In Memory of Donna Rae Anderson

Donna Rae Anderson
Donna Rae Anderson
Born: September 21, 1942
Died: August 10, 2018
Age: 75
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Donna Rae Anderson
September 21, 1942 - August 10, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Donna Rae Anderson, age 75, of Ida Grove (formerly of Denison), Iowa passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home, of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Shari O’Bannon & Pastor Mark Aurand will officiate. A Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Memorial Service from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the Atlantic Cemetery of Atlantic, Iowa.  The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

   Donna Rae (Larson) Anderson was born September 21,1942, to Ray & Ruth (Doonan) Larson. She grew up on a farm south of Manilla, IA. She graduated from Irwin Community School with the class of 1960. She was a NWMS College Independent Homecoming Queen candidate in the fall of 1962 and went on to graduate from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO in 1963. Following graduation, she became a Home Economics teacher in Battle Creek, IA prior to marrying David Bruce Anderson in Harlan, Iowa on May 30, 1964.

   She and David lived in various southwest Iowa towns and she went on to teach in Carson-Macedonia, Griswold, and Underwood, Iowa. In 1979, her family relocated to Chariton, IA, where they owned and operated a radio station. The family relocated to Denison, Iowa in 1985, where David had begun teaching in 1984 following a serious car accident that she was involved in on Valentine’s Day. A few years later, following rehabilitation, she was able to return to substitute teaching in Denison and Dow City. They were residents of Denison for 30 years.

   Donna Rae and David belonged to several organizations in the Denison area and traveled the state following their son’s soccer events. Following David’s retirement in 2004, they once again traveled all over the state to attend Iowa High School Rodeos, never missing them when their health allowed. Later in life, she enjoyed going for walks at the Denison Airport with their dog, Izzy.

   Preceding Donna Rae in death were her husband, David; her parents, Ray and Ruth Larson; and her parents-in-law, Victor and Jorgina Anderson.

   Those surviving Donna Rae are her daughter, Staci (Randy) Rohlk and their children, Jordan and Autumn Rohlk, all of Ida Grove, IA and her son, Greg (Angie) Anderson and their children, Landon, Alexandra, and Vincent Anderson, all of Grimes, IA.


10:30 a.m., Tuesday
August 14, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Pastor Shari O'Bannon &
Pastor Mark Aurand


Honorary Pallbearers
Jordan Rohlk
Autumn Rohlk
Landon Anderson
Lexi Anderson
Vincent Anderson


9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Recorded Selections
"Amazing Grace"
"Rock of Ages"
"The Old Rugged Cross"


Graveside Service
3:00 p.m., Tuesday
August 14, 2018
Atlantic Cemetery
Atlantic, Iowa


Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 9:04 AM
“Greg and family - it is with sincere sadness that we all share in the passing of your mother. She was a special lady and we were the best of friends. I have so many fond memories of her and David which would fill a book. You were also a part of the pages of that book. Be comforted in the fact that many people love and care for you all. Blessings and prayers for today and the days to come. Lona and Paul (Chris and Micki)”
- Lona Christoffers
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 1:53 PM
“Staci and family,
Our deepest condolences and prayers are sent to you. Your mom was a fighter but in the end she needed to be with your dad .She loved you all so much. All the time you spend with her reading , praying and being with her were priceless. May you feel the Lord's comfort and find strengh.

- Bev & Allan Yeager
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 8:04 PM
“Staci, Randy, Autumn, and Jordan. I cannot find the words to express the feelings I have today as I reflect on Donna's life. What I do know is that she and David both, loved you all and were super proud of the persons you have grown to be. In your sorrow know that God's arms have welcomed them both home where there is no more pain or discomfort. I pray that we all will reach that pinnacle of beauty when it is our time. I'm so happy that we got to see Donna during her final week. All of our times together will never be forgotten. Paul and Lona (Chris and Micki)”
- Lona Christoffers
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 1:40 PM
“Staci and family. Keeping in thoughts and prayers. You have our sympathy.”
- Rhonda Lee
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 1:40 PM
“So sorry for your loss Staci, thinking and praying for you. Your mom is now whole and smiling down on you. ”
- Cindy Dengel
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 1:40 PM
“Donna Rae was one of our classmates most-beautiful chapters of life. She lived life to the fullest. For those of us left, we're sad the angels took her home but feel joy that she's free, out of pain and now experiencing eternity. She's now in a place that has no challenges of any kind - just joy beyond measure that we can't describe let alone comprehend! We are blessed she was part of our lives and she'll be missed! Lyle & Dianne Steckelberg ”
- Lyle & Dianne Steckelberg
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 1:40 PM
“I so loved seeing your beautiful relationship with your mom Staci. ( video posts). You are truly beautiful as God so wants all to be. Hugs and prayers to you and all your family as your everyday life change has come. It’s never an easy change yet we both do know your mom is in the best of hands. Your friend, Gina ”
- Gina Rae Green
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 1:40 PM
“Sorry for your loss. We will be praying for your family.”
- Doug and Vickie
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 1:40 PM
“Sincere sympathy to your family on the loss of your Mother.
Alden and Bev Backhaus”
- Alden and Bev Backhaus
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