Officer Susan Farrell

June 2, 1985March 26, 2016
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Susan Farrell, beloved wife, mother, daughter, friend, and police officer passed away in the line of duty on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Lutheran Church of Hope (925 Jordan Creek Pkwy West Des Moines) with burial to follow at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Tuesday at Lutheran Church of Hope.

Susan Louise Farrell was born June 2, 1985, in Des Moines, Iowa where she grew up and graduated from Southeast Polk High School in the class of 2003. She continued her education at Hamilton College, earning her degree in criminal justice.

Following graduation, Susan took a position with the Polk County Jail as a detention officer and had been promoted to deputy in April 2015. Susan was also a member of the response team where she had been awarded the Commendation and Life Saving Awards. Most recently, Susan had graduated in the 73rd Recruit Class and took a position with the Des Moines Police Department.

Susan was living out her lifelong dream and was truly proud of being a police officer. She was blessed with a strong work ethic and had begun to further her education within the police department.

Outside of work, Susan enjoyed shotgun and bow hunting with friends, craft shows, camping and riding horses with Jesse. Most of all, she treasured time spent with Jesse, Ryleigh, and her family who all held a special place in her heart.

Susan will be deeply missed by her husband, Jesse Farrell; daughter, Ryleigh Farrell; mother, Peggy (John) Maschke; father, Stephen (Trish) Michalski; siblings, Chris (Judy) Spray, Cassie (Sean) Michalski, and Jeff Meyer; and step-brother, John Prock. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Stephen and Gladys Michalski and Larry and Karen Spray.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Officer Susan Farrell

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Norilee Williamson

April 1, 2016

Susan a Police Officer, wife, mom, sister and daughter my heartfelt condolences to you all. Rest in peace.

April 1, 2016

Susan thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rest in peace.
Marilyn Martens
Urbandale, Iowa

tonya Lafarr

March 31, 2016

To Susans family members and her family in blue sending you all my condolences on the loss of your loved one. God bless you all.

Norma Boge

March 31, 2016

Deepest condolences to Officer Farrell's loved ones. To all who protect and serve, thank you.

Patricia Thomas

March 31, 2016

Thoughts and prayers to Susan's daughter and her husband, Jesse. Our God bring your peace and comfort at this time! Sending a hug for DMPD and her husband, Jesse!! RIP...

Teri Cross

March 31, 2016

Police lives matter and are still hero's in my book. RIP

Jack & Janice Mustapha

March 31, 2016

Thoughts and prayers go to Susan's entire family and friends as well as the law enforcement community. Such a loss is hard to understand, but everything is in God's plan. Our deepest sympathy to all.

March 31, 2016

May our God of Mercy bring you peace and comfort at this time, and may wonderful memories continue to sustain you. Sending may prayers to Susan's family and friends.

Nancy Hays

March 31, 2016

Prayers for Susan's family, her children and husband. Praying for those who loved her, and are feeling this loss.

Sending a hug for DMPD and the Sheriffs Office people who worked with her.

Vickey Durham

March 31, 2016

May the peace of the lord be with her and may he wrap his arms around you and guide you through this time of sorrow. Thank you for your time and service and for Susan I am sure she will be dearly missed by all.
Vickey and Scott Durham