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1948 April 2020

April Damewood

April 14, 1948 — October 26, 2020

April Ann Damewood 72, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 26th, 2020 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. April was born on April 14, 1948, in Creston, Ia. to Orma Thomas Cooper and Della Irene (Hackett) Cooper. She was a graduate of East High School inDes Moines.

In 1967, April married the late John Grossnickle Sr., where they shared three children: John, Shawn and Mindy. On September 10th, 1994, April married Jim Damewood and with this marriage, the couple blended their families to include Jim’s children: Brian and Brenda. This year they celebrated 26 years together. April was a cosmetologist and owned a salon in Prescott and Corning where she worked for many years. April had a huge heart and was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and friend. They enjoyed motorcycle trips with friends. Occasional visits to the Casino, and very rarely missed an activity that involved her grandkids.

April loved to travel and fulfilled a lifelong dream of attending the Kentucky Derby in 2019 with her daughter Mindy and granddaughters. A highlight for April and Jim was seeing their friends daily at the Creston McDonalds for coffee and conversation. April loved animals and recently added two horses to their family along with their dog, Gypsy and multiple cats.

April was preceded in death by her parents, Orma Thomas Cooper an Della Irene (Hackett) Cooper; Grandson, Jacob Ryan Grossnickle and Nephew, Ron McCullough.

April is survived by her husband Jim; aunt Vi Hackett of Wisconsin; sisters: Ruby McCullough of Altoona, Norma (Ron) Brown of Prescott, Iowa; children: John (Trista) Grossnickle of Corning, Shawn Dorsett of Mt. Ayr and Mindy (Greg) Bailey of Creston, Brian (Carla) Damewood of Corning, and Brenda (Dan) Steeve of Corning; 12 grandchildren: Cooper (Todd) Stoaks, Dillon, Ashtyn, Taylor, Tonna, Marcey, Jerney, Samantha (Ross) Mendenhall, Ashly, Shelby (Suma) Sandoval, Dalton and Jason. As well as 3 great-grandchildren: Harlee, Harper and Kayce.

No services are planned. Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center of Creston is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be directed to the April Damewood Memorial, to be determined. Memories and condolences may be shared online at

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