Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

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Judith Ann Dorr

January 27, 1955August 31, 2020

Judith Ann Dorr, 65, of Bondurant, IA, passed away on August 31, 2020 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center surrounded by loved ones. Judy was born on January 27, 1955 in St. Louis, MO to Stanley and Mary (Ozburn) Dorr. Judy graduated from Ames High School in 1973, and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Iowa in 1977, and then later received her Master of Education from Graceland University in 2006.

She was united in marriage to David LaCombe on June 27, 1981 in Ames, IA. It was their passion to open their hearts and home to children in need, and they went on to adopt eight children and care for many others as their own. Judy will always be remembered by her family and friends for her selfless life of giving, her faith in God, and her love for her family and students. After owning Cyclone Abstract & Title Co. in Ames, IA, she went on to become a special education teacher at Ruby Van Meter School in Des Moines, IA, and was named the Special Education Educator of the Year by the Rotary Club of Des Moines in 2008.

Judy is survived by her loving husband, David LaCombe; children, Joshua Dorrlacombe, Mary-Kate (Kyler) Prunty, Hannah Dorrlacombe, William Dorrlacombe, Benjamin Dorrlacombe, Kaitlyn Dorrlacombe, Kiah Dorrlacombe, and Zachariah Dorrlacombe; grandchildren, Josiah (Shaunda) Dorrlacombe, Jobediah Dorrlacombe, John Dorrlacombe, James Dorrlacombe, and Jaxson Flanders; sister, Jayne Kragel; and brothers, Chuck (Heather) Dorr, and Craig (Mary) Dorr. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Aliceson Peppels, Adiceson Peppels, Amy Babcock, Carrie Hannusch, Sawyer Bowers, Maximilian Kragel, Jensen Kragel, Justin (Emily) Dorr, and Mary Kathryn Dorr; and many great-nieces and nephews. She was loved by countless other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; sister, Joyce Dorr; and aunt, Shirley Appel.

A visitation will be held at Eternity Church, 2000 NW 100th St, Clive, IA 50325 on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9:30 to 11:30 am, with a Celebration of Life to follow at 11:30 am. Weather permitting, the visitation will take place outdoors, and households will be safely distanced for the Celebration of Life. The family requests that all guests wear masks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Special Olympics. Condolences may be expressed at www.AnkenyFuneralHome.com.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, September 12, 2020



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Tierra Firestine

September 14, 2020

Miss Judy dorr was my first high school Teacher at Ruby Van Meter She was a good helper for me When I did my math test She Helped us with Lunch Serve and Science When I first met her she was nice to see me As my Career path I will miss you Good luck in heaven I will always be there for you

Lesley Payne

September 12, 2020

It was always nice to see Judy's welcoming smile when I visited RVM as a substitute. She left a lasting impression on the many people who were lucky enough to spend any length of time with her.

Stephanie Wiskus

September 11, 2020

Your mom was such an awesome lady! Whenever I would come over for supper or stay over with marykate, she treated me like family. She will truly be missed by many.

Stephanie Dorr

September 8, 2020

Dear Family,

Words elude my feelings regarding Judy's death. I was Judy and Dave's first problem child aka foster kid.

Judy and Dave took in a young girl; to them a stranger, she had more problems than answers. They opened their hearts and home to her with only one goal to help her.

I didn't know anything back then but Judy told me it would be okay. There I was a stranger to them and they a stranger to me but soon after they became my family.

I spent so many years with the Dorr family. Jayne taught me how to drive and ride a horse. Joyce taught me Jazzercise. I got in my first car accident with Craig. Judy bought me a $50 car. I got my first "A" in speech because Jayne helped me write it. I went to weddings and funerals. I celebrated and cried with this family.

I married Craig but after many years, I returned home to my birth family. I call it now the unfinished business of life. I had two distinct family memberships that shaped who I am. I am interestingly grateful for both.

I didn't believe in much when I first met Judy but now I know there are angels. Judy changed my life forever because she cared enough put herself out there for others.

Judy has left many good imprints upon all of us and her memory will live forever in each of us.

I know Judy gave her heart and soul to help kids. It was what she was born to do and she knew it. I am absolutely convinced that this life is temporary and the soul is divine. Judy's soul left earth to go on another adventure and where ever that is I am sure she is helping another soul.

Thank you Judy and Dave for stepping out there and helping me. I just want you to know that I loved you both for it.

Stephanie Dorr

Lisa (Burgett) Gift

September 7, 2020

I’m deeply saddened by your death, Judy. You were an angel on earth to so many people. I’ll never forget when Spencer and I met you and John at McDonalds. It was a wonderful play date! And then I remember you encouraging me, after we got the news that Spencer was on the autism spectrum. If everyone had a heart like yours, the world would be a much better place. I know now you’ll be a guardian angel to your family, friends, and students. And to your family, I give my deepest sympathies and condolences. You’ll be genuinely missed by all, Judy!

Lauren Crossmon (Condon)

September 6, 2020

I had the blessing of working with Judy at Eductional Resources. She was truly an amazing teacher and an even greater person! Her students loved her. She would often bring in bagel bites to share from the bagel shop next door. She is such a beautiful person and will be dearly missed by all who knew her!


September 6, 2020

Judy was a very nice sweet person and a very great Teacher at Ruby Van Meter. I worked with her in her classroom as a Substitute Associate. Judy welcomed me in her class and always helped me out she treated me like her adoptive daughter. When my Grandmother passed away she sent me flowers and a card and called and text me checking on me everyday. I am going to miss our talks, her great and beautiful smile that lit up the room. I am going to miss her jokes and laugh. My condolences and prayers to her family. ❤🙏🏿💔😭😢☹️😞

Janet Cuddy

September 6, 2020

Judy, you are missed by so many people. Thank you for being my friend at Ruby Van Meter and helping me with a tough situation. The world is better because God put you here. I know you are seeing His face right now, and I hope you have peace and joy there. He will take care of your family here, too. Of that I am certain. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble."

Bob & Sheila Kindred

September 6, 2020

David, we have such fond memories of Judy and you while you lived here and worshiped with us in Ames. You have our deep sympathy in her passing, along with our prayers that you and your family will feel the Savior's love now and into the future.

Joshua Brown

September 6, 2020

The thoughts and prayers of the Des Moines Education Association Executive Board are with you and your family. We loved working with Judy as we advocated for strong public schools in Des Moines and beyond.


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