Wayne Lee Menzel

February 13, 1933March 23, 2014
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Wayne Menzel, 81, died Sunday, March 23, 2014 from two forms of blood disease. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at McLaren’s Chapel. A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church in Des Moines.

Wayne was born on a farm near McCallsburg, IA to Lester and Lucy (Densmore) Menzel. After graduating from McCallsburg High School he attended Luther College, spent two years in the U.S. Army and earned a degree from the University of Iowa. While at Iowa he met Lois Jacoby and they were married in 1958. Wayne’s first job was with the Bankers Life Company in Des Moines. In 1960 he began working for Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, retiring in 1995 after 35 years.

Along the way, Wayne and Lois had two children, Scott and Paula. Family vacations were spent in Gunnison County Colorado, hiking, fishing and seeing old friends. As empty nesters, Wayne and Lois took bicycle trips in Europe and small ship cruises to Alaska and Central America. An avid bicyclist, Wayne participated in several RAGBRAI rides as well as the Iowa 150. He was also an avid fisherman and enjoyed fly fishing and fly-in trips to Canada. Wayne and Lois were members of Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church for many years. Wayne was a charter member of the Clive Lions Club and served many offices including president and treasurer. He also volunteered for many years with SHIIP.

Wayne is survived by his daughter, Paula (Paul) Hartmann; and grandchildren, Eric and Lucy. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois; and son, Scott.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schreck and Dr. Buroker and their nurses for the kindness and expert care throughout his illness.

Memorials may be sent to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation or the John Stoddard Cancer Center.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 29, 2014
  • Visitation Friday, March 28, 2014

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Katherine Hauser

April 1, 2014

Wayne was a colleague at SHIIP , I had the opportunity to do presentations with him ,and to enjoy his kindness and wit.

Pam Tudor

March 30, 2014

I am a second cousin and had just recently contacted Wayne after Christmas. Wayne's dad was my grandfathers youngest brother. Was so very sad to hear your father had passed. I don't know if this note will reach you. Had submitted on but see it was only to be online until 3/27 and I just heard today. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Pamela (Menzel) Tudor

Pamela (Menzel) Tudor

March 30, 2014

We were so very sorry to hear that your Dad had passed. I am so very sad. I had just been in contact with him after Christmas as he had not sent his usual Xmas card. Your parents had visited my husband and I about 10 years ago. He was my only male cousin. Lester Menzel was my grandfathers youngest brother. My grandparents, Earl and Beatrice Menzel of Zearing, raised me and my sister Kathy (Menzel) Ausbrook after our mother died when I was 2 years old. My husband and I live in Helena MT. We had set Wayne up with a friend here in Montana to fly fish on the Missouri at Fly Fisherman's Inn when they had visited and he remarked it was fabulous and the best fishing he had ever experienced and I know he had fished alot and many places. Loved his sense of humor and will miss keeping in contact and hearing how your family is doing and growing. Theirs was the first wedding I ever attended and it was beautiful. Our youngest just had a baby a year ago and she plays the violin and is a Nurse Practioner in Helena. Our oldest is Olivia and they have a 3 year old and live in New Jersey - she is a PT. Again, we send our sympathies. If you are ever in Montana please look us up-not too many Tudors. Dave and Pam Tudor 406-227-6731. Was hoping to see him when we were home this summer for our 50th class reunion. The last time I saw Paula was when she was about 1 year old. Did see Lester and Lucy alot because I stayed with Lester's sister Anna Marsh a great deal when in Iowa for summer visits. Our love and sympathies. Pam (Menzel) Tudor

March 30, 2014

I met Wayne on the "Iowa 150" bike ride in 1995. He rode a recumbent bicycle and always stayed in motels. Wayne later regretted that decision when he found out that those that were camping had more fun. A favorite memory of mine took place on Ragbrai (in 1997?). Wayne and I rode together one afternoon. A big thunderstorm came up and we ended up waiting out the storm in a cattle barn. Wayne would often remind me of this incident when our paths would cross. Wayne (and Lois) will be missed! They were both such dear people! ~Sue (Weiss) Green

March 29, 2014

So sorry to hear about your great loss. My grandpa Frank Menzel was Wayne's uncle. He sent me a wonderful picture of Frank driving his Model T many years ago. Prayers of comfort to you in the coming weeks and months.

Claudia Reid Duff

March 28, 2014

Paula, our deepest sympathies for your loss. I remember you and your family well from church and taking piano lessons from my mom! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

John Freeland

March 28, 2014

I met Wayne on the Clive express bus and realized we were distantly related. And, I would see him on bicycle trails. He was a great guy and will be missed. We are out of town and sadly will miss the funeral.

Roger Fligg

March 28, 2014

I met Wayne May 14, 1977 on Charter Night of the Clive Lions Club. He embodied what is best in a man and was always great to work with. Our sincere sympathy to the family in this loss, but it has to be Heaven's gain.

Les Aasheim

March 28, 2014

Wayne was one of the good guys. We both grew up on farms in the McCallsburg area and I have known him for more years than I can recall. I will miss him and I fondly recall our fishing trip to Canada and the two lunches we had together within the last few weeks.
Les Aasheim - Clive

Terry Brauch

March 27, 2014

My sympathy in your loss. I served in the Lions Club with Wayne for several years and he was always a real pleasure to be around. He was always friendly and up beat and had a story to tell. I know he will be missed but I am sure you have many great memories.