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Donald 'Donnie' Riordan

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Donald "Donnie" Riordan, 83, of Pierson, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at his home following a brief illness.

Donald Dean "Donnie" Riordan was born to Albert and Gladys (Baker) Riordan on Nov. 9, 1928. He was born, lived his whole life, completely remodeled and died in the same house, located on the family farm. Donnie and Beverly Bornschein were united in marriage May 29, 1955 at the Church of Christ in Pierson.

He farmed, drove a school bus for over 20 years, was a refrigeration engineer in Sioux City and later owned his own refrigeration business.

Donnie enjoyed woodworking, fishing and gardening with a special focus on his orchard.

He demonstrated his love for his Lord and his family at every opportunity.

We smile as we remember his great sense of humor and are proud of his consistent integrity and ethics. Over the last several days we have enjoyed comments from friends and neighbors remembering his gentle spirit and continual friendliness.

Donnie was a lifelong member of the Pierson United Methodist Church and served many years as a trustee, and on the administrative board.

Donnie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Beverly; son Douglas (Lynne), daughter Karyl Riordan (Bill Schoonover), son David (Kim); grandchildren Brianna Robinson (Aaron), Nathan Riordan (Elizabeth), Kayla Vlahoulis (Andy Burger), Samantha Riordan and Lyndsey Riordan (Lucas Smith); great-grandchildren Brayden Robinson, Brody Robinson, Teagan Riordan, Houston Riordan and another on the way; sister Letha, brother Bruce (Pearl), sister-in-law Effie; and many nieces and nephews.

Donnie was preceded in death by his father Albert; mother Gladys; brother Dale and sister Mildred.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at the Pierson United Methodist Church in Pierson. The Rev. Bill Cotton officiated. Burial was at Good Hope Cemetery in Correctionville. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Johnson -- Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley, with the family present from 4-6 p.m. to greet friends and a prayer service at 5 p.m. There was also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the service on Monday.

Memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.

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