Donald Glenn Roos (November 14, 2013)

October 16, 1925 ~ November 14, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
11:00 AM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA

1 Daughter – Cathy Johnson of Harlan, IA
1 Son – Timothy (Pam) Roos of Taylor, TX
2 Brothers – LeRoy (Dorla) Roos of Virginia, MN
Eddie Roos of Harlan, IA
3 Sisters – Ethel (Lyle) Hall of Stewartville, MN
Betty Hellickson of Preston, MN
Ruby (Ken) Bushman of Roscoe, MN
3 Grandchildren
6 Great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Donald Glenn Roos, the son of Ed and Esther (Hyink) Roos, was born October 16, 1925, in Alton, Iowa. He attended Floyd School in Alton, Iowa. He went into the Army from 1944-1946 during WWII. On February 14, 1949, Donald and Bertha Jenetta Ter Meer married in Inwood, Iowa. After their marriage, the couple farmed in Iowa and Minnesota. For many years, Don was a foster parent and worked as a hired man for Edgar Jensen in Eyota, Minnesota. Then he went to work for Pioneer Hybrid in Johnston, Iowa, in March 1967. He retired from Pioneer in 1986. Before Don’s retirement, Don and Bert lived in Spring Valley and Eyota, Minnesota, and Des Moines, Johnston, and Grimes, Iowa. After Don retired, Don and Bert moved to Bella Vista and Bentonville, Arkansas. Don worked the craft fairs for Verne Patton while they lived there from 1988 to December 2001. Then Don and Bert moved to Harlan, Iowa.

Donald was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Harlan, Iowa. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed working outside at the craft fairs of putting up lights, directing traffic, and whatever else that needed to be done. He also enjoyed making wood crafts, having a garden, canning, mowing the lawn, and playing cards. He enjoyed sitting outside and completing word find puzzles. Don helped with making noodles for the Congregational United Church of Christ.

Donald G. Roos died at home in Harlan, Iowa, on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the age of 88 years and 29 days.

Preceding Donald in death were his parents Ed and Esther Roos; two sisters, Joyce Roos and Ethel Roos; one stillborn brother; and his wife, Bert. Survivors include one daughter, Cathy Johnson of Harlan, Iowa; one son, Timothy (Pam) Roos of Taylor, Texas; two brothers, LeRoy (Dorla) Roos of Virginia, Minnesota, and Eddie Roos of Harlan, Iowa; three sisters, Ethel (Lyle) Hall of Stewartville, Minnesota, Betty Hellickson of Preston, Minnesota, and Ruby (Ken) Bushman of Roscoe, Minnesota; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

A local memorial service was held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at the Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, with Rev. Donna Ewert of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Harlan officiating. An additional memorial service was held on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley, Iowa. Burial of ashes was in the Richland Cemetery in Inwood, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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5 Responses to Donald Glenn Roos (November 14, 2013)

  1. Susie:
    It was a shock but had been coming on since June 2013. He is peaceful and with mom now which is what he wanted for a long time. All the arrangements went very well. Now I am in the process of cleaning out my house and his house to put up for sale and finish thank you cards and close out his accounts. A lot of work to be completed. Thank you so much for thinking of us. Take care. Love Cathy

  2. Susie Loucks Roberts says:

    Wow, what a shock to learn of Don’s death, in our church newsletter. Very sorry, for the loss of Don. He was a great man, and we have nothing but wonderful memories of him. I know he will be dearly missed. Praying for comfort, for Cathy, Tim, and families.

    Susie and Gladys

  3. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. It is very much appreciated.

  4. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. It is very much appreciated

  5. Dick & Michelle Roos says:

    Cathy and Tim and family,

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories give you some comfort during this difficult time.
    Love Dick & Michelle

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