D. Landphair Family Fund

 

Don and Deb Landphair know they can make a difference in the Quad Cities – a community where they live and have raised their family.  That is why they established the D. Landphair Family Fund in 2013, connecting them directly to causes they care most about.

The Field of Interest Endowment, set up through the Landphair’s estate, will provide 50% support to education that retrains adults and 50% support to shelters that serve battered women.  Don and Deb believe that education is an integral part of personal development, enabling people to help themselves so that they become independent, contributing members of their community, especially in the area of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). They also believe there is a need to support battered women by helping them on their journey toward self-sufficiency and independence.

“When people get an education and contribute to society, they are really creating something. You have to have that foundation,” stated Don, a retired Engineer. “We want to help enable people to better themselves, get a job and provide for their families.”    

Don and Deb have retired, but through her work in the community, Deb has seen firsthand the need that battered women face. “It really saddened me to see what some of these women go through and we wanted to help,” stated Deb.

The Landphairs met while in college at Iowa State University and were married in 1976.  Don grew up in Homestead, IA and Deb in Dekalb, IL.  They reside in Bettendorf, IA where they raised their two children, Alex and Katy.   

Don recently retired from John Deere after 32 years at the Moline planter factory. His job offered him opportunities for travel – with Brazil being one of his favorite trips. Both Don and Deb remain active in the community attending and volunteering at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Don also volunteers for the Red Cross, Fire Department and Habitat for Humanity. Deb is currently the treasurer at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

"It would have been a lot harder to go to school without the scholarship. It meant a lot less pressure."

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