Don Frauenholtz

Donald L. “Don” Frauenholtz, 88, of rural West Branch, died suddenly at his farm Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Donald Frauenholtz memorial fund. To share a thought, memory or condolence, please visit the funeral home website at

Donald Leroy Frauenholtz was born Aug. 17, 1930, the son of George and Barbara (Pitlick) Frauenholtz. He attended school in rural West Branch. Don served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  On Oct. 23, 1953, he married Thelma I. Westlake in Lone Tree. The couple and family lived a short time in Tiffin before moving to their farm near West Branch in 1960.

Don worked at Protein Blenders until he retired to work full-time on the farm. Don was active in the West Branch United Methodist Church and High Point Church. 

   In years past, Don and Thelma square danced all over eastern Iowa. On weekends, Don played his fiddle and accordion at community events and care facilities around the Iowa City area. He participated in the Iowa State Fair Fiddlers’ Contest. Don was a member of the American Legion, Chauncey Butler Post 514.

His family includes his children: Darwin Frauenholtz, Ylonda (Mark) Gallahan and Darren (Krista) Frauenholtz; six grandchildren: Zackary, Breck, Elise, Sam, Melehia and Lindsey; and his brother: Francis Frauenholtz.

Don was preceded in death by his wife: Thelma; his parents and siblings: Raymond Frauenholtz, Pauline Hammons, George “Pete” Frauenholtz, and Robert “Bob” Frauenholtz.

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