Joe Aeschliman

September 10, 1961November 5, 2013

Joe Aeschliman West Des Moines

Joseph Aeschliman, 52, passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, November 8 at McLaren’s Chapel with burial at Jordan Cemetery in West Des Moines.

Joseph was born September 10, 1961 in Des Moines to Joseph and Jane Aeschliman. He graduated from Valley High School in 1980. Joe married Christy Markel on April 15, 1983. Joe started the family business, Valley Pool and Hot Tubs in West Des Moines 24 years ago, was a member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals and Iowa Trappers Association (Minnow). He enjoyed trapping, hunting, fishing, building bird houses and swimming pools, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Christy of West Des Moines; five sons, Michael (Amy), Joshua (Katie), Jonathan (Heather), Matthew and Mark; seven grandchildren, Sophia, Scarlett, Ryder, Kalijha, Samuel, Leo, and Joseph (on the way); mother, Jane (Richard) Larson; brother, Jim (Andrea); sister, Janeen (Chuck) Cox; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Carter Aeschliman Jr.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to Iowa Trappers Association.


  • Funeral Service Friday, November 8, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Dave Suther

December 3, 2013

Aeschliman Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a great man and I will always remember his energetic personality and smile. He will be very missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

katie beghtel

November 16, 2013

Christy, Mike, Josh, Jon, Matt and Mark and all the rest of the family...I am so very sorry for your loss! I loved working with Joe. He was quite a guy. Ill never forget the way he greeted me every morning when I would walk into the store. Much love, thoughts and prayers to you all.

Jim & Sue Marek

November 11, 2013

Dear Christy & Family,

We are so sorry for about Joe's passing.

I will never forget the time when Joe came over to our house to provide a cost for our pool. I immediately recognized him as one of my Valley HS classmates...but he did not recognize me at first. He said, "Hi, I am Joe the Pool Guy" and I am here for our appointment". I said, "You graduated from Valley HS in 1980, didn't you"! He looked at me astonished, as I told him how I remembered him from that era. We quickly became friends, and he and his team built our pool (summer of 2006).

Our best condolences to Christy and family! Joe will be be missed!

November 11, 2013

Janie, Christy and Family--I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of Joe-I knew him well as a Kid, as my daughter grew up with him in childhood. Joe was "one of our Family". Christy, I have never met you, but I have heard many praises from Janie about the wonderful care you gave to Joe, and for that everyone is so grateful. All of you have my deepest sympathy, Love to all, Sheryl Sheeder-Engebretson, Albany, Wisconsin.

Emily Garlock Dickenson

November 10, 2013

Christy and Family,
I am so sad to hear about your loss. Joe was awesome and always made me smile. He put our pool in and was super to work with all of these years. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.

November 9, 2013

I will miss him more than words can say. His amazing way of talking to people was truly a gift. My deepest sympathies to the entire family, especially the grandchildren. May his spirit live on so that they will know him as we do. The Pool God is at rest now.

Mark & Lorraine Beard

November 8, 2013

Christy and family,

We are so saddened to hear about your loss. I first met Joe 10 years ago when he worked with us on our new pool. I remember him telling me that he had the best job in the world because he was always giving people enjoyment and fun. It was sure easy to see just how much he loved his career. I'll miss seeing him at the store and chatting with him. He was always wearing a smile and was a pleasure to deal with. Such a nice person. Again we're so sorry for your loss.

November 8, 2013

We are sad to learn of Joe's passing and the loss to Christy and the boys. Condolences, also, to cousin Jane Larson; a parent should not have to lose a child. God is gracious and we pray He will bless your hearts and souls in your sadness. Jerry and Judie Ulin

Rob Viergutz

November 8, 2013

I'm so sorry to here about Joe's passing. The first time I met Joe was on a job site. We talked about the pool he was working on. Soon the conversation turned to outdoor sports. Fishing,hunting and trapping. We talked for about an hour and I really enjoyed his company. Joe always treated me with respect and I was very comfortable calling on him when it came to work. I'm sure anyone who knew him will miss him very much. I know the family will carry on his good name and I'm sure he would be proud of them.

November 8, 2013

Christy, Mike,Josh,John,Matt&Mark

It was a Sad Day when i first heard abot Joe's cancer. It was a Sad Day when Joe Passed.
My Thoughts & Prayers are with All of You.
The Swimming Pool Bussiness Lost a Good One.
May God Bless your Entire Family.