Donald Francis Koudelka
April 24, 1951 ~ October 28, 2022
Don “Herb” Francis Koudelka, 71, of Protivin passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, Friday October 28, 2022. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, November 3rd, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday November 4th at 10:30 A.M. with visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will immediately follow the service in the Holy Trinity Cemetery.
Don was born in Cresco, Iowa to Louis & Herminia (Ott) Koudelka on April 24, 1951. He was the first of three kids. He fit the role of big brother well to sisters Linda and Lori. He grew up in and around Protivin where he attended Rudolphinum School in Protivin and later Graduated from South-Winn Community School in 1969. Don was united in marriage to Therese “Tiki” Koudelka on November 27, 1971, and together they became the proud parents of three children Anna, Jeff, and Angie.
After high school Don ventured to Minnesota and worked at Mayo Clinic where he met Tiki. After returning to Protivin they farmed with his parents and later they started Protivin Steak and Lounge. After its closing he continued loving to cook for all of his family for many years. In his younger years Don could be found playing slow-pitch softball for Team 4×4. After retiring from softball, he could be found scouting out the right pond to get turtles for turtle soup. He also enjoyed fishing, deer & pheasant hunting with many friends and family over the years. Herb never turned away a good game of cards with anyone who wanted to play. He had various other jobs during his lifetime, but his main job was driving the LP truck for Fencl Oil. As most know, Herb knew no stranger and made friendships with a lot of his customers over the years. After his retirement, Herb loved riding his golf cart around Protivin and watching all his Grandchildren’s activities on his Grandpad. He took great pride in hearing about all their success!
Don leaves behind to cherish his memory his children, Anna (Darin) Schmauss, Jeff (Jenny) Koudelka and Angie (Kevin) Dupuy. His Grandchildren Ashlyn (Gatlin Keehner) & Cole Schmauss, Kaylee, Ava, & Lily Koudelka; Grace & Gavin Dupuy.
His mother Hermina Koudelka, Special Friend of 25 years Sue Geerts and her children Jenny, Bob, Brian, and Michelle and their families. Sister Lori (Neal) Stapelkamp. Brother-in-Law Alvin Koshatka and many nieces and nephews and other extended family.
He is preceded in death by his Father Louis, and Sister Linda Koshatka.
Memorials in memory of Don may be sent to his daughter Anna Schmauss 831 9th St. E Cresco, Iowa.
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