Funeral services for Donald “Don” Franklin Maschino, 95, of Spencer, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Rev. Paul Frederiksen will officiate the service. Pallbearers are Matthew, Logan and Landon Schwichtenberg; Brexton Williams, Hendrix Lieberman and Eayon Phipps.
Military services will be held by American Legion Glen Pederson Post No. 1 with VFW Clay County Post No. 3159, and Masonic services will be held by Evening Shade Lounge No. 312 A.F. and A.M.
Don passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017.
Interment will take place at Odebolt Cemetery in Odebolt.
Don was born in Pomeroy to George and Carrie Maschino July 23, 1921, and passed away May 4, 2017. Don graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1938. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in September 1942 and after graduating from radio school in Des Moines and radar training at the University of Iowa, he was called into active service. Following the end of World War II, while being honorably discharged, he decided to reenter the reserves for an additional three years. In October 2009, Don participated in the Siouxland Honor Flight which honored the group for their active duty during WWII. They were flown to Washington, D.C., for a tour of the national monuments and changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
In June 1948, he married Verla Eleanor Evans of Odebolt. They were married 52-plus years until Verla’s death, January 2001. They were avid golfers, loved dancing at many big band dances, and were active members in the United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge. Don completed the Masonic third degree and then took the York Rites. He became a master Mason in the Sibley chapter and eventually became a 50-plus-year member of both the Masonic fraternity and Abu-Bekr Shriners in Sioux City.
Don began working at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in March 1946, as an installer in Storm Lake and retired in 1977 as an exchange manager in Shenandoah. He and Verla established many lasting friendships in the phone company and Iowa communities in which they lived: Storm Lake, Cherokee, Newell, Sibley and Shenandoah. Following his retirement in 1977, they moved to Verla’s farm homestead in rural Odebolt. They became snowbirds in 1983 — purchasing a condo in Mesa, Arizona. After selling the farm in 1991, they moved to Sac City and finally to Spencer in 2000.
In October 2003, Don married Beverly Roberson of Spencer. They spent their time in Mesa, Arizona, each winter and in both communities enjoyed attending big band dances, theater productions; became involved in church activities and attended many city and Bell Telephone Pioneer events. They traveled to visit Bev's daughters nearly every year and frequently visited with extended family and friends in communities surrounding Spencer and Mesa.
Don is survived by his wife, Bev; daughters Kathy (Gary) Lieberman, of Tempe, Arizona; Deb (Gary) Schaefer, Columbus, Nebraska; five grandchildren: Mica Bissinger, of Tempe, Arizona; Mark (Tamara) Lieberman, of Scottsdale, Arizona; Angela (Russ) Williams, of Columbus, Nebraska; Chaney (Eric) Phipps, of Nevada, Iowa; Melissa (Chad) Schwichtenberg, Columbus, Nebraska; nine great-grandchildren, three step great-grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by a son-in-law, Steve Miller, Spencer; Bev's three daughters, Dawnlee Roberson, San of Antonio, Texas; Donna (Leonard), Meyering, of Morton, Illinois; Dee (John) Huskisson, of Dellafield, Wisconsin; and her five grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his first wife Verla; daughter, Arlys Kay Miller; brothers Everett, Stanley, Wilson "Bill," Ervin "Chub," and Harold; sisters Geneva Holtorf and Erma Bergstrom.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Shriner's Hospital for Children: 2025 E. River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414.