Donald Leo Simmer1

M, b. 27 May 1916, d. 26 January 1998
Father*William F. Simmer1 b. May 1892, d. 1950
Mother*Gertrude M. Garland1 b. 23 Jul 1895, d. Sep 1968
Last Edited=5 May 2012
     Donald Leo Simmer was born on 27 May 1916 in Franklin Township, Greene County, Iowa, United States.1,2 He died on 26 January 1998 in Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States, at age 81.3 He was buried on 28 January 1998 in Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States;
Donald L. Simmer Sr., 91, of Clear Lake, died Monday, Jan. 26, 1998 at his home.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday), Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, with the Rev. Dean Hess officiating.

Interment will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake. The family suggests memorials to the Donald L. Simmer Sr. Memorial Fund.

Donald was born May 27, 1916 in Jamaica, Iowa, the son of William and Gertrude (Garland) Simmer. He attended school in Jamaica, Cooper and then Perry, Iowa.

On Nov. 28, 1938 Donald married Margaret Rosander in Adel, Iowa. He worked at Weise Plowing factory in Perry. He later worked for his father in law doing custom farming, they then moved to Welcome, Minn., where he farmed. They moved to Dolliver, Iowa where he drove truck for Albert Hardecops. They moved to Clear Lake in 1958. He worked for Allied Mills as a truck driver until his retirement in 1976.

Donald enjoyed feeding the bird, watching the squirrels and playing with his dog, Teddy. He was a member of the Grain Miller Teamster Union.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Simmer, Clear Lake; 13 children, Donald Simmer Jr., and his wife, Paula, Prestcott, Iowa, Karen Olinger, Clear Lake, Larry Simmer, Lake Mills, Dixie Haugen and her husband, Larry, Clear Lake, Richard Simmer, Santa Anna, Calif., Robert Simmer and his wife, Colleen, Clear lake, Paul Simmer, Clear Lake, Dennis Simmer, Clear Lake Sandy Rapp, Mason City, Francis Simmer and his special friend, Shelley Paulsen, Ventura, Dale Simmer and his wife, Brenda, Ventura, Tim Simmer, Clear Lake and Tom Simmer and his wife, Michelle, Clear Lake; 34 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, William Simmer and his wife, Velma, Perry, Iowa; five sisters, Doris Fesslar, Perry, Marilyn Mansfield, Perry, Berdine Bingold, Perry, Donna Rae Kadolph and her husband, Dallas, Eldora, Iowa and Bernita Brooks, Big Lake, Minn; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Fredrick Simmer; son-in-law, Merle Olinger; one sister, Maretta (Babe) Gregg; and one granddaughter, Grace Simmer.4
     He appeared on the census of 1 January 1925 in the household of William F. Simmer in Franklin Township, Greene County, Iowa, United States.1 Donald Leo Simmer appeared on the census of 14 April 1930 in the household of William F. Simmer in Spring Valley Township, Dallas County, Iowa, United States.5


  1. [S216] January 1, 1925 Census Record, Provo, Utah, United States.
  2. [S53] Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950, online…, LDS: indexing project (batch) number: I10396-4, system origin: Iowa-EASy. source film number: 1531604, reference number: p 195.
  3. [S219] Donald L. Simmer Social Security Death Index, by Social Security Administration.
  4. [S220] [Unknown author], Obituary Donald L. Simmer.
  5. [S217] April 14, 1930 Census Record, Provo, Utah, United States, Roll: 651; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 20; Image: 38.0; FHL microfilm: 2340386.