Donald Allan Triplett, age 87, of Howard Lake, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center.
He was born Aug. 2, 1925, in Gimmel, MN, the youngest of eight children born to Cecil and Marie (Nelson) Triplett. Don was baptized Nov. 29, 1934, in the Lutheran faith.
He grew up in the metro area before coming to Howard Lake with his family to a farm south of Howard Lake in 1934.
Don attended Cory school in Victor Township, and Cokato High School.
He enlisted in the Navy Oct 5, 1943, and went to boot camp in Farragut, ID. He was then assigned to the Aircraft Carrier CVE 80 USS Petrof Bay. Most of the time served on the aircraft carrier was in the South Pacific. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and was discharged Oct 2, 1945.
He married Gladys (Mauk) March 30, 1946. Two sons were born to this union, John Allan and Robert Daniel.
Don was a member of VFW Post 1901 and of the American Legion Post 145.
Don is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gladys; one son, Robert of Mound; three grandchildren, Michelle (William) Cline of Jefferson City, MO, Daniel of Montrose, and James of St Paul; six great-grand children, Dylan, Taylor and Ethyn Triplett, and Tanner, Adam and Robert Cline, sisters Lois “Babe” Gustafson and Marlys “Sis” Westling of Howard Lake; a brother, Duane, of Seattle WA; and also by many friends and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his son, John; a granddaughter, Allison Andrews; his parents; brothers Irwin, Roger, Robert, and Bruce; and a sister, Irene Sherer.
The funeral service took place Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with Chaplain Messer of American Legion Post 145 officiating. Robert Cline performed a piano solo, “Amazing Grace.” Soloist Sheldon Hedin sang a Navy hymn and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Congregational hymns were “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Softly & Tenderly.” Janice Moberg was the organist and accompanist.
Don was laid to rest next to his son and granddaughter in the Howard Lake City Cemetery.
Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Wednesday one hour prior to the service.
Casket bearers were Daniel, Dylan, Taylor, and Curt Triplett, and Michelle and William “Nick” Cline.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake. Memorials preferred to Parkinson’s Foundation.