Donald Wayne Bonebrake, son of John (Jack) and Lila (Drake) Bonebrake, was born October 1, 1944 in the Decatur County Hospital in Leon, Iowa.
He spent the first year of his life living with his mother and grandparents, Cloyd and Amelia Drake, in Mount Ayr, Iowa. His father was serving in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II and didn’t see him until October 2, 1945 when he was discharged.
Donald started school in Clearfield, Iowa and completed his education at Mount Ayr high school. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
He always had a love for animals, especially horses, and traveled all over the United States doing horse shoeing for people.
In later years, poor health forced Donald to live with his parents in Mount Ayr. He enjoyed taking care of his animals, television and visiting with family and friends.
Donald passed away on October 11, 2012 at home. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Bonebrake.
Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Lila Bonebrake of Mount Ayr, Iowa; sister, Sue Ellen Levich and husband Michael of Tampa, Florida; aunt, Evelyn Cooke and husband Leroy of Lexington, Kentucky, and other relatives and friends.
A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.
Services will be held at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa on Thursday, October 18, 2012, with Rev. Mike Maddy officiating. Musicians will be Nancy Sackett and Terry Roberts.
Casket bearers will include Michael Levich, Jay Watson, Gerald Cannon, Jim Werner, Dean Blades and Roland Buck.
Donald will be laid at rest in the Bohemian Cemetery in Diagonal, Iowa.