Donald W. DeLarm, 94, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, October 9, 2018, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A celebration of Donald's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, October 15, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private family viewing will be held. There is no public visitation. Burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.
Donald Willis DeLarm was born on November 11, 1923 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Willis and Ruby (Taylor) DeLarm. He grew up in Jackson and Clinton Counties and then entered the U.S. Army where he received an honorable discharge and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. While stationed in Germany during World War II he met his future wife, Getrud Dora Schmidt. They were married on September 11, 1948 in Bremen, Germany. She preceded him in death on December 16, 2009.
Donald worked for various factories throughout the years including Clinton Engines, and had also served as the janitor at the Maquoketa Country Club, and lastly worked for Precision Metal Works in Maquoketa. He had also worked as a farm hand for area farmers for many years.
Donald was a member of the Fulton Community Church, Andrew AMVETS Post #62, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75.
Donald enjoyed fishing, gardening, and archery. He especially loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed selling worms through his worm farm "S & D Worms".
Those left to honor Donald's memory include his children, Barbara (Chris) Berner of Lost Nation, IA, Rosemary (David) Knoebel of Maquoketa, IA and Wilhelm "Bill" (Karla) DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; a brother Richard (Delores) DeLarm of Onslow, IA; sisters Margaret Lovely of Maquoketa, IA, and Judy Ray of Bettendorf, IA; sisters-in-law, Phyllis DeLarm and Janet DeLarm; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Raymond (Ruth), David, Carl, and Charles (Brenda) DeLarm.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County, Fulton Community Church, or the Andrew AMVETS.
Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.
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bill and family our prayers are with you all.we will miss Don such a good man.God bless you all. Roy and Deb wilhelm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Bill and family, ourthoughts and prayers are with you all.
I worked for Don making hay and mowing weeds. I was only 12 or 13 years old at the time. Don was a very hard worker. A person never went away hungry. His wife was the very best cook. You never had to ask Don what he said because he had a very loud voice. What a happy, go lucky, man. Don will be missed. My sympathy goes out to the entire family.
IM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS
So very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories bring not only tears but smiles too as you share them with others. God bless
He taught us kids how to swim in Farmers Creek as we hadn't learned how taking swimming lessons. It only took one lesson. (sink or swim) We will miss you Dad, but you're home now with Mom.
My sympathy to Donald's family. He served his country, proudly. RIP, Donald
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
My Sympathies to the family. Donald and Getrud were good neighbors and friends. Enjoyed our visits when we would happen to meet.
To the family, please know i am thinking about you at this very hard time...I got to met him a few times when Barb and i ran around..God is getting a good angel for sure!
Bill and Karla, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.
He tried to blend worms in mom's blender when she was in Germany. Billy talked him out of it.
Barb,I was so sorry to hear about you Dad.My condolence to you and your family.
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