Representative Donald L. Shoning View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 2/11/1999
Birth Place: Battle Creek, Iowa
Birth County: Ida
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 71 (1985) - 74 (1991)
Home County: Woodbury
Donald L. Shoning
Woodbury County


Mr. Speaker: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character, and public service of the late Honorable Donald W. Shoning, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

The Honorable Donald W. Shoning was born on July 8, 1915, in Battle Creek, Iowa. He married Grace Richards of Danbury, Iowa; they had two daughters.

Mr. Shoning graduated from Danbury High School and received certificates of graduation from the International Business Men’s School in Scanton, Pennsylvania and the American Business Men’s School in Oak Park, Illinois. He served three years overseas in the Army during World War II. Mr. Shoning served as operations manager for Westinghouse Electric Supply Company.

Mr. Shoning served as a zoning administrator and civil service personnel director, and safety director for Woodbury County. A variety of community organizations benefited from Mr. Shoning’s numerous volunteer efforts including the Siouxland Housing Authority, American Legion, Sioux City Engineers Club, Masonic Lodge, Boy Scouts, and Grace United Methodist Church. Mr. Shoning also served as a member of the Sioux City Council from 1966 to 1969.

Mr. Shoning was a member of the Republican Party and served in the House of Representatives from 1985 to 1991.

Don Shoning died on February 11, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Grace; two daughters, Janith Griffith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Mary Klauer of San Diego, California; and other relatives.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Seventy-eighth General Assembly of Iowa, That in the passing of the Honorable Donald W. Shoning, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this Resolution would express its appreciation of his service.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House, and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.