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    Donald Straight, 70, of 2011 W 3rd Street Extension in Boone,  Iowa, passed away at his home on Tuesday afternoon, September 18, 2012.
    He was born on June 18, 1942, in Bedford, Iowa the son of Vernon and Jessie (Nickle) Straight.
    Don graduated from Clearfield high school in 1960.  Following his education, Don served his country in the United States Army, part of which he spent in Vietnam.  After returning home from the service, Don went to work for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, now known as the Union Pacific Railroad, as a brakeman and later as a conductor.
    On June 12, 1987, he married Marilyn Gregory Johnson at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Boone.
    Don enjoyed working in the yard on their acreage and watching the deer come through the yard as well as feeding and watching the birds. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, playing cards, going to the Boone Speedway every Saturday night, watching the NASCAR races and the Chicago Cubs, along with eating ice cream.  Don loved playing checkers with Jake and Taylon and spent time reading books to Ashley and Kelby when they were little.
    He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, United Transportation Union, the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees (NARVRE) and the VFW in Boone.
    His parents; Marilyn’s parents; a sister-in-law, Linda Allen, and his niece, Beverly Mintken preceded him in death.
    Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marilyn; sister, Patricia Straight of Holmen, Wisconsin; nephew, David Otradovec and wife Robin of Denver, Colorado; niece, Terry Hanson and husband Steve of Bangor, Wisconsin; three stepchildren, Brad Johnson and wife Sharron of Galena, Missouri, Laurie Engleen and husband Troy of Ogden, Iowa and Kerry Weeces and husband Justin of Ames, Iowa; four stepgrandchildren, Ashley Johnson, Kelby and Taylon Engleen and Jacob Weeces; two step-great-grandchildren, Ian and Kyler Dreeszen, and nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
    Services were held on Saturday morning, September 22 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Boone with Pastor Lindsay Watkins officiating.
    Following the service, his body was cremated.
    Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial may direct their gift to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at
    Stark-Welin Funeral Directors in Boone were in charge of the arrangements.

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