Donald Karol

Donald Paul "Don" Karol

March 19, 1927 - January 28, 2021
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Donald “Don” Paul Karol, 93, of Clinton, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 28, 2021. Honoring his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded with no services scheduled. Lemke Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.

Donald was born March 19, 1927 in Boston, Massachusetts. Following High School, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard supporting both combat and traditional service missions during both WWII and the Korean War.

Following his military service, he attended several colleges back East, pursuing a better knowledge and practice of music. Don was united in marriage to Wilma Hunter on November 21, 1953 in Clinton, Iowa. Don worked at Chemplex Plant, as a Draftsman, retiring after 30+ years.

Don was very mechanically inclined. He could intuitively fix just about anything and even built a 25’ houseboat by himself. However, his true passion was music. He was proficient at playing the Trumpet, Trombone and Upright Bass, and virtually every other instrument. He started and played with several bands throughout his life and concluded his musical career playing with the “Main Avenue” Jazz Band. Above all, Don loved his entire family very much and is sadly missed.

Don is survived by his two daughters – Bridget Simmonds of Clinton, IA and Angie Karol-Cossman of Clinton, IA; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; with many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife – Wilma and two grandchildren.

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