Donald “Don” Edward Vontalge

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Donald “Don” Edward Vontalge, 87, of Wadena, IA, died Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, IA.  


Don was born July 12, 1929, in Manchester, IA, to Edward and Irma (Brockmeyer) Vontalge. He attended rural country school near Wood Center and graduated from Edgewood High School in 1947. Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps from 1950-1953, including serving with the First Marine Division, 11th Battalion–Love Battery, from June, 1951 to June, 1952 in Korea.  Don married Arla “Joanna” Corkery on May 23, 1959, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Wadena, IA.


Don worked for J.I. Case and worked for local farmers before opening Don’s Repair Shop in Wadena where he worked until retirement. Don enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughters. He enjoyed eating out and he enjoyed cooking. Don was known for his strawberry pies and angel food cakes. Don had the pleasure of traveling to Washington, D.C. on the September 16, 2013, Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque.


Don is survived by daughter Pat (Mike) Smith of Arlington; and son John (Alice) Vontalge of Epworth; four grandchildren, Kyla (Justin) Koons of Latimer, Dylan (Adella Ritter) Smith of Volga, Tanner Vontalge of Farley and Jordan Vontalge of Epworth; three great granddaughters, Jenna, Jayci, and Jillyn Koons of Latimer; sister-in-law Donna Vontalge of Cedar Rapids; brother-in-laws Charles Corkery of Manchester, William (Marilyn) Corkery of Marion, Paul (Beverley) Corkery of Dysart, Ellis Corkery of Lisbon, Tim Corkery of Fayette and Steve (Kathy) Corkery of Wadena; and many nieces and nephews.


Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Joanna, on June 20, 2009; stepfather Lee Totman, brother Arnold Vontalge, sister Ila Lee Corkery, sister-in-laws Jeanne (Gene) Singer, Barb (Dr. M.T.) Vincent, Jane (Jerry) Wheeler and Sharon Corkery. 


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Veterans Memorial Wadena, IA or the Regional Medical Center Manchester, IA.  Don’s family would like to thank all the staff at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester for his care.    


Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, February 13, 2017, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home in Elkader, IA. A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Volga, IA. Fellowship followed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A committal service was held at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wadena at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14.  

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home assisted the family. Online condolences may be left with


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