Donald Gehrke, 62, of Ankeny, formerly of Waukee, died at his home Nov. 17, 2017 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 22 at McCalley Funeral Home in Adel with burial to take place at a later date. The family will receive friends Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at McCalley Funeral Home in Adel.

Don Gehrke was born in Creston, before moving to Waukee, where he graduated in 1973. He recently retired from his life long career as a chef and lawn care professional.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy; two sons, Troy (Julie) of Adel and Travis (Alison) also of Adel; three step-children, Andy (Carrie) Van Weelden of Waukee, Tammy (Don) Miller of Oskaloosa and Michael Bales of Des Moines; two brothers, Gary of Greenfield and Gail of Creston; 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Eleanor and Linn; and sister, Sue.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Iowa. Online condolences may be left at