Donald R. Tesch, age 92, formerly of Buffalo and Waverly, died Thursday, July 10, 2008, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
He was born in New Germany March 29, 1916, the son of William Fredrick and Ida Emma Manthey Tesch.
Donald Tesch and Anita Bartels were united in marriage Nov. 9, 1938, in Plato.
Following their marriage, Donald and Anita moved to St. Paul, where they lived for a time before moving in the mid-late 1940s to their farm in Waverly.
Donald engaged in farming and drove semi-truck for The National Tea Company.
He enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels, as well as giving food treats to his dog.
Donald also enjoyed watching the game show channel on cable TV.
He is survived by his sons, Byron (LaVerne) Tesch of Boerne, Texas, and Kenneth Carl Tesch of Kerrville, Texas; daughters Shirley Styrbicky of Monticello, Barbara (Donald) Ottenstroer of Motley, Judy (Ted) Erickson, and Mildred (Donald) Klarstrom, all of Montrose; daughter-in-law Janet Tesch of Staples; 21 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Donald is further survived by brother-in-law and sister-in-law Carl (Darlene) Bartels; sisters-in-law Milda Bartels, and Monica Tesch; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita Tesch, in 2007; a son, William “Bill” Tesch; a grandson, Chad Ottenstroer; a great-granddaughter, Tiffany Styrbicky; his parents; and brothers Stanford, Roland, and Byron Tesch.
Funeral services were Monday, July 14 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Montrose with the Rev. Delburn Kurtz officiating. Jackie Vanderlinde was the organist, and special music was provided by Darci Stroud.
Visitation was Sunday, July 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
Casket bearers were Ben Larson, Brandon Williams, Randy Bryant, Joshua Erickson, Shane Erickson, and Wade Erickson.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.