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16 September 1984

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A newspaper report of the 1984 automobile accident that claimed the lives of Bill Fesselmeyer and four other people, published Sunday, 16 September 1984, on page 1B of The Des Moines Register.

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The Des Moines Register, obtained by Huw Williams (User:Huwmanbeing) from archives April 2012.

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16 September 1984. Uploaded by Huwmanbeing on 9 June 2012

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Bob Shaw, Des Moines Register reporter and staff writer

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4 D.M. residents, 1 Missourian killed in fiery Iowa car crash

By Bob Shaw
Register Staff Writer

Five people died, and a sixth was critically injured, Friday night when a car swerving across the center line caused a flaming head-on collision on U.S. Highway 218 south of Mount Pleasant.

The impact ripped one car into pieces, and spawned flames that threatened rescue workers.

Dead are Des Moines residents Sheri Lee Zemke, 36, William Henry Fesselmeyer, 36, his wife, Sherry Lynn, 34, and Beth Elaine Nugteren, 33; and Pamela Jo Keithly, 19, of St. Ann, Mo.

According to the Des Moines City Directory, the Fesselmeyers and Nugteren were neighbors. The Fesselmeyers' address is listed as 2739 Boston Ave. and Nugteren's address is listed as 2749 Boston Ave. No address was available for Zemke.

Keithly and Michael Patrick Tannahill, 20, of St. Louis, Mo., were in a separate car. Tannahill remained in critical condition with multiple injuries Saturday after being taken by helicopter to University Hospitals in Iowa City. One witness said Tannahill was the driver of the Missouri car, but Iowa State Patrol officials couldn't confirm that.

"The Missouri car looked like someone opened it was a can opener," said Doug Franta, a conservation officer with the state fish and game division who was the first officer on the scene.

The car driven by Sheri Zemke was southbound near Iowa Highway 125 when the northbound Missouri car swerved over the center line and the two vehicles collided, officers said.

Franta said the passenger compartment of the Missouri car landed 60 feet from the impact spot. On the highway was only the chassis of that car, lying across lanes of traffic, and the wreckage of the other.

"The chassis was burning badly," said Franta. He and paramedics frantically tried to get the four passengers of the Zemke car out, as the chassis of the other car blazed about 15 feet away.

"There was a slight explosion, then there were these popping explosions, and this flaming debris sparked up," said Franta. "It was pretty warm there. We were concerned about the gas tank, but we had to get those people out of there."

"There was a trace of a heartbeat on one of them," he said, but it didn't last.

Rescuers had another scare when baby bottles and a carriage were found in the wreckage of the Missouri car, said Franta. A search was made for an infant, but none was found.

The last single Iowa accident involving so many fatalities happened April 9, 1983, when five people died in a crash on Iowa Highway 2 about two miles from Mount Ayr in Ringgold County.

18 September 1984

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Obituaries for Bill Fesselmeyer and Sherry Fesselmeyer, published Tuesday, 18 September 1984, on page 5M of The Des Moines Register. Obtained from archives April 2012.

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The Des Moines Register

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18 September 1984. Uploaded by Huwmanbeing on 9 June 2012

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The Des Moines Register

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William H. and Sherry L. Fesselmeyer

A joint funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dunn's Funeral Home for William H. Fesselmeyer and his wife, Sherry Lynn, of 1924 Forty-sixth St., who both died of injuries they suffered in an automobile accident Sept. 14 near Mount Pleasant. Burial will be Friday in Floral Hills Cemetery at Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Fesselmeyer was employed by the Railroad Pension Division of the federal government and Mrs. Fesselmeyer was junior administrator in the pension division of The Banker's Life. They founded the Des Moines Chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

He is survived by his parents, William T. and Esther K. Fesselmeyer of Suffolk, England; and one sister, Donna of Tucson, Ariz.

She is survived by her mother, Frances R. May of Kansas City, Mo.; and one brother, Robert E. May of Santa Monica, Calif.

Memorial contributions may be made to Society for Creative Anachronism.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at Dunn's.