Donald Coobs


Donald D. Coobs, 71, of rural Dixon, Iowa, died Friday, April 25, 2014, at his home. Services in celebration of his life were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, rural Calamus, Iowa, with the Rev. Sarah Kretzman officiating. Jason Bousselor was organist; casket bearers were Marlon VanderHeiden, Jeff VanderHeiden, Jim Tweed, Allan Taylor and Lonnie Sievers.

A visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Davenport. Burial was at Garnavillo Community Cemetery, Garnavillo.

Donald D. Coobs was born April 28, 1942, in Clayton County, Iowa, a son of William and Gladys Coobs. He graduated from Elkader High School and, on February 14, 1962, was united in marriage to Rebecca Jean Allyn in Garnavillo, Iowa. They made their home near Dixon, Iowa where they raised their family and Don worked at the IH and later the John Deere dealerships. Becky preceded him in death in May, 2004.

Don enjoyed being “in the country” and raised some animals on his acreage. A true “people person,” Don always enjoyed being with family and friends but occasionally found time to slip away and go fishing when he wasn’t fixing something. 

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Ray Detlefs, Calamus, IA; son and daughter in law, Douglas and Gwen Coobs, Donahue, IA; grandchildren, Brittney Crossen, Mikaela Crossen, Alexa Coobs and her fiancee’, Joshua Scherer, and Austin Coobs; and step-grandchildren, Stephen (Maegan) Detlefs and Amanda Detlefs; his twin sister, Dorothy Thompson, Muscatine, IA and sister, Shirley (Don) Marmann, Farmersburg, IA; his brother, Edward (Sandy) Coobs of Elkader, IA; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Bernice White.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Rebecca Coobs.

Memorials may be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Calamus, or to the Dixon Volunteer Fire Department.

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