Lorraine J. Machholz

June 7, 1917August 8, 2019

Lorraine J. Machholz, 102, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Fountain West in West Des Moines. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at McLaren’s Funeral Chapel in West Des Moines with a visitation starting at 10 a.m. Entombment in Resthaven Mausoleum will follow the service.

Lorraine was born June 7, 1917 in Glidden, Iowa to Sidney and Lucille (Hartman) Randall. She graduated from Glidden High School in 1935 and not long after married James Machholz, and from there she became a stay at home mom raising their children. While she enjoyed riding horses, making jewelry, playing bingo, and being a member of the Bridge Club, the most important thing in her life was her family and her children. She spent her life caring for others.

Lorraine is survived by her children, Jennifer Meyer (Jim Poole), Steven (Pam) Machholz, and Terin (Joe) Meyer; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and many extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, James; daughter, Deborah; son-in-law, Mike; and two sisters, Joyce and Genevieve.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.


  • Steve Machholz
  • Eric Machholz
  • Terin Meyer
  • Jim Poole
  • Danny Horner
  • Scott Jayne
  • Joe Benton
  • Kalel Horner, Honorary
  • Benjamin Horner, Honorary
  • Kelsy Dowd, Honorary
  • Logan Benton, Honorary
  • Dakota Benton, Honorary


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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