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Obituary: Dannie 'Dan' Fain
Dannie ‘Dan’ Fain
Dannie ‘Dan’ Fain

Dannie "Dan" Fain, age 71, of Creston, Iowa, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at HCI Care Service Hospice House in Creston.

He was born the son of Newell and Mary Rosella (Foland) Fain on April 2, 1943 near Afton, Iowa. He graduated from the East Union High School in Afton in 1961. After serving his country for a short time with the United States Army and being Honorable discharged, He went on to attend Creston Junior College, Omaha Business School and then on to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Business. While attending school in Omaha, Dan worked at Union Pacific Railroad.

After graduating from College in 1966, he began working for the Farmers Home Administration in Ames, Iowa. He was later transferred to Ankeny, Iowa then on to Toledo, Iowa. In 1974, Dan left the FHA, and devoted full time to farming with his father and brother, Willard in the Afton and Lorimor, Iowa area.

In 1986, Dan was asked to return to FHA and work in the Osceola, Iowa, office until his retirement in 2008. During his time with the FHA, he was sent to Russia for 6 weeks, a trip that left a lasting impression on him.

In 2009, Dan moved to Camp Verde, Arizona, where he lived until August of 2013, when his health began to fail, at which time, he returned to his beloved Union County roots to Creston, Iowa.

Dan was a quiet man, and though he never married, family was very important to him. He so enjoyed farming along side his brother, whether it be raising calves, row crop or baling hay, and was proud of what they were able to accomplish. He had a vast circle of friends, both in Southern Iowa and Camp Verde, Arizona, area, many of them were like his extended family. Some invited him to go on trips, and some would stop for a visit and he always had time for everyone.

He was preceded in death: by his parents and his sister, Joan Rae Fain on May 18, 1942.

Dan is survived by: his brother, Willard Fain and his wife, Janice of Afton, Iowa; a sister, Lana Easter of Lorimor, Iowa; Six nieces, Jackie Dohlman and her husband, Roger of Hampton, Iowa, Juliann Sinn and her husband, Kent of Creston, Iowa, Robin Schmidt and her husband, Jon of Centerville, Iowa, Amy Mead and her husband, Rod of New Hartford, Iowa, Brooke Dornack and her husband, Drew of Creston, Iowa and MacKenzie Harwood and her husband, James of Winter Park, Florida; and several great nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Dannie's Life will be held at 11 am, Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Afton, Iowa with Rev. Jim Morris officiating and a reception to follow in the church basement. Burial will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery northeast of Afton. Family will greet friends from 10 am until the time of the services at the church on Saturday.

Memorials can be made to the HCI Care Service for their Hospice House in Creston. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville, Iowa has been entrusted with caring for the Fain family at this time and condolences can be sent at: schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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