Donald Burton Whitacre
July 23, 1929 - February 5, 2016
Donald Burton “Butch” Whitacre passed away peacefully on February 5, 2016 at Taylor House in Des Moines, IA surrounded by his wife and family.
Donald was born July 23, 1929 to Thomas and Lucille Whitacre in Centerville, Iowa. Donald met the love of his life in Cincinnati, IA, his wife Lenora Sparks. Donald and Lenora were married in 1946. In 1947, Donald enlisted in the United States Army and served with distinction in the 82nd Airborne Division.
In 1955, Donald and Lenora moved to Des Moines, where Donald worked as a delivery driver for Butternut bread, and later became an Insurance agent for various companies. Throughout his life Donald enjoyed golfing, playing cribbage (and winning – Woo! Hoo!) and spending time with his family.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Lucille Whitacre; his infant daughter Cynthia; his son Randy; 3 brothers (Bill, Tom, and James); 3 sisters (Emily, Mary & Jean); and his infant grandson Travis Whitacre.
Donald is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lenora (Sparks) Whitacre; son Donald (Connie) Whitacre; daughter Deborah Whitacre; sister Pat Whitacre; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and beloved friends.
Lenora Louise Whitacre
June 28, 1930 – January 15, 2021
Lenora Louise Whitacre passed away peacefully on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, IA.
Lenora was born June 28, 1930 to Harry and Maggie Sparks in Cincinnati, IA. Lenora met the love of her life, Donald Whitacre, in Cincinnati, IA. Lenora and Donald were married in 1946.
In 1955, Lenora and Donald moved to Des Moines. Lenora retired from Prairie Meadows. Throughout her life, Lenora enjoyed cooking, reading, playing board games and card games (especially UNO) and spending time with her family.
Lenora was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Maggie Sparks; her husband of 69 years Donald; her infant daughter Cynthia; her son Randy; 1 brother (Harry); and her infant grandson Travis Whitacre.
Lenora is survived by her son Donald (Connie) Whitacre; daughter Deborah Whitacre; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and beloved friends.
A private family Celebration of their Life will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Cincinnati. Memorials may be left for the family, in care of Bruce or Connie Whitacre, to be determined at a later date, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, C/O Whitacre family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.
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