Don Etherington

A funeral Mass for Donald Etherington, 75, Algona, was held Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Military honors were conducted by Algona VFW Post #2541 and the American Legion, Hagg-Turner Post #90. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Algona.

Don Etherington passed away Feb. 22, 2019, surrounded by his family at the Kossuth Regional Health Center.

Donald Leroy Etherington was born Aug. 1, 1943, in Winnebago, Minn. He was the only child of Willis and Pearle (Leigh) Etherington. In 1945, the family moved to a farm north of Algona. Don was involved in FFA, 4-H and raised cows on the farm.

In 1962, Don graduated from Algona High School. He worked at Snap-On industries until enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1965. He served in in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1971.

On May 23, 1970, Don married Charlene Elizabeth Lappe at St. John's Catholic Church in Bancroft, and they started their married life in Algona. After serving in the military he returned to Snap-On briefly before becoming employed at Hormel. While working at Hormel, Don was able to earn his sssociate of srts degree through Iowa Lakes Community College. His "Hormel buddies" nicknamed him "Jim Bob."

Don enjoyed life with his family and friends. He was an avid golfer at River Road and loved playing cards. He could also be found bowling on various leagues and enjoyed line dancing with his wife Charlene. Don was an avid supporter of his sons' sports and school activities. During his free time, he could also be found busy around the house as a handyman and woodworker.

After Don's retirement in 2001 from Hormel, he focused on his grandchildren. He could always be found at various sporting events, birthday parties, recitals and music programs.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Charlene of Algona; sons, Ryan (Kimberly) Etherington of Algona and Christopher (Erin) Etherington of Ankeny; and his grandchildren, Dominick, Kameryn, Lillian, Eli and Emma.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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