Donald Gilsdorf

Donald Gilsdorf, 90, of Verndale died March 15, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 23, at 10:00 a.m. at the VA Medical Center Chapel in St. Cloud with Chaplain Paul Anderson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the VA Chapel. 

Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery at Camp Ripley following the services.  

Arrangements are with Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.

Don was born July 20, 1926, to Raymond and Hazel (Sommers) Gilsdorf near Millville. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. He enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1944. He served his country during World War II, as a Corporal, overseas at Adak Island in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of operation. He was honorably discharged on October 23, 1946. He attended the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and North Central University also in Minneapolis where he received a degree in Ministerial Studies.

Don was a loving father, enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and tinkering with many projects.  

He is survived by two sons, Ben (Deb) Gilsdorf of Phoenix, AZ and Joe (Karla) Gilsdorf of Gillette, WY; three daughters, Beth (Peter) Newland of Plymouth, Faye (Dennis) Sewill of Andover and Judy (Kevin) Gilsdorf-Gracie of Brooklyn Park; 13 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; three brothers, Dick (Mary) Gilsdorf of Elysian, Bill (Gert) Gilsdorf of Plainview and Mark (D.J.) Gilsdorf of St. Charles, IL; three sisters, Margy (Ed) Heppelman of Bellchester, Marlene (Bill) Tolzman of St. Paul and Linda (Gerald) Wolfe of Kellogg; two sisters-in-law, Iris Gilsdorf of Pensacola, FL and Carol Gilsdorf of St. Paul; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents;wife Darlene and three brothers; Lloyd, Leo and Jim.

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