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Dawn Van Buren

November 22, 1936 March 27, 2019
Dawn Van Buren
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Obituary for Dawn Van Buren

Dawn (Slack) Van Buren, 82 of Adel, Iowa passed away March 27, 2019 at the Kavanagh House on 56th in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 PM Monday, April 1, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church in Adel, where she was a member, with burial following at Oakdale Cemetery. Family will greet friends Sunday, March 31st from 5-7 PM at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home – McCalley Chapel in Adel.

Dawn was baptized and a member of the First Baptist Church of Tullahoma, TN. She worked in the Data Processing Dept. of Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, and that is where she met “Van” Van Buren who was working for IBM. They were married in 1967, and Dawn worked for a business college and then for IBM in Atlanta, GA. They lived in Atlanta, Basel, Switzerland, Greenville, SC, Dallas and Irving, TX during Van’s IBM career. She helped design and then lovingly decorated and maintained homes for their 51 years together in Atlanta, South Carolina, Texas and Iowa. She wanted to retire in Iowa for the quality of life here.

Dawn was a fabulous Southern cook, winning 17 ribbons at the Texas and Iowa State Fairs. Neighbors and friends all over the country exchanged recipes with her. She compiled cookbooks for young cooks. She was an avid Modern Western Style Square Dance Club member with Van wherever they lived, and they travelled to many dance festivals all over the US, before retiring in Iowa.

She was an active neighborhood, community and civic leader wherever she lived, and helped establish Neighborhood Watch programs in Dallas and Irving Texas. Dawn was the public safety chair of Valley Ranch Development in Texas, and wrote for the Irving Journal. She wrote articles for the Adel Living Magazine for 10 years. Dawn was a member and officer of the Adel Women’s Club, P.E.O., and the Board of Directors for the Crisis Intervention Center.

Dawn is survived by her husband Van, of Adel; niece Cindy West and her family of Manchester, TN; and multiple cousins in TN, KY and SC. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Hazel (Ragan) Slack, and a brother, Rudolph Slack.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Adel Public Library or the Crisis Interventions Center in Adel. Online condolences may be left at

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5:00 PM 3/31/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3/31/2019 7:00:00 PM
McCalley Chapel

735 South 14th Street
Adel, Iowa 50003

Family will greet friends from 5-7 pm.

McCalley Chapel
735 South 14th Street Adel 50003 Iowa
United States

Funeral Service




2:30 PM 4/1/2019 2:30:00 PM
Adel Faith Lutheran Church

602 S. 14th St.
Adel, Iowa 50009

Adel Faith Lutheran Church
602 S. 14th St. Adel 50009 Iowa
United States

Cemetery Details


Oakdale Cemetery Final Resting Place

N. 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

N. 9th St. Adel 50003 Iowa
United States

Memorial Contribution

Adel Public Library

303 S, 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center

911 Court St., Suit 2
Adel, Iowa 50003

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