Donald Dean Poole (May 4, 2015)

11511 Photo USEFebruary 20, 1929 ~ May 4, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Noon-9:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
The family will be present to greet friends from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Funeral Home.
A Wake Service will be held at 7:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

Friday, May 8, 2015
11:00 AM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IA

2 Sons – Douglas Poole (fiancée, Vicky Woods) of Treynor, IA
Mark Poole of Harlan, IA
2 Daughters – Jean (Mike) Valenta of Lincoln, NE
Kathryn (Robert) Sopher of Le Mars, IA
6 Grandchildren
1 Great-grandchild
Other Relatives & Friends

Donald Dean Poole, the son of Robert Harvey and Mabel Margaret (Hansen) Poole, was born on February 20, 1929, in Harlan, Iowa. He attended Harlan schools and graduated from Harlan High School in 1947. He entered the United States Air Force after high school, serving stateside during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge, he returned to the Harlan area and began farming southeast of Harlan with his father.

On November 5, 1955, Donald married Mary Margaret Schiltz in Manilla, Iowa. The couple farmed until 1985. In 1979, Donald started a trucking business, and both of his sons drove for the company. The couple retired in 1996 and moved to Harlan.

Donald was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan, Iowa, where he was active in the life of the Church. He was a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus. Donald enjoyed working and liked to stay busy, and he had worked part-time for Hopp Construction. He later enjoyed coffee time with friends.

Donald D. Poole died on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Holmes Lake Rehabilitation and Care Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. He had reached the age of 86 years, 2 months, and 14 days.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary, on February 28, 2006; one sister, Betty Kern; and one brother, Robert Poole. He is survived by two sons, Douglas Poole (fiancée, Vicky Woods) of Treynor, Iowa, and Mark Poole of Harlan, Iowa; two daughters, Jean (Mike) Valenta of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Kathryn (Robert) Sopher of Le Mars, Iowa; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends.

A Wake Service was held on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, May 8, 2015, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Father John Frost celebrating. Kate Kohorst and Maryalyce Dotzler served as musicians. Casket bearers were Gary Hopp, Neil Hansen, Ben Sopher, Bert Conway, Dennis Poole, and Robby Sopher. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, 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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3 Responses to Donald Dean Poole (May 4, 2015)

  1. Ed Kern says:

    Our prayers and thoughts go out to all of Uncle Don, Aunt Mary’s family. Many happy memories when we would visit the farm in Iowa and spend time either helping with the chores or just enjoying a great meal together. Uncle Don always had time for the nephews.

    Love to all the cousins

    Ed, Joy, Nate, Dani (Kern)

  2. Patricia A Conway says:

    so srry for your lose. When Gene and I would come through we always stayed with the night On the farm
    They are loved and will be missed i have alot of pictures
    Of the farmand i have one with Eugene uuncle Don and Mary.I will Keep the Family in Prqyer.

  3. Terri Starwalt says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Uncle Don so much! I have such fond memories when he and Mary would come to Texas and stay with my parents. And when we would go to Iowa and stay at their farm. He will truly be missed!

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