MASON CITY | Donald E. “Don” Sabbann, 86, of Mason City, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at St. James Lutheran Church, 1148 Fourth St. S.E., with Pastor Paul C. Nelson officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Memorials may be directed to St. James Lutheran Church or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Don was born Aug. 15, 1927, in Monona, the son of Ewald and Hilma (Klinge) Sabbann. He graduated from Monona High School. Following high school, he farmed around the Monona area.

Don married Dolores Wilson May 31, 1947, in Cedar Rapids. They moved to Prairie du Chien, Wis., where Don worked in broadcasting.

In 1965, they moved to Mason City where Don took a position with KGLO Radio and Television. In 1970, Don ventured into community banking, moving to Newton to work in a bank there. From Newton, he and Dolores moved to South Sioux City, Neb., for two years before eventually purchasing the Corwith State Bank, Corwith, in 1975. Later on, Don would also become involved with Farmers State Bank. He was a former bank president and board member of both the Corwith State Bank and Farmers State Bank. He also served in various capacities with the North Central Agency.

Don was a member of St. James Lutheran Church. A few of his interests included golfing, singing, traveling, especially to McGregor, and wintering in Florida. He also enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Don is survived by wife, Dolores, of Mason City; son, Brad (Julie) Sabbann of rural Manly; son-in-law, Rich Halverson of Mason City; four grandchildren, Chrissy (Brent) Whipple of Mason City, Sasha Sabbann of Wisconsin, Kelli (Brad) Anderson of Phoenix, Ariz., and Nate (Amy) Halverson of Mason City; nine great-grandchildren, Jaidyn, Taylor, Kaya, Lauryn, Hayley, Kane, Marley, Adrian and Kaylin; one sister, Marcella Tayek of Monona; and one brother, Robert Sabbann of Rochester, Minn.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Andrea “Andi” Halverson, and sister, Mardella Houg.

Arrangements: Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, 641-423-0924,

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