Donald Burton Bingham, age 85, of Norwood Young America, died peacefully at his home Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.
He was born Feb. 24, 1930, in Joplin, MO, the son of Burton and Lillie (Radloff) Bingham.
Donald grew up working in his parents’ grocery store in Minneapolis, and helped deliver groceries. They had the first television in the neighborhood, and watching TV was something that Donald enjoyed throughout his lifetime.
He was also a voracious reader, and used the library and would buy boxes of books at church sales. In the later years, he bought an electronic tablet and his grandsons helped him get set up to read books free online.
Donald graduated from South High School. He attended the University of Minnesota for one year, taking liberal arts classes. He then enlisted in the US Navy for one year, December 1948-1949, through the Selective Service Act, and received an honorable discharge.
Donald later attended the College of Medical Technology and was in the Scholastic Honor Society.
He married Betty Lou Andrews Sept. 1, 1950, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
Donald attended Minneapolis Business College 1950-1951, completing the senior accounting course.
He reenlisted in the US Navy Reserve 1953-1957.
Donald volunteered with the Boy Scouts and went to Camp Mini Point; he taught Sunday school; and he was a long-time member of the Lyn-Lake Lions.
Donald and Betty Lou raised their family of three children on, “the Island,” in Mound on Lake Minnetonka.
Donald was an entrepreneur. He and Betty purchased one apartment building after they married, and later a second building. Donald and a business partner also owned an appliance store in Hopkins.
Don owned the Waconia Marina and Restaurant in the 1980s. It was a family operation. Don and Betty and their family had fun, learned a lot, and made many good friends.
Don and Betty retired to Dade City, FL for winters.
Donald is survived by his wife, Betty Lou; daughters Deborah (Gary) Sandell and Annette (Lora Bellin) Bingham; son David (Ranee) Bingham; grandchildren Michael (girlfriend Jessica Rahrlien) Sandell, Morgan Sandell, Jacki (Michael) Nylund, Justin (Doug Lee) Fritz, Megan Bingham, Dylan Bingham, and Colin Bingham; and great-grandchildren Mackenzie Bingham, Michaela Nylund, and Ella Nylund.
He is further survived by a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edward and Virginia Andrews; honorary daughter Emily Toth; nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America, with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Eric Aune officiated.
Donald’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his urn bearers.