Don Derflinger

Don Derflinger

Don Derflinger


Don Derflinger, 92, of rural Aurora, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Oelwein Health Care Center in Oelwein, Iowa.

Dwight Donald Derflinger was born on Sept. 4, 1929, in Michigan, the son of Dwight Leslie and Mary Frances (Skabula) Derflinger. They moved to Iowa in 1944 and Don graduated from Stanley High School with the class of 1947. He married Delma Darlene Miller on September 18, 1949. They are the third generation to farm the Derflinger land which became a Century Farm in 1981.

Don was president and caretaker of the Union Church and Cemetery for 36 years; a member of the Fayette County Farm Bureau for 70 years; past member of the Starmont School Board; a Methodist Church Trustee; Putnam Township Trustee; past board member of the Union Bank & Trust in Strawberry Point; and served on the FSA Board.

Don is survived by his wife of 72 years, Delma; three children, Charlotte (Wayne) Haddy of Coralville, David (Terri) Derflinger of Stanley and Donise (Mike) Recker of Oelwein; 10 grandchildren, Dustin (fiancee, Cassie Thompson) Derflinger, Matthew (Lyndsi) Haddy, Dana (Janice) Derflinger, Sarah Haddy, Clint (Alicia Kuhlman) Recker, Alex (Rose) Recker, Tia Derflinger (Adam Meirick), Adam (Megan) Recker, Erica (Andrew Goettler) Recker and Devin (Olya Conrad) Derflinger; 10 great-grandchildren, Joshua, Este, Jonathan and Isla Derflinger, Dawson and Dillon Derflinger, Carly, Emily and Claire Recker, and Brody Recker; and a special niece, Cheriee Tarr.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Diane, in 1950; his son, Thaddeus Ross, in 1959; his parents, Dwight and Mary Derflinger; his parents-in-law, Ralph and Buena Miller; and a granddaughter-in-law, Callie Derflinger.

A private family service will be held at the Union Church and Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to: Delma Derflinger, 6707 40th St., Aurora, IA 50607. Memorials may be made to the Union Church and Cemetery.

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Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester is assisting the family.

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