In Memory

Donald George Korch

Donald George Korch

Donald "Donnie" G. Korch Jr.AVONDALE, Ariz. — Donald "Donnie" G. Korch Jr., formerly of Bettendorf, passed away peacefully on Sept. 8, 2016, at his home in Avondale, Arizona, after his courageous battle with cancer, his family by his side. Donnie was born on Oct. 26, 1951, in Davenport, to Donald Sr. and Shirley "Pat" Korch.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016; visitation prior at Best Funeral Services, 9380 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, Arizona 85345. Online messages can be written at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his spouse, Lu Ann Fields-Korch, and contributions will be made on Donnie’s behalf to charities of his choice. Memorial services will be held in Iowa the spring of 2017.

He was a graduate of West High School then enrolled in the Navy in 1969. After his service, he pursued numerous ventures. He was the director of maintenance for Wenger Truck Line Inc., Davenport, for 18 years. He married Lu Ann Fields in May, 2000. They relocated to Avondale in 2005. He was a breakdown manager for Knight Transportation Inc. Phoenix, Arizona, from 2005 until retiring June 2016.

Donnie’s passion was golf. He leaves behind many friends that shared his passion. He was lucky to shoot two holes-in-one. He was also an Iowa Hawkeyes fan. Most remember him as strong willed, compassionate, ethical and dedicated to family.

Donnie is survived by his wife, Lu Ann; daughter, Terra; granddaughter, McKayla, all of Avondale, Arizona; sisters, Sherry Carter and Tammy (Scott) Biittner; brother, Bruce (Nancy) Korch, all from Davenport; his two nieces and four nephews, one grandniece and grandnephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, paternal and maternal grandparents, and niece.

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09/20/16 08:53 AM #1    

Kenneth Martens

Don and I used to ride around the Quad Cities on our motorcycles. He was a great friend and will be missed !!!

Don, my friend, keep the rubber side down!!!



09/20/16 12:08 PM #2    

Craig Allen Carter

Don was one of my best friends growing up in the west end.  We walked home together every afternoon from Hayes Elementary.  As we walked we shared our plans and dreams for what we were going to accomplish when we were adults.  One of our recurring fantasies was to become professional photographers and work for Playboy.  If the photography didn't work out we were going to move to Australia or Alaska and strike it big.  Don taught me how to shoot pool; as his family had a restored Brunswick table in their basement.  We would spend hours in his basement shooting pool and exploring the woods behind his house.

Don and I remained close throughout high school but we didn't hang out that much because Don spent most of his free time working in his family's pool hall in Rock Island.  The last time I spent time with him was the summer of 1981.  I came into Davenport to try and cheer him up after he lost his leg to cancer.

Those who knew Don liked him very much as he was a loyal and caring friend. 


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