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Donald Howard Christy

April 2, 1931 - June 5, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Donald Howard Christy

Donald Howard Christy

Born: April 2, 1931
Died: June 5, 2020
Age: 89

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     Donald Howard Christy, the son of Howard and Helen (Kay) Christy, was born April 2, 1931 in Storm Lake, Iowa.  Don grew up with his grandparents, Ferdinand and Nora Kay, and their son, Harold on their farm north of Truesdale, Iowa, where he attended school and graduated.

     Donald married Donna Doreen Oatman on May 30, 1952 in El Paso, TX.  Don was serving in the military with the U.S. Army during this time, entering into the military on February 5, 1952.  The couple then relocated to Washington State, where Don was stationed.  Don was discharged in 1954 and then they moved to the Sac City Area where they started farming. After a year they moved north of Marathon where they farmed 41 years. He worked at local factories during the winter months and was active with the Dept. of Agriculture 25 years. In 1975, they moved to another residence north of Marathon where they farmed until their retirement in 1996.  They moved to Milford in 2006. He attended their sons sports and music activities, plus Don was active on the Marathon school board. He was a member of the American Legion at Marathon and Spencer. He was always active with the Missouri Lutheran Church wherever they were residing. He faithfully supported mission work and faith based organizations for spreading the Gospel throughout the world. Boating was a favorite activity as Don drove the boat while family members water skied and had fun at Okoboji and Storm Lake. Don and Donna worked a number of years as caretakers for Acorn Ridge while at their summer home. Don and Donna did a lot of bicycling, jogging, running and hiking. Don ran in a number of 5Ks at the Marathon to Marathon and multiple communities celebrating their centennials. He was 76 when he ran his last 5K. In retirement, he has collected a number of tractors and was proud to enter a summer tractor ride or parade at an area community. He enjoyed attending car shows around the country plus the Albert City Threshermans’s show.

     He was always interested in and supportive of his grandchildren and really appreciated all the stories, pictures, videos and visits they could bring.  They spent their winters in Arizona and their summers in Lake Okoboji.  In 2010, they moved to Golfview Condominiums. Don spent the last couple years at Longhouse-Northshire Nursing home in Spencer.

     Donald passed away at the Spencer Hospital on Friday, June 5, 2020 at the age of 89.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Donna in 2015.

     Left to cherish his memory are three sons: Timothy (Becky) Christy of Webb, Iowa, Rex (Jeanne) Christy of Vinton, IA and Philip (Siri) Christy of Spencer, IA; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; stepbrother, Merle Christy (Ruth) of Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO; other relatives and friends who rejoice in knowing that their dad and grandfather is at home in Heaven.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, June 9 , 2020 at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Spencer.

Military Services will be conducted by the American Legion - Glen Pedersen Post #1 and the V.F.W. Clay County Post #3159
Pastor Michael McGinley
Jacob Christy
Ryan Johnson
Kermit Schultze
Mike Behrens
Bruce Stone
Larry Erickson

Sergeant Andrew P. Christy, USMC
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Organist - Lois Morris

Congregational Hymns
"Amazing Grace"
"Lift High The Cross"
"Abide With Me"
Poland Township Cemetery
Marathon, Iowa


Monday, June 22, 2020 at 10:41 AM
“Dear Andrew-Please accept my belated condolences in this time of loss. You always impressed me as a young man with character, morals and manners. After reading this obituary, it explains a bit more of why you are the person you are. Take care of yourself and those you love.”
- Laura Hanna
Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 12:57 PM
“Tim. Im sorry for your loss”
- Dorothy BRONS
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12:40 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers! So sorry for your loss. ”
- Deb and Mike Wienhold
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12:40 PM
“Tim, Rex, Phil and families,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I have many fond memories of the Lutheran Church families from Webb. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families right now. ”
- Terrie Larsen
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 8:01 AM
“You have our deepest sympathy. Cherish the memories!”
- Ken and Karen Hunziker
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 8:01 AM
“Dear Phil, Siri, and Family, We are sorry for the loss of your Father. Will miss him on the Rides bus. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all. May God Bless and Watch over your family's. Mike and Mary”
- Mike and Mary Monroe
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Sending my sympathy to you in the loss of your father...always so hard to let a parent go...Praying for God’s peace and comfort at this difficult time...
- Sharon Roghair
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Sending hugs and sympathies!”
- Dianne Binder
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers to the Christy family. I knew both your parents. Very nice people. So sorry about Don ”
- Jeanie Culver
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Dorothy and I met Don when we moved into Golfview. Don and I spent many hours playing pool together, we were about equal as far as our pool skills. Very nice man

