Obituaries » Donald E. O'Hollearn
April 28, 1936 - April 2, 2017
Don graced his beloved New Hampton, Iowa on April 28, 1936. He was the oldest child born into a hardworking, proud Irish Catholic family. Father, Joseph; Mother, Agnes [Morris]; 4 brothers, Charles, Robert, Michael, Brian & sister Janet. Don is survived by his son Kevin [Lorrie], daughter Kathleen, grandchildren: Kevin, Sean, Patricia, Bridget & Damian & great grand-daughter Charlotte.
Don loved growing up on the farm, but his feet and curiosity led him into the US Army where he was a Medic for 2 years in Germany. In the service, he “lent” his money to those not quite so wise at a “reasonable” rate. This allowed Don to travel Europe & the Irish Isles. There, in a coffee shop in Dublin, an Irish Lassie named Patricia caught his eye. Shortly after Don returned home, a ring was sent in the mail and Patsy said yes! She came to Lawler, Iowa on her own to be married. One by one and working together, the O’Hollearns brought the Deegan clan to America: thus, the beginning of an Irish Godfather with a twinkle in his eye and many, many stories to tell. His baby blue eyes were often filled with tears as he enjoyed hearing the same toasts and tales again and again. He didn’t always say much, but he loved much.
In 1980, his beloved Patsy passed away. He continued to expand his insurance business into Canada. After a number of years, he returned home.
Over the last 25 years, he and Judi Van Cleave found love and Don found himself adding Judi’s seven children to the clan. He always loved and cared for Ed, Bryan, Scott, Gina, Julie, Nancy & Buzz as Judi did for Kevin and Kathleen. All sixteen grand-kids are loved and treasured. Don has many, many nieces and nephews here and around the country.
Most of his career years were in sales and insurance. He loved to tell of how he “sold” his Dad on getting their first TV for the farm, always a salesman. Yup, a little Blarney here and there!
Don’s hugs were huge and tight! They will be treasured always. So, please give a hug, a little wink, an Irish smile or hum a little “Danny Boy” in remembrance of him.
Our families thank you in advance for sharing thoughts and memories. We remember one of his favorite Blessings: “A toast to your coffin: May your casket be built from the finest 100 year old Oak. And may we plant it together tomorrow.”
A Rosary will be held Monday, April 10th at 6:30 P.M at Mt. Scott Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held the following day, Tuesday, April 11th at 10:00 A.M at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Graveside Service with Military Honors to follow at Willamette National Cemetery at 1:30 P.M.