Deke Gliem, age 70 of Dawson, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston, IA. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Perry. Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Perry. Memorials will be given to Deke’s family and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Online condolences may be sent at

Deke E Gliem was born on February 9, 1949 in Perry, IA to Roy Ellis and Estella Mae (Cox) Gliem. He attended Perry High School with the class of 1967. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Phoebe Lehnhoff at Marshall, MN on November 24, 1978. He worked at Oscar Mayer, the Dallas County Sheriff's Office and Stine Seed as Green House Manager.

He was a member of the Iowa Arboretum, Brenton Arboretum, Gardeners of America, Russ O'Hara Hosta Society, Iowa Nut Growers Association, Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Federation. He enjoyed gardening, being a naturalist, hiking, canoeing, watching wildlife and reading. Deke was a lifelong learner and educator.

In death he rejoins his parents, Roy and Estella and many beloved pets.

Left to cherish Deke’s memory are his wife Marilyn Gliem, Dawson, IA, children, Misty Schwieso, Madrid, IA, Deke Gliem Jr., Des Moines, IA and Eric (Alissa) Gliem, Perry, IA, grandchildren, Zachary Schwieso, Shelby (Brandon) Johnson, Kendra Gliem, Dakota Gliem, Brandon Gliem, Jordan Gliem and Katlyn Gliem, great granddaughter, Baylor Johnson and a sister, Connie Dunn, Perry, IA.


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