Donald E. Kiesey
Donald E. Kiesey, 89, Mt. Pleasant and formerly of Washington, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Park Place Elder Living in Mt. Pleasant.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Kimzey Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant. The Rev. Bryan Katchay of the Congregational and Lincoln Street Baptist Churches of Mt. Pleasant will officiate. Burial will be in the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington with graveside military honors conducted by the American Legion Leon Beatty Post #29 of Washington. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Friends are invited to join the family for a lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Masonic Temple, Mt. Pleasant.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Park Place Elder Living Activity Fund. Online condolences may be sent to kimzeyfuneralhome.com
He was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Washington. He was the son of Walter Lewis and Ernestine (Vanatta) Kiesey. He attended Washington High School. He graduated in 1941. On Sept. 15, 1946, at the United Presbyterian Church in Washington, he was united in marriage to Mary Louise Bean. She preceded him in death.
He worked briefly at a dry cleaning establishment after his graduation. He served his country during World War II. He entered the Army Air Corps on Jan. 15, 1943, at Camp Dodge. He became a power turret and gun sight mechanic and bomb loader with the 463rd Bomb Group of the 774th Bomber Squadron. He was involved in action in Italy and France. He was awarded bronze stars and the Good Conduct Medal for the campaigns to which he was sent. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal on Nov. 5, 1945, at Jefferson Barracks, Mo.
He returned to Washington where he worked for the Scott Furniture Store and then Marshall Furniture. In 1964, he moved to Mt. Pleasant where he and other investors opened the Home Furniture Store. In 1974, he acquired sole ownership of the store. He sold the store to his son, Ed, in 1984.
Mr. Kiesey was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant. In Washington, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club and taught swimming at the YMCA. He also did picture framing as a business hobby out of his home.
He is survived by two sons, Ed (Sheila) Kiesey of Mt. Pleasant and Kent (Sam Lisuzzo) Kiesey of Chicago, Ill.; a daughter, Dianna (Mike) Penrod of Cedar Rapids; a brother, Robert (Margy) Kiesey of Davenport; five grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
His parents; wife and a sister, Laurine Owens, precede him in death.