Donald Gloe

Monday, March 6, 2017 6:39 pm

Donald Gloe, 81, of Decorah, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at his home. A memorial service was at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 11, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah, with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Lector was Robert Gloe. Organist was Mary Beth Bouska. Song leader was Cindy Schissel. Hymns were “There is a Longing,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” “City of God,” “The Strife is Over” and “Abide with Me.” Internment is at a later date, at St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Decorah. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Decorah.

Donald Hilton Gloe was born June 6, 1935, to Hilton and Geneva Williams Gloe in Gladbrook, where he attended school. He graduated from high school in 1952, and attended Drake University in Des Moines from 1952 to 1954, a major in liberal arts. He volunteered for the draft and served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 as a Specialist 3rd Class in communications at Ft. Knox, Ky. He was honorably discharged and attended the University of Iowa, where he received a BA degree in 1958, in political science. Don then attended law school at the University of Iowa, and married Mary Ann Shimek June 7, 1960, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Waterloo. He graduated with distinction from law school in 1961. He worked as State Council for the Iowa Highway Commission in Ames from 1961 to 1965.In January of 1965 he was hired to practice law in Decorah with the Miller & Pearson law firm, where he remained until January 2017. Don was a member of the American Bar Association, the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Iowa Defense Council Association. He served on various committees including the Uniform Jury Instructions Committee and the Grievance Committee. He was a member of the American Legion, BPOE and Oneota Golf and Country Club. He loved the game of golf and had been a St. Louis Cardinal fan all his life and enjoyed going to the riverboat. Each spring he walked in the woods behind his house on Ridge Road hunting for morel mushrooms. In his more robust days he searched for dead trees to harvest for his wood-burning stove. He took great pride in a well-stocked woodpile. In his less robust days he harvested kindling from the woods and was always grateful for what nature provided. He always had an affinity for cats.

Don is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Gloe, Decorah; his son, Robert Gloe and wife Victoria, Waukee, and their children, Olivia, Harrison, Gabe and Cassia; his daughter, Emily Donovan and husband, Mike, Des Moines, and their two children, Greta and Elliot. He is also survived by his sister, JoAnne Dierks, Cedar Falls and nephews, Jim (Holly), Jeff (Cortney) and Jordon (Becky) and their families; and many other nieces and nephews. Don also is survived by three sisters-in-law: Virginia McBride and Dorothy (Gerald) Condon of Waterloo and Sister Judith Ann Shimek of Wichita, Kan., and two brothers-in-law, William (Sylvia) Shimek and George (Roberta), Shimek of Waterloo. He is survived by one aunt, Elsie Kopel, of Cedar Falls, and one uncle, Bob Ledtje, of Elberon.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Hilton and Geneva Gloe; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Frances (Kuhn) Shimek; his brother-in-law, Jim Dierks; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Carolyn Hau; brothers-in-law, Anthony McBride and Conrad Shimek.

He was grateful for the care he received in the dialysis unit for 2 ¾ years at the Winneshiek Medical Center and for Hospice’s compassionate care.
Memorials may be given in memory of Don Gloe to the St. Benedict Capital Campaign, 307 West Main Street, Decorah, IA 52101.

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