Donald Wayne Hyndman was born in Cumberland, Iowa on February 26, 1930 to Harold and Grace (Blattner) Hyndman. He passed away at the age of 91 on September 16, 2021 in Marshalltown, Iowa, where he was a resident at the Iowa Veterans Home for the last year and a half.
Don graduated from Churdan High School and started farming with his father. On October 8th, 1951, he was drafted into the US Army serving during the Korean War. On a Sunday morning, September 23, 1951, while he was home on a short leave before leaving for deployment he was married to Alice Vera Webber immediately after the church service. They were blessed with three daughters; Terri (Roger) Luehring of Gladbrook, Iowa, Donna (John) Johnson of Paton, Iowa, and Lisa (Jess) Fox of Shelbyville, Kentucky.
Don was a life-long farmer while also being active in several organizations. He was a 50 year member of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Iowa and the ZaGaZig Shriners. He served in many offices of the Churdan United Methodist Church. Don spent 38 years on the Greene County Fair Board helping with many improvements to the fairgrounds as well as the yearly events.
Don and Alice spent many winters as snowbirds in Apache Junction, Arizona, where they did lots of traveling and meeting new friends. After Alice passed away in 2002, he continued to spend his winters in Arizona until he made the decision that it was best to stay closer to home and his daughters.
His hobbies included woodworking, carving, and leathercrafting. He carved many wall hangings, figurines, and animals as a member of the carving clubs in their Arizona RV Park. Don was a “fixer”, builder, electrician, and handy man for many friends and especially his daughters.
One of Don’s most special memories was being a part of a Waterloo Honor Flight to Washington, DC. Being able to see so many national monuments and standing in the middle of the Korean War Memorial meant a lot to him as a veteran. He was awarded a Quilt of Valor during his stay at the Veterans Memorial Home which he hung proudly above his bed.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Alice, and one brother Roger. Left to mourn his passing are his three daughters and their husbands, three grandchildren Kelli (Mark) Heffernan, Sara Lenz, and Ryan Luehring as well as four great grandchildren, Blake and Natalie Heffernan, and McKenna and Bennett Lenz. He also leaves nieces, nephews, and special cousins along with many friends and special caregivers.
Funeral Services were held Sept. 20 at the Churdan United Methodist Church in Churdan. Interment was at the Highland Township Cemetery, Churdan. The family greeted friends on Sunday, Sept.19 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson. A Masonic Service followed. Memorials are suggested to the family to be determined at a later date.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.sliningerschroeder.com.