Donald J. Tandy

Apr 28, 2017
Tandy, Donald obit


A celebration of life will be held at a later date 


Cedar Valley Hospice or First United Methodist Church 


Donald J. Tandy, 82, of Waterloo, died Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Cedar Valley Home.

He was born on July 18, 1934 in Washington, Iowa, the son of MJ and Erma (Visser) Tandy.

Donald attended Reinbeck High School and received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa. He continued his education at Missouri State University where he obtained his master’s degree.

He married Marlys Robinson in 1956 in Reinbeck; they were later divorced. He married Cheryl Reymer-Sasse in 1993 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. 

Donald was a teacher for many years starting at Dysart High School and working more than 32 years at Peet Junior High School in Cedar Falls.

Donald was a member of First United Methodist Church in Waterloo. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He liked to work in his yard and cherished the time he spent outdoors.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl; four children: Linda (Bill) Kline; Kate (Chris) Luchtel; Sara Johnson; and Matt (Jeong) Tandy; two stepchildren, Aaron and Andrea Sasse; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers: Karl (Karen) Tandy and Dick (Laura) Tandy; a sister-in-law, Linde Tandy; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and his brother, Keith Tandy.


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  1. Jerry Riker | May 01, 2017

       I had the privilege of working with Don on the faculty for most of my thirty-two years at Peet Jr. High. Don stands toward the top of a long list of wonderful, talented, and dedicated teachers on that Peet faculty over all those years.  He is remembered for his calm, caring, patient, understanding, supportive approach to his students and fellow staff members.

       As a resource teacher that worked with many classroom teachers on behalf of shared students on my roster, Don was unsurpassed in his willingness to go that extra mile to help students in need.  He would ask what he could do and then follow through.  He was truly "one of the good guys" as a teacher, friend, and family man.


       Jerry Riker


  2. Darrin Thran | Apr 30, 2017
    I am sorry to hear of the Tandy's loss, Mr. Tandy was one of my favorite teachers at Peet ! I also found his classes very interesting and fun !
  3. Jane Seeley | Apr 30, 2017

    Don Tandy was one of the first people I met when I started teaching at Peet.  We made an immediate connection as his mother was my 6th grade teacher in Traer.  We spent lots of time discussing Traer, Reinbeck and Geneseo over the years.  I enjoyed dropping into Don's classroom over the years and watching how he calmly worked with a classroom of 8th graders.  We did many classroom projects together and my vocabulary and knowledge of science increased tremendously.  I loved when we did projects on plate tectonics.  When we were in Hawaii we visited the volcanoes.  As the guides were telling us various facts, I thought I learned this from Don.  Don was truly a treasure to his students and to the staff who worked with him over the years.

    There were so many other facets to Don.  His stain glass works and especially his gardening.  When we bought our first house, he really started helping me learn the fundsmentals of perennial gardening.  Again, his patience and depth of knowledge were invaluable.  I learned so many things from Don especially to take my time to become aware of the pros and cons of each plant.

    Oue two adult sons fondly remember Don.  Our oldest started calling him Mr Don Tandy after a visit when he was just 3.  AJ was fascinated by Don's yard and all of the rocks.  The guys loved seeing Don while they were students at Peet.  He is still Mr Don Tandy to all of us.

    Our deepest sympathy to you all and may your memories bring you comfort and peace.

    Jane and Jim Seeley

  4. Barb Lyman-Kluck | Apr 30, 2017

    Don is considered as one the "greats" at Peet Junior High.  His love of nature was contagious. In his room at Peet, Don displayed a large hornet nest which was fascinating.   Even after he retired, Don would bring a beautiful live plant arrangement from his garden and place it on the counter in the office.  It was the sign that Don was coming to join us for lunch the next day!  We always enjoyed his visits.  Don will be remembered as a soft-spoken, gentle man who deeply loved his family; he was so proud of his children!

     I also clearly remember seeing Don arrive for Parent-Teacher conferences wearing a stunning white suit; he looked like such a Southern gentleman!  I also remember that Don served on the Social Committee at Peet.  What stands out in my mind is that Don preferred to write personal notes on a note card instead of using a ready made greeting card.  I have been the recipient of two of Don's cards and have kept them as treasures to this day.

    Blessings to Cheryl and the kids.

    Barb Lyman-Kluck

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