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Donald Eldon Pecoy  Korea


July 3, 1932 - August 26, 2011.

Donald Eldon PeCoy was born July 3, 1932, in Pomeroy, Iowa, the son of Eldon and Valeria (Pierce) (Briggs) PeCoy. He grew up in Pomeroy and at the age the 13 moved with his family to Algona where he finished his schooling.


Don had enlisted in the National Guard in high school and in 1950, enlisted in the United States Army. Following basic training at Fort Ord, California, Don was sent overseas to serve in the Korean War. After landing in South Korea his company came under fire numerous times and was involved in many battles. He drove truck for the transportation unit and later became a liaison and driver for Major Valentine. Following his honorable discharge he returned to the Algona area, where he eventually settled in Sexton and has lived there ever since.


On June 1, 1952, Don was united in marriage to Shirley Seefeld and from this union they raised four children. Don worked for AFCS, S. Kelly Tank Wagon, K&H, Percival Motors, Ken's Auto and then drove truck for Bitumonis Material and Supply for 28 years. They later divorced and Don married Marilyn Weiland on October 14, 1995, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona. Don later drove school bus for the Algona Community School District for 16 years until his health forced him to retire.


He enjoyed his dogs, horses, camping with his family and just being outdoors. He was a member of the VFW Post #2541 and the American Legion Andrew Post #428 of Wesley.


Don died Friday, August 26, 2011, at the Algona Manor Care Center at the age of 79.


He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Sexton; Deb (Steve) Rochleau of Forest City; twin daughters, Pat (Robert) Erickson of Algona; Pam (Pete) Heesch of Fort Dodge; son, Scott PeCoy of Des Moines; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sister, Marian Raye (Bernard) Ermels of Webster City; step-children, Pat (Bob) Frayne of Clear Lake; David (Sue) Weiland of Algona; Betty (Craig) Erpelding of Algona; Judy (Dave) Weber of Corwith and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents and a step-son, Jon Weiland.

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