In Memory of Donovan K. Scheevel

Donovan K. Scheevel
Donovan K. Scheevel
Born: September 2, 1933
Died: September 22, 2016
Age: 83
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Donovan K. Scheevel
September 2, 1933 - September 22, 2016
From: Nevada, IA

Donovan K. Scheevel, age 83, of Story City and formerly of Nevada, Iowa, died Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa.

Graveside services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Colo Cemetery in Colo, with Pastor Cecil Lackore officiating.  Memorial visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada. 

Born September 2, 1933, on the family farm in Fillmore County, Minnesota, Donovan Keith Scheevel was the son of Henry and Elsie (Vrieze) Scheevel. 

Donovan was united in marriage to Katharine Frances O’Rourke on February 15, 1958, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, Minnesota.  The couple was blessed with three daughters, Donnette, Linda, and Janice. 

Donovan was a jack-of-all-trades who worked at various jobs throughout his life.  He farmed for a time and later worked at Sunstrand in Ames until his retirement.  He also worked at Ryerson’s in Nevada as well as at the car wash and as a handyman.  Donovan was a practical joker and enjoyed collecting John Deere memorabilia.  He was a member of the Colo United Methodist Church, serving in earlier years as Youth Leader and also on the Colo City Council.  He and Kathy made many happy memories traveling in their retirement years.

Survivors include three daughters, Donnette (Christopher) Williams of Ames, Linda (Kevin) Torgeson of Radcliffe, and Janice (Charles Jr.) Hamons of Chattanooga, TN; three grandchildren, Lisa (Kevin) Brown, and Katelynn and Ryan Hamons; and a great-granddaughter, Lyla Brown.  He is also survived by two sisters, June Gansen of Rochester, MN, and Elsie Mae (Ken) Holm of Byron, MN; as well as several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his wife Katharine in 2014; his parents; and three sisters, Lucille Scheevel, Genevieve Scheevel, and Carolyn Goodman.

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


Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:58 AM
“So sorry to hear of the loss.”
- Ann Marie Stokman
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:24 AM
“Donnette, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. With deepest sympathy! Betty Elsbery”
- Betty Elsberry
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:24 AM
“Rest in Peace Don, may the Lord Jesus Christ welcome you, "Well done good and faithful servant."”
- Dennis Burlingame
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 9:33 AM
“We enjoyed having Donovan as our neighbor at Scandia West Condo's. He was good to greet and visit if we had a chance. Donovan was pleasant and many other things including a great baker.

Sorry we are unable to attend service as we are in AZ.

love, Pete & Janet”
- Pete & Janet Hermanson
Monday, September 26, 2016 at 9:21 AM
“My sincere sympathy to the Scheevel family.i have many great memories. God's blessings to each of you! Hugs xxoo”
- Sandi & Craig
Friday, September 23, 2016 at 10:09 AM
“I am deeply saddened to hear of Donovan's passing. He will always hold a special place in my heart as the uncle who could always make you laugh and had a genuine love of life. My deepest sympathies to all the members of the Scheevel family, he will be sorely missed.”
- Michael Goodman
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Graveside Service
10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Colo Cemetery
Colo, IA


Pastor Cecil Lackore


Butch Sowers

Christopher Williams
Kevin Torgeson
Charles Hamons, Jr.
Kevin Brown
Ryan Hamons


4-7 p.m.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, IA


Colo Cemetery
Colo, IA