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Donald L. Biske, 84

Donald L. Biske, age 84, of Monticello, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Lake Ridge Care Center of Buffalo.

Don was born July 2, 1928, in Buffalo, to Lloyd and Julia (Brown) Biske.

He graduated from Monticello High School in 1946.

Donald was united in marriage to Marjorie Nelson, and together they had three children.

Don spent much of his career working in the dairy industry. He worked as a buttermaker and dairy plant operations manager for 15 years, then for Sterner Industries of Winsted for several years in dairy fabrication and installation sales, and served as general manager-vice president of Sterner Industries from 1968 to 1980. He worked at Niro Atomizer from 1980 to 1984, and then as a private consultant in the dairy and food industries until his retirement.

Don was actively involved in various civic activities throughout his life. He served as chairman of the Winsted Planning Commission, chairman of the Winsted Airport Commission, president of the Winsted Public School Board, president of the Winsted Chamber of Commerce, director of the Monticello-Big Lake Hospital Board representing Silver Creek Township, chairperson of the Silver Creek Township Planning and Zoning Committee, a member of the Monticello Community Partners, president of the Pioneer Buttermakers Group, and a member and past president of the Locke Lake Property Owners.

Don was named Wright County Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year in 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; children Larry (Joyce) Biske of Winsted, Chip Biske of Monticello, and Dawn (Colin) Kiefer of Monticello; grandchildren Elizabeth Helmbrecht and Richard Biske; and great-grandchildren Henry, Joshua, Finn, and June.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Julie; son Michael; and brother Lyle.

Funeral services took place Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church in Monticello, with the Rev Ken Felska officiating. There was visitation from noon to 2 p.m. at the church, prior to the funeral services. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery of Monticello.

Funeral arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.