Don DeFosse

Died: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sun., Jan. 06, 2019
Location: Hagele and Honts Mediapolis

Memorial Service

10:30 AM Mon., Jan. 07, 2019
Location: First Assembly of God

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The family of Donavon Charles DeFosse announces his passing and the beginning of his heavenly life with Jesus after a courageous 4 year battle with Acute Myloid Luekemia, on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at the age of 78 years old.  Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife Barb of 56 years and his four children Jeff (Cheryl), Debbie (Brad), Lee (Tiffany) and Ashley.  Don will also be fondly remembered by his 4 grandchildren Lexie, Kenzie, Aiden and Alex. 


Don was born on March 20,1940 in Mediapolis, Iowa.  The son of Charles and Alice (Walberg) DeFosse. After graduating from Mediapolis Community High School he joined the Iowa Army National Guard for 6 years.  On July 28, 1961, he married Barbara Brown in Pleasant Grove, IA. He worked for Champion Spark Plug for 32 years and after retirement at 52 he started his second career as a bus driver for the Mediapolis School District.  His final day of driving was the day he was diagnosed with AML on November 4, 2014.  Don enjoyed spending time with his family, laughing and watching his Iowa Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals.  As well as being outdoors working around the farm and taking care of his animals which included his pet Llamas.  He loved his faith and sharing his faith with others.  


Don was known for his gentle kind spirit and always having a smile on his face.  Don often helped others without expectation of receiving recognition.  Even on his last days his wish was for his children to take care of his loving wife Barb.


Funeral Services for Donavon will be held Monday, January 7, 2019, at 10:30 AM at First Assembly of God in Burlington, Iowa. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date. Family will greet friends Sunday, January 6, 2019, from 2-5 PM at Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis, IA 


Those left to cherish his memory are wife, Barb of Mediapolis; children, Jeff of Mediapolis, Debbie of Mediapolis, Lee of La Salle, Ill and Ashley of Danville; grandchildren, Lexie, Kenzie, Aiden and Alex; sisters, Elaine Enfield of Mediapolis, Marlene Fleming of Morning Sun, and Jean (Dean) Kobus of San Antonio, TX; and several nieces and nephews. 


He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jim.  


The family wishes to thank you for your support and prayers over the past 4 years and for your continued prayers.

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Judy Beeding
   Posted Wed January 02, 2019
Barb and family, so sorry to hear of Don's passing. So many good memories from the auction days. Don always had a smile on his face. Pete and him are up in heaven giving each other a bad time.

Mark Stoner
   Posted Wed January 02, 2019

MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Stoner Family.

Praying the Lord will bring comfort in your loss. Don was loved by all of us - The Stoner Family (Pam, Dennis, Susan, Mike and Mark)

Carolyn Frahm
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
Prayers and sympathy to your family as you go through this time. Keep your memories close to your hearts while Gods loving hands enfold you .

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