Born in Fargo, ND, June 14, 1941. He passed away March 28, 2021, surrounded by his family. Don was a husband, father and big brother. And a little brother to sisters Nancy and Rita Jean. In his early years – well – he was a scamp, to put it mildly! He also had a huge heart and championed the underdog. He was talented athletically. Family members recalled watching him in the 1950s, as he performed flips and dives off the high board at the old Island Park swimming pool. He was featured in their annual water shows. He worked out on the trampoline and excelled at somersaults and twists. He was a regular at Bud Granfor’s roller rink and a fabulous skater. He enjoyed bowling with his family at Red River Lanes. He married his wife Ruby in 1968 and they made Chicago their home. He was a salesman for Felpro Manufacturing for many years and transferred to Fargo and continued to work for Felpro until he retired after 30 years of service. He loved going to the races and he sure loved his Cubs and Redhawks. He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Frances and sister Nancy Leslie and brother-in-law Gene Wildt. He is survived by his wife Ruby, son Donald Jr, and two step - daughters, Elizabeth and Trina; and by his brother John (Sharyn), sisters Judith Monson (Glenn), Barbe Isaacson (Doug), and Rita Jean Wildt.

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  1. My dearest Ruby and family…I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts, love and prayers are with you.

  2. I wil miss our little chats and e-mails over the last year. You reminded me so much of dad with your
    love of baseball. Love you

  3. We are SO sorry to hear about the loss of Sr. He was always fun to be around and will never forget his smile! Thinking of you Ruby, Jr and Elizabeth during this tough time.

  4. Very sorry to hear about Sr. He was a great friend as was your whole family. Love you guys. If you ever need anything, we’re always there for you.

  5. Ruby and family. So sorry to hear about the loss of Don. He was such a great guy, always had a wonderful bowling with him and getting to know you all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Take care!

  6. Aunt Ruby and family,

    We are sad to hear of the loss of Uncle Don. Our prayers and love go out to his entire family and all who were blessed to know him.

    Sara and Keven Kercher

  7. I am so sorry to hear about Senior! I will always cherish the memories of him giving me a hard time when I worked at Slammers. He was a hell of a guy!

  8. Ruby, we love you and are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. John, Judy and Glenn so sorry for your loss.,I was a good friend of Dons in the 50’s and early 60’s he was a very special person in those days also. My prayers are with you and your family’s.

  10. We are so sorry for your loss. He was such a good caring man. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Always made his friends feel special. We will miss him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Craig and Diane Olwin

  11. So saddened to hear Don has passed away. My deepest sympathies to Ruby and family. He was a special neighbor.

  12. I worked with Don at Merit Care Hospital. I enjoyed his company very much. He was a nice guy. My condolences to the family.

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