January 20, 2017


Dianna M. Miller, 71, of West Des Moines, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston.

A private graveside service was held with the Rev. Jeff Keuning of Zion Lutheran Church in Dexter officiating.  Burial was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Lidderdale.   

Memorials may be left in Dianna’s name to Zion Lutheran Church, 309 Marshall St., Dexter, Iowa 50070; Blank Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St., Des Moines, Iowa 50315; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Dianna’s family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born Dec. 9, 1945, at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll, Iowa, she was the daughter of Jack and Selma (Wurr) Kastle. Dianna was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale.  She was raised on the family farm near Lidderdale, where she enjoyed working outside with her father and cooking and baking inside with her mother. Dianna attended Immanuel Lutheran School in Lidderdale and graduated from Carroll High School in 1964. Following high school, she attended Iowa Beauty School in Des Moines, Iowa, and worked as a beautician until her retirement in 2012. She loved all of her “hair clients” and stayed in touch with many of them after retirement.  Dianna also worked part-time at Kmart for 15 years and truly loved her “Kmart family.”  

After her partner Dave passed in 2009, she moved to the acreage they had built for retirement. She was once again back to the farm.  It was a lot of work, but she loved it. Dianna joined the Zion Lutheran Church in Dexter which she enjoyed like her “growing-up years” at Immanuel Lutheran Church because it was small and friendly.

Dianna is survived by her special aunt and uncle, Phyllis (Wurr) and Vernon Drees; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Dianna was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents; brothers: Larry and David; and her partner of 22 years, Dave Stull.