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Donald M. Norine, 68

Donald Myron Norine, age 68, of Ottertail, formerly of Cokato and Hutchinson, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at his home following a brief and valiant battle against cancer.

He was born July 25, 1943, in Cokato, the son of Melvin and Dorene (Johnson) Norine. Don was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in his faith as a youth at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He received his education in Cokato and was a graduate of the Cokato High School class of 1961.

Don moved to Hutchinson, where he raised two children.

He was employed by Goebel Fixture Company for 42 years. Following retirement, Don moved to Ottertail with his longtime companion, Mary Miller.

Don was a lifetime member of Ducks Unlimited.

After retirement, Don enjoyed his lifelong passions of hunting, fishing, and sports. He was an avid outdoorsman and Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan.

Don always had a Chesapeake dog at his side, most recently Maggie.

He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Don is survived by his longtime companion, Mary Miller of Ottertail; son Reid Norine of Mahtomedi; daughter Julie Carlson and her husband, James of Hutchinson; brothers Jim Norine and his wife, Jacie of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Brad Norine and his wife, Deb of Annandale; grandchildren Bryce and Lauren Carlson, and Riley Norine; uncles Gary Johnson, and Rueben Norine; aunt Bernice Wanderscheid; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Dorene Norine.

A memorial service took place Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with interment in the Cokato City Cemetery. The Revs. Jon Lindekugel and Mark Richardson officiated at the service. Bev Wangerin was the organist, and Lauren Carlson read the eulogy. Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “Borning Cry,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.”

Bryce Carlson was the urn bearer. Honorary bearers were Al Martinson, Steve Martinson, Scott Brinkman, Brett Brinkman, Bryce Carlson, James Carlson, Al Brinkman, and Ray Esboldt.

There was a gathering of family and friends Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson, which continued Wednesday one hour prior to services at the church.

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson; online guest book available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.