Donald Kahler, age 83 of Marengo, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the Brooklyn Community Estate in Brooklyn, IA. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, June 29, 2018 at the Marengo American Legion Hall. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.
Donald Wayne Kahler “Zeke” was born October 30, 1934 in Oxford, Iowa, the son of Lou and Stella (DeGood) Kahler. He was a 1953 graduate of Marengo High School, and served in the U.S. Army for six years. He was united in marriage to Mary Pat Beilstein on July 12, 1958 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Williamsburg. They were blessed with two children; Timothy Joseph and Patricia Marie. Don worked for Me Too Foods in Williamsburg and later transferred to the Marion, Iowa store. He then began working at Armstrong Department Store as manager of the Alterations Department, retiring from there. He relocated to San Diego, California, where he managed the women’s alterations department at Neiman Marcus until retiring in 2000.
Don enjoyed playing softball and golf, working on his cars, and cheering on his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes, and the San Diego Chargers. Don especially looked forward to spending time with his family and taking his granddaughters to Disneyland, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo.
Don is survived by his children; Tim Kahler of Los Angeles, CA and Patty Meade of Williamsburg; three granddaughters, Laura Cortese (Vic) of Philadelphia, PA, Sara Meade (Gabe Decker) of Williamsburg, IA and Emily Parmenter (Carsten) of Chicago, IL; and three great-grandsons, Landon, Grant, and Luke. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Mary Volz and Mildred Koenig, and five brothers Everett, Floyd, Ivan and Howard, and Leo in infancy.