Donald “Don” G. Lee, 80, of rural Clarksville, Iowa and formerly of Washburn, Iowa, died at his home on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 of lung cancer and dementia.

He was born December 25, 1937, at Camp Arkansas, Arkansas, the son of Elzie Sr. and Viola Cochran Lee. His mother died when he was 2 years old and Don was raised by Ruby (Robbins) Lee, his father’s second wife and whom he thought of as his mother.

He graduated from La Porte City High School in 1956. Don served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was an expert rifleman. He married Joan Drilling Beatty on July 3, 1964, in Cedar Falls.

Don worked at Clean Towel, Hostess Cupcake, and Orkin Pest Control and then worked at John Deere & Co for 30 years, retiring in 1997. After retirement he worked for Ryan Exterminating until April 2017. He had been a member of UAW Local 838.

Don is survived by his wife; a daughter, Diane (Steven) Hostetler of Waterloo; two sons, Jeffrey (Sue) Lee of Wisconsin and Curtis (Vawn Greany) Lee of Washington; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Elzie Jr. (Linda) Lee of La Porte City; and a sister, Shirley (Jerry) Tompkins of La Porte City.

He is preceded in death by his parents and Ruby; brothers, Lindy Lee and Gene Lee; and a sister, Joan Bruce.

Private graveside services were held at Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo.

Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice of Butler County.
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