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Donald Herren

Posted November 11, 2013 in Clive, Obituaries

November 28, 1929 – November 8, 2013

Shoreham, Vermont- Donald D. Herren, 83, of Shoreham, VT and formerly of Des Moines, Iowa died on November 8, 2013 at home under the care of his sons assisted by Addison County Home Health Care and Hospice.

He was born on November 28, 1929 in Macksburg, Iowa, the only child of the late C. Dean and Anna Joyce (Cross) Herren. He is a graduate of Macksburg High School, the class of 1947. He joined the United States Marine Corp and served during the Korean War, then attending Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, Missouri, where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

Don moved to Des Moines, IA after graduation from Northwest Missouri State. He spent 38 years as an employee of Artis Furniture Co. in Sales, advertising, and service. He was a craftsman in wood, known for seriously over-engineering every project!

From an early age, Don was a church, wedding, and funeral soloist, and intermittently a church choir director. He was a charter member of both the Des Moines Choral Society and the Vocal Arts Ensemble.

Don’s additional interest was in competitive roller skating. For 30 years he was a successful competitor as well as being involved in judging. After retiring from competition at age 70, he maintained his interest as a coach and teacher of figures and dance.

He is survived by his sons David D. Herren of Shoreham, Vermont and Dana S. Herren of Beebe, Arkansas, and by his grandchildren Amalia María Herren-Lage and Marina Andrea Herren-Lage; and, Jarrod W. Holmes, Dakota S. Herren, Koty G. Herren.

A memorial service will be held at the Shoreham Congregational Church on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday November 13, 2013 at 1 P.M. at Brooks South Town Chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 7601 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321. Calling hours will be held from 11 A.M. until the time of the service. Burial will follow in Moon Cemetery, Macksburg, IA.

Donations in Donald’s memory may be made to Vermont Public Television.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Brooks South Town Chapel.

Online condolences may be made at

Information provided by:
Brooks Funeral Care
7975 University Blvd.
Clive, IA 50325

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