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Dawn Latham
September 30, 1958 - April 13, 2019

Dawn Latham, 60, of Oelwein passed away on Saturday April 13, 2019 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo.  A Celebration of Life service will be held from 3-7 PM on Saturday April 20, 2019 at the American Legion in Oelwein.  A memorial fund has been established.

Dawn Marie was born in Oelwein on September 30, 1958 to parents Lorenz “Larry” and Marian (Meyer) Handke.  She attended Oelwein High School and then graduated Hawkeye Community College’s Respiratory Therapy program.  She had been employed as a Respiratory Therapist with Allen Hospital in Waterloo.  On June 6, 2006 she was united in marriage with Lowell Latham in Oelwein.  Her family (including her dogs) was everything to her.  She was a strong woman who did everything she could for her children and grandchildren.  She will be dearly missed by them.

Left to celebrate Dawn’s life are her husband Lowell; her children: Crystal Klein (Jay Hillman) of Oelwein and Felicia Klein (Chad Knight) of Hazleton; her step-daughter Lanessa Yauslin of Oelwein; her grandchildren: Bridget Franck, Chloe and Dalton Yauslin; her siblings: Rich (Debbie) Handke of Cedar Falls and Mary Fistler of Walker; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Carla VandeVorde; her brother-in-law Fred Fistler; her sister-in-law Karen Handke and her step-son Dane Latham.      


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Anonymous on April 22, 2019 at 1:46 PM said:

My sympathies and prayers to her children and family. I haven’t seen Dawn for several years but she was a good friend to me several years ago and helped me in a lot of ways. A caring, good person and I will always think of her fondly. Godspeed Dawn!
Lisa Nichols wilson on April 18, 2019 at 5:29 PM said:

I am going to miss Dawn. We go way back. I remember in junior high we were running down the sidewalk. I was ahead she was behind. She tripped and said you tripped me, we laughed about that. By the time we made it to my house we had frozen hair, we had just come from the pool last hour of the day for swimming classes. Dawn was a survivor. She fought hard in her life. With always a bright side to everything she did. I love her dearly. After her move to Texas and back to Oelwein I was able to reconnect. I only wish I could of been able to spend more time with her. Amazing that even if I had not seen Dawn for quit awhile we were able to just start talking like we had talked everyday. Dawn you are going to be missed. I think about you allot. I wish I could of spent more time with you. Love you girl. Take care. I will see you someday.
Charis Combs-Lay on April 17, 2019 at 12:57 PM said:

Saddened to hear this. Prayers.
Julie Johnson on April 17, 2019 at 8:25 AM said:

My condolences to the family! Dawn was a beautiful person and a great childhood friend of mine.Rest in peace dear friend!
Mark&jessie Olsen on April 16, 2019 at 4:35 PM said:

So sorry for your loss R.I.P Dawn.
Pat Dahl Platner on April 16, 2019 at 4:12 PM said:

Dawn was a very good friend of mine and will forever be in my heart. We were very close during our teen years and were together all the time. Dawn had the biggest heart and a listening ear and was always there when you needed her. She always knew the door was always open at the Dahl house and we all loved her very much. I think she knew that. At least I hope she did. We did grow and had our own families but Dawn I will forever love you my friend and you will be forever missed. Save a place up there for me will you?

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