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December 16, 2012
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WEST DES MOINES - Sandra "Sandy" (Boynton) Beukelman, of West Des Moines, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 13, 2012. She was born on March 24, 1939. Sandy and her husband Dave raised their two children Molly (Beukelman) Lopez and Todd Beukelman in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The Beukelmans were known as a local hot air balloon family, with Dave, Molly and Todd all having their balloon pilots license. Sandy was their Chase Crew Chief for 25 years. The Beukelman's Iowa hot air balloon (based on the design of the State of Iowa flag) and balloon mementos are proudly displayed at the National Hot Air Balloon Museum in Indianola, Iowa. Sandy and Dave owned The Pin Place (a custom lapel pin company) for 30 years where Sandy served as Chief Operating Officer.

In 1995, Dave took early retirement and he and Sandy moved to Hudson, Wisconsin. In 1996, Dave passed away and Sandy moved to Woodbury, Minnesota, to be closer to her son, Todd, daughter-in-law, Mindy, and her grandchildren; Noah (14), Ellie (11) and Rylie (7). In 2009, Sandy moved to The Lodge of Ashworth in West Des Moines, Iowa, to be closer to her daughter, Molly, and son-in-law, Dan Lopez. Sandy loved her time at The Lodge and special visits from her grandchildren. She always was surrounded by family and friends and will be dearly missed.

Sandy leaves a legacy of goodwill that will live on for years to come. Her generosity helped Todd and his family build the home of their dreams. Sandy also helped Molly and her husband purchase and grow a successful business called Association Management, Ltd. (AML). Sandy was loved by her family and friends and now is watching over all of us, while being back in the arms of her loving husband, Dave. Mom, Grandma, Nanny - We love you and thank you for all the wonderful family memories!

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Condolences may be submitted online through the Gunderson Funeral Home website by clicking on the "Tributes" tab at Cards may be mailed to The Beukelman Family, 947 Ashworth Road # 209, West Des Moines, Iowa, 50265. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be donated to the National Hot Air Balloon Museum at

A celebration of life and open house with the family will take place at The Lodge of Ashworth, 909 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, Iowa, 50265, ( from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2012. A memorial service will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. during the open house at The Lodge.



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