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Donald R. "Don" Muckey

November 27, 1946 August 12, 2014
Donald R. "Don" Muckey
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Obituary Donald R. "Don" Muckey Mapleton, IA - Donald R. "Don" Muckey, 67, of Mapleton, Iowa passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa with his family at his bedside following a diagnosis of cancer in May. Visitation will be Friday, August 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 8:00 p.m. followed by a Masonic Service at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton. A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Mt Hope Cemetery at Mapleton followed by military graveside honors provided by the American Legion Loren Hollister Post #496 of Mapleton. Armstrong Funeral Home of Mapleton is in charge of the arrangements. The family is receiving condolences on line at Donald Roger Muckey was born November 27, 1946, at home in Mapleton, Iowa, the son of Don and Eva Louise (Green) Muckey. He grew up in Mapleton and graduated from Maple Valley High School with the class of 1965. On June 8, 1965, Don entered the U.S. Air Force serving his country proudly. He was honorably discharged June 7, 1971. On April 1, 1967, Don was united in marriage to Glenda Nichols at St. John's United Methodist Church in Mapleton, a young lady he first met while in the fifth grade in school. They recently celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary. Don began his life's career as a meat cutter at Moore Brothers Grocery Store in Onawa, Iowa and then transferred to the Moore Brothers location in Mapleton. He continued that career at Iowa Beef in Dakota City, Nebraska. While at Iowa Beef, he also attended Sioux Empire College at Hawarden completing his two year course with high grades. He then worked at John Morrell in Estherville, Iowa. After being gone for 11 years, the family moved back to Mapleton in 1983, and Don worked for LaFrenz Grocery Store which then became Goslin Grocery. Don returned to employment at Iowa Beef for a short time before going into partnership with his brother-in-law, Rick Nichols at the Mapleton Locker Plant. He retired from his meat cutting career 5 years ago and learned to enjoy a new life. Just a year ago, he began driving school bus for Maple Valley Anthon-Oto School, a job he loved, satisfying his life long desire to drive a "big rig". Don was a gifted woodworker, with the talent of taking any scrape wood and turning it into a beautiful finished product. For Don, woodworking had to be fun so it didn't feel like a job. "If he could make a cure out of wood, he would!" He was a member of St. John's United Methodist church in Mapleton, the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners, having volunteered in the Denison Shriner's Animal Unit. He was a extremely patriotic man and a member of the American Legion Loren Hollister Post #496 of Mapleton. He enjoyed time spent fishing and camping. Above all, he loved his family with a special focus on his grandchildren and their events and teams. Don had a bigger heart than he ever let on! Family members left to continue their love for Don include his wife, Glenda; two sons and their wives, Richard and Marie Muckey of Moville, Iowa and Darren and Kristy Muckey of Lee Summit, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Dylan and Jacob Muckey, Emily and Chelsea Yockey, and Noah, Zoe, Brooklyn, and Logan Muckey; two brothers, Mike (Sue) Muckey and Jim (Terre) Muckey, all of Sioux City, Iowa; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rick and Becky Nichols of Mapleton, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Don in death are his parents, Don and Eva Muckey; a brother, Richard Muckey and a sister, Marsha Morris.


Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Graveside Service Mt. Hope Cemetery Mapleton, Iowa


Friday, August 15, 2014 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Armstrong Funeral Home 210 South 5th Street Mapleton, Iowa
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