Donald John Gaul was born Nov. 14, 1926, at Granville, the son of Nick and Antonette (Haupert) Gaul. He grew up at Granville and received his education from St. Mary's Parochial School in Alton.
Don served his country with the U.S. Navy during World War II.
On May 1, 1951, he married Vera Mae Hellman at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Le Mars and to this union five children were born.
Don was employed for many years driving truck for International Multifoods.
Don was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and the American Legion, Wasmer Post #241, in Le Mars.
Survivors include his wife, Vera Gaul of Le Mars; three children: LaDonna High and her husband Ed of Otho, Fritz Gaul and his wife, Sharon of Le Mars, and Bernie Ibanez and her husband, Bob of Le Mars; six grandsons: John Dorr, Nick Dorr and his wife, Karen, Chris Dorr, Zack Gaul, Rob Gaul, and Andy Ibanez and his wife, Kim; a granddaughter, Carrie Ibanez; three great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, Joe and Linda Gaul of Gladstone, Mo., and John and Nancy Gaul of Independence; two sisters, Delores Penning of Omaha, Neb., and Shirley Henshaw and her husband, Dick of Park Rapids, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Pat Gaul and Larry Gaul; two sisters: Helen Fischer and Audrey Hibbing; a brother, Jim Gaul; a brother-in-law, Jerome Hellman; and a sister-in-law, Madonna Hellman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Kevin Richter officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars will be at Calvary Cemetery, Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Friday) at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 4 p.m. rosary service followed by a 7 p.m. scriptural wake service. Visitation will continue Saturday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.