Donald H. Fenske, husband of Marion, age 83, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at Buffalo Lake Health Care Center in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota.
Memorial Service will be held Thursday, September 14, 2023, 11:00 A.M., at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with interment in the church cemetery.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Donald Howard Fenske was born on August 28, 1940, in Bismarck Township, Sibley County, Minnesota. He was the son of Howard and Hilda (Gaulke) Fenske. Donald was baptized as an infant on September 15, 1940, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Fernando, Minnesota, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on June 6, 1954, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart, Minnesota. He received his education in Stewart, and was a graduate of the Stewart High School Class of 1958.
On September 10, 1961, Donald was united in marriage to Marion Rath at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with three children, Brian, Bruce and Rachel. Donald and Marion resided in Collins Township, rural Stewart, Minnesota. In 1988, Donald and Marion moved into Buffalo Lake, where they made their home before moving to Hutchinson, Minnesota, in 2018. They shared 61 years of marriage.
Donald farmed in Collins Township, raising cows, hogs, mink, and crops. Donald began working for the Farmers Coop Elevator Stewart Division, operating the soy bean roaster in 1996 before retiring in 2002.
Donald was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart, Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo Lake, and most recently, Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Donald enjoyed the outdoors; camping, fishing, and traveling. He also enjoyed reading and visiting with his family and friends. Donald’s greatest joy was his grandkids and great grandkids.
Donald passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at Buffalo Lake Health Care Center, at the age of 83 years.
Blessed be his memory.
Donald is survived by his:
Wife, Marion Fenske of Hutchinson, MN;
Children, Brian Fenske of Brownton, MN,
Bruce Fenske and his wife, Traci of Hutchinson, MN,
Rachel Selchow and her husband, Douglas of Menomonie, WI;
Grandchildren, Kelsa (Ed) Plowman, Blake (Rachael) Fenske, Jordan Selchow, Morgan Selchow;
Great Grandchildren, Ethan Collett-Fenske, Everly Plowman, Kalla Plowman, Harper Fenske;
Sister, Deanna Mantuefel and her husband, Paul of Hutchinson, MN;
Many other relatives and friends.
Donald is preceded in death by his Parents, Howard and Hilda Fenske; Parents-in-law, Paul and Emma Rath; Sister-in-law, Carolyn Fredrickson and her husband, Ray; Brother-in-law, Donald Rath and his wife, Renate.