Donald Kroells, 74

Donald Kroells, 74

Donald Kroells, 74, of Hamburg passed away Wednesday, June 4, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Donald Herman Kroells was born on Dec. 3, 1939, in Glencoe. He was the twin son of Herman and Gertrude (Oelfke) Kroells. Donald was baptized as an infant on Dec. 14, 1939, by Rev. O. J. Vriesen at the Glencoe Hospital in Glencoe and was confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 29, 1953, by Rev. L. Wohlfeil at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. He attended country school at District #25 and Emanuel Lutheran Parochial School in Hamburg and then Central High School in Norwood Young America, graduating with the Class of 1957.
On Nov. 18, 1972, Donald was united in marriage to Margie Borkenhagen at Fieldon Trinity Lutheran Church in Lewisville. They made their home on Donalds family farm in Hamburg. Donald and Margies marriage was blessed with two children, Teresa and Daniel. They shared over 41 years of marriage together.
In the early years, Donald worked at Farmhand in Green Isle, hauled eggs for Barren Egg Company and tended bar at Bohnens Bar in Norwood. After Donalds father had a farm accident, he started milking and running the land on the family farm until 1996. Then in 1997, Donald worked at Milltronics in Waconia until 2009. He was an active member at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg where he sang in the Mens Choir, served as an usher and was a steward. He was a member of the Carver County Holstein Association.
Donald always had a smile on his face and loved life. He enjoyed bowling, listening to country music, watching basketball, football and golf on television and having coffee at Emma Krumbees with friends. Donald loved attending cow shows and could always pick out the winners. He truly valued his friends and family and his granddaughter, Chloe, occupied a large portion of his heart.
Donald passed away on Wednesday, June 4 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis at the age of 74 years, 6 months, and 1 day.
Blessed be his memory.
Donald is survived by his wife, Margie; daughter, Teresa; son, Daniel and his wife, Ann; granddaughter, Chloe; sister, Ramona Ehrke and her husband, Clarence; sister-in-law, Bernice Schultz and her husband, Ronald; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Gertrude Kroells; twin brother, Dennis Kroells; and sister-in-law, Doris Mogensen.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 9 at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg with interment following in the church cemetery.
Pastor Donald Andrix officiated the service with organist Kathy Oelfke. Special music was performed by the Emanuel Lutheran Church Mens Choir, who sang Beautiful Savior and So Nimm Denn Meine Haende. Congregational Hymns were Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art.
Casket bearers were Louis Louie Dammann, Lyle Ike Brecht, Derald Feltmann, Gerald Feltmann, Dennis Stuewe, Mike Stuewe and Gerald Perry Smith.
Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America.
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