Oldt, Donald F.

Donald F. Oldt, 98, peacefully passed away Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.
Don was born May 17, 1917, in Lomax to Harold B. and Grace (Buckley) Oldt. He was raised in Wyman, Iowa, and lived in the train depot where his father was depot agent. 
Don went all of his school years at Wyman, playing basketball and baseball. He continued to play baseball on the local league well into his 40s. Don graduated high school in 1934, then went on to Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. While at Iowa Wesleyan Don joined the Theta Kappa Nu Fraternity. He and three other schoolmates formed the orchestra “The Hawkeye Hot Shots” and performed all around the area and on local radio stations; Don playing the clarinet.
Don married Mary Eloise Davis, a neighbor girl from Wyman, on Jan. 12, 1940, in the chapel of the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Eloise passed away in 2006 in Gainesville, Florida.
Don enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in January 1942 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was chosen to attend radio school. During World War II Don was a radio operator stationed in Trinidad where he spent the war years relaying coded messages between Africa and the U.S. He served four years with the Army Air Corps.
Don started painting pictures at the age of 10, selling them in his dad’s grocery store. Painting became a life-long hobby as Don became an accomplished landscape artist using oils as his medium.
Don was an avid golfer, playing nine holes of golf every day until the age of 93. Don retired in 1982 from Archer Daniels Midland where he had been a regional sales manager and public relations representative in Geneseo. He and his wife retired to Gainesville, Florida, where he resided until moving back north in 2007.
Don leaves behind two daughters, Janene (Libby) Stone, Dahinda, Illinois, and Suzanne Oldt, Gainesville, Florida. He also leaves five grandchildren, Nathan and Courtney Stone, Jeff Curtis, Karen Graffius, and Shelly Lewis; nine great-grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Mary Doraine Lauer, and two daughters, Leah Sharlaine (Skip) Kirlin and Mary Donna Lewis. 
The family would like to thank all of the kind and loving staff of the Knox County Nursing Home, Vitas, and Hospice Compassus.
A military service will be held at a later date with burial for Don and his wife, Eloise at the Rock Island Illinois Arsenal. Memorials may be made to the Knox County Nursing Home. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home, Knoxville, Illinois, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

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