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Dorothy Flickinger

Dorothy Flickinger passed into the arms of our Savior on April 24, 2021 at the age of 94 at UnityPoint, Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa.


She was born December 17, 1926 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the daughter of George and Marie Loos. She moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1953, and met the love of her life, Robert Flickinger, at a dance in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Shortly after, they were married on June 17, 1956.


Dorothy was born into the floral industry, as her father owned, and operated Kemble Floral Company in 1939. She carried on her passion as a floral designer her entire life, working as a head designer at Doherty’s Flowers in Des Moines, Iowa. She “retired” in her 70’s. She loved bringing joy and comfort to others through her arrangements.


She was an active member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Des Moines Iowa for over 60 years and served her Lord in many capacities and was a member of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Her love for the Lord showed itself in her musical talent by playing the flute, piano, singing and directing the choir. Her love for Christ, conversation, chocolate, and coffee were well known by everyone that knew her.


She was an active member within her community, including being a part of the American Business Women Association, on the board at Luther Park, and played her flute at care centers for the “old people” into her early 90’s.


She was loved and will be missed by her children; Don (Julie) Flickinger, Altoona, Paul (Cindy) Flickinger, Indianola, Diane (John) Lehne, Des Moines, Tim (Christie) Flickinger, Des Moines; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; Brother- in-law and Sister-in-law, Elmer and Terry Flickinger, Urbandale; and many nieces and nephews.


Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 53 years, Bob and her sister Darlene Norton.


Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 29 at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 4003 2nd Avenue, Des Moines. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 am on Friday, April 30 at Our Saviour Lutheran Church with interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.


The family would like to thank the staff at the Taylor House for the loving care they gave to Dorothy and her family.


Memorial contributions may be made to the family.