Hamilton County


Donald Leroy Olthoff




His Obituary: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Apr. 27, 2011

Don Olthoff, 87, Tucson, Arizona, died on Sunday, August 24, at the VA Hospice facility in Tucson. His body was cremated and private, family services will be held at a later date.

Donald Leroy Olthoff, son of Joe and Lena (Mamminga) Olthoff, was born Dec. 22, 1923 in Kamrar. He was educated in the Kamrar schools and did farm work for his uncles. On February 17, 1951, he married Donnabelle Marie Brandt at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. To this union a son, Randy Lewis, was born.

Don served in the European Theater during World War II beginning with the invasion of Normandy on June 7, 1944. He was injured at St. Lo, France in July of that year and spent his rehabilitation time in England and Battle Creek, Michigan. When he returned home he was employed at the former Beam Manufacturing for 33 years. He also worked part time as a lathe operator for Mertz Engineering for many years.

After retirement in 1979, Don and Donna traveled for several years and spent their summer months in Washington State where Randy and his family lived. As time went on, they wintered in Tucson and spent their summers at Hart Ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota. They also made trips to Iowa each year to visit family and friends.

Don is survived by his wife of 60 years, Donna; son, Randy (Michele) Olthoff of Mason City; grandson, Jason Olthoff of Mason City; sisters, Deloris Lee of Webster City and Mary (Robert) Long of Webster City; brother, Harold Olthoff of Mesa, Arizona; sister-in-law, Norma Brandt of Des Moines; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; sister, Betty Olthoff; brother, Ray Olthoff; sisters-in-law, Mary and Jo Olthoff; brothers-in-law, Wayne Lee and Ordean Brandt; nephew William Lee; and niece, Kathleen Long Mitchell.

Don was a kind, hard-working honest man who loved his family and enjoyed traveling and reading western novels. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Source: ancestry.com