Dorothy and I met Don when we moved into Golfview. Our condolences to the family.He was a good friend. We spent numerous hours playing pool together.
- virgil and Dorothy spiess
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Sorry to hear of your dads passing. We always enjoyed seeing your family every year. I pray the Lord will comfort you and your families. ”
- Bonnie Christy Garrison
Monday, June 8, 2020 at 11:33 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Don was such a friendly face and a joy to talk with. Our heart felt condolences for your loss. We have lost a good one!”
- Al and Carol Pierce
Monday, June 8, 2020 at 11:33 AM
“Don was a kind and honorable man, he loved his family, tractors, trucks and old cars. He had a great respect for his country that he served. He is missed. RIP Don
Cindy Pingel”
- Cindy Pingel
Monday, June 8, 2020 at 7:57 AM
“Thinking of you and holding you all in prayer during this difficult time. ”
- Tenee Jessen
Monday, June 8, 2020 at 7:57 AM
“I'm so sorry for the loss of your father! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family!”
- Vicki Johannsen
Monday, June 8, 2020 at 7:57 AM
“Blessings for Peace and Comfort - I was sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. I always enjoyed Don as a neighbor at Golfview.”
- Molly Mulqueen
Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 5:35 PM
“Phil and Siri - My sympathy to you. May God surround you with comfort and peace at this time of grief.”
- Onalee Wright
Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 5:35 PM
“Sorry to hear of Don's passing. Enjoyed visiting with him when I volunteered at Northshire. He he was very kind and soft-spoken. Sending our condolences.”
- Bev Andis
Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 5:34 PM
“Christy Family
So sorry for the loss of your dad. He certainly was one of the good guys and will definitely be missed.
Take care and God Bless ✝️”
- Randy and Suzanne Krukow
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 1:53 PM
“Phil, Rex, Tim, and families. So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. May all your memories be good ones. ”
- Carolyn Erickson
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 1:53 PM
“Everyone will miss your dad! What a wonderful Christian man! We always enjoyed visiting with him! What an example also! May the peace of our lord comfort you all, at this time!”
- Nancy and Jim Hartmann
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 10:54 AM
“Tim, Phil and Rex; our condolences on the passing of your dad. Don and I went to Basic Training together at Fort Bliss, Texas and we got to be good friends. I was honored to be his best man at his wedding. We were farming buddies for all of our farming years and Don was one of the nicest men one could ever hope to know.”
- Lloyd and Nora Boettcher
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 10:43 AM
“Our sympathy to all the Christy family at this sad time. We will remember Don as such a nice man. May the Lord heal all of your hearts, Love Kim and Pat Kelly”
- Kimberly Kelly
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 8:52 AM
“God’s peace and comfort to Don’s loved ones. Don touched my heart so many times. He was such a sweet, sweet man. God bless. ”
- Deborah Andis
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 8:22 AM
“Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your dad. Always a sweet gentleman ❤️❤️”
- Becky Baker
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 8:22 AM
“Tim so sorry for the loss of your dad. Don always had a great and interesting story. Sure glad I got to meet and know him.”
- Linda Frickenstein
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 8:22 AM
“Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you say your earthly good-byes. We hope knowing the joys your father, grandfather will have in heaven can give you comfort. We know he will be missed because of the loving ways of his family, whom he must be so incredibly proud of. Our sympathies.”
- Wayne and Diana Koppen
Friday, June 5, 2020 at 4:34 PM
“Tim, Rex, Phil and families: So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. May the love and support of family and friends help you in your time of sorrow.”
- Marilyn Johnson
Friday, June 5, 2020 at 4:34 PM
“I'm so sorry for your loss don was a one of the kind he will be missed I'm glad I had a chance to take care of him and get to know him ”
- Heidi sky
Friday, June 5, 2020 at 12:16 PM
“Tim and family, my heart felt condolences For your loss. I consider myself blessed to have gotten to know Don. He was a joy to visit with.”
- Michele Shields
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