What is Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss?

Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Academy of Grief and Loss
Academy Events

Academy Events

Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers a variety of services to educate, support and connect with those who are grieving.
Community Events

Community Events

Hamilton's Funeral Homes host a variety of events to serve and give back to our community.

Service Details



Saturday, October 14, 2017
2:00 pm
Celebration of Life from 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Veterans Reception Center
910 Main Street
Van Meter, IA


Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines


Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Steven Stepp

Des Moines

Steven Stepp, 60, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017. He is survived by his longtime partner of 31 years, Myron Ballard; sister, Cindy (Pete) Peters; brother, Jamie (Dawn) Stepp; nephews, Jamie I (Aubrey) Stepp, Noah Stepp and Doug (Missy) Kometscher; nieces, Anne and Danielle Sparks and Mackenzie Stepp; great-nephews, Ayden Stepp and Deklan Kometscher; and his great-niece, Gabby Kometscher. Steve was born March 11, 1957, to his mother, Wilda (Hendricks) Stepp and father, Jamie Stepp, who have since passed. Steve served in the National Guard for 8 years and was a police officer in Nebraska. Steve wanted all to celebrate his life so family will be having a Celebration of Life for Steve. Steve's Memorial will be at the Veterans Reception Center, 910 Main Street in Van Meter, Saturday, October 14 from 2 - 5 p.m. Tell family and friends!!! If people want to, please bring a potluck snack or something ...NOT like a meal thing unless you want to. Thank you all!!