Donald (Don) Eugene Watson, Sr. 93, of Muscatine, Iowa. passed away on Tuesday, July 26 at ProMedica Care in Davenport, Iowa. Visitation will be on Thursday, July 28th from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Per his request, the rite of cremation will be accorded after the visitation. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children Hospital of Chicago or may be left at the funeral home for the family.
Don was born on April 21, 1929, the 2nd child of Newton B. & Elizabeth M. (Herlein) Watson. He married Roberta Bumgardner and to this union was born Nancy, Steven, Gregory and Diana. They later divorced. On July 11, 1964 he married Dianne Snavely and to this union was born Donald E. Jr. and Kenneth D. Watson.
Don attended country school through the 8th grade. He was a graduate of Muscatine High School, Class of 1947 where he was active in football and F.F.A.
In 1950 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served during the Korean Conflict serving in Korea and Japan. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1962. Two of his greatest honors were being selected for the Honor Tour of the Quad Cities and on his 90th Birthday receiving a Quilt of Valor that was made by his niece, Patti (Watson) Strause. After his discharge he was employed by I. H. Farmall Works in Rock Island, IL, a job he held until their plant closing in 1982 at which time he retired. He then became employed by the City of Muscatine as a MusCaBus Driver, a job he enjoyed very much and participated in several National Bus Roadeos, winning in some.
Don was a member of the Musserville United Methodist Church where he served as Church Treasurer, United Methodist Men, Lay Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and choir. He later attended New Hope United Methodist Church where he was active in choir and United Methodist Men until his health kept him from attending.
Don’s other memberships included Kaaba Shrine Club, Hospital Dads Shrine Club, and Legion of Honor Shrine Club all of Davenport, the Muscatine County Shrine Club, Honor/Provost Guard Shrine Club, Grand Lodge of Iowa A.F.& M, and American Legion Post 0027 of Muscatine. He was a 40+ year volunteer for the Muscatine Search & Rescue Unit, where he held offices, and served on the Board of Directors.
Don loved woodworking, motorcycling, bike riding, camping, Bible studies, reading, and he and Dianne enjoyed square dancing for 17 years and bike riding every evening.
Don is survived by his wife Dianne, children, Greg Watson and Nancy Seda of California, Don (Angela) of Minnesota, Ken of Muscatine, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Steven (infancy) and one daughter, Diana, a great granddaughter, his parents, and 4 siblings, Blaine, David and Albert Watson and Mary Watson Schantz.