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Donald Mauderer, 91

February 23, 2018
Traer Star-Clipper

Donald Mauderer was born August 22, 1926, near Garrison, Iowa, son of Henry and Godja "Amanda" (Peterson) Mauderer. He attended country school, then Dysart middle school and graduated from Dinsdale High School with the Class of 1945. Following graduation, Don worked on his mom and dad's farm then served in the United States Army in Alaska during the Korean Conflict earning the rank of PFC. After an honorable discharge, he returned to work on the family farm West of Traer. In addition, he and his brother, Dean, had a trucking business. Don was married to Maryida Welker on June 26, 1960. She passed away on August 26, 1982. Don was a member of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served many years on the Council, including 6 years as President. He loved farming and continued to advise and coach his son, David, after his retirement in 1990. Don enjoyed playing Pepper with his card club and Poker at Sunnyside. He also liked bowling, fishing, and flying planes with Dean in their younger years. He was a member of the Traer American Legion for over 60 years and was able to participate in the Honor Flight with his son, Kevin, in 2013. Most of all, Don loved his family and treasured the opportunity to share meals together especially pizza. He leaves behind a legacy of a paper on his family history he helped write with his grandson, Ashton.

Donald passed away at the age of 91 years on Friday, February 16, 2018, at home on the family farm. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maryida; a brother, Dean Mauderer; 3 sisters, Viola, Marie and LaVonne; and a special friend, Jean Krug. Donald is survived by his sons, Kevin Mauderer of Des Moines and David (Barbara) Mauderer of Traer; his daughters, Nancy (Steve) Wohlford of Johnson, AR, and Karen (Curt) Kern of Traer; 4 grandchildren: Eric Mauderer, Ashton Mauderer, Colin Kern and Courtney Kern; a sister, Anna Mae Winkelpleck of Dysart; and many beloved friends and neighbors.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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