Rev. Donald L. Carver

Aug 26, 2019
Carver, Don crop


10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 31 at Waterloo First United Methodist Church


4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 30 at Locke Funeral Home


Waterloo Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa


KBBG Radio Station or Waterloo First United Methodist Church


Rev. Donald L. Carver, 88, of Waterloo, died at NewAldaya Lifescapes, Monday, August 26, 2019.

Don was born May 1, 1931, in Fort Dodge, IA, the son of Cyril and Maude Brown Carver. He graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1949, received his BA degree from Morningside College and his Master of Divinity degree from Boston Theological Seminary. Don married June Mousley June 9, 1952 and she died in 1981. He married Sue Campbell July 25, 1987 at Waterloo First United Methodist Church.

Rev. Carver was ordained a Deacon in 1954 and Full Elder in 1957 in the North Iowa Conference of the Methodist Church. He served Methodist Churches at Fredericksburg and Fredricka, Moville (Federated), DeWitt, and United Methodist Churches at DeWitt, Cedar Falls St. Timothy, Des Moines Inner City Parish: Burns-Gatchel-Trinity, was Director/Urban Minister of Greater Waterloo, and Superintendent of the Ottumwa District. He retired in 1994.  His ministry included serving on many committees and commissions. Don was a board member and treasurer for KBBG radio station and active in many other local and state groups and organizations.

Survivors include: wife Sue; son Philip (Rebecca) Carver of Coralville; daughter Linda (Greg) Mayne of Waterloo; daughter Cynthia (Adam) Frederick of Stillwater‚ MN; step-son Jon (Candi) Campbell of Taylors‚ SC; step-daughter Jill (Pat) McCool of Waterloo; sister Harriet Ohlerking of Golden‚ CO; brother Jerry (Martha) Olsen of Des Moines‚ IA; brother Stan Olsen of Aurora‚ CO; sister-in-law Karen Olsen of Peoria, IL; and a host of loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: his parents, wife June, brothers Cyril, Richard and James and sister Jean Patterson

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  1. Paul Wilcox | Aug 30, 2019

    Dear Sue, Phil, "Cousin" Rebecca, and family,

    Don has been such a light for our Conference for such a long time.  We have truly been blessed by his persistent, prophetic, and pastoral witness.  You never had to guess what Don believed because if he wasn't talking about it, he was living it!  We rejoice in the peace and the joy that he knows, dwelling in the fullness of the Kingdom he so dutifully and beautifully labored for.  May God's mercy and peace surround you and your family with comfort and hope as you make your way together through these days of grief and gratefulness.  Gayle and Paul Wilcox


  2. Rev Julie Poulsen | Aug 30, 2019
    Many of us remember Don with respect and admiration. He was certainly a deeply devoted man of God and a man of Christian action. Thanks be to God for Don, his Christian witness and for you his beloved family. Well done thou good and faithful servant. Praying with and for you, Julie Poulsen
  3. Rev Julie Poulsen | Aug 30, 2019
    Many of us remember Don with respect and admiration. He was a deeply devoted man of God and a man of Christian action. Thanks be to God for Don and his family. Praying with and for you. Love, Julie Poulsen
  4. Jim and Marjorie Jensen | Aug 29, 2019

    Jim and Marge Jensen 

    We were sorry to read of the death of Rev. Carver.  He was our minister at St. Timothys in Cedar Falls.  In 1974 John Deere transferred Jim to Ankeny.  We were sad to leave our church and our minister.  In 1975 Ankeny suffered a tornado.  Vehicles were not allowed in our neighborhood, but Don and June walked from the edge of town to check on us!  Such compassion!  We  still have fond memories of the Carvers, and send our love and sympathy to the surviving family.

  5. Ann Bachman-Mack | Aug 28, 2019
    One of the active members of the community I grew up in.  I was just a teenager when I met him through Jimmy Porter.  It was my first experience of a Caucasian serving shoulder to shoulder  with Africain Americans in our community fighting for equal rights.  What a man of God!  Always standing up for the less fortunate.  He also stood side by side with us as The UNI 7 protest.  He leaves an example of what a community, world should bye like.  Rest in peace Rev, and God bless the family.  Our condolences to each one of you.
  6. Paul Frederiksen | Aug 27, 2019

    He was a tremendous mentor when I served at Cedar Falls First in the '90s.  Showed that prophets are not out of date!


  7. Berk | Aug 27, 2019

    Phil and Rebecca, It’s always tough to lose a Dad.  Thoughts and prayers are with you.  


  8. Joan Krafka Meany, Grace Reformed Church | Aug 27, 2019

    Linda and family,

    May your faith, family, friends and fond memories of your dad support and comfort you as you celebrate his life. His good name will long be remembered for his devotion to pastoring so many years in the Iowa United Methodist Conference. He and Stan Kennedy did wonderful things as Waterloo Urban Ministers as well. My prayers for each of you at this time. 

  9. Kim Anne Gates | Aug 27, 2019

    Truly a "father of the faith" - in retirement Don lent his time, talents and experience to those of us at the Univ. of Dubuque Theological seminary in the mid/late 1990's. I much appreciated what he shared & how he shared it and came to respect him as a trustworthy and faithful servant of Christ. May the love of Christ surround you all as you prepare to celebrate Don's life.

    In Christ, Rev. Kim Gates

  10. Joan Usher | Aug 27, 2019
    Dear Sue and family,  I was so sad to get the email message that Don had died.  He was agood friend of Carroll and me and you have been too, Sue, when we were in Waterloo. Youare in my prayers.  Love, Joan Usher

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