Dana Faye Kies
Feb 5, 1957 – Apr 5, 2015
The Lord called home his daughter and servant, Dana Faye File Kies, on the evening of Easter Sunday, April 5th, 2015. Rarely has the world known such a loving, committed and genuine person. Dana was born on February 5, 1957, was baptized into the family of the Lord that same year, later confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cherokee, Iowa April 30, 1970. She graduated from Cherokee High School in 1975 and later attended Mankato State University. Dana married her soul-mate and love of her life, Alan, on June 2, 2001.
Growing up in Cherokee as the fifth of six sisters. Dana followed in her father Ken File’s footsteps as a standout basketball star. Dana’s kindness and loving nature meant she never missed an opportunity to send birthday cards to her sisters, parents, nephews, nieces and countless friends. When you opened a card or letter from Dana you knew you were getting a hand written expression of her interest and love for you. Her unwavering optimism in life, incredible smile, and amazing laugh brought hope and love to everyone she encountered. Dana cherished her relationship with the Lord and followed in the Savior’s path of service for others by volunteering consistently with the church and youth in Tacoma schools.
Dana is survived by her husband Alan Kies of Tacoma, Washington - formerly of Newell, Iowa; her father Kenneth File of Cherokee, Iowa. Sister Debra & Larry Salzwedel (sons: Matthew & Amanda; Michael & Hilary, children Naomi, Noah, & Eli). Sister Rhonda Vredenburg (sons: Steven & Joyce Ellens, children Luke, Derek & Lauren. Jeffrey & Jennifer Ellens, children Oriah & Tenzin. Scott & Rebecca Ellens). Sister Sheila and Skip Schossow (son: Jarred and Leigh, children Kaden & Brecken). Sister Karla & Kyle Lundy (son: Christopher & Melissa Perrin, children Blake, Tate & Chase, daughter: Lyndsay & Brent Wolfswinkel, children Laney, Addy, Grady & Charley, son: Mason & fiancée Karen). Sister Krista & David Schwartz.
Alan’s sister Violet Thraen (son: Ronald & Janet Cagle, children Mckenzie, Veronica & Victoria, daughter: Renee Seger, children Brett & Hudson). Sister Gladys & Gene Mandernach (daughter: Brenda & Lance McFadden, children Allison, Megan & Lauren, sons: Douglas & Linda, children Jordan & fiancée Stephanie Peterson, Jaycee & Hunter. Ricky, children Preston & Rebecca, daughter: Angela & Joseph Russell). Brother Francis & Carolyn Kies (sons: Jeff Kies & Jill Henningsen and son Drayke. Mike Kies, and son Owen, daughter: Christy & Keith Horan, children Madelyn, Melany & Mara). Sister-in-Law Sandy, (son: Jamie Kies, and children, daughters: Melissa & Tom Payne, children Colton & Lexi. Pam & Corey Manary, children Tayah & Caydren, sons: Brandon & Jessie Kies, children Easton & Truin. Travis & Hanna Kies, daughter Huxley). Brother Ken & Carol Kies, (son: Kevin & Heidi Kies, children Peyton, Quimby, Emerson & Austin, daughter: Katie & Mike Hinkel). Brother Russell & Donna Kies, (son: Tony & Kory Kies, children Gracelyn & Caden, daughters: Amanda & Jon Robinson, children Ella & Katelyn. Erin Kies & fiancé Ryan Klang, children Dylan, Jeryn, Zayne, Lucas & Landon, Susan Kies and Michaela Kies).
Dana was welcomed into eternal life by her mother Byrla Dell File; her grandparents Boyd & Helen Tronnes and Edward & Dora File; Dana’s other mother Arlene Kies; brothers-in-law Harlan Kies & Jack Thraen, and niece Lisa Mandernach.
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