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Donald Lee Kelhower

HAWARDEN, IOWA – Donald L. Kelhower, 76, of Hawarden, died Friday, January 22, 2021 at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

   Private family Memorial Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at American Lutheran Church in Hawarden with Rev. Erma Wolf officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will be in Grace Hill Cemetery. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. Memorials may be mailed to Kay at 1026 Avenue I Hawarden, Iowa 51023.

   Donald L. Kelhower was born May 30, 1944 to Frank and Mildred (Hout) Kelhower in Akron, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Karma K. Boyer May 29, 1964 at the American Lutheran Church in Hawarden, Iowa. They made their home there for 56 years.

   Don worked at Coilcraft for 26 years total. He worked at Staples Promotional Products 6 years, and Dollar General for 8 years. He was also a cosmetologist many years.

   He enjoyed flowers, gardening, and music. Don was a member of the American Lutheran Church.

   Don is survived by his wife Kay; two sons, Brian and wife Jodi of Cary, Illinois and Patrick and wife Marie of Hudson, South Dakota; 6 grandchildren, Amber, Jesse, Caitlin, Jaren, Sierra, and Luka; and 2 great-grandchildren.

   Don was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Larry.

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I am sorry for your loss, Donnie was a ray of sunshine in this dark world. I first met him as a young girl at Otis, he was a good supervisor then he cut my hair over the years and I did his cardiac rehab that he always praised me for! He was always smiling and ready with a positive attitude! Sending prayers of comfort to Kay and family-- hold on to the memories.

Lea Smith Jan 26 2021 12:00 AM

When Don was working at the dollar store and I buy a movie and he asked for my ID card and he said that he knew that I was old enough to buy the movie and we just laugh about it

April Strong Jan 25 2021 12:00 AM

How can I sum up my 36/37 years of friendship with Donnie in a few lines. Tears rolling down our faces from laughing at something he said, his zest for life, his Love for his family. He is one of the few people that I can call my best friend. We are so blessed for having him in our lives. My Very Deepest Sympathy to Dons Family & Friends. God Speed my friend

Faith Boettcher Jan 25 2021 12:00 AM

I remember when Don and Kay got married, always loved that he took time to talk to mom. Thinking of and praying for you all.

Sandra Verros Holubar Jan 25 2021 12:00 AM