Donald Ellwood Crill, son of Sidney and Merle E. (Cooper) Crill was born on July 29, 1934, at the family home in Adams County, IA alongside his twin brother Richard (Dick). God welcomed Don to heaven suddenly on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE at the age of 88 years young. Funeral Services will be 11:30 A.M., Friday, February 10, 2023 at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Corning, Iowa. Mr. Larry Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in the Carl Cemetery, Carl, Iowa. Open visitation with family receiving friends will be 9:30 – 11:00 A.M., Friday, February 10, 2023, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Carl Church and/or the Carl Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Don was raised and lived all of his life around the area. He graduated from Prescott High School in 1953 and continued working on the family farm. He also worked for Raymond Moore Implement following high school, learning how to work on farm machinery and equipment. If there was daylight, Don could be found working in the field where his passion for agriculture shined!
On September 30, 1956, he was united into a glorious, God centered marriage to Ruby June Nelson in Corning, IA. They settled in the Carl area to begin the family farming career. Their marriage was blessed with three beautiful children in a short time: Jeffrey Donald, Gregory Richard, and Lori Lynn. Their home was filled with love.
Don wore a quiet inviting grin everywhere he went. He never knew a stranger and loved visiting about fishing and his annual Canada fishing trips especially who had the biggest catch! He loved visiting about the latest and greatest farming topics, John Deere’s newest models, deer and turkey hunting locations, how his green thumb was doing growing his garden and the of course the weather! He was a sincere, God loving, hard-working man that wanted to make the world a better place in all every interaction he had. Don treasured and loved his grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He never missed mailing a birthday card to any of his family members and was always sure to include a handwritten note inside that ended with “stop in sometime.”
Don was a dedicated and faithful member and leader of the Carl United Methodist Church and took part in all church activities. Don could be found at the church first thing every Sunday morning, making sure the lights were on and the sanctuary was ready for all in attendance at each service. He rarely missed a Sunday in his favorite front pew seat.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Merle Crill; brother Richard (Dick) Crill; loving wife Ruby June; father and mother-in-law Walter & Beulah (Peterson) Nelson; sister-in-law, Marilyn Carberry; son-in-law, Darwin Shires; great-granddaughter Ada Ruby Crill.
Don is survived by his three children, Jeff (Martha) of Prescott, Greg (Julie) of Creston, and Lori Shires of Corning; 9 grandchildren, Brandyn Crill and Carly Simon of Prescott, Clint (Anna) Crill of Prescott, Chase (Lara) Crill of Corning, Megan (Jay) Chapman of Carroll, Brad (Jessica) Crill of Blakesburg, Brianne (Brad) Williams of Van Meter, Heidi (Josh) Webster of Maryville, MO, Darci Shires and Brandon Eaton of Corning and Joey Shires and Jade Wilbourne of Corning. 25 great-grandchildren: Hunter, Harley, Sidney, Cal, Adlee, Alex, Monte, Rose, Deane, Rex, Noah, Macey (Noah), Cole (Jodi), Madison, Caden, Maren, Michaela, Caleb, Quinn, Creighton, Lilli, Mia, Crosby, Corby and Kiptyn; two great-great grandchildren: Eden and Beckett and another on the way; brother-in-law, Richard W. (Karen) Nelson, brother-in-law Gail Carberry, friend Virginia Antisdel, numerous nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and truly special friends. Don will be missed deeply by all who knew and loved him.
The memory of a well-spent life never dies.
We cannot keep you forever, but the memories,
We can hold close in our hearts forever and ever.
May Don be at peace in God’s loving care.