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Donald Don Ray Jewell, 71, of Clinton, Iowa passed away peacefully at Mercy Living Center North on Friday, June 16, 2017. A Funeral service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at Lemke Funeral Homes South Chapel (2610 Manufacturing Drive). A visitation will occur three hours prior to the funeral service from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Lemke Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.

Donald was born October 7, 1945 in Clinton, Iowa the son of Howard and Iola May (Kubert) Jewell. He was a 1964 graduate of Clinton High School. Don was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1965, serving until 1968. Following his return from service, Don was a Clinton Police Officer for three years. Ultimately, Don, would work for the Clinton Target, retiring after 33 years in the Shipping department.

Don was married to Elizabeth Ann Wood in 1967, they had one son together, Dana, however they would later divorce. He was then united in marriage to Barbara Hayton on November 6, 1972 and they would raise four children.

Donny loved fishing with his father, at the age of three, however not before his mother would make him pancakes that he so loved. As a teenager Donny enjoyed wrenching on cars, playing baseball and watching over his two juvenile brothers Rodney and Jody. Don had a great heart, was well like by everyone that hed meet and he was always willing to lend a helping hand. He loved to socialize with everyone, especially with the boys at the Downtown Auto Shop, whether it was a serious discussion or more likely, cracking a joke. He was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan. Don loved his Pit Bulls Cain and Bonnie and dearly missed his beloved Lady and Banjo. Don loved doing yardwork for Barbara, including feeding the squirrels. Above all, he loved his family very much and will be sadly missed.

Don is survived by his wife Barbara of Clinton, IA; his Father Howard the Butcher of Kopps Market of Clinton, IA; his four children - Dana (Lisa) Jewell of Clinton, IA, Bobbie (Mark) Nelson of Coralville, IA, Carrie (Jason) Leu of Clinton, IA and Jedediah Jewell of Clinton, IA; his grandchildren Aaron, Jacob, Emilie, Sydney, Blake, Alec, Olivia, Lauren and Christopher; one great grandchild Owen; two brothers Rodney (Lasene) Jewell of Clinton, IA and Jody (Carol) Jewell of Clinton, IA; one niece Kaitlin Jewell of Clinton, IA; with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceding Don in death were his mother and his first wife Elizabeth.

Memorials made can be directed to the wishes of the family.

Fond memories and condolences for Dons family may be shared at www.lemkefuneralhomes.com, obituary page.
Published on June 20, 2017
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