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Donald Noah Nell

Posted September 09, 2014 in Altoona, Obituaries, Urbandale

July 17, 1956 – September 7, 2014

Don Nell

Don Nell

Donald Noah Nell, 58, died Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines due to health complications from heart and kidney illnesses. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, September 11, at Iles-Westover Chapel, with burial to follow at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.

Don was born in Des Moines, graduated from Roosevelt High School, and for over thirty years made Altoona his home. He celebrated over twenty years of sobriety with the help of the A.A. program. Don found great satisfaction helping others achieve and maintain their sobriety and goals.

Don found great pride spending his days in jail as a chef for Polk County. He loved the freedom of riding his motorcycle and enjoyed entertaining friends and family with his culinary skills.

Don is survived by his mother, Marge Taubr of Johnston, his sisters, Mindy (Ted) Brightman and Donna Overton, both of Urbandale; three nieces, Jamie Krieg, Julie (Danean) Brightman and Mackenzie Overton; two nephews, Nick and Andrew Overton; three great-nephews, one great-niece with one great-nephew arriving in December. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Eugene Nell.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday at Iles-Westover Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Child Life at Blank Children’s Hospital. Online condolences will be welcomed at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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