ODEBOLT, Iowa | Donald Bengford, 86, of Odebolt died at his home Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, surrounded by his most cherished possession, his family.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Odebolt. The Rev. Richard Ball will officiate. Burial will be in St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery, with military rites to be conducted by American Legion Roose Post 313. Visitation with the family will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with a prayer service and rosary at 7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Home in Odebolt. Condolences may be sent online to www.christensenhuffman.com.
Born on June 14, 1926, in Odebolt, Donald Paul Bengford was the son of Joseph W. and Helen (Dinges) Bengford. He grew up in Odebolt, where he attended St. Martin’s Catholic School and Odebolt High School. Don served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, earning the rank of sergeant.
On April 14, 1953, he was united in marriage to Darlene Marie Heires at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Breda, Iowa. The couple made their home in Odebolt, where Don was a mechanic and ran the Skelly Station for 39 years. They were blessed with eight children.
Don enjoyed woodworking, making rosaries, fishing trips to Minnesota, porch parties with his family, and his beloved dog, Bo.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene; eight children, Renee (John) Hanson of Cushing, Iowa, Jeanette (Leslie) Fertig of Odebolt, Ann (Pat) Hoefling of Odebolt, Leah (Robert) Fineran of Ida Grove, Iowa, Mitch (Lois) Bengford of Odebolt, Rose (David) Schultz of Odebolt, Tony (Andrea) Bengford of Sioux City, and Todd (Angie) Bengford of Odebolt; 27 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Leonard (JoAnn) Bengford and Paul (Darlene) Bengford, both of Ft. Collins, Colo., Denny (Malinda) Bengford of Odebolt, and Frank (Sandy) Bengford of Greeley, Colo.; two sisters, Mary Van Scoy of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Dorothy (Jim) Barkley of Chicago, Ill.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and his wife, Gerald and Ruth Bengford; a sister and her husband, Juanita and Don Ahrenholtz; and a brother-in-law, Jim Van Scoy.