Claude Donald "Don" Breese

March 22, 1929 ~ July 10, 2019 (age 90)

Claude Donald “Don” Breese, age 90, of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.

Don was born on March 22, 1929 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Claude Neal Breese and Emma (Kelce) Breese. He attended Centerville schools.  He was united in marriage to Jeraldine Kaster on August 8, 1950.  To this union, four children were born, Kathy, Susan, Dennis, and Randy.  They later divorced.  He was then united in marriage to Janice Conger of Exline, and he gained three boys, Greg, Jeff, and Jamie.

Don was a member of the Centerville Eagles #2675 for over 60 years, and held numerous positions, including the President three times.  He was also a member of the Masons and the Shriners. Don served in the National Guard for 2 ½ years.  In his spare time, he enjoyed doing carpenter work, and remodeling his homes.  He loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals, and never missed a game on tv. 

Don lived in Des Moines for three years, as well as Waterloo, Davenport and Newton.  As a boy, Don started on a paper route with the Daily Iowegian, and eventually moved to Job printing, and worked a total of 26 years for the paper.  His dad worked at the Iowegian for over 50 years, and his mother worked there for over 25 years.  Also, both of his wives each worked 10 years a piece and his boys carried papers as well.

Left to honor Don’s memory are his wife, Janice Conger of Centerville; his children, Kathy (Jim) Milani of Altoona, Susan Kovacevich of St. Charles, Missouri, and Dennis Breese of Centerville; his step children, Greg (Lisa) Sines, Jeff (Vicky) Sines, and Jamie Sines; his sister, Beverly Jean (Ken) Briggs of Milton, Florida; sixteen grandchildren; thirty one great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Emma Breese; a sister, Miriam (Ed) Phillips; and a son, Randy Breese.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM, Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Holly Oden officiating.  Burial will follow the service at Oakland Cemetery in Centerville.  A Visitation will take place, Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville with the family greeting friends from 1:00PM-2:00PM.  Memorials have been established to the Appanoose County Little League, and may be dropped off or mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at

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