 years old.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Nancy Shepherd and Laura Hadley; grandchildren, Kathren (Larry) Armstrong, Sandra Hadley, Lisa Booker, Jenny Rubio, Madonna Shepherd and Anthony Shepherd; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Bobby (Benji) Shepherd and Jimmy Shepherd; and sister, Norma Jean (Toad) Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn Rose Shepherd; daughter, Kathren Shepherd; and brother, Paul Shepherd.

In honor of Raymond’s wishes, no services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Raymond.