Donald W. Beehner
Don was born March 28, 1943, in Independence, IA, the son of Otto Paul Beehner, Jr. and Catherine Agnes (Phillips) Beehner. He graduated from Jesup High School with the class of 1961. After serving in the US Army for two years, he began farming with his family. He also worked 30 years for Deere and Company in Waterloo, IA, as a machinist before retirement.
On August 25, 2004, he married Margaret Jane (Cooksley) Hamilton at St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup. They have made their home in Jesup and enjoyed 16 years together. Don was a member of St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup and the UAW Local #838 in Waterloo.
Don is survived by his wife, Margaret Beehner of Jesup; two sisters, Rosemary (Tom) Traynor of Cedar Rapids, IA, Judy (Chuck) Ruston of Imperial Beach, CA; one brother-in-law, Delbert “Bud” Walters of Omaha, NE; two stepsons, Adam Hamilton of Cedar Falls, IA, Andrew (Carrie) Hamilton of Blue Springs, MO; 1 step-granddaughter, Aubrey Hamilton; and many nieces and nephews. His parents and two sisters, Marquerite Walters and Berniece Beehner, preceded him in death.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 27, 2021, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, IA, with Fr. Jeffrey A. Dole as celebrant. Music was by Monica Bengston, organist, and Todd Rohlfsen soloist. Casket bearers were Duane Kraus, Ralph Kraus, Ed Youngblut, Jesse Cooksley, Jim Trebon and Neil Schmit. Burial was at St. Athanasius Catholic Cemetery in Jesup. Military rites were conducted by Pump-Scheer American Legion Post #342 of Jesup and assisted by the Iowa National Guard.
Visitation was from 4-7 p.m., Friday, March 26, at the White Funeral Home, Jesup, where there was a Parish Rosary at 4 p.m. Visitation continued for an hour before services Saturday at the church. Memorials will be directed to St. Athanasius School and Jesup Public Library, as well as to other charities. Online condolences may be posted at www.White-MtHope.com.
White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA, was in charge of the arrangements.