Donald 'Don' J. Schmalen

Friday, June 26, 2009

Funeral services for Donald "Don" J. Schmalen, 54, of Sheldon, who passed away on Monday, June 22, 2009, due to injuries received in an auto accident near Hartley, were held Thursday, June 25, 2009, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sheldon. Fr. Robert J. Schimmer officiated.

Burial took place at St. John's Catholic Cemetery at Emmetsburg, Iowa.

Donald "Don" John Schmalen, the son of John and Marjorie (Cunningham) Schmalen was born March 12, 1955 at Emmetsburg. He grew-up on a farm near Ayrshire, where he attended Ayrshire schools and graduated from Ayrshire High School in 1973. Don furthered his education in Emmetsburg at the Iowa Lakes Farm Equipment Mechanics. After graduating from college Don worked for Harms Implement in Everly, IA. He purchased a dairy farm in Perham, MN in 1981. On April 24, 1982, Don was united in marriage to Marilee Willms at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer, IA. After their marriage the couple made their home in Perham and in 1984, they returned to Everly and Don went back to work at Harms Implement. In 1994, Don and Marilee purchased the C&H Supply in Sheldon, which they owned and operated until 2006. Don drove a feed truck for Deluxe Feeds of Sheldon for a short while and in 2007, he became the Service Manager for Spencer International.

He was a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sheldon, the Sheldon Knights of Columbus #1564.

=He was preceded in death by his father, John Schmalen; who was killed in an auto accident on the same day that Don was born; his father-in-law, Howard Willms; and two uncles, Robert and Marvin Cunningham.

Don is survived by his wife, Marilee of Sheldon; and their three children, Annette "Annie" and her husband, Chris Welday-Zimney of Houston, Texas; Nicholas "Nick" and his wife, Jessica Schmalen of Spirit Lake, and Michael "Mike" Schmalen of Sheldon; his mother, Marjorie Schmalen of Emmetsburg; two sisters, Darlene and her husband, Robert Thilges of West Bend; Mary and her husband, Mike Peck of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his mother-in-law, Marge Willms and her husband Victor Scholten of Sheldon; and and a sister-in-law, Susan and her husband, Bob Maxson of Concordia, Kan..

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Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon.