Lea Ann Knecht, 53, died on October 17, 2012 of cancer at Kavanagh House on 56th Street.\nLea Ann was born on June 3, 1959 in Iowa City to William and Gwendolyn (Teefy) Smid. She was as a customer service supervisor for SkyWest Airlines in Des Moines. Lea Ann was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and was a friend of Bill W.\nLea Ann is survived by her husband of 26 years, Rick; daughter, Staci (Eric) Mikelson of Castaic, CA; sons, Andrew Coles, T. Scott Knecht, Benjamin Knecht, and Paul Knecht all of Des Moines; brother, Steven Smid of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Keaton, Felix, Milo, Kylie, Drew, Journey, and Johnathon. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 24 at St. John's Lutheran Church (600 6th Avenue, Des Moines). Friends may greet the family from 6-8 pm on Tuesday evening at the church. Visitation will continue one hour prior to service time on Wednesday afternoon. Cremation will follow services. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church.