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-Donald F. Mapel, Jr-

Donald F. Mapel, Jr., 76, of Lone Tree, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2013, at Pioneer Park in Lone Tree.  Funeral services for Donald will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lone Tree.  Fr. Michael Spiekermeier and Carol Kaalberg, Cluster Parish Coordinator will preside.  Burial will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery.  Following the committal services at the cemetery, a time of food and fellowship will be held in the St. Mary’s Church parish hall.  Visitation for Don was held on Tuesday, April 23, from 4:00–7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service at the Sorden-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Lone Tree.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at the funeral home in memory of Don.  Online condolences for the Mapel family may be sent to www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.

Donald F. Mapel Jr. was born on January 25, 1937, in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Donald F. Mapel Sr. and Loretta Gerot.  He was a 1954 graduate of Columbus Junction High School.  On September 10, 1960, he was united in marriage to Janet Bugg at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Iowa City.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lone Tree, Johnson County Beef Producers, F.F.A. Leadership Program, and was a past president of the Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce.  During high school, he was an active in FFA and 4-H. Don was a herdsman and showed cattle in many states. Don shared his showmanship skills of cattle with young people.  Don farmed for many years in the Lone Tree area.  Don sought the challenge of starting new business enterprises, which included a family cafe, sales of feed, agriculture seed, short line and John Deere equipment.  His trucking business, UTAH ENTERPRISES, L.L.C., bought him the most satisfaction and he missed it greatly.  He took pride in hauling seed commodities for Syngenta Seeds, Inc.                                                                                                         

Don enjoyed working, playing golf, collecting model tractors, and above all else, he loved any time spent with his family.  Don also shared a love of music and dancing with his wife, Janet.

Don will be deeply missed by his wife, Janet of Lone Tree; his daughter, Kim Mapel of Des Moines; one sister, Rose Mary Matthews of Adams, Wisconsin; and one brother, Mike Mapel and his wife, Cindy of Riverside; nieces and nephews; and great nieces and great nephews. Miss Morgan, his four-legged pal, is at a loss without him and generous treats he shared.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Donna, in infancy.

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