In Memory of Alice L. Backous

Alice L. Backous
Alice L. Backous
Born: March 28, 1933
Died: October 16, 2016
Age: 83
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Alice L. Backous
March 28, 1933 - October 16, 2016
From: Nevada, IA

Alice Backous, age 83, of Nevada, Iowa, died Sunday, October 16, 2016, at Story Medical Senior Care in Nevada.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 22, 2016, at the Nevada Baptist Church, with Pastor Dennis Reynolds officiating.  Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Iowa Center.  Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada. 

Born March 28, 1933, in Harvey, Iowa, Alice Lavonne Backous was the daughter of Ernest and Grace (Blake) Gluck.  She grew up and received her education in Nevada, graduating from Nevada High School.

On October 23, 1952, Alice was united in marriage to Irvin “Bud” Backous in Albert Lea, Minnesota.  The couple made their home in Nevada and was blessed with four sons:  Denny, Mike, Rod, and Mark.  Alice was employed for over 20 years at Donnelley Marketing in Nevada.  She was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Nevada Garden Club.

Alice was a woman of many interests and talents.  She was an avid gardener, crafter, seamstress, and cook.  Her home was an inviting gathering place where she could enjoy the company of family and friends as well as a lively game of cards.  Alice had a great appreciation for nature and loved spending time outdoors.  Camping and fishing were among her favorite pastimes.

She is survived by her four sons, Denny (LeAnn) Backous of Colo, Mike (Diane) Backous of Bondurant, Rod (Diane) Backous of Des Moines, and Mark Backous of Clive; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren; as well as other extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Irvin “Bud” in 1993; her parents; step-father, Frank Smith; a grandson, Justin Irvin Backous, and a brother, Leland Gluck.

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


Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 9:08 AM
“Ms. Alice was a wonderful neighbor, we enjoyed many years of backyard talks and porch teas...Her roses are still beautiful and looking out on the back garden is a blessing we enjoy everyday. Rest In Peace my neighbor and friend we will miss you...Bryan and Sherry Barker
- Bryan and Sherry Barker
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:57 AM
“Denny, LeAnn and Family. We send our deepest sympathy at this sad time.
If flowers grow in heaven,
Lord, then pick a bunch for me.
Then place them in my mother's arms
and tell her they're from me.
Tell her that I love and miss her
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile.

Love, Kent & Edith”
- Kent & Edith Hitchings
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:57 AM
“Alice and Bud were long term friends of my parents and my wife's parents. Most sincere sympathy to the family. ”
- Steven Burnett
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:57 AM
“I'm so very sorry to hear of Alice's passing! She was the best at everything! I loved that woman like a Mom - she was a super great Mother-in-law! She taught me lots & touched my life! Part of who I am today is because of her. ”
- Rebecca (Backous) Williams
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:57 AM
“Please accept my condolences. May you find comfort in the hope of seeing your loved one again by means of the resurrection (Isaiah 26:19 and John 5:28,29)”
- T Alston
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11:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Nevada Baptist Church
Nevada, Iowa


Pastor Dennis Reynolds


Ryan Backous
Gary Backous
Michael Backous
Adam Backous


5-7 p.m.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Woodland Cemetery
Iowa Center, Iowa