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ARMENTROUT, Donald 1922-2013


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 2/19/2013 at 23:11:20

[Waterloo Courier, Friday, January 25, 2013]

Donald Armentrout, 90, passed away on Jan. 24, 2013, following a short illness, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home, Waterloo, surrounded by his loving family.

Don was born on his parents’ farm near Hazleton on Nov. 8, 1922, to Hugh and Inez Robinson Armentrout. He graduated from Hazleton High School in 1940 and Gates Business College, Waterloo, in 1941. He immediately began his 42-year career at John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works as a clerk in the Purchasing Department.

Don served for three and a half years in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a member of the Fifth Air Force, serving in the 309th Bomb Wing Group. Don followed the entire length of the Pacific Campaign from New Guinea, through the Philippines, to Japan.

Returning to Waterloo after the war, Don resumed working at John Deere where he met his future wife, Rosemary Schueller. They were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Waterloo, in 1946. On Aug. 10, 2012, they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

Don retired from John Deere in 1982 as manager of the nonproduction Purchasing Department.

He was an active member of St. Edward’s Parish for 55 years and was a member of the John Deere Supervisors’ Club.

Don also loved to attend University of Iowa Hawkeye football games, beginning in 1939 with 25-cent tickets in the “Knot Hole Section” through holding season tickets long after his three sons graduated from Iowa.

In retirement, Don enjoyed reading, traveling and visiting family all over the country. However, his biggest passion was for golf, which he played for 38 years in numerous Waterloo leagues and tournaments.

Don is survived by his wife, Rosemary; sister Lucille Walker; sister-in-law Sister Marlene Schueller OSF; three sons: Gary (Laura) of St. Louis, Lary (Cheri) of Eagan, Minn., and Jeffrey (Dixie) of Olympia, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert Armentrout; and his sister, Dorothy Meyer.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, where there will be a 4 p.m. rosary. Visitation will continue at the church for one hour before services on Saturday.

Memorials may be directed to St. Edwards Catholic Church.


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