Memorial services for Don McQueen 80, of Spencer, will be held at 1 p.m., today, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. The Rev. Chuck Kellogg will officiate.
Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer, with military services to be conducted by the Iowa Army National Guard.
Don passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at Spencer Hospital.
Donald was born May 8, 1927 to Opal (Pixler) and Delbert McQueen on a farm near Kingsley. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School near Washta in 1945. In that same year he joined Pixler Electric with his uncles Ivan, Howard and Lester for a lifetime in electrical contracting, retiring in 1993. Don joined the Iowa National Guard in 1947, serving 34 years. He received the rank of Command Sergeant Major, and was on active duty in Camp McCoy, Wis., and Germany.
He married Carol Hynes on Aug. 22, 1954 in Ruthven. They were blessed with two children, Lyn and Brad. His retirement years were spent traveling on Amtrak, many bus trips with a Minnesota Polka band, and cruises to Alaska and Panama Canal. Don was a life member of the Grace United Methodist Church, where he served on the Trustees Board. He served on the Sunset Retirement Board and was a member of the Y's Men of the YMCA. He loved the Nutty Bar Stand No. 9 at the Clay County Fair. He was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 1 and the 2 Cylinder Club. He was honored by being chosen Spencer's 2003 Citizen of the Year.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Don is survived by his wife, Carol of Spencer; his daughter, Lyn Boriskie of Bryan, Texas, and Jami Massick and husband, T.J. of Indianapolis, Ind.; his son, Brad McQueen and his wife, Linda of West Okoboji; four grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and one brother, Robert McQueen and wife, Mary Jo of Mission Viejo, Calif.
The Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.