Daniel Tousignant, 82, of Mount Pleasant died Saturday, September 24, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic.
Dan was born June 27, 1940, in Negaunee, Michigan, the son of Arthur and Dorothy (Maltby) Tousignant. He graduated from high school and joined the National Guard. In 1960, Dan moved to southeast Iowa. On July 22, 1961, he was united in marriage to May Lou Krogmeier at St. John’s Catholic Church in Houghton, until her death 1987. He was then united in marriage to Donna Rhodes on October 29, 1988, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Dan farmed and worked for General Electric for 32 years. He was a scrap iron dealer and played guitar in numerous bands. Dan was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and was a charter member of St. Alphonsus Knights of Columbus. He was inducted to the Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Music was his passion, he opened for many notable country music stars during his time on the road. Dan was also in bowling league, baseball league, enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, jigsaw puzzles and 50’s western movies.
He was a man of all trades and a master of none.
Dan is survived by his wife Donna; four children, Cindy (Gary Sr.) Ruth of Mount Pleasant, Theresa (Russell) Ross of Lykens, PA, Belinda Tousignant of Salem, Arthur (Heidi) Tousignant of Mount Pleasant; three step-children Michelle (Jamie) Ellis of Hannibal, MO, Bob Diamond of Mount Pleasant, Ken Diamond of Danville; 27 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren; four siblings Judy Keast, Sr Joan Tousignant, Armene Walsh, and Mike Tousignant.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Mary Lou; grandson Gary Ruth II; five siblings Alfred Tousignant, Beulah Vickers, Elaine Brock, June Ashby, Germaine Tousignant; nephew Shawn Coin and niece Jean Van Tatenhove.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Father Paul Connolly will officiate. Interment will follow in the St. Alphonsus Cemetery. Visitation will be held 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel. Family will greet friends from 4:00 until the Vigil Service begins at 7:00 p.m. The service will be live streamed at Powell Funeral Homes Facebook page and at our website www.powellfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers a general memorial fund has been established. Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel is caring for Dan and his family.