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Donald Biddick

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Donald Biddick age 95 of Monroeville, PA, formerly of Nashua, IA, died Sunday, October 28, 2018, at the Concordia Assisted Living in Monroeville. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018, at United Methodist Church in Nashua with Rev. John Tunnicliff officiating. Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, IA, with Stan Mehmen, Kyle Mehmen, Leland Zwanziger, Rob Robb, Karmen Mehmen, and Kerri Mehmen serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2018, at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Donald Moore Biddick was born May 12, 1923, in rural Floyd County, IA, the son of Frank and Gertrude (Moore) Biddick. He attended rural country school near Rockford and graduated from Rockford High School in 1940. During World War II Don's brother was called to duty leaving him to stay home and tend to the family farm. During his time in high school, he met Dorothy Holl and they fell in love. The couple was married April 2, 1946, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. To this union, two children were born. Don at first began hauling milk for local farmers in the Rockford area for several years. The couple moved east of Nashua where they farmed for numerous years before purchasing a farm west of Nashua in 1956. Don farmed there until 1979 when the couple moved to Nashua. Don enjoyed fishing, woodworking and playing cards with friends. Don and Dorothy had a passion for traveling. The couple had a motorhome they enjoyed driving all over the United States to see the different picturesque sights and places. They also traveled overseas, spending time in many different countries. Don was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Nashua. Don is survived by one son, John (Carol) Biddick of Lafayette, CO; one daughter, Marilyn (David) Hults of Murrysville, PA; six grandchildren, Eric (Lovetta) Biddick, Brian Biddick, Keri (Chad Maney) Biddick, Shawn Hults, Sara (Rob) Robb, and Amanda (John) Todd; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy in 2007; brother, Max Biddick.

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  1. Uncle Don was the most gentle, laid back and fun-loving person. My parents and Uncle Don and Aunt Dorothy were close and did a lot of things together, so they were a close part of our extended family. I remember the lively games of Uno and “marbles” (Chinese checkers) that were brought out and played. Though both farmed, my dad raised Hereford cattle for their beef, and we had just one Holstein, and then later one Jersey to provide our milk, and good milk it was. They competed on a lot of things, but not on the cattle. Uncle Don raised dairy cattle of the Guernsey variety. And though any of your own farm milk beats store bought by a mile, Guernsey milk is the closest thing to heaven! Aunt Dorothy would say, “Let’s have some lunch!” and then bring out dishes of Guernsey milk topped with fresh raspberries. This milk was rich and tasted like sweet cream! Later on they were playing much like “Keeping up with the Joneses[ because if Uncle Don bought something, Dad would probably buy it too if he could figure out a way to finagle it. There were the pool tables in the basements. Ours was particle board and had a ping pong net that could attach, and did not have automatic ball returns. But Uncle Don had a separate table tennis, and then the pool table, oh it was nice! All slate with the ball returns! It was grand to play some pool over there when they got their house in town there in Nashua. Since they got a house in town, Dad was determined to get a house in town as well and sell the farm as well and got a house in Charles City. And on it went. Who had the better storm windows? More fruit trees in their backyard? Dad and Uncle Don were probably more like brothers than Dad was with his own brothers the way they competed and would carry on and laugh together. Those are all good days to hang onto and remember. I wish to extend my love and prayers to John and Carol and to Dave and Marilyn, as well as Eric, Brian, Keri, Shawn, Sara, and Amanda and their families during this sad time. But he lived a long rich life doing much of what he enjoyed. “Don’t be sad it’s over, be thankful it happened.” To Donald Moore Biddick, you were one of a kind, and hold a special place always in my heart. I won’t ever play a Draw Four on you again, but the memories will live on. With warm love and regards, Chris (McElroy) Mackiewicz, Colorado Springs, CO

  2. We learned of Don’s passing from cousin Roger. Our dad, Charles McElroy,and Don were life-long friends. They continued to talk on the phone until a few years ago and Dad often asks if we have heard anything about his pal, Don. Dad and Don started school together in the one room school. Many good stories have been shared about their adventures and mischievous misadventures. My condolences to Marilyn, John and families.
    Susan McElroy Anderson

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