Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today with the family present to greet friends from 5:30-7 p.m. at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Royal.
A Catholic Vigil will be held at 7 p.m. tonight and Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. - all at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Royal.
Interment will take place at North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer.
Donald passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at home on his farm.
Donald Alois Elser was born March 29, 1932, the son of Alois & Wally Sippl Elser. Don attended the Moneta Consolidated School, graduating in 1949. He entered the military and served with the U. S. Army in the Korean Conflict until 1954.
Don was a lifelong resident of the Moneta area, living on the family farm since he was three years old. Farming, dairy, and raising livestock were his beloved occupations. On April 26, 1962, Don married Bonnie Lee Small. Don and Bonnie were blessed with seven daughters. Bonnie passed away on Dec. 27, 1969. Don was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus at Spencer. He served on the Parish Council at St. Louis Catholic Church in Royal.
On July 25, 1992, Don married Shirley Anne Kunkel at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hartley, and added to his family six step-children..
Don was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie; his parents, Alois & Wally Elser; and brothers: William and Martin.
Don is survived by his wife, Shirley; his daughters: Rita Elser of Sioux City, Mary and Phil Kunkel of Overland Park, Kansas, Marie Elser and Bob Blumenshine of St. Louis, Mo., Ruth and Chris Hagedorn of Dickens, Donna and Mark Baysinger of Allen, Texas, Judy and Mike Pezzetti of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Peggy and Scott Johnson of Spencer; step-children and their families: Julie and Galen Sampson of Primghar, Dan and Starlet Kunkel of Colorado Springs, Colo., Tom and Linda Kunkel of Hartley, Randy and Debbie Kunkel of Colorado Springs, Colo., Phil and Mary Kunkel of Overland Park, Kansas, and Mark and Dawn Kunkel of Balaton, Minn.; his grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Lou Fennessey and husband, David of Long Beach, Calif.; sister-in-law, Joan Elser, of Long Beach, Calif., sister-in-law, Mary Lou Dickey and husband, Bill of Brandon, S.D.; brother-in-law, Dick Small of Roanoke, Va.; sister-in-law, Anita Small of Sioux City; sisters-in-law, Marlene Westphalen of Spencer, Audrey Stromberg of Ames, and Jeannette Boever and husband, Jim, and Betty Wittkop and husband, George, all of Remsen.
Warner Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.