Don Molitor

Don J. Molitor, 82, of Waukon died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah after a long battle with dementia. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 2 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Decorah, with Rev. John Caldwell officiating. Burial will be at Russell Cemetery, rural Decorah. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.
Donald Joseph Molitor was born February 25, 1932 in Waterville, the son of Theodore F. and Clara C. (Brennan) Molitor. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Pius Cherry Mound Catholic Church in Waterville. Don attended country schools through the eighth grade.
In 1956, Don was drafted into the United States Army, and later was transferred to the Navy where he was honorably discharged due to a previous shoulder injury. Don spent his life on the family farm raising hogs, dairy and beef cattle, and crops with his father; in 1964, he took over the farm. In 1952, he met Sonja Stromseth and the couple married August 31, 1958 at the First United Methodist Church in Decorah.
Being an animal lover, Don was affectionate towards his cattle, dogs and cats. He loved raising cattle and enjoyed all of the dogs he had over the years, especially Molly. Don also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He liked installing CB radios and business band radios. Don and Sonja took trips out West and visited Las Vegas, Reno and Branson. They also really enjoyed professional bull riding and watched it on TV; they also went to the Cheyenne Rodeo.
Don is survived by his wife, Sonja of Waukon; his brother, Francis (Doris) Molitor of Cedar Rapids; his sister, Clarice Gould of Cedar Rapids; and many nieces, nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary (Orville) Broxey and Jean (Millard) Wild.
Honorary casketbearers are Brian Mahoney, Paul Farley, Patrick Curtin, Joe Kroack, Jerry Bollman, Don Kouba and Bill McLain. Casketbearers are Kim Walsh, Cory Walsh, Casey Walsh, Robert Schlitter, David Judas and Jim McLain.
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