Donald M. Childes, age 91, of Urbandale, Iowa passed away on May 8, 2014 due to respiratory failure.
Don was born in Anderson, Indiana to Thomas and Mary (Walker) Childes. He graduated from Anderson High School before attending Purdue University to study engineering. He served his country in WWII as a pilot of B-17 aircraft in the Army Air Corps. Don married his high school sweetheart, Lolita Montgomery. Together they raised two sons: Douglas and Bradley. He was a partner in the Childes family businesses and had other self-employed business ventures in Anderson.
He was a kind man who enjoyed singing and dancing to the 40's Big Band era songs. His day was not complete without a crossword puzzle, a TV western, and an afternoon cocktail. Don loved his daughter-in-laws, Linda and Antha. He had three grandchildren Jana, Thomas and Nic whom he cherished, as well as four great-grandchildren Hayden, Lily, Keaton and Everett.
Cremation rites have been performed, per his wishes. A private family service will be scheduled at a later date.