|10/9/2012 12:35:00 PM|
Donald J. Lemke
Donald John Lemke, 84, of St. Cloud died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at his home. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 8, at Bethlehem Lutheran, St. Cloud, with Pastor Dee Pederson officiating and interment at Acacia Cemetery, Clearwater. Memorials preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Friendship Ventures and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Minnesota.
Don is survived by his wife Donna of 60 years; children, Kurt (Cindy) Lemke, Wendy (Kenneth) Langanki, Debra Humphries, Mark Lemke, and Paul (Anna) Lemke; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Fahey; sister in-law, Donna Lemke; and a host of relatives and friends.
Don was preceded by his parents; brother Harold Lemke, and grandson Luke Lemke. Donald John Lemke was born May 7, 1928, in Lester Prairie, to Herbert and Minnie (Weise) Lemke. He attended Hamline University for one year and St. Cloud State University for 3 years, graduating in 1950. He joined the National Guard which was activated in January, 1951 in the Korean conflict. He was stationed in Camp Rucker, Alabama and was honorably discharged in May, 1952. He married Darlene (Donna) Willemsen on Aug. 16, 1952. Donald taught school in Lester Prairie for two years and in St. Cloud Dist. 742 for 23 years. While teaching he also sold Prudential Insurance. It was during this time he co-founded the Boys and Girls Club. He retired from teaching in 1978. He purchased a farm in Clearwater in 1966 and developed the property after retiring from teaching. He built the Clearwater shopping center and operated Clearwater Interiors. Don was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He was a member of both Zuhrah and Osman Shrine. He was also a member of the Clearwater Lions Club and the Clearwater American Legion. During the past ten years, Don spent much of his time volunteering at Camp Friendship, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Some of his happiest moments throughout the years were spent at their cabin on "Beautiful Hunter Lake" with family and friends.
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