In Memory of Donald "Don" J. N. Oxendale

Donald "Don" J. N. Oxendale
Donald "Don" J. N. Oxendale
Born: March 28, 1942
Died: August 6, 2018
Age: 76
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Donald "Don" J. N. Oxendale
March 28, 1942 - August 6, 2018
From: Odebolt, IA

Donald J. N. “Don” Oxendale, age 76, of Odebolt, Iowa passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the United Methodist Church, of Odebolt, Iowa. Rev. Trish Underberg will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Odebolt Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the Roose Post No. 313 of the American Legion both of Odebolt, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Donald J. N. “Don” Oxendale, the son of Norman and Helen (Mauer) Oxendale, was born March 28, 1942, in Odebolt, IA. His parents moved to the farm and Don attended country school through the third grade. He then attended school in Odebolt and graduated from Odebolt High School with the class of 1960. After high school, Don attended one year of college and then returned home to manage his parents’ farm and did short haul trucking on the side. 

In 1964, Don was drafted into the U.S. Army. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Odebolt and continued farming. On June 28, 1969, Don was united in marriage to Mary Jane Hink at St. Joseph’s Church in Wall Lake, IA. 

Don was an active member and supporter of 4-H. He helped form the Northwest Iowa Sheep Telemarketing, served on the Odebolt Methodist Church Board and was a member of the Odebolt American Legion. In September of 2017, Don was a part of the Brushy Creek Honor Flight that took veterans to Washington, D.C. to the WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Iwo Jima Memorials and Arlington Cemetery to honor them for their service.

Left to cherish Don’s memory is his loving wife of 49 years Mary Jane Oxendale of Odebolt, IA; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Helen Oxendale and brother Ronald Oxendale.


10:30 a.m., Saturday
August 11, 2018
United Methodist Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Rev. Trish Underberg


Terry Neville
Brad Waldemor
Kevin Hauswrith
Danny Snyder
Darin Mohr
Ryan Schroeder

Honorary Pallbearers
Troy Stockwell
LaVern Vauble


4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Friday
August 10, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


Donna Carlson, Organist

"The Old Rugged Cross"
"On Eagle's Wings"
"Peace In The Valley"


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 5:18 PM
“We will miss you Uncle Don. Love you Auntie Mary
- Michelle and Rachel Holmes
Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 5:18 PM
“We are very sad for your loss. We enjoyed spending time with Don and you over the summer's when you came out to Washington. Sorry for your loss”
- Barbara and Colin Holmes
Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 5:18 PM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Don was a good brother in law and he helped me out so much. I loved him very much. God Love You.”
- Donna and Lee Funke
Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 5:18 PM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Uncle Don will be greatly missed. Thinking of you and love you.”
- christopher holmes
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 9:08 AM
“Sorry for your loss”
- Barbara Oxendale
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 9:08 AM
“Mary, the last time we visited with Don and yourself was at the Raine reunion in Carroll many years past. We enjoyed talking with Don as he always had a positive attitude and liked to talk despite the discomfort it must have caused. I also fondly remember the visits we had from Norm and Helen and the boys in the 50's and 60's. We are very sad this day has come but now Don is in God's care. (We are thankful Bill Raine thought to tell us.) Blessings from Nancy and Bill Rose ( my mother -Elsie Raine Russell) ”
- Nancy and William Rose
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 9:08 AM
“Thinking of you and wishing I was with you. We loved Don very much. He was my 2nd dad. We will be truly missed. I hope knowing he is with God will help to ease your pain. Love you”
- anna Holmes
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 9:08 AM
“Miss you Uncle Don, I’m so sorry Aunt Mary. I’m sending prayers your way. I love you. ”
- Lauren Fuller (Wright)
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 2:53 PM
“Our heart, thoughts and prayers are with you Mary and we grieve with you at this very difficult time and the days ahead. May you, each second of each day, feel God's presence, peace, strength, courage and abiding love to help you through this journey of sorrow. He was a blessing and a good friend. He will be missed. ”
- Ed and Diane McClure
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 9:46 AM
“Our deepest condolences to Mary Jane and family. May God wrap HIS arms around you all and ease your sorrow.”
- Judy and Bill Ogren
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