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Donald “Porky” Burmeister

Donald “Porky” Burmeister, 87, of DeWitt, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt. 

The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in DeWitt, 3-6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 2:30 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial and military rites will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to St. Joseph Parish or School. 

Porky was born June 7, 1932, to Alfert and Enda (Hopp) in Grand Mound. He graduated from Welton High School in 1951. In 1952, he joined the U.S. Army, and served as a Sergeant for two years in the Korean War. After the war, he returned home to farm and married his high school sweetheart and best friend, JoAnn McClimon, on Jan. 8, 1955, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Welton.

Porky was a farmer by nature, and farmed for many years. Porky continued to help his friends during the spring and fall, and was happiest when he was in the field driving a tractor or combine. He also sold feed and real estate, and worked construction.

Throughout his life, Porky was actively involved in the community. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the DeWitt Nite Lions and was a charter member of the DeWitt Fitness Center. He also enjoyed watching sports and was a die-hard Iowa State fan.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, JoAnn; his two sons, Bernard (Debbie) of The Villages, Florida, and Bob (Farah) of Des Moines; three grandchildren, Joe (Hillary), Hanna and Noah Burmeister; one brother, Dale (Margaret) of Muskegon, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.