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Donald John Koosmann

Donald John Koosmann

Donald John Koosmann, 76, son of Wilbert P. and Ella (Jeske) Koosmann, was born on July 29, 1942 in Morris, Minnesota, where he grew up. Later, for many years, he lived in Detroit Lakes, and most recently lived to Bemidji, Minnesota. As a youngster he attended country school, District #16, then attended junior and senior high school in Morris where in graduated in 1960.

Donald was able to fulfill a long-time dream of becoming a printer by trade; and was able to attend Wahpeton, ND's State School of Science. In 1966 he began employment at Lakes Publishing in Detroit Lakes after a short stint working at the Appleton Press. Don continued to work at Forum Communications Printing (formerly Lakes Publishing) for forty-one years, retiring in 2007. He developed many lifelong friendships there.

Donald was the happiest if he could be creating something whether it be with wood, leather, cloth, jewels or precious stones. He also enjoyed gardening and yard work and kept their property immaculately groomed. In earlier years he enjoyed having horses.

Donald was married to Christine Gilbertson in 1971. To this union one son was born, Troy.

Don's faith was very important to him, believing in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. Once at a discussion around their dining room table he patted his wallet saying, "I have a list of questions in here that I'm going to ask Jesus when I see him face to face." What an Easter Don must have had this year!

Donald is survived by his wife, Christine; only son, Troy (Nicole); one granddaughter, Hannah Paige; two sisters: Yvonne (Johnny) Giesbrecht, and Kathleen (Dan) Joyce; sister-in-law Connie; and one brother Willie (Brenda); Mother-in-law, Trudy Gilbertson; sister-in-law, Karen (David) Ginter; brothers-in-law: Gary (Bonnie), and Bruce (Sue); several nieces, nephews, extended family and a hosts of friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert (1959) and Ella (2008) Koosmann; and one brother, Curtis (1993).

The family wishes to thank all the doctors, nurses, and therapists at the Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN for the loving, dedicated care given to Don during his last days, he so appreciated them.

Donald will be dearly missed, but we are so happy that his suffering days on Earth are over. Thank you for being who you were to Don!

There will not be a public Memorial Service for Donald.