Diane Christine Bickford

December 20, 1948November 30, 2018

Diane Christine (Thimmesch) Bickford of Washington, IN passed from this life to the next on Friday morning, November 30, 2018. There will be a visitation at the Ankeny Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm. Her funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny. Her wishes were to lay at rest with her mother and father in Des Moines.

Diane was born in Des Moines on December 20, 1948 to Donald and Cecilia Thimmesch. She graduated from Ankeny High School. Diane was an energetic person, as well as a caring wife and mother of three. She worked at Dillow's Grocery Store in Ankeny for a number of years and also as a teller for Old National Bank in the Washington, IN area.

Thanks to all family, friends, and caregivers for your thoughts and prayers as Diane fought through these last few years with the terrible disease (dementia). The family requests that any remembrances of Diane be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation for research.


  • Diane is survived by her loving husband Larry; three children Patty (Larry) Jones of Monclova, OH, Gavin of Shoals, IN, and Matt (Jennifer) of Plainville, IN and four grandchildren; brothers Ken (Sharon) of Cedar Rapids, Joseph of Des Moines, Richard (Karen) of Ankeny; and sisters Susan Lucas of Ankeny, Donna (Joe) Glas of Ponta Vedra, FL, Lola Thimmesch of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, and Carol Tscherter of Cedar Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Robert.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, December 6, 2018

Diane Christine Bickford

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Georgene Raver

December 5, 2018

Larry and family: Steve and I are holding you close as you grieve the loss of Diane. We are former neighbors from Bel Aire. Son Dave shared rides to early morning band with Patty, and Gavin was in the same grade as our daughter Lori. Diane was a very sweet person and I remember her just as she looks in the picture. Such a beautiful smile. Please know you're in our thoughts and prayers. Steve and Georgene Raver

Gary Roberts

December 5, 2018

I remember Diane throughout our school years in Ankeny. She was always so kind, bright, ambitious. and friendly. I only saw Diane at a few class reunions after we graduated, but I could easily remember her wonderful and warm smile when I saw this picture of her. My sincere condolences to her family.