Donald J. "Don" Lohnes

Jul 1, 2018
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1:30 PM, Friday, July 6, 2018 at Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Church, 2015 Rainbow Dr. in Cedar Falls

In honor of the color Don brought to the community, please wear color as we celebrate his life.


4:00 to 8:00 PM, Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St. in Waterloo


Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites by U.S. Navy Honor Guard and Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49


Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Church


Donald J. "Don" Lohnes, Age 93, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Waterloo, died at his home Sunday, July 1, 2018. He was born December 9, 1924 in Cherokee, Iowa, son of Willard and Gladys Harrington Lohnes.


Don married Vernie Jean Hoffman April 6, 1946 in Waterloo. She died February 19, 2005.


He graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1943 and attended Photography School while serving in the U.S. Navy during WW II.


In 1952 Don purchased Pierce Photography Studio and operated Lohnes Photography for over 25 years. In 1967 he also began operation of American Professional Color Corporation, now American Color Imaging, selling the business in 1999 to his daughter, Lisa Lane and her husband, Mark.


Don was a member of Professional Photographers of America where he earned his Master and Craftsman degrees. He was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Photographers in 2017 and was Past President of Iowa Professional Photographers and numerous other imaging boards. He was Past President of the Waterloo Rotary Club and had been an Elder and Deacon at First Presbyterian Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church before joining Cedar Heights Community Presbyterian Church. Don was recognized as the Courier’s 8 over 80 in 2015 and was a life member of Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49. He was inducted into the East High School Hall of Fame and was co-founder of the Hawkeye Community College Photography Program.


He is survived by his daughter, Jean Peters, San Diego, CA; son, David Lohnes, Des Moines, IA; daughter, Lisa (Mark) Lane, Waterloo; granddaughters, Katie (Ben) Rollins and Megan Lane; and 3 great grandchildren: Elise, Brock, and Rachel Rollins.


Don is preceded by wife; infant daughter, Julie Ann; brothers, Richard and Jack Lohnes; and son‑in‑law, Eric Peters.

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  1. Marc Lattin | Jul 05, 2018

    Don wash such a kind man, and gave special meaning to the word “Professional”!  It was a true pleasure to have known him!

    Condolences to the family at this difficult time. 

  2. Andrea & Curt Sanders | Jul 04, 2018
    We send our sympathy to the Lohnes family in the passing of Don.  He was a cornerstone of the photography industry and the Iowa PPA.  He was a kind spoken man who will be missed.
  3. Jean Poland | Jul 04, 2018
    Missing a wonderful man and mentor.  He was truly one of the greats of the photographic industry.
  4. Sue Fischer | Jul 04, 2018

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Don was a very special person we will miss him.

  5. John Wilson M.Photog.,Cr. | Jul 03, 2018
    Prayers lifted.
  6. Rhonda McCombs | Jul 03, 2018
    My thoughts and prayers are with Don's family.  It was an honor to have known Don.  A nicer man would be hard to find. 
  7. Keith Menken & Kim Leer | Jul 02, 2018
    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Don. It was an honor to have known such a great person and we will truly miss him. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time. Keith Menken & Kim Menken Leer

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