Donald Dwaine Kottwitz, Sr., 74, passed away at Moran Manor on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. He was born Aug. 26, 1939, in Ohlman, Ill. to August and Mildred (Evans) Kottwitz. He grew up in Illinois and Missouri. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Don was a retired painting contractor. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family.
Donald and Darcus met in Iola in 1982 and were married Oct. 8, 1982. Donald was a loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years Darcus; four children Marchelle Brown and fiancé Kelly Shaffer, Donald Kottwitz Jr. and wife Donna, Paul Kottwitz and Anita Flach and husband John; 14 grandchildren, Christopher Valencia, Anthony Valencia, William Martinez, Christina Shaffer, Josh Shaffer, Eric Kottwitz, Jennifer Kottwitz, Ryan Kottwitz, Trevin Kottwitz, McKay Kottwitz, Brianna Christensen, Nathan Christensen, Morgan Christensen, and Liam Christensen; one great-granddaughter Peyton Anne Marie Valencia; one brother-in-law Bruce Seybold and wife Barbara; three brothers, Chester, George and Gary; and three sisters, Bertha, Peggy and Loretta.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Milford Kottwitz and one grandson.
Visitation will be Monday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday at the Yates Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Allen County Animal Rescue Facility. Memorial gifts may be left with the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.
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