Donald Pollpeter

Donald Carl Pollpeter, 88, of rural West Point, Iowa, passed away at 6:34 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2024, at the University of Iowa Health Care Medical Center Downtown, Iowa City, Iowa.


He was born on December 26, 1935, in West Point, Iowa, the son of August and Wilhelmina (Lohman). On October 18, 1959, he married Phyllis Agnes Pranger at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point. She preceded him in death on September 8, 2020.


He is survived by his seven children: Scott (Sandi) Pollpeter of Tampa, Florida; Diane (Joel) Thompson of Solon, Iowa; Michael (Teri) Pollpeter of Walnut Shade, Missouri; Roger Pollpeter of Anamosa, Iowa; Steven Pollpeter of Wever, Iowa; Brian (Jodi) Pollpeter of Lacey, Iowa and Dean (Amy) Pollpeter of Ankeny, Iowa; eighteen grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren and one brother: Dennis Pollpeter. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Phyllis; siblings: Margie Johnson, Sr. Ann Pollpeter, Ralph Pollpeter, Elmer Pollpeter; niece: Karen Brzostoski and great nephew: Chris Thompson.


Don was a graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic High School. He served in the United State Army Reserves for six years. He owned and operated Pollpeter Farms, Inc. for seventy years. Don was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the West Point Knights of Columbus where he had served as past Grand Knight. He enjoyed farming, gardening, wine making and baking rhubarb cakes.


A visitation will begin at 12:00 noon, Friday, March 15, 2024, at Schmitz Funeral Home in West Point, where the family will receive friends from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A parish rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. and a Christian Wake service will be held at 6:00 p.m.


A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Dan Dorau as celebrant.


Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in West Point.


Memorials have been established in his memory for St. Mary’s Catholic Church or West Point Fire and Rescue.


Schmitz Funeral Home of West Point is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at