Jan. 18, 2019
Donald Cyril Tifft, 94, of Glencoe passed away Friday, Jan. 18, at Grand Meadows Senior Living in Glencoe. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe, with interment at the Glencoe City Cemetery in Glencoe. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 14, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service, all at the church. The gathering will continue one hour prior the service, at the church. Officiating will be the Rev. Katherine Rood. Pianist will be Twyla Kirkeby. Accompanists will be Grace Brickzen, fiddler, and Denise Lueders, pianist. Special music will be by Isabell Petersen performing “Well Done.” Congregational hymns will be “Amazing Grace,” “In The Sweet By And By” and “Because He Lives.” Military honors by Glencoe American Legion Post 95. Urn bearers will be Matt Jahn and Zac Jahn.
Donald Cyril Tifft was born Nov. 8, 1924, in McLeod County, Glencoe. He was the son of Samuel Lowell and Edna Christine (Nelsen) Tifft. Donald was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glencoe. He received his education in Glencoe, graduating from Steven’s Seminary with the Class of 1942. Donald enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp. June 2, 1943, and was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He was a mechanic on the B-29 fourth engine. Donald received an honorable discharge in 1946. He furthered his education by attending his first year of college at St. Cloud State, and then he transferred to the University of Minnesota where he graduated with a business degree in 1950.
Donald met Janice Bomm at Lake Marion ballroom and they were united in marriage May 26, 1949, in Minneapolis. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Patti, Douglas, Kerri and David. Donald and Janice were together four months short of 70 years.
After graduating, Don entered the management training program with Gambles Skogmo. During this time, they moved many times. After being with Gambles a few years, Don became a buyer and worked for various companies. He was a wholesale buyer of household goods, sporting goods and toys. In 1966, Don moved his family to his hometown of Glencoe. At this time, an opportunity came to him to go into another line of business altogether. Don became an insurance agent and real estate agent working with the Hartelt Agency until retirement. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Don was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and Glencoe American Legion Post 95.
Don always looked forward to family get-togethers and any kind of adventure. Camping trips and his Glastron boat never disappointed in providing family bonding moments. Don and Janice took several winter trips and a trip to Hawaii after retirement. Christmas was always at their house until they moved into Grand Meadows. Don had a love for many sports including Twins baseball in the summer and Vikings games in the fall. He had a unique talent for multitasking fall chores while watching a Vikings game and not missing a second of the game. Don had only played one game of golf before moving to Glencoe. It would become a game he enjoyed playing.
Donald is survived by his wife Janice Tifft of Glencoe; children, Patti Jahn and her husband Bruce of Cloquet, Douglas Tifft of Hopkins, Kerri Kautz and her husband Michael of Dayton and David Tifft of Hutchinson; seven grandchildren, Sara Aulia and her husband Denny, Matthew Jahn and his wife Tonya, Zachary Jahn, Angela Olson and her husband Brady, Breanna Kruse and her husband Alex, Samuel Tifft and his wife Corrine and Joseph Tifft; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Edna Tifft; and brother Lowell Tifft and his wife Maureen.
Arrangements by Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guestbook available at mcbridechapel.com.