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Donald Horsch, 73

Donald Harlan Horsch went to be with the Lord July 3, 2022, at the age of 84.

Donald was born Feb. 25, 1938, to Raymond and Lillie (Melinske) Horsch in Middleville Township. He was baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township, Wright County, and confirmed in his faith April 6, 1952, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, MN.

He married LeAnn (Baird) Nov. 16, 1957, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted, MN. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Steven and Bruce.

Donnie worked in the grocery business in the surrounding communities, then owned his own store in Howard Lake. He finished his career at Fairbault Foods in Cokato.

In retirement, he worked at the Howard Lake Post Office. Donnie, a long-time member of St. James Lutheran Church, dedicated his time doing grounds-keeping, snow removal, and elder and usher.

Collecting cans was one way of showing his devotion to church and school.

He was an avid RV enthusiast traveling around Minnesota and Texas.

He married Noreen (Hirsch) Horsch on Jan. 15, 2005, and inherited six daughters.

He loved all sports, especially the Minnesota Twins, and was a sports enthusiast. He enjoyed going up north, relaxing, and playing cards. He also enjoyed his fellowship with his friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Lillie, late wife LeAnn of 46 years, son Bruce, brothers Clayton, Gaylan, Burton, and sister Margy.

Donnie is survived by his loving wife Noreen, son Steve, daughter-in-law Barb Horsch, siblings John (Chub) Horsch, Harlan Horsch, Pauline (Bob) Bella, Verla (Roger) Olson, Lisa (Dwane) Kotila, Denise (Steve) Virnala, Audrey (Dan) Kappel, Julie (Marc) Linder, Myra (Troy) Laway, Gwen (Rob) Kelsey and many nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, and friends who will miss him dearly.

Donald’s funeral services will take place at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2022, with visitation one hour prior to service. Additional visitation Friday, July 8, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service.

Arrangements are made by Swanson Peterson Funeral Home, www.swansonpeterson.com, of Howard Lake.

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