In Memory of

Don Agostine

June 19, 1936 - February 25, 2017
Donald C. Agostine was born June 19, 1936, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Urbano and Imelde (Righini) Agostine. He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School, Heelan High School and Loras College, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In the fall and winter of 1958, he served on active duty as a member of the US Army Reserve. Following military service, he was employed by Retail Credit Company in Sioux City and by Wilson Concrete Company in Omaha and Red Oak, Iowa. In 1961, Don was called to active duty with the 32nd Army Division at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and was released from active duty in August of 1962. When released from active duty, Don began studies leading to ordination to the Catholic priesthood. He earned a Masters of Arts degree from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in Dubuque, Iowa, and Masters of Arts degree from Creighton University. He was ordained in 1967. Don served as assistant pastor at St. Mary's in Alton, and guidance counselor at Spaulding High School in Granville, Iowa, for one year. He served six years as assistant pastor, instructor and guidance counselor at St John's parish and school in Bancroft, Iowa. Don was granted laicization by Pope Paul IV in 1976 and married Linda Meister on January 19, 1976. He adopted Linda's three sons; Brett, Corey and Dennis Meister. In 1975, Don was employed as executive director of the Cherokee County Work-Activity Center and remained in that position until his retirement in 2002. One year later, he began part time employment as Chaplain for Tyson Foods in Cherokee, Iowa, a position he held until his full retirement in 2010. Don's life was centered on his Lord, his wife and family. He closely followed the progress of his children and grandchildren and their involvement in school and out of school. He was an active Catholic and a dedicated follower of Jesus, his risen Lord. Don was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Holy Name Council. He enjoyed making things of steel and wood, especially the 'cross of the Resurrection', which he made and gave to many persons in the community. Don enjoyed making bread, cooking, fixing things, playing the guitar, observing social processes and nature. He is survived by his wife, Linda of Marcus; three sons, Brett (Kelleen) of Atlanta, Corey (Gina) of Moville, Iowa, and Dennis (Angie) of Tulsa, Okla.; seven grandchildren; Kaitlin (Brenton) Brown, Brooklyn (Joshua) Neely, Brady, Carly, Jack Meister, Evan and Emily Meister; one great-grandchild Alice Brown; one brother Jim Agostine and his companion Trudy Gries, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus.
Father Dan Guenther
Visitation will be AT THE CHURCH on Wednesday, March 1st. The Knights of Columbus will lead the rosary at 3:30 p.m., and the family will be present for visitation from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will then follow at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Name Catholic Church Marcus, Iowa Military Graveside Rites conducted by F.I. Goodburn American Legion Post #517


Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Peace Don....friend, mentor. You made the difference in so many lives. ”
- Michael C Flaherty
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a very good person who was appreciated and respected by all who knew him. ”
- Ann Knudson
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of your family's loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Family of Cecil Cox”
- Peg Larson
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am sorry to hear about your loss. Don was a remarkable person. I am thankful for all the people me helped as a chaplain at Tyson's. He was one of the most impressive persons I have ever met. I know that he will be sitting with god and continue to help the many people that his life touched.”
- Jim Brummons
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy. Don was a wonderful man. I am honored to have had the opportunity of working with him
- Jerry Menke
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I was sorry to hear that don passed at ccws on Monday my sincere sympathy goes to his family I knew him when I was in school here don was a great man!”
- janine c clark
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I graduated from Loras College with Don and we were friends.I haven't seen him since 1958.May he RIP.He was a great guy and my condolences to his family. ”
- Paul Wixom(Milton Jet)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Don was such a kind, generous person; always willing to lend a hand or an ear for a conversation. He will be missed by so many. Our sympathies are with you at this difficult time. ”
- Casey and Beth Kingdon
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“A great guy and friend from Loras--witty, funny and kind-he regaled my kids w/ his guitar and songs-play on Buddy!”
- Denny OBrien
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. So many fond memories of Mr Agostine growing up. Always very welcoming and accepting. A wonderful role model for me growing up. ”
- Tim Bies
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of Don.”
- Sister Colane Recker
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family .Don sure had a heart of gold and sure will be missed dearly .He was with my Uncle and Grandma when they were dying .Don ur a free Angel and not hurting anymore .Will miss him so much .”
- Amy Strahmann
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“This is to join you and so many others in thoughtful remembrance of Don and prayerful support as he is released into the Lord's Eternal Care. Meeting Don at any time was always kindly and fully attentive. I'm sure the kindly and attentive Lord has embraced him without reserve.
I regret not being able to attend his Mass of the Resurrection as I am out-of-state at this time.”
- Fr. Gene Sitzmann
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Our prayers are with your families. God be with you at this difficult time.”
- Linda & Michael Baird & Family
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My family, parents, Bill and Alice Kennedy, and siblings, Charlie, Jan, Tom, Teresa, John and Robert, and I, have very fond memories of Don when he was in Bancroft. We enjoyed him sharing w/ us, his great and many talents, his great smile and his strong yet simple faith.
Our thoughts and prayers to Linda and family.
Mary Kennedy-Seiler”
- Mary M. Kennedy-Seiler
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