DONALD RAYMOND SPEASE, age 87, of Luverne, died Thursday, October 29, 2020, at the Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Ellsworth. He was born February 20, 1933, in Luverne, to Chester and Ethelwyn (Coon) Spease. He received his education in the Luverne School District, graduating in 1951
In 1952, Don enlisted in the United States Air Force serving at air bases in Wyoming, Illinois, Texas, Florida, Germany and France before his discharge in 1956. He continued to serve his country in the South Dakota Air National Guard from 1958 until 1965.
Don was united in marriage to Myrna Funck on July 13, 1956, in Grace Lutheran church in Luverne. They made their home and raised their children in Luverne. Four children were born to this union, Kimberly, Randall, Mark and Jana. Amy joined the family in 1974. He enjoyed attending all the children’s school activities as well as coaching 4H softball. Don was also a high school football and basketball referee form many years.
He became a partner with his father in the Spease Tire Shop until 1975. Later on, he worked as a car salesman for Davis Motors which later became Connell Car Care. Following his retirement he was employed by Mary Jane Brown home in Luverne until 2013. Don also enjoyed working with children as a Foster Grandparent at the Luverne Elementary School until 2015.
He was an active member of First Baptist Church where he sang in the choir, served as a Deacon and taught Sunday school for many years. He was a member of the Luverne VFW, ACE and also volunteered at the Luverne Hospital.
Don is survived by his wife, Myrna Spease, of sixty four years; two sons, Randy (Becky) Spease, Pine River; and Mark (Stephanie) Spease, Spooner WI; three daughters, Kim (Greg) Eisenhuth; Embarrass; Jana (Russ) Brix, Mankato; and Amy (Tim) Schuchard, Sartell; nine grandchildren; three step grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two nieces; two nephews; and many friends & relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Douglas; and a brother, Loren.
A private family funeral service will take place through Dingmann Funeral Home, in Luverne; and burial with full military honors, provided by the Luverne American Legion & VFW, will be at the Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. A public celebration of life will take place next summer.
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