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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Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers a variety of services to educate, support and connect with those who are grieving.
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Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
(515) 285-3911

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Jackson Polhans

Des Moines

Jackson Conrad Polhans, 46, passed away unexpectedly March 7, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center. Jackson was born March 8, 1971, to Beverly and Elmer Polhans, Jr., in Keokuk, IA.

He served in the United States Navy on the US Forrestal and Saratoga from 1989 to 1993. Jackson enjoyed spending time with his wife, friends, and family. He liked making crafts with pallet wood, playing with his dogs, Brutis and Maggie, collecting patriotic memorabilia, decorating his environment, thrift store shopping, and studying the words of God.

Jackson is survived by his wife, Melissa Walk-Polhans; daughter, Sara Renfroe; father, Elmer Polhans; and several brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly Polhans; and step-mother, Edna Polhans.

Memorial contributions may be directed to his wife, Melissa, or donated to Animal Lifeline Shelter in his loving memory.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.