Daughn Reasoner was born in a farm house, two miles south and one-half mile west of Ellston, on November 21, 1922 to Clarence Elmer and Lila (Noble) Reasoner. He was the sixth of seven children. He grew up on the same farm on which he was born and attended the Zwick country school three miles south of Ellston. Daughn went to high school in Ellston and graduated in 1940. He rode a horse the last two years of high school, where he became very good at shooting the insulators off the telephone poles with a sling shot while on a dead run.
In October of 1950 Daughn married Darlene Bedier. To this union were born three children, Jim in 1952, Duane in 1956 and Debra in 1958. In 1954 they bought a farm one and one-half miles north of Ellston, where they lived and enjoyed farming. They divorced in 1980.
In March of 1983 Daughn was united in marriage to Lorraine (Liles) Nichols. At this time he inherited three stepdaughters, Dianna, Gay and Lori and their families, which included more grandchildren. This delighted Daughn very much, as he loved children. He would patiently work and tease the children with kindness, until he could get them on his lap, and let them play with things in his bib overall pockets. He moved in with Lorraine on the farm two miles west of Mount Ayr, where they remained active in farming until 1989. Both then decided to enjoy traveling in their motor home to warmer climates in the winter, settling in Mission, Texas for the winter months until 2009.
Daughn always had a good sense of humor and loved a good harmless practical joke. April Fools Day is one he enjoyed the most. He loved playing the fiddle and banjo by ear, mostly for his own entertainment. He loved the music jams in Texas. He used to read a lot, enjoyed woodworking and carving wooden sculptures. He was very creative until macular degeneration took his eyesight.
Daughn had a wonderful memory and could tell stories that had been passed down to him by the old-timers. He was a wonderful, kind-hearted person.
In September 2009 Daughn and Lorraine were unable to go south for the winter months and moved into Clearview Estates in Mount Ayr, an assisted living facility. In November Daughn’s health began to deteriorate and he was moved to the adjoining nursing home where he spent his last year of life.
Daughn was a member of the Methodist High Point Church, transferring to the Ellston Methodist Church, and was a 50-year member of Masons.
Daughn passed away December 19, 2010 at Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Cleo Clough and husband Gene; brother, Vern Reasoner, wife Evelyn; sister ,Vera Monaghan, husband Jim; twins, Myrle Reasoner, wives Doris and Marge, and Myrtle Smilie, husband Bill, and sister, Faye Love, husband Hal.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lorraine Nichols Reasoner; children, Jim Reasoner of Idaho, Duane Reasoner and wife Deb of Ellston, Iowa and daughter, Debra Derscheid and husband Ray of Ellston, Iowa; stepdaughters, Dianna Cain and husband Bill of Las Vegas, Nevada, Gay Hightshoe and husband Ed of Polk City, Iowa and Lori Foltz and fianc?? Jay Greif of De Soto, Iowa; grandchildren, Jamie Reasoner, Lyndie Philbrook and husband Jeremy, Josh Schaaf, Brian Fooken and wife Amber, Kurt Fooken, Alison Fooken, Sarah Reasoner, Megan Reasoner, Reggie Derscheid, Randy Derscheid, Dana Lamansky and husband Aaron, Cindy Brodie and husband Jim, Tegwin Cain, Chad Hightshoe and wife Nicole, Cory Hightshoe and wife Alison, Stacy West and husband Rodney, Christopher Kuonen and wife Ashley, Ashley Nicole Kuonen and Jessica Foltz; seventeen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial fund has been established to the United Methodist Church in Ellston and Hospice of Central Iowa.
Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr Wednesday, December 22, 2010, with Rev. Rick Hawkins officiating.
Casket bearers were Bob Reasoner, Raymond Reasoner, Edwin Reasoner, Reggie Derscheid, Randy Derscheid and Christopher Kuonen.
Musical selections included ‘Grandpa,’ ‘Go Rest High On That Mountain’ and ‘Happy Trails.’
Masonic rites were by Osceola Lodge #77, Dwayne Henrichs.
Daughn was laid at rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.