Durwood “Doc” Giddings, 86, of Humboldt, passed away February 18, 2018 at the Humboldt Care Center South. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church. The Adams American Legion Post 119 and Sathers-Odgaard VFW Post 5240 will provide military rites. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt is assisting the family.
Durwood Keel Giddings, the son of Russell and Irene (Hanson) Giddings, was born May 27, 1931 on the family’s farm in Rutland Township, Humboldt County, Iowa. He attended Airline Country School and graduated from Livermore High School. In 1951, Doc enlisted into the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He received the Purple Heart in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1954. He returned home where he met a waitress at the Eateria named Sharon Fort. The couple were united in marriage on April 7, 1957 and made their home in Humboldt. Doc went to work for Knight’s Cottage Cheese for several years before joining Gunder Manufacturing. He served Gunder’s as a church furniture installer for many years until his retirement.
Doc loved the game of golf and enjoyed sharing the game with his grandchildren. He spent countless Thursday mornings at the Humboldt Country Club where he once scored a hole in one. He loved to be outside, helping family members with home improvement projects and he took pride in his meticulous yard. He and Sharon cherished their card club friendships and they enjoyed camping with them and their families at Twin Lakes.
Doc is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sharon of Humboldt; his children, Jeanne (Howard Gillespie) Giddings of Waukee, Tim (Suzanne) Giddings of Highland, MI, Mike Giddings of Urbandale, and Susan (Dale) Jensen of Humboldt; grandchildren, Jennifer (Matt) Michaels, Shaun (Kenna) Giddings, Lauren Giddings, Michelle Giddings, Rachel Giddings, Kevin Giddings, Leigh (Brendon) Shaw, and Christopher Giddings; 9 great grandchildren with two more expected in the spring; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Russell Giddings.