OTTUMWA — Donald E. “Don” Cudworth, 86, of 1323 W. Williams, died at 8:50 p.m. March 1, 2014, at Hospice House in Ottumwa.
He was born February 18, 1928, in Ottumwa to Henry L. “Hank” and Valeta Faye Davis Cudworth. He married Dolores E. “Dee” Davis on June 3, 1951. When they first met, he said she was the girl he was going to marry! They have been married 63 years this week. To this union, an only son, Brian, was born.
A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1946, he was very active in sports. Football was his favorite as it was his grandson’s. His grandson wore the same jersey number that Don had worn one year. He enjoyed seeing his grandson play at Schafer Field, where he had once played.
Don joined the U.S. Army Airborne after high school. Don was a paratrooper and served in occupied Japan after World War II. Following his service, he attended Iowa Wesleyan College.
He worked at John Deere Ottumwa Works, starting as a clerk in 1950. After 34 years he took early retirement, retiring as a supervisor. He then worked 10 years for Union Bank and Trust.
He was a member of Willard Street United Methodist Church for over sixty years.
Don was truly an outdoorsman and sportsman. He enjoyed hunting goose, duck and turkey with his son, grandson and his “best” buddy and brother-in-law, Dave. He loved to run and jog as long as his health allowed.
Don and Dee’s pets were a special part of their lives. Above all else, Don took care of his family, lived life on his own terms and had fun doing it all.
Surviving are his wife, Dee; a son, Brian Davis Cudworth and special daughter-in-law, Liz Cudworth of Ottumwa; a grandson, Clayton Ward Cudworth; an only niece and godchild, Lisa (Duane) Phillippi of Wyoming; a great-nephew, Travis (Alaina) Phillippi of Hawaii; along with several cousins.