Trudy (Henkels) Hancock Memorial
A wife, a mother, a friend, a competitor and our dear DSMY Marlins Coach
Trudy (Henkels) Hancock touched the lives of thousands of athletes, coaches and family members in the Iowa swimming community. She was a high school state champion and Hall of Fame Swimming inductee for Dubuque Wahlert and then went on to become a stand out Division 1 collegiate athlete. Trudy was an indispensable and cherished coach for the Greater Des Moines YMCA DSMY Marlins Travel Team swim team. Coach Trudy’s infectious enthusiasm for the sport along with her gift of giving back of her time and talent, are what made her so special to many of the young swimmers she motivated and nurtured.
Far too young, Trudy Jo Hancock passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the age of 44. A Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home in Urbandale. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
Trudy was born on October 13, 1975 to Peter and Mary (Fessler) Henkels in Dubuque, Iowa. She graduated from Dubuque Wahlert High School and went on to graduate from Iowa State University. She was actively involved with the Dowling Catholic Riptide and DSMY Marlins swim teams.
Trudy is survived by her husband, Neil; sons, Joe and Tommy; mother, Mary Henkels; father, Peter Henkels; brothers, Terry, Todd (Ginnie) and Troy Henkels; sisters, Tracey Henkels and Tanya (Jim) Fields; father and mother-in-law, Joe and Dawn Hancock; and brother-in-law, Bryan (Samantha) Hancock.
At the request of the family, memorial contributions can be made to the Downtown Des Moines YMCA Aquatics Program/DSMY Marlins, located at the Wellmark YMCA, 501 Grand Ave, Des Moines Iowa 50309.