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Donald Gene Mleynek

March 5, 1936 November 2, 2019
Donald Gene Mleynek
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Donald Gene Mleynek, age 83, passed away at his home outside Yale, Iowa, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, November 2, 2019. He was born March 5, 1936 at home in Richland Township to Edward and Sylvia (Dvorak) Mleynek.
Don grew up on the farm outside Yale and graduated from Yale High School in 1954. Don learned the value of hard work at an early age. He joined his dad in farming and remained a farmer, with the help of his sons, for the rest of his life. Don married his junior high sweetheart; Neva Middleton on August 26, 1956, in the Yale Methodist Church. He indicated that his marriage dowry was a tractor and $100. He and Neva purchased their acreage in 1960 and built his current home in 1972 and remained there until his death.
Don spent his whole life farming in the Yale community. His favorite time of year was harvest and he was seen every fall combining his crops up until the year he died. He was a farmer who worked hard, a breadwinner who provided, a father who loved his family and a neighbor and friend who loved a sit down with a drink and talk. Don enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and going to the casino. In the 1970’s he purchased a motor home and then traveled to all his boy’s track meets and football games. He spent many years running the chains at YJB football games. Donald & Neva drove down to Port Mansfield, Texas in the winter months and he spent as many days as possible fishing in the Gulf. He passed down his passion for fishing to his children and grandchildren.
Don will be greatly missed by his children, Dale (Debbie) of Wichita, KS; Dennis (Kelly Leigh)of Panora; and Darrin (Kelly Jo)of Yale; his grandchildren, Derek (Amy)of Broken Arrow, OK, Tyler (Lauren) of Lenexa, KS, Mallory (Adam) Gabriel of Houston TX, Trey, Wichita, KS, Drew, Wichita, KS and Mikiah (Kaulin) of Belton, MO, Tara (Andy), Linwood, NE, Travis (Darian), Jacksonville FL, Garrett (Ashley), Des Moines IA, Michelle (Josiah), Cedar Falls, IA, and Miranda (Alex) of Madrid IA. Great-grandchildren are Raelyn and Jordyn Gabriel, and Cooper, Miles, Owen, Mason and Sawyer Mleynek . Also surviving is his brother, Dean (Pat) Mleynek of Farmington,MN and sister in law Roberta (Birtie) Smith of Woodbine, Iowa and many nieces and nephews. Also mourning his passing is his special friend, Vicki Gubser.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Neva; and his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1:00pm at the Yale Community Club.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Midwest.

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Celebration of Life




1:00 PM 12/8/2019 1:00:00 PM
Yale Community Building

Main Street
Yale, IA 50277

Yale Community Building
Main Street Yale 50277 IA
United States

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