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Donald J. Pouliot, 82

Donald J. Pouliot, age 82, passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was devoted to his family.

Don was born July 28, 1928, to Ephrem and Agnes Pouliot. He was one of 13 children, and helped on the family farm until he was drafted by the Army in 1954.

He married Rita Dehn from Anoka June 5, and then returned to the Army to serve in Japan for the next 18 months. He and Rita built their home on the family homestead, where he made his living farming and raised their eight children.

Don remained farming until 1982, when his health required him to retire. He then began his hobby of fixing bikes and did so in his garage for many years.

Don was a religious man and a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Aid Association.

Don loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, whether it was biking on his special three-wheeler bike, playing games and cards, or reading to them.

In June 2010, Don was diagnosed with bile duct cancer, a rare cancer associated with the liver. Don’s health declined rapidly, and his family spent many hours around his bedside sharing stories and memories during his stay in hospice.

Don is survived by his wife, Rita, of 56 years; his children, Julaine (Dave) Krier,; Joyce (Randy) Hatcher; David (Louise); Allen (Donna); Douglas (Denise); Janice (Pat) Hank; Jodi (Dave) Thomsen; Aaron (Peggy); 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Marie Dehn; Delia Roehl; George Pouliot; Father Francis Pouliot; Lt. Col. USAF (ret.) Richard Pouliot; Lt. Col. USA (ret.) Ralph Pouliot; Leo Pouliot; Marian Neumann; Carol Mindrum-Patton; and Father Eugene Pouliot; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents, Ephrem and Agnes; brother, Ernie; and sister, Isabelle Barthel.

Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial took place at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish Center in Loretto, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and continued one hour prior to services in the church Friday, Dec. 3.

Arrangements were with Iten Funeral Home in Delano.