Susan E. English

1948 - 2020


Susan E. English, 71, of Washington, Iowa, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospital following a short illness.

Celebration of life services were held Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at the United Methodist Church with Pastor Kwang Song officiating. Interment took place at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington. Memorials have been established for Hawkeye Cans for Cancer or the Washington Steele Aquatic Center. Online condolences may be sent for Susan’s family through the web at

Susan was born Dec. 14, 1948, in Washington, Iowa, the daughter of Wayne and Marie E. (Darbyshire) Knupp. She attended Prairie Flower School thru sixth grade and then attended school in Washington. She graduated from Washington High School in 1967. Susan attended Iowa State University for one year and graduated from Drake University in 1970. She was united in marriage to Douglas A. English on April 4, 1972, in Washington, Iowa.

Susan and Doug lived in Des Moines, for a short time after their marriage prior to moving to Washington. She was a homemaker and worked at Sitler Electric and Yoder Tax Service. She trained to be a dialysis nurse to help care for her husband.

Susan taught exercise class at the Washington Community Y and the Washington Dance Center for several years.

She was a member of the Neighborhood Snowball Social Club, Y Women, AAUW, the Monday Night Social Club, taught Bible School for many years and was a former member of PEO. Susan was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and was a faithful season ticket holder and loyal donor since 1975. She enjoyed wintering in St. George, Utah, the past several years.

Susan is survived by her son: Mark (Sara) English of Washington, Iowa; daughter: Amy (Tyler) Marsh of Elkhorn, Neb.; four grandchildren: Addison and Parker English and Brynn and Aubrey Marsh; one sister: Sara (Larry) Bartlett of Washington; one sister-in-law: Barb English of Harlan, Iowa; as well as her extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Doug in 2002; and brother: David Knupp in 1947.


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