The Cremation Society of Iowa
Donald Ignatius Meighan Jr.
Donald Ignatius Meighan, Jr., passed peacefully in his sleep at the MercyOne Hospice House in Johnston, IA, on Oct 26, 2019, after a brief stay. He was 89 years old, and was a beloved brother and uncle. Three years ago, he moved from Yakima, WA, to Grimes, IA, to live with his younger sister, Dallas Davis, and to be closer to family in Iowa and Minnesota. He is survived by his sisters, Dallas Davis and Lou Ann Leonard, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Meighan, Sr.; his mother, Helen Meighan (nee Arens); and his sister, Diana Rinaldi. Don, or Donny to his close family, was born in Austin, MN, on Feb 4, 1930. Don served as a sergeant in the US Army from 1949 to 1951. Donny will always be lovingly remembered as “The Game Warden,” because of his affinity for creating new games and for creating new rules to old games. His family always looked forward to his visits to see what new game he would teach everyone. A favorite Christmas tradition was Uncle Donny’s “money box” for his nieces and nephews. Starting with the youngest child, each one could reach in and grab one handful of coins. He worked in the broadcasting business for many years in Minnesota, Iowa, Alaska, California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Washington. In his later years, Donny owned and operated The Game Store in Yakima, WA. Don was known by his friends and relatives for “living life his way.”
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