Donald "Don" D. Prall, age 82, passed away unexpectedly at his home south of Atlantic, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.
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Don was born to Arch Deo and Mary Rohwer Prall on April 7, 1931 in Cass County, on the family farm where he lived his entire life. He attended school in Atlantic where he graduated from the Atlantic High School in 1949. Don was on the 1948 Atlantic football team which a local journalist/historian has reported to be the best team Atlantic ever had. He also played on the Lyman Town and Elk Horn Legion baseball teams. After graduation, Don entered the Coast Guard where he served on Wake Island. He was offered a pitching contract with the St. Louis Browns but turned it down to come back to Atlantic and marry Marilyn and continue farming and raising Salers Cattle on the land that would become a century farm. On March 8, 1959, Don was united in marriage to Marilyn Annette Myers at the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic.
For over 50 years, Don and Marilyn enjoyed playing Pinochle with seven other couples who had married and raised families with them. He was a family man through and through and dearly loved his children and grandchildren. Don loved gospel music, especially The Gaithers and was listening to them every time the kids called home. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and grew the church community garden on his land. He was an avid genealogist and member of the Cass County Genealogical Society. He was a member of the Masons, Pymosa Lodge No. 271 and the Order of the Eastern Star. He also had a wood lathe and made many beautiful household items and gifts. Don loved to fish and also loved the St. Louis Cardinals!
He is survived by his wife Marilyn; a son Alan (Cheryl) Prall and children, Jonathan of Iowa City, Beth of Winona Lake, Ind. and Michaela of Dallas Center; a daughter Pam (Randy) Wurster of Sioux City, and family Kelsey and Ashley also of Sioux City; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marcy and Ron Helms of Newton; four nieces and nephews, Nancy (Hans) Neumann and family of Boulder, Colo., Mary (Gary) Henry and son of Dallas, Texas, Tom (Patty) Wright and family of the Minneapolis, Minn. area, and Joel Wright of Newton; and a special cousin, Janice (Carl) Tidgren of Camdenton, Mo..
He is preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Gretchen Prall and a sister, Wanda Schmidt.
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Don will be honored with a Masonic service at 5 p.m. and a visitation with the family until 7 p.m. at the Roland Funeral Home. Friends are welcome to visit the funeral home during regular business hours, all day Wednesday. Services for Don will be Thursday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic with Pastor Lanette Plambeck officiating. After lunch is served at the church, there will be a military committal service in the Atlantic Cemetery.
The Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic is caring for Don's family and his arrangements. Condolences for the family may be left on their website at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
Roland Funeral Services
204 E 5th St
Atlantic, IA 50022
Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on Dec. 3, 2013