Don Agostine, 80, of Marcus, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Donald C. Agostine was born June 19, 1936, in Sioux City, the son of Urbano and Imelde (Righini) Agostine. He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School, Heelan High School and Loras College, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. In the fall and winter of 1958, he served on active duty as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Following military service, he was employed by Retail Credit Company in Sioux City and by Wilson Concrete Company in Omaha and Red Oak. In 1961, Don was called to active duty with the 32nd Army Division at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and was released from active duty in August 1962.
When released from active duty, Don began studies leading to ordination to the Catholic priesthood. He earned a Masters of Arts Degree from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in Dubuque, and Masters of Arts Degree from Creighton University. He was ordained in 1967.
Don served as assistant pastor at St. Mary’s in Alton, and guidance counselor at Spalding High School in Granville, for one year. He served six years as assistant pastor, instructor and guidance counselor at St John’s parish and school in Bancroft.
Don was granted laicization by Pope Paul IV in 1976 and married Linda Meister on Jan. 19, 1976. He adopted Linda’s three sons: Brett, Corey and Dennis Meister.
In 1975, Don was employed as executive director of the Cherokee County Work-Activity Center and remained in that position until his retirement in 2002. One year later, he began part-time employment as chaplain for Tyson Foods in Cherokee, a position he held until his full retirement in 2010.
Don’s life was centered on his Lord, his wife and family. He closely followed the progress of his children and grandchildren and their involvement in school and out of school.
He was an active Catholic and a dedicated follower of Jesus, his risen Lord. Don was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Holy Name Council.
He enjoyed making things of steel and wood, especially the “cross of the Resurrection,” which he made and gave to many persons in the community. Don enjoyed making bread, cooking, fixing things, playing the guitar, observing social processes and nature.
He is survived by his wife, Linda of Marcus; three sons, Brett (Kelleen) of Atlanta, Corey (Gina) of Moville, and Dennis (Angie) of Tulsa, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren; Kaitlin (Brenton) Brown, Brooklyn (Joshua) Neely, Brady, Carly, Jack Meister, Evan and Emily Meister; one great-grandchild Alice Brown; one brother Jim Agostine and his companion Trudy Gries, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. The Rev. Dan Guenther will officiate. Burial will be at Holy Name Cemetery in Marcus. Visitation will be at Holy Name Church beginning at 4 p.m., Wednesday. The Knights of Columbus will lead the rosary at 3:30 p.m. The family will be present for visitation from 4-7 p.m. A prayer service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. The Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Marcus is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.greenwoodfuneral.com