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Donald J. Chap, 49

Donald Joseph Chap, age 49, of rural Silver Lake, died Friday, June 17, 2005 at his home.

Donald was born Dec. 11, 1955 in Hutchinson, to Richard and Margaret (Fasching) Chap. He grew up on a farm in Hale Township, McLeod County, and then moved to Silver Lake in 1973. He attended St. Joseph and St. Adalbert’s schools, and graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1973.

Don attended Dunwoody Institute for two years, where he received his electrician’s training. After working in Owatonna for eight years, he moved back to Silver Lake.

Don taught apprentice students in Hutchinson, St. Cloud, and St. Michael. He also took yearly continuing education classes in Kentucky for five years.

He enjoyed working as an electrician, and was always willing to help out anyone who needed electrical work done.

Next to work, Don’s passion was collecting and restoring John Deere tractors. Over the years, he had accumulated over 50 tractors. He enjoyed taking them to the local parades, and attended many tractor events all over the country.

Don also enjoyed spending time with his family. He purchased a boat so he could take his nephews fishing. He also liked to tinker with automotive repair, until the cars got too complicated.

Don was a founding member of the Central Minnesota Two Cylinder Club, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a life member of the Sportsmen’s Club, and a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake.

He is survived by his mother, Margaret Chap of Silver Lake; sisters Doris (Daniel) Barberg of Cokato, Carol (Gregory) St. Hilaire of Burnsville, Rita (David) Hoernemann of Lester Prairie, and Judy (Jim) Allbee of Howard Lake; and nieces, nephews, and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his father Dec. 17, 1983.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, with the Rev. Robert J. Mraz officiating. Music was provided by Alice Nowak on the organ. The Holy Family Choir sang “Here I Am, Lord,” “Be Not Afraid,” “I Am The Bread Of Life,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment was in Holy Family Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, June 20, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a prayer service at 8 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers were Jeremy Powell, Ryan Barberg, Matt Hoernemann, Andy Hoernemann, Joe Streufert, Mitchell Allbee, Chris Anonen, Tom Holsapple, Gerald Konerza, and Wayne Heller.

The Maresh Funeral Home of Silver Lake served the family.

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