Donald H. Binneboese, 81, of Hinton, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at his home in Hinton.
Donald Harold Binneboese was born Feb. 17, 1924, on the family farm in Plymouth County, the son of Albert Eugene and Emma Anna (Helmke) Binneboese. A lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Donald was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran as a child. He was raised and educated in Plymouth County. Following his education, Don assisted his family with farming.
On Aug. 27, 1944, Donald and Marga F. Howe were united in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hinton. The couple made their home on a farm near Hinton where they started their family. Donald, along with his brother Eugene, were innovative farmers who were the first in the area to practice conservation tilling and utilize grain-drying bins on their farms.
Donald was elected as a State of Iowa Representative in 1977. He faithfully served as a representative until his term concluded in 1984. He would later serve as Mayor of Hinton and a city council member from 1988 to 1991. Donald and Marga moved to Hinton in January of 1981.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hinton, and served the church in various capacities. Don was a devoted husband and father, always taking time to spend with his family. Throughout the years he enjoyed numerous activities with family. He belonged to a bowling team, enjoyed golfing, was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and also did a great deal of reading to keep up with current events and politics.
Survivors include his wife, Marga of Hinton; a son, Allen Binneboese and his wife Millie of Hinton, three daughters, Patricia Switzer of Denver, Colo., Cheryl Butler of Gretna, Neb., and Sally Binneboese of Omaha, Neb., a son Donald Binneboese Jr. and his wife, Joyce of Orange City; eight grandchildren Derek, Nathan and Wade Binneboese, Tim and David Butler, Rachel Nettestad and her husband Kyle, Julie Binneboese, Abby Binneboese and her fiancÚ, Aaron Rector; two sisters, Norma Maxine of Shenandoah, and Imelda Merlin of Alameda, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Mick Binneboese of Sioux City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Eldora McEntaffer and Lucille Reimann; and a brother, Eugene Binneboese.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton, with the Rev. David Kottlowski officiating. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mauer -- Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service.
Pallbearers will be Tim Butler, Dave Butler, Derek Binneboese, Nathan Binneboese, Wade Binneboese, Dennis Binneboese and Chuck Maxine. Honorary pallbearers will be Arnold Binneboese, Harold Binneboese, Rollin Howell, Darvin Hall and Don's nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church in Hinton.