DAVENPORT — Funeral services for Don Sheridan Challed, 81, of Davenport will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th St., Davenport. Burial will follow in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport. The family will greet friends 4-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., downtown Davenport. There will be additional visitation 9:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday in the Great Hall at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
Don died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Genesis Medical Center–East Rusholme Street, Davenport.
He was born May 25, 1932, in Cedar Rapids, a son of Dr. Don and Olga (Miller) Challed. Don graduated from McKinley High School, Cedar Rapids, where he excelled in sports, lettering in football, basketball, tennis and baseball. He had attended Carleton and Coe Colleges and was a graduate of the School of Business, Northwestern University, Evanston Campus, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Ruhl on Oct. 29, 1955, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport. Together they were blessed with over 58 years of marriage.
Mr. Challed began a career in life insurance, working first for Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance in Chicago and Hartford, Conn. He and Mary moved to Davenport in 1957; he joined Ruhl & Ruhl Insurance, where he began a long and distinguished career, retiring in 1995 as past-president and chairman of Ruhl & Ruhl Incorporated. He was a Charter Life underwriter, and was past president of the Davenport Association of Insurance Agents. Don also served on regional and national insurance company councils, including Hartford Insurance Group, Regional Chairman, and Continental Insurance Companies, Regional Chairman.
Don believed in giving back and sharing his time and talents, whether in the business community civically or his faith and church community; he was always willing to help. He served on numerous boards including past president of Rotary International, Davenport Noon Rotary Club, where he initiated the Junior Rotarian Program; Davenport Chamber of Commerce, Davenport Club, The Outing Club, Rod & Gun Club, Visiting Nurses Association of Davenport and Crow Valley Golf Club. He also was proud to have served three terms on the vestry and as senior warden for Trinity Cathedral, where he was a longtime member.
Affectionately known as Pinkie to his many friends and 10 grandchildren, Don was a devoted Northwestern Wildcat and Iowa Hawkeye fan. He and Mary loved the Mississippi River and spent many wonderful weekends on their houseboat and later enjoyed their home in the Northwoods of Michigan with their family and friends.
Memorials are suggested in Don’s name to the Davenport Rotary Scholarship Fund, Scott County Family Y or Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Mary; and his four daughters and their families, Catherine Ann (Robert) McPeek, Alexandria, Va.; Caroline Anne (Timothy) Fix, Richmond, Texas; Anne Marie (Scott) Saveraid, Davenport, and Elizabeth Mary (Joseph) Polaschek, Davenport; his grandchildren, Thomas Sheridan McPeek, Scott Gilchrist McPeek, Mary Grace McPeek, Julie Elizabeth Fix, Charles Challed Fix, Sally Anne Saveraid, Caroline Lee Saveraid, Samuel Palmer Saveraid, John Sheridan Polaschek and David Anton Polaschek. He is also survived by his brother, Dean (Judy) Challed, Richmond, Ill.; sister-in-law, Nancy Challed, Salt Lake City; and brother-in-law, Charles A. Ruhl Sr., Davenport, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his brother, David Challed, and his parents.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Don’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.