June 18, 2019

Donald “Don” Holmgren, 89, of Darwin passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Hutchinson Health. Funeral Service was Saturday, June 22, at Hantge Funeral Chapel in Darwin with interment in Arndahl Lutheran Cemetery, rural Grove City, Meeker County. Officiating was the Rev. Kelly France. Casket bearers were Curt Nelson, Les Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Brian Johnson, Mike McCoy and Andy Haefner. Military honors by Litchfield Military Honor Guard

Donald “Don” Holmgren was born Aug. 30, 1929, in Litchfield, to Albin and Pearl (Madson) Holmgren. He was baptized as an infant at home and later confirmed in his faith as a youth at Arndahl Lutheran Church near Grove City. He received his education in Litchfield and was a graduate with Litchfield High School Class of 1947.

Donald entered into the Army National Guard Reserves Jan. 16, 1951, in Litchfield. He was honorably discharged Aug. 12, 1952, at Camp Rucker, Alabama, with rank of Sergeant First Class.

Donald moved to St. Louis Park upon his employment at Sears Roebuck in Minneapolis. He worked there as a warehouse supervisor for the catalog division for 37 years. After retiring, Donald moved to Lake Washington, Darwin. In recent years, he enjoyed spending five months out of the year in Hawaii.

He was a member of the American Legion Litchfield Post 104 for the last 67 years and a longtime member of Lake Washington Improvement Association. He was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City.

Donald was an avid Minnesota sports fan. He especially enjoyed watching Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. Donald loved life at the lake. He taught several generations of friends and family to water ski. He was a skillful skier and teacher, who taught hundreds of people to ski. He water skied until he was 70 years old.

When Donald needed assistance with his daily care, he entered Woodstone Senior Living Center Feb. 28, 2017, where he resided until his passing. Blessed be his memory.

Donald is survived by his sister Arlene Williams of Litchfield; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; other relatives and friends; and his Lake Washington family, the Hansons, the Madsens and the Underhills.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents Albin and Peal Holmgren; sister Phyllis Johnson and her husband Marvin; brother Allan Holmgren; niece Sharon Nelson; and brother-in-law Cedric Williams.

Arrangements by Hantge Funeral Chapel in Darwin. Online obituaries and guestbook available at hantge.com.

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