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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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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines


Thursday, June 16, 2011
1:00 pm
Fellowship Community Church
225 North Avenue


Norwalk Cemetery


Hamilton's Southtown

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Keevin Sleeth

On June 12, 2011, God came down and wrapped His arms around our precious “Little Buddy” to take him home. Keevin was born November 21, 2004, to Donald and Carolyn Sleeth. Keevin was a student at Oviatt Elementary School in Norwalk. He had a wide-open smile that could light up a room, and he was delighted by balloons, bubbles, fishing with his dad and grandpa, and tubing at his grandparents’ cabin, “the lake house.” Keevin was delighted by every person he met.

Keevin is survived by his parents, Donald and Carolyn Sleeth of Norwalk; brother, Zachary (Ashley) of Grand River, IA; sisters, Darian and Leea at home; grandparents, Kevin and Jean Bonnicksen of Ames, Phyllis Ferris of Des Monies, Garold Sleeth of Orroville, WA; uncles and aunts, Richard (Jessica) Sleeth of Des Moines, James “Mick” (Mary) Sleeth of Chariton, Sara (Matthew) Sims of Eddyville, and Adele (Dirk) Ver Steeg of Des Moines, as well as many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his uncle, Rick Bonnicksen and his Poppa, Bob Perry.

The family would like to give special thanks to the Norwalk Fire Department, Iowa Methodist Life Flight, and the doctors and nurses who cared for our “Little Buddy” in the Iowa Methodist emergency room and Blank Pediatric ICU during his short illness.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Fellowship Community Church in Norwalk, with burial following at Norwalk Cemetery. A visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th, Des Moines.

In lieu of flowers, a Keevin Garold Sleeth memorial has been set up at City State Bank, 801 Main Street, Norwalk, IA 50211.