Donald G. Reistroffer, 83, of Le Mars died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at his home in rural Le Mars.
Donald G. Reistroffer was born June 24, 1920, on the family farm in Marion Township, the son of Nicholas and Catherine (Kemp) Reistroffer. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school near Oyens.
Don served his country in the United States Army during World War II, receiving a Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and several ribbons for service to his country. He served in conflicts in the Philippines and Booganville. Following his discharge from the service on Dec. 19, 1945, he returned back to the family farm in Plymouth County.
Donald was united in marriage to Bonnie Ostert on Jan. 7, 1947, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens. The couple farmed in Marion Township until retirement in 1987. They continued to live on the farm. When Bonnie became ill, Don was very attentive to her needs and was able to care for her at home as long as possible. Bonnie died Jan. 19, 1994.
Don was a man of genuine integrity and a man of his word. He enjoyed fishing and spending time at the cabin at Okoboji, tending to his garden and canning. He treasured the time with his family and grandchildren. He will be missed by his coffee buddies.
He was a member of the St. Catherine's Church in Oyens, Le Mars Eagles Club, lifetime member of the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars and the Remsen V.F.W.
Survivors include six daughters, Janice and Duane DeRaad of Le Mars, Joyce and Dennis Britt of Le Mars, Donna Welter of Longmont, Colo., Doris and Rich Severson of Le Mars, Pamela and Rob Arens of Remsen and Cindy Reistroffer and her husband, Thomas Hastings, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Florentine and Joe Weber of Marcus; a sister-in-law and her husband, Shirley and George Erichsen of Remsen; a brother-in-law and his wife, Gerald and Rita Ostert of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Bonnie in 1994; two brothers, Ray and Lawrence Reistroffer; and five sisters, Rosalinda Rolling, Mathilda Thola, Loretta Ott, Luella Reistroffer, and Delores Schaaffer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens, with the Rev. Eugene Murray officiating. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars and the Remsen Veterans of Foreign Wars. Visitations will be after 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. There will be a 4 p.m. parish rosary and a 7:30 p.m. Scriptural wake service, all at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Michael Britt, Ron Britt, Tim Britt, Corey Britt, David Hazel, Dan Hazel, Steven Welter, Donnie DeRaad, and Matthew Arens.