Linn County

S/Sgt. Donald Albert Haloupek




Born 22 Jan 1911 in Belle Plaine, Iowa, to Frank and Kathryn (Sevcik) Haloupek. The oldest of six children, Don was a big, brawny fellow.He played center for a pro football team in Des Moines, Iowa, for one year. Don received Bachelor's degrees in both math and coaching from Cornell College, in Mt. Vernon, IA. He was inducted into the Cornell College Hall of Fame, and also named to the Cornell Rams All Century Football Team. He was manager at Henry Lumber Company, supervising 12 employees, until WWII.

Don's timeline:
22 Jan 1911 born in BP
1937 married Helen F. BAKER
1942 wife Helen BAKER died
15 Oct 1942 joined the US Marines, at age 31, in the 17th A.A.A. Battalion
20 Aug 1943 qualified as an Electrician's Mate at the US Naval Training Station in Newport, RI
7 Mar 1944 qualified as a Radar Technician at Camp Lejune, in New River, NC
27 Mar 1944 married Geneveive "Gene" MILLS, in Wilmington, NC
19 Feb 1946 honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant
26 Nov 1991 died in Cedar Rapids, IA

Don had no children from either marriage. Don and Gene lived in Cedar Rapids. He had a great big backyard, and always kept it in perfect condition. He took great pride in his peonies, and his rare coin collection.

Source: The above article about Donald Albert Haloupek was written by his nephew, Bill Haloupek. Permission to repost on this website given by Bill Haloupek.