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Donald Kenneth Wilson

Donald Kenneth Wilson passed away comfortably on Feb. 27, 2010 at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood. Services were on Wednesday, March 3, at 11 a.m. Military rites were provided by the Morris American Legion, AmVets and VFW.

Donald Kenneth Wilson, son of Charles and Louise (Burmeister) Wilson, was born March 1, 1917 in Iona. He grew up in Slayton. Upon graduation from high school he joined the CCC, where he served for 2 years in the Ely area. In 1937, Don joined the Navy serving 8 years. He served on the USS Enterprise. He received an Honorable Discharge on Dec. 22, 1945. Upon returning to Minnesota he attended Ag School in Morris.

While on military leave he met Nadine E. Lundquist and they were married on Jan. 1, 1944 in Brunswick, Ga. They made their home on a farm near Hancock. Three children were born to this union. Nadine contracted polio and died Nov. 11, 1948. Don remarried 2 years later to Minnie Hannah Stettner on Oct. 25, 1950. A set of twins were born on Dec. 16, 1951. Complications arose and one twin did not survive.

When Don retired from the farm he obtained employment at the University of Minnesota Morris. When Minnie developed health problems, he retired to take care of her and moved to Alexandria. Minnie passed away Feb. 10, 1984.

Don moved to Cleveland, Tenn. shortly after Minnie's passing. He lived in Tennessee for 18 years. Don was always one to keep his mind active. He took Spanish classes and wanted to move to McAllen, Texas where he could reach the Hispanic people with the gospel. He decided he couldn't speak the language fluently enough, so he was not able to fulfill his missionary dream.

He returned to Minnesota two years ago and lived in Morris. Some of Don's favorite activities included farming and spending time with his family, but the thing he found most rewarding in life was his personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his children: Nancy Roles of Bloomington, David (Marty) Wilson of Renville and Orrin (Karen) Wilson of Hancock; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his two wives Nadine and Minnie; two daughters: Romily Cassida and Corlene Wilson; two granddaughters: Kari Roles and Kari Wilson; his parents; two sisters: Gertrude Webster and Mildred Leske and three brothers: Edward, Philip and Aaron Wilson.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.

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