Debra Gandrup, age 65, of Ames, Iowa, died Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at Memorial Lutheran Church, 701 11th Street, Nevada, Iowa, with Pastors Myron Herzberg and David Burling officiating. Burial will follow in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery. Memorial visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. Condolences may be expressed online at

Born January 10, 1952, in Iowa City, Debra Sue Gandrup was the youngest of two daughters born to Harry D. and Norma M. (Knutson) Gandrup. She grew up in Nevada, where she helped at the family business, Gandrup Pharmacy, making lifetime friends with many customers and employees.

Debbie attended Wilson-Beadshear School in Ames, then was associated with Mainstream Living in Ames. Her mentor, Wanda Holm, graciously taught Debbie many important life skills that served her well and enabled her to work at Sauer Danfoss Hydraulics and, most recently, at Hach Chemical in Ames.

Debbie possessed a knack for spreading joy to all those with whom she came in contact and will be remembered for her contagious smile and happy, enthusiastic personality. She was considerate and thoughtful, enjoyed bowling, the color pink, and making coaster sets to share with friends and family.

Survivors include her mother, Norma Gandrup, of Ames; two nieces, Cathy (Kevin) Lambert of Grand Saline, TX, and Wendy Weidlein of Webster City; a nephew, Bill Weidlein of Story City; a brother-in-law, Charles Weidlein of Webster City; and her special friend, Mike Good of Ames.

Debbie was preceded in death by her father, Harry Gandrup; a sister, Elaine Weidlein; and a brother-in-law, Charles Graham.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Debbie and her family. Memorials in Debbie’s name may be directed to Mainstream Living of Ames, Memorial Lutheran Church of Nevada, or Israel Family House of Ames.