Gloria Jean Cunconan, age 74, of Waukee, Iowa passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. A visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, February 17, 2020 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 18th also at the funeral home.
Born on May 15, 1945 in Manning, Iowa, Gloria was the daughter of Elmer F. and Leora A. (Martens) Popp. She graduated from Manning High School. She was married to Wayne Halbur in 1965 and had 2 children, Todd Halbur and Troy Halbur. Gloria and her family made their home in Carroll, Iowa. Gloria was later married to Dennis Cunconan. They spent over 30 years together making their home in the Bondurant / Altoona, Iowa area before Dennis passed away in January 2019.
Gloria, also known as just "Glory" was a big personality that favored stiletto high heels and big blonde hair. She was a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll all rolled into one. A blend of Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Tina Turner and a little bit of Kenny Rogers!
Gloria worked as a bookkeeper and secretary much of her life. She worked many years at Farner -Bocken in Carroll, IA and as a secretary to the Superintendent of Glidden-Ralston school district. She then got her real estate license and worked in the family real estate business.
Her hobbies were golf and bowling. She loved to play golf with her two sons in the summer from sunup to sundown and even accomplished having a "Hole in One" at the Carroll Country Club. She loved playing games – especially card games. Hearts and Royal Runny were her favorites.
She had a favorite 1980 yellow 2 door hatchback Oldsmobile Starfire with the vanity plates "Glory" on it that she could always be spotted driving around Carroll in.
She loved watching her two sons in their various sporting events as they were growing up and made it a policy to never miss a wrestling, football or golf event that they were in.
She loved animals but especially had a fondness for her 3 cocker spaniel dogs – Buffy, Chauncey, and Peanut.
She loved being with her family and friends. Within this last year she had moved into the Sugar Creek Apartments in Waukee and made many friends. She loved all the activities with her new group of friends and they fondly nicknamed her "short shit".
Gloria is survived by her son Todd Halbur and wife Diane Halbur of Clive, IA son Troy Halbur and wife Annette of West Des Moines, IA; grandchildren Rachel Halbur, Jack Halbur, and Ben Halbur; sisters Neoma Vanderheiden of Harlan, IA and Janice (Larry) Kolb of N. Hills, CA; niece Deanna(Jim) Timmons, niece Debi(Derek) Marton, nephew Larry(Yahaira) Kolb Jr., nephew Lindsey(Stephanie) Vanderheiden.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, sister Betty (Virtus) Pittman, brother-in-law John Vanderheiden, nephew Rodney Vanderheiden and Dennis Cunconan.
In Lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the pet rescue A Heinz 57 in Desoto, IA
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