Donald Steffen


Donald L. Steffen, 79, a resident of Davenport, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at Genesis Medical Center East Rusholme St., Davenport. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing.

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 21, 2010 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4105 N. Division Street, Davenport. Burial will be in the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. American Legion Post 26 will conduct graveside military honors. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., Davenport. You are invited to join the family for a prayer service at 4 p.m. to begin the visitation. There will be additional visitation at the church on Friday from 9:15-9:45 a.m.

Donald Lee Steffen was born Sept. 13, 1930 in Blue Grass, Iowa, a son of Herman A. and Ella A. (Mangles) Steffen. He was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Charlton on April 14, 1951 at St. Mary’s Church, Davenport. They recently celebrated 59 years of marriage.

Don was a proud to have served our country and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War.


He retired in 1992 after 46 years of service as an extruder operator at Ralston Purina Company, Davenport. During his career he served on the Board of Directors of the Ralston Employee Credit Union for many years.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. He had also been an enthusiastic sports fan. He was a member of the Elks Club, Eagles Club and American Legion.

Memorials can be made to Our Lady of Victory.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Pat, children and their spouses, Katherine Rotz, Eunice, Mo., Karen Sue (Wynn) Loete, East Moline, Donald Lee (Debra) Steffen, Jr., Rock Island, Deborah Kay (Duane) Poole, Davenport, Steven Irwin (Linda) Steffen, LeClaire, Randy S. Steffen, Long Grove; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Esther Holdorf, Walcott, Helen Creger, Blue Grass, Elnora Steffen, Dahinda, Ill.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Dale, Erwin, Herman, sisters, Evelyn Gless, and Edna Holdorf. May they rest in peace.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Don’s obituary at

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