In Memory of Jean Cavender

Jean Cavender
Jean Cavender
Born: June 11, 1928
Died: May 1, 2017
Age: 88
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Jean Cavender
June 11, 1928 - May 1, 2017
From: Nevada, IA

Jean Cavender, age 88, of Nevada, died Monday, May 1, 2017, at Story County Senior Care in Nevada.

A memorial visitation to celebrate Jean’s life will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada.  Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date. 

Born June 11, 1928, in Nevada, Iowa, Wilma Jean (Ackerman) Cavender was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Bates) Ackerman.  She lived her life in Nevada and worked at 3M in Ames, retiring in 1986.

Jean was a member of the Catholic faith.  She enjoyed antiques, her puppies and other furry friends, and was a talented seamstress, creating unique teddy bears for family and friends.  She had a green thumb, as evidenced by her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens.

She is survived by two daughters, Becky (Dan) Harp of Ankeny, and Cindy (Jeff) Calentine of Nevada; a daughter-in-law, Beth Lycke of Nevada; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.  Other survivors include four sisters, Dorothy (Russell) Beckley of Ames, Margaret Okland of Kelley, Evelyn Dyer of Story City, and Mary Elizabeth (Terry) Landis of Nevada; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Ackerman of Ames; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David Lycke; three brothers, Francis, Larry, and Paul Edward in infancy; and her faithful companions, Sasha and Peaches.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Jean and her family.


Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 3:40 PM
“So sorry to hear abt Jean. She and I worked together at 3M, became friends. We use to visit each other alot.. Such a talented and great person. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Dorothy Bartmess”
- Dorothy Bartmess
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:34 AM
“Cindy, so sorry to hear about your Mom. I am thinking of you in this sad time.”
- Deb Cavender
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:34 AM
“Cindy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have nothing but fond memories of your mom. I spent many days at your house and she always treated me like family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Melody (Bairey) Oswald
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:34 AM
“Cindy and Family,

So sorry for your loss.

Ed and Robbie”
- Robbie & Ed Meester
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:34 AM
“Becky and Family, sorry to hear of your loss. Times will get better, life goes on. Thinking of Jean sure brings back a lot of good times. God Bless Love You Connie”
- Connie Miller
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 1:16 PM
“Cindy and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts.
Annette Thompson”
- Annette Thompson
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 1:16 PM
“In this tough time in your life, may our friendship, sympathy and heartfelt condolences bring you comfort. Take care Cindy, our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Kathy and Darren Bloch
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Celebration of Life
Memorial Visitation
1-3 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Dan Harp
Jeff Calentine
Jason Lycke
Mike Lycke
Chris Clark
Jay Calentine


St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery
Nevada, Iowa
at a later date