Donald L. Blackketter, age 88, of Watertown, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at his home, with family by his side.
He was born Sept. 8, 1931, in Hollywood Township, to Archie and Grace (Campbell) Blackketter.
Don served in the US Army during the Korean War at Porkchop Hill. For his service, he received two Bronze Stars, a Combat Infantry Badge, the National Defense Medal, and several Korean Service Medals. He was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal.
Don was a lifelong farmer in Watertown Township. Besides farming, he worked for Culligan, drove school bus, and did other truck driving jobs.
Don was a member of the Watertown American Legion Post 121, and Waconia VFW Post 5462. He was also a member of the Waverly Council of Knights of Columbus.
Don enjoyed fishing, and taking gambling trips.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Georgia (Motzko); and second wife, Lonnie (Herdt); parents Archie and Grace; and brothers Ed and Leo.
Don is survived by his children, Robert (Jaime), and Patricia; grandchildren Travis, Kelly, Bradley, Nicole, Amanda, Rachel, Justin, Keagan, Calla, Kaiman, Kieran and Camille; great-grandchildren Jordan, Leila, Avri, Marianna and Ivrick; sisters-in-law Luverne Blackketter and Joanne Cebulla; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. Interment with military honors followed in the church cemetery.
There was visitation Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home, with a 3:45 Knights of Columbus rosary. Visitation continued Thursday at the church from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass.
Arrangements were by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.