Don L. Schneckloth, age 86, of Cushing, passed away on Wednesday, December 04, 2019 at the Correctionville Specialty Care of Correctionville. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 07, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Cushing with the Pastor Kim A. Crummer officiating. Burial will be at the Cushing Cemetery of Cushing with military rites conducted by the American Legion F. Roger Baumann Post #624 of Cushing. A visitation will be held on Friday, December 06, 2019 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Correctionville.
Don was born October 19, 1933 in Holstein, Iowa. He was the only son of John and Olga (Ruser) Schneckloth. Don grew up in Holstein and graduated from Holstein High School in 1951. Don was the homecoming king and participated in all sports. As a young man growing up in town he always jumped at any chance to help area farmers. His lifelong dream was to be a farmer.
Don volunteered for the Army in 1953. While in the Army he served in Germany, which gave him the opportunity to tour Europe. One honor he was especially proud of was being blessed by the Pope. Even though Don wasn’t Catholic, the Pope told him if you believe we will all enter through the same gate. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1955.
He met his lifetime partner Gerane Beers in 1951. They were united in marriage on September 25, 1955 at the Cushing Methodist Church. Don was an active member of the church. They made their home near Cushing and they were blessed with three children. This is where Don began farming, fulfilling his lifelong dream.
Don’s greatest joy in life was his family. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were his greatest accomplishments in life. Besides his family, Don’s other passions were John Deere, being an avid Iowa State fan, an active Legion member for 64 years, and he enjoyed his daily trips to Cushing to socialize with all of his friends. Don loved living near Cushing.
After retiring from farming, Don drove truck in the spring for Anfinson’s. He would put on many miles in a day and some long hours but he loved every minute of it.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gerane; sons, Brad (Brenda) Schneckloth of Ida Grove, IA and Mark (Mary) Schneckloth of Cushing; a daughter, Susan (Kevin) Reinking of Kingsley, IA; grandchildren, Alicia and special friend Curt Spreckles, Aaron (Julie) Schneckloth, Aric Schneckloth and special friend Rachel Behrendsen, Jennifer (Chase) Benson, Kyle (Kelsi) Schneckloth, Emily (Dustin) Stieneke, and Katie Reinking and special friend Branson Jorgensen; great-grandsons, Cole and Cooper Benson, Hudsen and Walker Schneckloth and Brayden and Levi Schneckloth.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Olga; infant brother; parents-in-law, Alfred and Evelyn Beers; and grandson, Ryan Schneckloth.
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