Obit: Gerri Harfst


Gerri Jean Harfst, 84, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Kavanagh House in Des Moines with her husband Don at her side.

A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, April 16 from 4 until 6:30 p.m. at the Ankeny Funeral Home, 1510 W. First St., Ankeny.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Gerriā€™s name to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA 50313.

Gerri was born on a farm near Pleasant Prairie, Iowa to Vera (Jenkins) and Kenneth Murdock. The family moved to Wilton Junction when she was three years old. She attended Wilton School from first through 12th grade. Gerri managed Plumb Jewelry store for a number of years.

Gerri was active in the dog show world, especially in conformation American Kennel Club (AKC) shows and in showing standard smooth Dachshunds. She was a member of the Columbine Dachshund Club in Colorado, as well as the Dachshund Club of America. Gerri was also active in the Cyclone Country Kennel Club of Ames and the Des Moines Kennel Club.