Donald H. Mackaman, 91 years old | News, Sports, Jobs

Donald H. Mackaman, 91, of Marshalltown, IA, passed away on Friday September 17, 2021 at the Suites of Ankeny in Ankeny, IA. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the First Congregational Church in Marshalltown. Visitations will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021 at Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Iowa Reserve Judicial Officers Association, which has awarded the Donald H. Mackaman Outstanding Unit Award annually since 1972. Burial with Full Honors military will be held at Riverside Cemetery. Online condolences can be sent to [

Don was born April 20, 1930 to Harry and Hannah (Bick) Mackaman in Marshalltown. He attended Marshalltown High School and graduated in 1948. Don married Romaine A. Rockhill of Marshalltown on June 13, 1953 at the First Congregational Church in Marshalltown. They were lucky enough to have four children: Sharon, Lorraine, Carole and Craig. The couple lived in the Marshalltown area until 2017 when they moved to Ankeny.

Shortly after graduating from high school, Don enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort. Riley, KS. Upon his return to Marshalltown, he continued his service in the Army Reserves, obtaining the rank of 1st Sergeant (E8). He served 22 years and retired in 1970. He was a skilled marksman and won numerous shooting medals in military and police competitions.

Don joined the Marshalltown Police Department in 1952. Prior to that, he attended Marshalltown Community College and worked for the Iowa Freeway Commission. His first assignment as a patroller was to help with the maintenance and collection of 750 parking meters. He rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief of Police in 1966. He held that position until his retirement in 1988. His first focus as Deputy Chief was recruiting, and he pushed for education in law enforcement. He helped establish the first Marshalltown Police Academy in 1968. In the 1960s, he organized the Marshalltown Police Reserves which became a unit of the Iowa Reserve Police Officers Association. At the time of his retirement he said: “I love Marshalltown, the work and the people.” Her influence was felt for years after two of her children had long careers in criminal justice. After retirement, he and Romaine enjoyed being snowbirds in Florida for many years.

In addition to his career in law enforcement, Don was a determined and hardworking entrepreneur. He was committed to the value of higher education. He and Romaine fully supported the college studies of his four children, as well as financial support for each of his six grandchildren. Several years after starting their family, he encouraged Romaine to complete her college education at Drake University.

Taught by his father, a conductor and professional clarinetist, Don learned to play the clarinet from an early age. He grew up playing in his father’s dance bands, performing at local VFW and American Legion venues on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Sunday morning he played in church. He was a member of the Marshalltown Municipal Band where he met Romaine who played bass clarinet. While in the Army at Fort Riley, KS, the Commanding Officer personally assigned him to the Officers’ Dance Orchestra. Don encouraged all of his children to learn to play musical instruments and was proud of their dedication and achievements.

His interest in Iowa agriculture led him to acquire farmland in the area. He experimented with raising cattle for a short time, but mainly left farming to experienced and trusted farmers, who later became good friends. He followed the financial markets and was always ready to talk about stocks. Don was an avid sports enthusiast who enjoyed duck hunting with his father while growing up, and continued to hunt deer and turkey with his friends and his son, Craig in his later years. A fishing trip to Alaska in which he and Craig brought home their limit of silver salmon was a highlight for both of them. Most recently he enjoyed riding with Craig and Rocky the Vizsla on pheasant hunts. He loved to follow the sporting events of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He even attended high school tennis matches in Ankeny last spring. Don was a member of the First Congregational Church, the Frank Lewis Glick American Legion Post 46, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

He remains to be cherished for 68 years, Romaine, and her four children: Sharon (Phillip) Riskin of Palatine, IL, Lorraine Gilkison of Irving, TX, Carole (Frederick) Coleman of Eless, TX, and Craig (Deborah ) Mackaman of Ankeny. He is survived by his six grandchildren: Stephanie (Nicholas) Riskin Watson, Robert (Michelle) Riskin, Austin (Patricia) Coleman, Mason Mackaman, Luke Mackaman and Nicholas Mackaman; his six great-grandchildren: Doyle, Ryland, Brynn and Kinley Watson; Lorelei and Cadence Riskin; niece Brenda (Don) Taylor, and Rocky, Craig’s hunting dog. Don was predeceased by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy (Rockhill) and David Kruse, and niece, Karla Kruse.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Ankeny Suites for their professionalism and kindness over the past four years.

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