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Douglas Scholten

By Ellis Codjoe, January 25, 2018

Douglas Lee Scholten, 76, of Ottumwa, died January 22, 2018 at home.

He was born May 4, 1941 in Corsica, SD to Ben and Jeanette  Scholten.  He married Nancy Meyer on August 26, 1960 and she preceded him in death on February 9, 1982.

A graduate of Armour High School in Armour, SD, Douglas earned a B.S. from South Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, SD.  He taught at Austin High School in Austin, MN, had worked at Hormel in Austin, MN and in Ottumwa, had worked at Excel and retired from the Zee Co. in 2007.

Douglas played AAA Baseball and managed the Austin Blues, he enjoyed harness racing and owned and operated Doug’s Horse and Carriage Service.

Surviving are his daughters, Tamara J. Scholten (John Montgomery) of Branson, MO, Jill E. (Alvin) Baker of Hedrick, Wendlyn L. (Todd) Durflinger of Gladstone, IL, Tracey K. (James) Hamilton of Dallas, TX and Janel M. Scholten of Ottumwa; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; a special companion of 20 years, Betty Eklofe; a sister, Bonnie (Matt) McKeon of Sedona, AZ and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Don and Brad Scholten.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Hornback officiating.  Graveside service and burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Holman Cemetery in Sibley, IA.

Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Thursday with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Iowa Cerebral Palsy Association, P.O. Box 4090, Waterloo, IA 50704.


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