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Dewain Alan Cleaver


May 1, 1953 – March 2, 2023


“Alan” came from Independence, Louisiana to Denver, Colorado to Houston, Texas, San Francisco, California, Kansas, Florida and Des Moines, Iowa. Alan made many friends as he moved around the country.


“Dewey”, as he was also known by, attended the School of Hard Knocks. He spent time in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. He was a Mechanic, Construction Manager, and a Union Painter, Alan could build a whole house by himself. Alan was very independent, but enjoyed the company of others, most of the time. He could be both sweet and mean. Alan liked to entertain the kids at family gatherings, taking them for bike rides and having lots of fun with them. He later enjoyed electric bikes, even with some mishaps with them. Hot sauce went on lots of his eats, much like his son who puts hot sauce on everything.


Alan unfortunately developed serious health conditions, and at 69 years has joined his mother Rose Alice Cleaver Dick, step father George Dick, a sister, aunts and uncles, and significant others in the afterlife. Dewain Alan is survived by his son Dewain Nummelin and daughter-in-law Colleen, grandchildren Katie and James, two sisters, Mary Dick and Betty Ruskauff, two brothers, Elmer and wife Helen Lamb, David and wife Mandy Lamb, many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunt and uncle, extended relatives and friends. Alan will be greatly missed by many.


A funeral service will be held 4:00pm on Friday March 24th at Merle Hay Chapel (4400 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines) with a time of visitation beforehand at 3:00pm to honor Alan.

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