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Velma Helen Hey

December 3, 1934August 25, 2020

Helen Hey, 85, of Ankeny passed away on August 25, 2020. Graveside services will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, August 31, 2020 at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, IA.

Helen was born on December 3, 1934 in Grant, Iowa to Leila English and Lloyd Bills. She was raised by her mother with siblings, Wayne, Dorothy, and Pete in Grant, Phoenix, AZ and Red Oak, Iowa. She graduated from Red Oak High school in 1952. Helen received her teaching degree from Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College. A passionate learner, she continued her studies over the years at Central Missouri State, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa.

Helen married Leo Gutschenritter in 1956 and they lived in Shenandoah, IA, where she taught elementary school for eight years. After his passing, Helen returned to school to advance her education.

She married Donald Hey in Cedar Rapids, IA on October 27, 1962. They moved to Iowa Falls and grew their family to include three sons, Paul, Mark and Gregory. Helen continued teaching preschool while in Iowa Falls. Her involvement in education included serving on the school board, including 9 years as school board president. She was very active in the community, organizing and coordinating the RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) program, organizing school volunteer programs, and founding a local youth club. Together with Don, Helen volunteered countless hours over 20 years to Scouting, including conducting leadership training at local, district, council, regional, and national levels. Helen was honored to receive the highest award granted to women involved in Scouting. With selfless concern for others, Helen volunteered for various community boards and activities.

In 1990, Helen and Don moved to Muncie, IN where she taught preschool for ten years. In 2000 they retired to Ankeny. Always the teacher, Helen enjoyed learning and playing with her grandchildren in her “retirement,” along with cooking, reading, scrapbooking and attending baseball games.

She is survived by three children, Paul Hey of Ankeny, Mark (Beth) Hey of Ankeny, and Greg (Sheri) Hey of Naperville, IL; beloved grandchildren, Matt, Noah, Natalie and Grace; brother, Pete Soda and family; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and extended family. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Don, her mother Leila Howell, her siblings Wayne Bills and Dorothy Carrico, and her first husband Leo. Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Tim Heggen Foundation.


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, August 31, 2020


Velma Helen Hey

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Myrna Prange

September 2, 2020

Mark and family, I am so sorry for your mothers loss. I always enjoyed her visits at the ball games. Plz know I’m praying for you.

danny burr

August 30, 2020

Helen Hey was my aunt, sister of Dorothy (my mother). I hadn't seen her since the passing of my grandmother (Leila Howell) in 2006. My memories of Aunt Helen are many. I saw her often while my family still lived in Iowa. After moving to Wisconsin the visits were far fewer but I did still manage to spend an occasional week staying with her and Uncle Don right into my early twenties. I can remember staying with them during the week of the Apollo moon landing in July of 1969. Aunt Helen was kind, patient and generous with her time. She encouraged me in my interests in art and paleontology. Helen was my only surviving aunt and the only aunt I ever felt close to.
My condolences to her children and grandchildren.

Tracy James

August 29, 2020

My heart is torn today as I hear of your passing. Helen, you will be dearly missed and deeply remembered. I have peace knowing that you’re in heaven with my mom/your sister, Dorothy. I’m thinking of you both today as you reunite. May your love always be with us.

Becky Simmons

August 29, 2020

She was a very nice lady. I enjoyed seeing her at the baseball games. I could see how much she loved her grandchildren, kids and their spouses. I always loved seeing her.


August 28, 2020

I can always remember her kind smile. Prayers and thoughts to the family.

Michael/Karen Gormley

August 28, 2020

Helen is the mother of our wonderful son-in-law Greg. We remember her as a loving and protecting mother and Grandmother. She was gracious, soft-spoken, and determined. Her work with the Boy Scouts of America was exemplary. She took great pride when Greg became an Eagle Scout. Rest in Eternal Peace Helen. You and Don did well raising your three boys and being a devoted grandmother.


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