Don Hotchkiss Obituary

Don Hotchkiss

Donald K. Hotchkiss, age 92, of Ames, passed away on Monday, May 24, 2021 at Northcrest Community.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Collegiate Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Iowa State University Cemetery.

Born on December 23, 1928 in Eldora, Iowa, Donald was the son of Joseph and Mary (Bentley) Hotchkiss. He grew up on a farm near Ames and graduated from Ames High School in 1946. Donald graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Husbandry in 1950 and a Ph.D. in Dairy Nutrition in 1960.

He served in the Air Force as a Pilot from January, 1951 until his honorable discharge in November, 1954, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Donald was united in marriage to Dorothy Ives in Stillwater, Oklahoma on April 16, 1952. Donald began his career as a Professor in the Statistics Department at Iowa State University until his retirement in 1990. He was recognized as Outstanding Academic Advisor and was responsible for the curriculum in “Biometry”.

Community involvement was very important to Donald. He was a thirty-seven-year member of the Town and Country Kiwanis and an eighteen-year member of the Ames Golden K Kiwanis. He was Kiwanian of the year in 1980, 1988, and 2003. Donald enjoyed volunteering at Mary Greeley Medical Center and Northcrest Community.

Donald is survived by a son, William (Robin) Hotchkiss of Omaha, NE; a daughter, Elizabeth (Robert) Flatt of Spanish Fork, UT; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alicia Giebelstein,

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; his son, Thomas; and a brother, Correno Hotchkiss.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Adams Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for Donald’s family at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Suncrest Hospice or Heartland Senior Services.