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Donn Carnal

La Crosse, Wis.

Donn Carnal, 95, of La Crosse, Wis., formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Aug. 24, 2018, at Bethany St. Joseph in La Crosse. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories, with the Rev. Lloyd Brockmeyer officiating. A private family burial will be held.
Donn was born at home on Dec. 28, 1922, in Tama, Iowa, to parents E.C. and Grace (Kentner) Carnal, who preceded him in death. After graduating from Tama High School in 1940, he attended Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, for two years until enlisting in the U.S. Navy on Oct. 21, 1942. After serving 36 months in the Navy on board the USS Orion, he returned to Tama in 1946 and married H. Arlette Rugg at the First Methodist Church on Dec. 29, 1946. Arlette and Donn moved to Fairfield, where Donn graduated from Parsons College in 1948. He then taught school in Le Roy, Iowa, for three years, where his son, Richard, was born. They then moved to Estherville, Iowa, where they lived for five years before moving to Cedar Rapids, where he spent 23 years with Rockwell Collins and eight years with DCASMA.
Donn was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Arlette; and his brother, Richard.
He is survived by his son, Richard; three grandchildren, Autumn, Casey and Oakley; and eight great-grandchildren, Oliver, Maizey, Casper, Zalia, Riley, Rowan, Cabrini and Henry.
Donn was a Mason and Shriner, and spent 32 years as a member of El Kahir Shrine Drum and Bugle Corps. He also was a lifetime member of Legion Post 298. He belonged to the Indian Creek Country Club, St. Paul's United Methodist Church and the National Contract Managers Association.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shrine Children's Hospital or St. Paul's Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.