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May 3, 1927 ~ August 10, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old


Don was born on May 3, 1927 in a very small bedroom of their home on the farm during the same time his grandfather passed away so his dad wasn’t there for his birth, his mom had a midwife to help. He grew up with farming, cows, chickens, pigs, and learned what hard work was. He had two brothers, Hank and Floyd. His brother Floyd died early,

In 1932 from spinal meningitis and his oldest brother Hank proceeded him in September of 2009. Dad survived the tough life of farming through the Great Depression and terrible drought. Military Life Don joined the Navy in 1944, serving in both WWII and Korea as a radio operator and served until he was discharged on July, 1946. He was later recalled to duty in January, 1952 to serve during the Korean conflict and discharged in November, 1952. Professional Life Don’s education was in graphic arts and throughout his professional career, worked in marketing and advertising. Don worked in corporate marketing positions and later pursued several entrepreneurial opportunities from concept to execution. In 1972, TrollyPop was the brain-child of Don and his brother Hank. They pulled together funding from investors and built the prototype and worked hard to make it successful. You could see the Trolley Car at St. Patricks Day parades, and other events. The Trolley Car can still be seen in the Denver area today. Don also created a trash bag liner called “Hold Up” that was sold at many local hardware stores and specialty shops. Hobbies HIs hobbies included singing and playing piano and sang in church choirs, and mens vocal groups, particularly “Men of Note”. He loved to refinish antique furniture and was very active in his local church until his later years. Later Years Dad was selected by Honor Flight to go to Washington DC and participate in laying a wreath at the Veterans Memorial. Don was very active in his community and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Don was preceded by his wife of 58 years, Marilou and is survived by his daughter Cheryl, his son Jim and his wife Fran and Jim’s younger brother Ron and his wife LeeAnn.

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