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Albert L. Donner

June 1, 1950 — July 16, 2020

Albert Loren Donner was born June 1, 1950 to Dora Ellen (Schrodt) Donner and Robert Leroy Donner, Jr in Creston, Iowa. Albert was one of five children born to the couple and was raised alongside his siblings in Creston. He graduated from Creston High School in 1968. After high school, Albert worked in road construction. On April 11, 1980 Albert united in marriage to June (Norberg, Bell) Housman in Russell, Iowa at the Bell family home. The couple was blessed with 4 children, Patricia, Shantel, Casey, and Josh. The couple raised their family in Chariton, Iowa where Albert took a job at Johnson Machine Works. He was a welder with the company for twenty years. Albert then accepted a job as a truck driver for Hy-Vee. He worked 20 years as a driver before retiring. Albert passed away July 16th, 2020 at the age of 70. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 33 years, June; and his brothers, Art Donner and Bob Donner. Albert will be dearly missed by his children: Patricia, Shantel (Scott) Johnson, Casey (Sydney) Housman, Josh (Deidre) Donner; his grandchildren: Kirstin, Cameron, Luka, Shea, Juel, Damon, Connor, Shianne, Cayden, and McKenna; great grandchild Kinley; Sharon Donner Janet (Bill) Fry; along with many relatives and friends. To know him was to love him. Albert was passionate about music, as his kids fondly remember, there was always something playing. He listened to a little of everything but envisioned himself an outlaw, like Willie, Waylon and the Boys. He was a jack of all trades, a fixer of all the things, cars, trucks, tractors, a self-taught plumber and electrician, and even added an entire room with his own two hands. He stubbornly refused any help, and as a result, Donnerized it his own way. In fact, Donnerized became a common term among family and close friends. He was an avid hunter and gun connoisseur/collector, some for hunting and others just for fun. He was a man of affection and love through actions. Though his words were sometimes few, he was immensely witty and funny, as evidenced by his chosen shed decor. He had a deep soul, a huge generous heart, and was inherently humble and self-deprecating. Later in life, his artistic creations became another hobby, metal and wood sculptures made out of old car parts into functional pieces such as tables and others decorative full of visual interest. His grandkids adored him and loved to visit. Grandpa's place was unending joy of 4 wheelers and wild golf cart rides through the field, shooting at targets (sometimes cans/bottles or whatever else laying around), running like a pack of feral dogs all over the 40 acres. Grandpa's place was a family farm Disneyland, a happiest place on earth, not only for the grandkids but the adult kids as well. He left the world peacefully in his machine shed, surrounded by what he created and loved. Finally three words of Albert expert wisdom: 1) Buy high, sell low and 2) If we ever have a plan, we're screwed.3) Drive fast, don't wear your seatbelt and hit every ditch on your way out.
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