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Donald Charles Rhebb

Posted May 12, 2014 in Obituaries, Grimes

January 6, 1926 – May 9, 2014

Don Rhebb

Don Rhebb

Donald Charles Rhebb, 88, of Sioux City passed away on May 9 in Dallas Center, Iowa surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. As were his wishes he has been cremated. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery in Sioux City at a private graveside service.

Don Rhebb was born in Sioux City, Iowa on January 6, 1926. He grew up in Sioux City and attended school there graduating from East High in the mid-year (December) class of 1944. In 1945 Don enrolled at Wayne State College where he lettered in football. To increase his educational opportunity he transferred to Augustana College in Sioux Falls and then to the University of Iowa where he received his Bachelor of Science in June 1951.

On September 4, 1948 Don married Lillian May Dolezal of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Sioux City. They had two sons, Rick Donald (1951) and Scott Charles (1953). Above all Don was devoted family man who put his family above all other interests.

After college, Don went to work as a salesman for Armour & Company based out of Worthington, Minnesota. During 1954, he won a company-wide sales contest, the first of many during his career. He was transferred to Sioux City in 1955. The next year, The Shultze & Burch Company hired him to represent them. In 1963 Sandoz Pharmaceuticals hired Don as a Sales Representative. He had an extremely successful career with them. He was their National Salesman of the Year in 1967 and again in 1969. He also won Regional Awards in 1966, 1968 and 1975. Winning four consecutive awards was unprecedented within Sandoz. In 1977, Don was promoted to Senior Professional Representative. In 1983, when Sandoz introduced a major new product, Don was the United States winner of the company-wide launch contest that resulted in his being awarded an all-expenses-paid trip for he and Lillian throughout Europe. He retired from Sandoz in 1990.

Don was an avid golfer and a long-time member of Morningside Country Club where he served on the Board of Directors from 1963 to 1965. He was a member of Landmark Lodge A. F. & A.M. #103, the Sioux City Consistory, a member both the Scottish Rite and the York Rite, and Abu Bekr Shrine Temple. Don was especially active in the Vintage Wheels Shrine Auto Club as well as a social member of the White Horse Mounted Patrol and the Sahibs. He served as an adviser to Morningside DeMolay. Don was a life-long fan of Iowa Hawkeye athletics as well as of East High athletics.

Don is survived by his wife Lillian, his two sons, Rick of Lincoln, Nebraska and his special friend Peggy Carter, Scott of West Des Moines and his wife Natalie (Roseboom) and a granddaughter, Anna Kate Rhebb of West Des Moines.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Ethel (Gleason) Rhebb and his biological mother Vernita (Paul) Christians.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Brandt Dallas Center Chapel
1301 Ash Street
Dallas Center, IA 50063

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