Donald Eugene Deiters
Donald "Don" Eugene Deiters, 77, of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

Born November 14, 1941 in Ottumwa, Iowa, Don was the son of the late Edward Anthony and Fern Evelyn (Jones) Deiters. On June 1, 1963 in Ottumwa, Don was united in marriage to Willa Kathryn Houston.

Don is survived by his wife Willa of fifty-six years; one son and daughter-in-law, William "Bill" and Heidi Deiters of Mystic, IA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and John Shaw of Pella, IA, and Joanne and Chris Collett of Ottumwa, IA; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ann and Otto Ammenhauser and Barbara Payne all of Ottumwa, IA; as well as eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Don was a graduate from Walsh Catholic High School in Ottumwa with the Class of 1959. He served his country proudly with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged, Don returned to the Ottumwa area and was employed at John Deere and farmed for 30 years. After retiring from John Deere in 1996, he and Willa then moved to the Lake of the Ozarks for 3 years and spent the past 18 years in the Green Top/Kirksville area.

Don will forever be remembered for being devoted to his family whether it be coaching Little League baseball, being a 4-H leader or spending time on the golf course with family and friends. He and Willa were active members of the American Legion, Young at Heart, Mary Immaculate Church and Kirksville Country Club and enjoyed their Friday nights couples golf. Don had a passion for the outdoors and keeping any land that God blessed him with beautiful and bountiful. You could find him most days outside working in his yard or spending quiet time with Lord on his porch but always willing to visit with anyone who cared to visit.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Kirksville, with Monsignor David Cox presiding. Family will be receiving friends for one hour before Mass. Interment with military honors will take place at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri, at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019, with his 4 grandsons; Casey Ballard, Justin Ballard, John Shaw and Tyler Deiters serving as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Mary Immaculate Catholic Church and may be left at the church or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.
Published on November 7, 2019


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Jim Lakin
Nov 10, 2019
Willa and Family, sorry to about Don. Willa I enjoyed my visit with you and Don at the last Walsh reunion. Don was always a pleasure to be around. Jim WHS 60'
Marty Carroll
Nov 09, 2019
So sorry all,Marty Carroll.Hi,Tom and all at Walsh.Give me a e-mail.
Earle Cooper
Nov 09, 2019
Willa, I am sorry to hear of your loss of Don. You are in my prayers. I remember Don as a quite guy, courteous always. Earle WHS 61'
Carolyn Traul-Bennett
Nov 08, 2019
Dear Willa and Family of Don Deiters:
How sad it is loosing your loved one, I remember Don from High School, and his Baby Blue Ford. My brothers, Mike, Phil, Bill Corrigan and myself pray that Our Loving Lord will wrap you in His arms and give you comfort in the days ahead. We are all sorry for your heart breaking loss.
Carolyn Traul-Bennett, Mike & Phil Traul, and Bill Corrigan
Tom & Kathleen Peters
Nov 07, 2019
Willa, We were sorry to hear about Don. It was sad not seeing the two of you in Oct. That was probably our last trip out that way. Neither one of us handle the traveling very well anymore. We will keep you in our prayers.
Chuck (Carolyn) Yochum
Nov 07, 2019
Don was a classmate in the class of 1959. I have vivid memories of him and Willa as the ultimate High School Sweethearts, driving around in Don's car - they were inseparable. Don was Mr. Steady, quiet and never a problem in school. We were looking forward to seeing him and Willa at our 60th class reunion September 26 -28, regrettably his illness prevented that from happening. He be missed. He and Willa are in our prayers