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December 16, 2012
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WEST DES MOINES - Sandra "Sandy" (Boynton) Beukelman, of West Des Moines, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 13, 2012. She was born on March 24, 1939. Sandy and her husband Dave raised their two children Molly (Beukelman) Lopez and Todd Beukelman in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The Beukelmans were known as a local hot air balloon family, with Dave, Molly and Todd all having their balloon pilots license. Sandy was their Chase Crew Chief for 25 years. The Beukelman's Iowa hot air balloon (based on the design of the State of Iowa flag) and balloon mementos are proudly displayed at the National Hot Air Balloon Museum in Indianola, Iowa. Sandy and Dave owned The Pin Place (a custom lapel pin company) for 30 years where Sandy served as Chief Operating Officer.



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