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Old 12-11-2006, 04:40 AM
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Donald Walter Mink, age 82 of Prairie du Chien, WI

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN - Donald Walter Mink, age 82 of Prairie du Chien, entered into Heaven on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. Donald was born on July 14, 1924, in Waterloo Township, Grant County, to Adam and Julia (Elskamp) Mink. On July 26, 1947, Donald was united in marriage to Mary L. Meyers at the Lancaster United Methodist Church. Donald enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific during World War II. He later worked in Kenosha at American Motors. In 1962, he opened Don Mink Plumbing and Heating in Patch Grove, serving the area until 1984. Donald was a member of the United Methodist Church in Patch Grove, the American Legion Post No. 5 of Patch Grove, and a former member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge in Bloomington. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Mary of Prairie du Chien; his children, Patricia (Phil) Kirschbaum of Patch Grove; Jim (Deb) Mink of Prairie du Chien; Cynthia (Larry) Busch of Patch Grove; Jeffrey (Lisa) Mink of Prairie du Chien and Kim (John) Curtis of Patch Grove; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mae Day and Helen Leeser, both of Lancaster; a sister-in-law, Carole Mink of Alabama; and many nieces and nephews. Donald was preceded in death by his parents; and five brothers, Virgil, Leland "Gus", Keith, Claude, and Herbert. The funeral service to honor the life of Donald will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at the UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in Patch Grove with Pastor Mary Ann Floerke officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Visitation with family and friends will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, at the MARTIN FUNERAL HOME in Bloomington and Thursday morning after 9 a.m. at the church. A Donald W. Mink memorial fund has been established.

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