A memorial service for Arlyn G. Holden, 73, formerly of Tipton and Williamsburg and currently of Des Moines, will be held Monday, October 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Iles Funeral Home a�" Dunn's Chapel. Visitation will be held at the chapel prior to the service, from 3- 6 PM. A memorial service will also be held Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Williamsburg, Iowa. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the service, from 1 a�" 3 PM. Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Williamsburg, Iowa. Arlyn Holden died Friday, October 12, 2012 at the Taylor Hospice House following a battle with stomach cancer.
Arlyn Gene Holden was born April 5, 1939 in Washington, Iowa the son of Palmer and Margaret (Mumm) Holden. He graduated from Tipton High School and attended Iowa State University. On August 3, 1958 he was united in marriage to Elaine Lamp at the Tipton United Methodist Church. He began working at Corn States Hybrid Service in 1965 and was with the company for 38 years, retiring in December of 2003. Arlyn's passion was working with seed corn, and he met many lifelong friends through this work. He was a member of the Tipton United Methodist Church and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, woodworking, wintering in Arizona and taking care of his lawn and yard. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandson Brian.
Survivors include his wife Elaine of Des Moines, Iowa, one son, Bruce and wife Patty Holden of West Des Moines, Iowa, one grandson, Brian Holden, six siblings and spouses, Janeth Peterseim of Kalona, Iowa, Beverly Skinner of Charlotte, North Carolina, Marcy (Dave) Keppy of Sun City West, Arizona, Myron (Jan) Holden of Tipton, Iowa, Linda (John) Miller of Tipton, Iowa, Stan Holden of Dallas, Texas, a brother in law, Lee Kellerhals of Marion, Iowa, and father and mother in law, John and Mabel Lamp of Tipton, Iowa.
Preceding Arlyn in death were his parents, one son, Bart Holden, one sister, Jerilea Kellerhals, and two infant brothers.
The family wishes to thank the staffs at Mercy Hospital a�" Des Moines, the Holden Cancer Center a�" Iowa City, and Hospice of Iowa for their professional care and kindness shown to Arlyn and the family.
A memorial fund has been established for the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospital and the Bloomfield Methodist Church at 5930 Indianola Avenue, Des Moines.