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Donavan Ash, Sr.

January 20, 1942 — March 12, 2022


Donavan Charles Ash, Sr., 80, of Grundy Center, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at UnityPoint Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Abels Funeral and Cremation Service Engelkes Chapel. A celebration of life will be held at a later date and Donavan will be laid to rest with his beloved dog Molly at a future date as well.  Memorials may be directed to the family.

Don was born on January 20, 1942, in Iowa City, Iowa to his parents Erwin and Kathryn (Groenewald) Ash. He was employed by Viking Pumps from July 12, 1965, until his retirement on February 1, 2004. He loved hunting, fishing, his collection John Deere tractors and mini banks, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Green Bay Packers. He enjoyed his morning coffee at Scotty’s with friends and playing cards. Don also enjoyed chopping his own wood for his wood burning stove, He was a stubborn and quiet man but with a soft heart especially for his family and his beloved dogs.

Don is survived by his daughter Patricia (Ronald) Rose of Maxwell, Iowa; sons Donavan C. Ash, Jr. of Ackley, Iowa, and Robert Ash of Grundy Center, Iowa; granddaughters Vanessa, Elizabeth, and Mary; grandsons Ryan and Joshua; and great-grandson Avery; sisters Barbara Becker of Grundy Center, Iowa and Carol Hogan (Earl Varnadore) Eufaula, Alabama; brothers Kay (Pauline) Ash of Parkersburg, Iowa and Kevin (Mona) Ash of Grundy Center, Iowa; and sisters-in-law Liz Ash and Roxane Ash,

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Jeanette and Edith; and brothers Ronald, Edwin, and Paul.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home

509 4th St, Grundy Center, IA 50638

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