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Donald D. Stookesberry, 89, of Ottumwa, passed at 12:50 p.m. July 19, 2017 at Vista Woods Care Center.
He was born April 7, 1928 in Davis County, IA to Franklin Palmer and Hulda Jane Warning Stookesberry. On February 11, 1951 he married Bonnie Lee Craig.
A graduate of Bloomfield High School, Donald served with the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1950.
He worked 22 years for John Morrell & Co. and 18 years for John Deere Ottumwa Works, retiring in 1992.
Donald loved spending time with his grandchildren (fondly called "Grandpa Don") and watching their sporting events over the years. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan for 67 years.
He was a member of Davis Street Christian Church, Past Master of Empire Masonic Lodge #269 A.F. & A.M., a District Lecturer, a member of Davenport Consistory, past member of KAABA Shrine, and a lifetime member of Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Surviving is his wife of 66 years, Bonnie; two sons, D. Craig (René) Stookesberry and Douglas (Karen) Stookesberry both of Ottumwa; a daughter, Linda (Kevin) Carroll of Ottumwa; 4 grandchildren, Emily (Jeremy) Songer, Katy (Joe) Urbanek, Keith (Becca) Carroll and Danny (Kelsey) Stookesberry; 8 great-grandchildren, Braydon, Hannalee, Drew, Bode, Trey, Cooper, Alyse and Silas.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Holly Carroll; 4 brothers and 7 sisters.
His body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor James H. Wakelin officiating. Military services will be conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.
Visitation with the family present will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. A Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday.
A memorial has been established in Donald's memory to The Living Legacy Foundation in memory of his granddaughter, Holly, at 1730 Twin Springs Rd., Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21227.
Published on July 20, 2017
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