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Donald E. Hansmeier

October 30, 1931 — October 8, 2015

Donald E. Hansmeier

CORWITH – Donald E. Hansmeier, 83, of Corwith died Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Hancock County Memorial Hospital in Britt.

Funeral services will be held 10 A.M., Monday, October 12th at the United Methodist Church in Corwith with Rev. Dan Rogers officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Corwith Veterans Ceremonial Unit. Burial will be 3:30 P.M., Monday at Sunnyhill Cemetery in Adair, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Sunday at the Cataldo Funeral Home in Britt and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the Elmer Wilson Post 229 of the American Legion in Corwith.

Donald Elmer Hansmeier, the son of Edward and Luella (Bratt) Hansmeier, was born October 30, 1931 in Crystal Lake. He attended school in Crystal Lake. Don served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Crystal Lake. On September 21, 1957 he married Lois Darlene Nilges at the Crystal Lake United Methodist Church parsonage. They made their home in Corwith where they raised their two children. Don worked at Winnebago Industries in Forest City for many years as the field coordinator setting up fairgrounds in each state for their rallies. He also coordinated the Grand National Rally held each year in Forest City and trips to New Orleans during Mardi Gras. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandsons and great-grandchildren, playing cribbage, playing cards, tending to his vegetable garden, and listening to music of the Statler Brothers. Don also enjoyed listening to Christian and polka music and watching RFD and MASH on television.

He was a member of the American Legion.

Don is survived by his wife of 58 years, Darlene, of Corwith; daughter, Peggy Sue Smith of West Des Moines; son, Dale (Katie) Hansmeier of Eagan, MN; grandsons, Donovan and Andrew (Beth) Smith and Paul and Zachary Hansmeier; great grandchildren, Reilynn Martin and Rohwen Smith; a brother, Calvin (Gerry) Hansmeier of Crystal Lake; sister-in-law, Charlene Nilges; nephews, Michael Hansmeier, Paul Nilges and Larry Nilges; niece, Joan Smith; former daughter-in-law, Deborah Hansmeier; and many friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Jessie; brother, Keith Hansmeier; parents-in-law, Paul and Frances (Wortman) Nilges; and brothers-in-law, Dean and Dale Nilges.

The family of Don would like to extend special thanks to Jay and Nancy Gourley and Bob Williams for everything they have done to help Don.
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Sunday, October 11, 2015

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Cataldo Funeral Home - Britt Chapel

178 1st Avenue S.W., Britt, IA 50423

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Monday, October 12, 2015

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Corwith United Methodist Church

214 Clinton Street, Corwith, IA 50430

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