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Joy Reel



Joy Louise Reel, 95, passed away on February 23, 2023, in Norwalk, IA. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 10:00 AM at Merle Hay Funeral Home in Des Moines, IA. A burial will be held after the service at 11:30 AM at Chapel Hill Gardens.

Joy was born on November 24, 1927, to Mark and Mable (Moss) Hutton in Iowa.

Joy has a brother, Doug Hutton living in Daly City California and two nieces, Debbie and Michell and their families. Joy is a graduate of old North High School. She loved playing golf, bowling, fishing in Canada and ballroom dancing. She, partnered with her then husband Gene Reel, taught many years at the Val Air Ballroom. In between she worked full-time for Younkers for 52 yrs. She was a people person and always laughing, but firm in her leadership as director of the Younkers Print shop.

Joy is preceded in death by her parents.

Joy is survived by her daughter, Linda (Norman) Burge in Texas; two grandsons, Brian (Anne) and Scott (Stephanie) Herman; three great grandsons, Braden (Olyvia), Jake, and Keaton; granddaughter, Anna Claire; and a great great-grandchild on its way.

Memorial contributions for Joy Reel can be addressed to her family for later distribution.

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