Donald L. Ljungren, age 87, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2022, at Ecumen Oaks in Hutchinson.
Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with interment in West Cemetery in Sebeka, Minnesota, at a later date.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Donald Leslie Ljungren was born on November 3, 1934, in Sebeka, Minnesota. He was the son of Albert and Viola (Hanson) Ljungren. Don was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith as a youth at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sebeka. Don was born and grew up on the family dairy farm. He received his education in Sebeka, and graduated with the Sebeka High School class of 1952. He graduated from pharmacy school at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota in 1956.
On December 27, 1959, Don was united in marriage to Ruth Mattson at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with two children, Wendy and Mark. Don and Ruth primarily resided in Alexandria, White Bear Lake, and then Cambridge, Minnesota. They shared 60 years of marriage before the passing of Ruth on November 10, 2020.
Don was a Pharmacist for 42 years. Originally in Alexandria followed by stints at Hall Drug and then Reed Drug in White Bear Lake. Don completed his career with 23 years at Cambridge State Hospital. After he retired from pharmacy in 1998, they became snowbirds in Sun City Arizona (near daughter, Wendy). Due to health issues, Don and Ruth moved into an assisted living facility in Hutchinson, Minnesota in 2012, to be near son Mark’s family.
Don was always an active member of the local Lutheran Church and sang in church choirs for over 40 years. He was most recently at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Don enjoyed travel and discovering new places. He was proud to have visited all 50 states and 9 countries. His hobbies included coin & stamp collecting, genealogy, and golfing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends throughout the country.
Don passed away on Monday, May 9, 2022, at Ecumen Oaks in Hutchinson, at the age of 87 years.
Blessed be his memory.
Don is survived by his:
Children, Wendy Ljungren-Mulkern of Kentwood, MI,
Mark Ljungren and his wife, Robin, of Hutchinson, MN;
Grandchildren, Alexander (Clarissa) Ljungren, Zachary (Rebecca) Ljungren, Melanie (Reid) McGraw,
Ciaran Mulkern, and James Mulkern;
Great-grandchildren, Maxton Ljungren, Griffin Ljungren, Oaklyn McGraw, and Hadley McGraw;
Sisters-in-law, Esther Ljungren of Sebeka, MN;
DeLores Mattson, of Lakeville, MN;
Many other relatives and friends.
Don is preceded in death by his Parents, Albert and Viola Ljungren; Wife, Ruth Ljungren; Sister, Lorraine Ljungren; Brother, Charles Ljungren; Brother-in-law, Paul Mattson; Son-in-law, Terence Mulkern.
Laura Smith says
Wendy, Mark, Robin and Family,
Sending you my love. Ism so sorry about the passing of your Dad/Grandfather. Don was always so very kind, soft spoken, and smart! His love for God and his family was obviously strong. God told a lovely story with Don and his life. I feel so fortunate to have known him and so fortunate to have Wendy as my long-time (over 40 years) super great friend! Don and Ruth gave me a wonderful gift by bringing Wendy and Mark into the world. Love you! Hugs!
Ron and Mary Lou Anderdon says
Our sympathies to you Wendy, Mark, Robin and families. We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Your mom and Dad were always so delightful to visit with at Cambridge Lutheran! Fond memories of your parents. They were so missed when they moved. Our prayers and thoughts are with your families. Ron and Mary Lou Anderson
Bill & Luanne Thompson says
We will miss Don as well as Ruth. Knowing them as good neighbors here in Sun City, Az..
We have many memories to hold onto.
Thinking of the Family and their loss.
Bill & Luanne Thompson
Renee Bryan says
Mark, Robin, and family,
Sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. May the Lord’s love comfort you during this difficult time.
Renee & Wade Bryan