Donald Myron Ewalt, 75,
of Licking, Mo., formerly of Iowa City, Iowa, died peacefully Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, with Father Steven Witt officiating. Friends may view the funeral service by way of a Zoom link located on Don's obituary page at www.lensingfuneral.com under the tribute wall. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Friends of the Animal Center Foundation, www.facf.org; or to the American Heart Association "Heart Ball," 1035 N. Center Point Rd., Suite B, Hiawatha, IA 52233. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Licking, Mo.
Please be respectful of social distancing and the wearing of a mask. Thank you.
Don was born Sept. 22, 1945, in Iowa City, the son of Myron and Helen (Langenberg) Ewalt. He was a 1963 graduate of Iowa City High School and received his bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Iowa. Don received his master's degree in human resources from Biscayne College and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War (1966-68) as a military policeman.
Don was a policeman in Iowa City for six years, Miami-Dade police for seven years and was chief of police in Coralville from 1981 to 1988. Don had also been employed and retired from Mercy Hospital Safety and Security. Don loved all things sports. He played semi-pro baseball in Cedar Rapids, was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals and avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. He enjoyed telling stories of his time in law enforcement, playing euchre, reading crime novels, reading and watching westerns and spoiling his fur baby Addie. More than anything he loved his family and was an adoring father and grandfather. After retirement, he moved to Missouri to be closer to his grandchildren to be able to watch them in their extracurricular activities and was their number one fan!
Don is survived by his two daughters, Jeanette Butherus of Licking, Mo. and Melanie (Moe) Abu-Nameh of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren, Jacob (Pegan) Butherus, Zachary (Hanna) Butherus and Chelsea Butherus; stepgrandchildren, Madeline Abu-Nameh and Sarah Abu-Nameh; great-grandchildren, Chyanne, Jaxson, Audree and Ellsee; two sisters, Shirley Schulte of Iowa City and Ellen (David) Becker of Monravia; and extended family.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Joseph and Tom; and sisters, Jane Ewalt, Carol Frese and Susan Ewalt.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.