Donald Jasperson, 85

Donald Wayne Jasperson, age 85, of Dassel, passed away Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at the Augustana Lakeside Care Center in Dassel.

His funeral service will take place Friday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church of Cokato, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at Glencoe City Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

Donald was born Nov. 11, 1931, to Harold and Evelyn (Helgemo) Jasperson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tracy. Donald was one of two people in his confirmation class to profess his faith in front of the congregation.

Don graduated from Tracy High School in 1949, and was united in marriage to Nancy Whipple July 30, 1950. To this union, four children were born: Terri, Donna, David, and Molly.

Don worked for JC Penny in Tracy, then LeMars, IA, and then transferred to Marshall, where he became the assistant manager. In 1968, the family moved to Appleton, where he became the manager. Don and Nancy owned and operated Jasperson’s Department Store in Appleton for several years.

In 1982, they moved to Glencoe, where Don was the executive director of the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce.

Don was united in marriage to Barbara Shipp Bruns Oct. 6, 1990, in Glencoe.

Don loved fishing, and dreamed of living on a lake. When he retired, they sold their house and lived by the lake near Cokato during the summer, and spent many winters in Arizona. In 2013, they moved to Dassel, and Don still went to Glencoe once a week for coffee with the guys.

Throughout the years, Don was an active church member as a Sunday school teacher and usher, and he was also a Cub Scout leader.

He was currently a member of Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato.

Don is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, Terri Ebert of Luverne, David (Jan) Jasperson of Rochester, and Molly (Kurt) Schmidt of Stewartville; grandchildren Jeff Barney of Minneapolis, Leah (Ryan) Frantzen, Langley, Mirren, and Cohen of Woodbury, Katie (Matt) Mostad, Charlie and Ingrid of Luverne, Sarah (Paul) Zebe, Daphne and Gage of Adrian, Amanda (Eric) Lammert of Luverne, Emily Jasperson of Rochester, and Stephanie and Luke Schmidt of Stewartville; Barbara’s children, Terri (DeWayne) Hanson, Randy (Charlotte) Bruns, all of Glencoe, and Lisa (Brian) Hayes, of St Louis Park, and their children and grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Irene Jasperson; and his nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Don was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy; his daughter, Donna Barney; his parents; and his brother, Bernard Jasperson.

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