In Memory of Donald J. Baldus

Donald J. Baldus
Donald J. Baldus
Born: August 15, 1928
Died: January 19, 2015
Age: 86
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Donald J. Baldus
August 15, 1928 - January 19, 2015
From: Nevada, IA

Donald Baldus, age 86, of Nevada, Iowa, died Monday, January 19, 2015, at Zearing Health Care Center in Zearing, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 23, 2015, at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada.  Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Iowa Center, with military honors by the American Legion.  Visitation will be held Friday at the funeral home one hour prior to services. 

Born August 15, 1928, in Story City, Iowa, Donald John Baldus was the son of Floyd and Hazel (Corbin) Baldus.  He moved as a child with his family to Nevada where he attended school and graduated from Nevada High School. 

Following high school, Donald attended college in Dubuque, studying physical education.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, then returned to the states and married Alice Guge on June 20, 1953, in Nevada.  Donald accepted employment with Donnelly Marketing in Nevada, where he worked for over 30 years.

Donald enjoyed fishing and camping and was always busy fixing things.  He was an avid gardener, raising both flowers and vegetables, and also liked yardwork.

He is survived by his wife, Alice; three children, DuWayne Baldus of Loveland, CO, Cindy (Jay) Lehr of Indianapolis, IN, and Roxane (Bruce) Lampe of Nevada; six grandchildren, Kristina, Meghann, Brandon, Erin, Carrie, and Dani; two great-grandchildren, Ava and Eli; a sister, Marsha (Richard) Thompson; as well as other extended family members and friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; and a sister, Shirley Ose.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Donald and his family.


Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 5:37 PM
“Roxane and Bruce, I am so sorry to hear of your family loss. I know too well how it feels to loose a family member. My dad passed away in 04. He had cancer and I flew to Idaho to spend his last 2 weeks over Xmas with my dad(in home hospice) Just know I do think of you often, your brother took our wedding photos! you are in my prayers, please keep my Rick in yours. He just had brain surgery in Rochester MN(MAYO),and well, it didn't come out as hoped.I cherish each day I have with him,37 yrs come and Bruce are right there in those#'s of marriage as well! Rick and Linda Dawson”
- Linda Dawson
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 8:38 PM
“DuWayne, Alice, Cindy & Roxane
I was very sorry to hear of Don's passing! You are all in my prayers and thoughts. I remember growing up on D Ave, a few houses away. Don was always such a joyful guy. I can hear him now. I remember chasing chickens without heads in your back yard, climbing the walnut tree in the front yard. Don & family taking me along to go camping over at the Ledges and making me feel like I was part of the family. If I remember correctly Don enjoyed cigars, I believe us kids would help Don in the garden, well, we called it helping. I had many meals at your house which I always enjoyed. Don was an exceptional guy loving all us kids regardless of some of the things we got into. DuWayne I think it was you who got into most of the stuff. Didn't your dad call you Bud?
At times words can not begin to say what the heart feels and this is one of them.
May God be with you and your family during this time of your loss.”
- Kent Wilkinson
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1:11 PM
Thinking of you and your family

Marla Thompson-Fulkerson”
- Marla Fulkerson
Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:48 AM
“DuWayne and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers! I remember coming over to your house and how wonderful your Dad and Mom were! He is in a much better place now! Love and blessings
- Jim and Shelley Thomsen
Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:29 AM
“Alice and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a good guy!!!!! He will be sorely missed by all!!!”
- Truly Vaughan
Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:29 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family”
- vicki hensch schulz
Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:29 AM
“DuWayne, my prayers are with you and your family. Jeverna”
- Jeverna Mulligan
Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:29 AM
“Sending love and our deepest sympathies to your family.”
- Doris Wheelock
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:35 PM
“Dear Marsha and Family,
So very sorry to hear of Dons passing. You were a wonderful Sister and Bob and I are sending you, Richard and your Family sincere sympathy. Love to you Always, Judy”
- Judy
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:35 PM
“My sympathy and prayers go out to all. Don was my boss at The old Donnelley plant uptown when I ran a printing press, Roxan was my boss of sorts at SCCL. I am so sorry for your loss.
- Kathy Walker
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:35 PM
“My condolences to the Baldus family. I remember hanging out at the house and going camping with your family. Don always made me feel like one of his own kids. He was an inspiration to me as a man who was dedicated to his wife and family. I think this has already been posted, but he was truly one of the good guys. I'm sure he touched many lives in a positive way. Blessings and comfort to you all”
- Jim Sudduth
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:35 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Prayers”
- Sheila Eller
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM
“I wish to express to DuWayne, my teammate and fellow Cub, and his family my deepest sympathies on the passing of your father. My prayers are with you all at this time of your loss.”
- Mark Settle
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM
“So sorry to hear of your loss Duwayne. Prayers for you and your family
- Donna Patterson Johnson
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM
“I used to like hanging around the Baldus house. Don always seemed to enjoy having us around....he was one of the good guys!”
- Cliff Fry
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM
“Roxanne and family...I am so sorry to hear about your dad passing from this life...our dads worked at Donnelley's for those 30 calm, hear and feel him touching your lives...peace be with you...143”
- Kay fleshman
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10:30 a.m.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Pastor David R. Burling


Todd Guge
Jake Thompson
Bruce Lampe
Brandon Stevens
Justin Minor
Jay Lehr


One hour prior to services
Friday, January 23, 2015
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Woodland Cemetery
Iowa Center, Iowa