Donald Ward

Donald Dean Ward, 86, of Donnellson, Iowa, formerly of Bonaparte, passed away at 10:22 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in Fort Madison, Iowa.  

He was born on November 29, 1937, in Keosauqua, Iowa, the son of Alva George and Laurece (Nelson) Ward. On April 26, 1959, he married Connie Randolph in Bonaparte, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife: Connie; children: Alan Ward of Bonaparte, Dennis Ward of Alabama, Linda Green of Bonaparte; grandchildren: Andy (Jackie) Ward, Wyatt (Wendy) Ward, Ian (Julie) Ward, Emily (Mike) Ward – Thal, Jake (Christy) Ward, Zach (Anna) Kreiss, Colby (Katie) Kreiss, Nathan (Hannah) Losey, Trae Green and fourteen great grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin siblings in infancy; two sisters: Susan and Dixie; two brothers: Mike and Jim.

Don was a 1955 graduate of Bonaparte High School. He served in the United States Army. He worked for Ortho and then as a safety officer in the chemical industry for McCulley Consulting. Don enjoyed woodworking and building model airplanes.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Farmington.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Thompson Cemetery near Bonaparte with full military rites presented by the Bonaparte American Legion Sargeant – Osweiler Post #563.

A memorial has been established, in his memory, for the Donnellson Fire and Rescue.

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