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Donald Bown

December 18, 1928 — May 15, 2021


Donald William Bown, 92 passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2021 while a resident of Parkview Manor with family members by his side. Services will be held Thursday, May 20th, at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Reinbeck. Burial will follow at the Reinbeck Cemetery in Reinbeck with military honors conducted by the Reinbeck American Legion Post #242. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 19th, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Abels Funeral and Cremation Service, French-Hand Chapel in Reinbeck and 1 hour before the services on Thursday. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Don was born in Waterloo, Iowa on December 18, 1928 to Roger and Idamaye (Ingols) Bown, the second of seven children. He resided in LaPorte, Iowa attending school there until the 5th Grade when the family then moved to Reinbeck. He attended Reinbeck Community Schools up until his senior year. In 1952, he enlisted with the United State Army and served in the Korean War. Following his discharge in 1953 he returned to Reinbeck and began a 38-year career with Pioneer Hi Bred International, retiring in 1990. On June 10, 1956 he married Carol Holmstrom in Hazleton, Iowa. To this union, one son, LaVerne was born.

Don was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Reinbeck; American Legion Post #242; a 36-year member of the Reinbeck Volunteer Fire Department and an active member of the local chapter of the Izaak Walton League. Don enjoyed hunting with friends, travelling to Branson, Missouri, and spending time with his three granddaugthers.

He is survived by his bride of 64 years, Carol, Reinbeck, Iowa; son LaVerne (Betsy) of Sidney, Nebraska; brothers Robert (Pat), Jerry (Charlotte) of Reinbeck, Iowa, Warren (Violet), of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Richard, St. Claire Shores, Michigan; sisters-in-law Norma Jean Coffelt, Denver, Colorado and Brenda Hempen, Cedar Falls, Iowa; granddaughters Lacey (Stephen) Miller, Omaha, Nebraska, Amanda (Andrew) Leider, Alliance, Nebraska and Erin Bown, Kearney, Nebraska; great grandsons Kaden and Landon Miller, Omaha Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents Roger and Idamaye, brother Eugene and his wives Helen and Doris, sister Mary Ann Hempen, brother-in-law Harlan Hempen, niece Lynette Besch and great nephew Nicholas Bown.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

French - Hand Chapel, Reinbeck


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Funeral Service

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church

405 Broad St, Reinbeck, IA 50669

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

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