Don was born September 23, 1927, in Waverly, Iowa, the son of Gustav and Marie (Mueller) Leisinger. He was baptized and confirmed in Waverly. Don attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Waverly High School, both in Waverly. He entered the United States Army on January 10, 1946 and served in the Philippines. His honorable discharge came on March 22, 1947. On January 15, 1950, he was united in marriage to Wanda Lageschulte at Faith United Brethren Church in Waverly. The couple made their home in Waverly where Don would own and operate Niewohner Hardware for 30 years. He then worked at GMT in Waverly until his retirement.
Don was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly where he served as Elder on the church council and chairperson of the Christian/Lutheran School. He served as Commander of the Waverly Amvets and was a member of the State Rose Society. He was very active as a Cub Scout Master, proudly seeing his sons through to the rank of Eagle Scout. He also enjoyed attending his sons’ school activities and going on family camping trips. Working on his acreage was one of his top past times.
Don is survived by four sons, Gene (Patti) of Eagan, Minnesota, Rich (Sandy) of Denver, Iowa, Ron of Waverly and Jim (Jenny) of Salem, South Carolina, 10 grandchildren, Brittany (Charlie) Metzig, Blake (Stephanie), Matthew (Felisa), Michael (Erin), Ryan (Mahren), Nicole (Pete) McCleary, Andy (Mindy), Jason (Elizabeth), Jonathon (Audrey) and James, and one brother, Eldon (Bev) Leisinger of Independence, Iowa. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Wanda, sister Wilma Westendorf and a brother, Wilbert Leisinger.
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