Donald Lemler took over family farm
Mass of Christian Burial for Donald Lemler, 73, of Selby, was held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Selby.
Burial was at Selby Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Donald passed away Nov. 19, 2012, at his home in Selby.
Donald Charles Lemler was born April 3, 1939, in Mobridge, to Joseph and Mary (Raba) Lemler. He moved with his family to a farm southeast of Selby when he was three years old. He attended the Selby school and served in the South Dakota National Guard. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 28, 1965.
He continued to help the family on the farm and on July 30, 1959, married Betty Hintz in Selby, and they took over the family farm.
Don was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Selby. He enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Don also enjoyed all sports and tried not to miss a game. He greatly enjoyed working with his livestock, especially sheep.
Don is survived by his wife, Betty of Selby; son, Donel (Kori) Lemler of Selby; daughters, Jacklynn (Dave) Manning of Watertown, Pam (Erwin) Nyvold of Clear Lake, Laurie (James) Gates of Canton, and Teresa (Aaron) Meister of Milbank; 13 grandchildren, Brandan (Jennifer) Manning of Las Vegas, Nev., Donald (Krystle) Manning of Sioux Falls, Tim (fiancé Jenny) Manning of Brookings, Bryon Manning of Sioux Falls, Beau Manning of Watertown, Jessica (Justin) Starr of Watertown, Lacy (Kirk) Beebout of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Laramie Schaffer of Clear Lake, Natalie (Chris Driscoll) Gates of Sioux Falls, Austin Gates of Canton, Tricia (Jeremy) Groenhoff of Canby, Minn., Mike Bomar of Phoenix, Ariz., and Dylan Meister of Milbank; 10 great-grandchildren, Victoria Sarkkinen of Watertown, Jaden Hintz, Jenna Hintz, Jace Jellis and Jordan Starr of Watertown, Tylee Jaxon, Harper and Carter Groenhoff of Canby, and Layla Bomar of Phoenix; and one brother, Ed Lemler of Selby.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Joy Lynn, his parents, one sister and grandson, Charlie Bomar.
Faith, family, farming and friends were important to him.