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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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Thursday, May 13, 2010
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines


Friday, May 14, 2010
2:00 pm
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home


Hamilton's Crematory


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Robert Gorla, Jr.

Robert Richard Gorla Jr., 54, of Swan, Iowa passed away at his home Monday, May 10, 2010. Services will be at 2:00 pm, Friday, May 14, 2010 at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home on SW 9th Street, with visitation from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday.

Robert was born January 6, 1956, to Robert Sr. and Helen Louise Gorla. He was raised in Des Moines. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1974. Robert loved the outdoors, working on his acreage and walking in the woods. Robert was the Director of Facilities at Prairie Meadows. Along with his 21 years of service at Prairie Meadows, Robert was also an owner of various businesses in the Metro Area. On February 24, 1996 he married the love of his life, Nikki Besler.

Robert is survived by his wife of 14 years, Nikki; sons, Justin of Des Moines, Jason of Dubuque, Iowa, Josh of Des Moines, and Jim Besler of Swan, Iowa; sister, Cathy Lindsey of Des Moines; mother, Helen Louise Gorla of Des Moines; grandson, Zachary Gorla of Dubuque; and granddaughter, Hailey Gorla of Des Moines. Robert is preceded in death by his father, Robert; and his grandparents.

Memorial contributions can be directed towards the family.