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MFCP lost a good friend last month:  Donald “Tiny” Weigel.

Tiny, husband of member Deb Weigel, was a familiar face at the MFCP conferences over the years.  He’s fondly remembered for his keen sense of humor, devotion to his family and love of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Donald “Tiny” Joseph Weigel, 69, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at his home from pancreatic cancer.  He was born on November 25, 1951, at Manchester, the son of Robert and Germaine (Drees) Weigel.   Tiny was raised in the Earlville area and graduated in 1970 from Maquoketa Valley High School. After graduation, Tiny worked in construction.

Tiny met Deb Kruse at a stock car race on a blind date on July 14,1974. On October 1, 1977, Tiny was united in marriage to Deb at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. Three daughters were born to this union.  Tiny and Deb lived in Manchester for eight years before moving to Strawberry Point.  Tiny worked with Duane Sherman for several years before starting his own construction company, Tiny’s Home Improvement. He also worked as maintenance manager for Yankee Settlement, Strawberry Point Leisure Homes and Strawberry Homes.  Tiny was also a valued employee of Leonard-Muller Funeral Home for almost 6 years.

Tiny was a long-time member of St. Mark Catholic Church.  He was a devoted Iowa Hawkeye fan and a long-time football season ticket holder.  Tiny also enjoyed boating, going to his cabin on Esmann Island, and traveling. He liked classic car cruises and especially enjoyed driving his 1970 Chevelle convertible.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Deb Weigel of Strawberry Point; his three daughters, Mica (Josh) Geistkemper, Ciara (Spencer) Rave, and Tessa (Kyle Kelchen) Weigel all of Manchester; six grandchildren, Harper, Harlow, and Briggs Geistkemper, Blayr and Crew Rave, and Ava Besch; his three sisters, Wilma (Steve) Billhorn and LuAnn McQuillen of Manchester, and LaVonne “Lovey” Guetzko of Olathe, Kansas; his brother, Joe (Anna) Weigel of Manchester; his brothers-in-law, Lance Billhorn of Manchester, Lee (Patti) Kruse of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Chris (Pam) Kruse of Earlville; and many nieces and nephews.

Tiny was preceded in death by his parents; his three sisters, Kathy Gorkow, Marjean Billhorn, and Marilyn Corcoran; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sandy and Fred Ries; and his in-laws, Walter and Catherine Kruse.


John Draper is the 2021 ACP Volunteer Award Winner

Gladys Van Drie presents the 
2021 ACP Volunteer Award to 
John Draper at the ACP/MFCP Conference

Gladys Van Drie was the perfect choice to present the 2021 ACP Volunteer Award to John Draper. Her simple, but powerful message says it all!

It gives me great pleasure to present this year’s volunteer award to John Draper. John has spent countless hours volunteering to make sure the merger of the two organizations was successful. His leadership was a valuable gift to both organizations.

John has also spent 11 years leading the Rising Stars Program. To the Rising Stars I say,” what a wonderful leader you have had!”

Denzel Washington, an accomplished actor, had this to say about volunteering. “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you give back.”

 So, to all of you here and especially to the Rising Stars go out to your families, your work pace, your communities and lift someone up, give back, follow John’s example. Make the world a better place.

Congratulations John!