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Donald L. Erling - 85

3/27/1937 - 10/23/2018

Clinton, Iowa

     Donald L. Erling age 85 of Clinton, died Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018 in Clinton.  Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday Oct. 27th at the Pape Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held Saturday 9:30 AM until the service hour at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery.  Following the graveside service, a luncheon will be held at the Congregational Church UCC.  Casket bearers will be his grandchildren.  Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.  Memorials may be given to Mercy Hospice, Alzheimer Association, or Community Congregational Church UCC.

 

     Don was born on March 27, 1933 in Iowa City, the son of August and Madeline “Pearl” (Pentland) Erling.  He married Carol Landis on Oct. 18, 1968 in Clinton; she died in 2009.  He worked as a high school teacher, principal, and school administrator for many years.

Don was a member of the Community Congregational Church UCC and the Master Gardeners Club. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, wood carving, and crafts.

 

Don is survived by his three children, Steven (Anita) Erling of Clinton, Lisa (Gary) Kramer of Fulton, IL, and David (Danelle) Erling of Clinton; 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; two brothers, Dick (Glenna) Erling of Wellton, AZ and Robert (Jan) Erling of LeClaire, IA; two sisters, Joyce Kislia of Davenport and Linda (Glen) Kendrick of Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Erling of Eldridge, IA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother, August Jr., and a brother-in-law, Robert Kislia.

Visitation:

Visitation will be held Saturday 9:30 AM until the service hour at the funeral home.

Service:

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday Oct. 27th at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Following the graveside service, a luncheon will be held at the Congregational Church UCC. Casket bearers will be his grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Memorials may be given to Mercy Hospice, Alzheimer Association, or Community Congregational Church UCC.

3 Comments

  • Dave Boeding

    2 weeks, 6 days ago

    My condolences to the Erling family.

    Would like to be there in person but will be out of town this weekend.

    Have often enjoyed visiting with your family and hearing stories about the long muddy lane and some of the adventures around the farm.

    The door is always open if anyone would like to come back for a visit.

    Dave Boeding

  • Kaywyn (Kampling) Beswick

    2 weeks, 6 days ago

    My condolences, Lisa, and family, on the loss of your father, father-in-law, and grandfather. I am going to be out of state this weekend, so I will be unable to make your dad's services. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Hugs, Kaywyn Beswick

  • Cammie McGuire

    2 weeks, 4 days ago

    My condolences to Don's family. Don and I worked together for a short period of time and he was always so helpful and friendly. Loved the funny stories he told about farm life. May fond memories sustain you all during this time.

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