On Friday, Feb. 16, tragedy struck Dallas Johnson Greenhouses when at approximately 9:30 p.m. the corporate Cessna Twin Turbo airplane crashed four miles east of the Council Bluffs Airport. Although the cause of the accident is yet to be determined, the weather conditions likely played a role as the winds were gusting to more than 50 miles per hour with blowing snow.
All four passengers perished including daughter Shawn Sorenson-Peters, Dale Peckham (Sales Manager), April Meyers (Head Grower) and Steve Revord (Pilot).
In memoriam of Shawn, wake services will be held at the Cutler O’Neill Funeral Home (545 Willow Avenue, Council Bluffs – Phone 712-322-7779) on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Queen of Apostles Church (3304 4th Avenue, Council Bluffs – Phone 712-323-2916) on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 p.m. A gathering for friends will take place after the service at the Council Bluffs Lakeshore Country Club (4500 Piute Street – 712-366-0525). The burial will take place on Friday at the Red Oak Cemetery (Red Oak, Iowa).
For those wishing to send a floral tribute, two local florists are Corum’s Flowers and Grh. (712-322-7335) and HyVee Floral (712-322-4117). A memorial fund will also be established at a later date.
For those requiring lodging the Heartland Inn is conveniently located just off I-80 at the Madison Avenue/Mall of the Bluffs interchange. Call 712-322-8400 for reservations and mention the service for a special rate.