Donald Blumenberg

Dates

May 25, 1934 - November 17, 2020

Obituary

Donald Dean Blumenberg, 86, of Fulton, SD, died Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. A private family funeral service will be held at Bittner Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, November 25th at 1:30pm. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Fulton, SD following the service. The family will host a celebration of his life in May. There will be more details to follow. We hope that all will attend this Celebration! The family will be forming a Memorial fund to honor Don.

Don was born May 25, 1934 in Mitchell, SD to Martin and Maude Blumenberg. He grew up on the family farm North of Fulton and moved to the family farm West of Fulton, and attended Fulton High School. In high school Don was active in all sports and clubs.

Don met the love of his life, Ellene Gannon. The classic love story. “Cheerleader meets basketball star.” He had a Piper Pacer plane that he flew in high school, and rumor has it that he and Ellie had a great date landing in the top of a shelterbelt. Don was united in marriage to Ellene Gannon on August 8, 1958. In 1994, Ellie gained her angel wings. In 2005, Don married Judy Brockhouse.

Don went to DWU and took as many night classes as he could so he could farm during the day. He was drafted into the army where he served as an airplane and helicopter mechanic. His love for flying continued. Don was, also, in the South Dakota National Guard. He graduated from DWU in 1956 and continued farming with his father. Don farmed and fed cattle just west of Fulton until 2009.

Don enjoyed camping and traveling with his children, attending grandchildren’s events, wintering in Texas, and his almighty DWU Tigers. At 6:30pm, he loved solving the Wheel of Fortune mystery phrases. In 1998, he was awarded the “Outstanding Service to Alma Mater from Dakota Wesleyan; In 2013, he was inducted into the Dakota Wesleyan University Hall of Fame; in 2014, he was the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Honorary Parade Marshal; in 2015, he was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award; and in 2019, inducted into the Hanson Athletic Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievements. He was strong in his faith of God and was a Lay Leader for the First United Methodist Church. He served on many boards throughout his life. He was instrumental in forming the DWU Teammakers and served on the DWU board of Trustees for 12 years. He served on the Methodist Hospital Board and dedicated the new Nursery unit.

Throughout his life, he assisted and mentored so many people. He had a tough shell with a heart of gold. He was very proud of his German heritage and the forefathers that started the Fulton State Bank in 1924. He served as the Chairman of the Board for a long time. Don was a forward-thinking man that could remove obstacles from whatever path to see success. He was a Can-Do Man! He enjoyed Life! He would tell you to take the trip, go to the game and to take time for family.

Don is survived by his wife, Judy; daughters: Brenda (Rick Sowada) Blumenberg of Mitchell, Lisa Blumenberg Switzer of Alexandria, and Dawn (Todd) Mayer of Fulton; grandchildren: Westin Switzer, Mason (Ashley Daughters, fiancee) Mayer, and Maddilyn Mayer; and sisters, Darlene Fox and Ruth Turek of Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ellie, brother, Wes and his baby sister, Violet.

 


Visitation(s)

To Be Announced

Service

To Be Announced

Cemetery

Graceland Cemetery,
Fulton, SD


Posted by Roger Goddard on December 3, 2020
Don will be missed. Growing up on a close neighboring farm I remember watching him fly his airplane and doing dives. Fulton won’t be quite the same without him. My condolences to all in his family.
Posted by Gail Gannon VanHecke on November 25, 2020
I have fond memories of Don when he was in high school. Don was a very close friend of my brother, Tom, and my sister, Beth, was a classmate of Elleen. And Elleen was our cousin. RIP Don.
Posted by Pam Hanson on November 25, 2020
My heart is so heavy for all of you. What a great man, father and grandpa. He will be truly missed. So glad you have such wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today❀️πŸ₯°β€οΈ
Posted by Barb and Dave Ohme on November 25, 2020
Dawn, Brenda and Lisa and family...our hearts are with you today and in the days to come. So hard losing a Dad and we pray you will find the peace of God which passes all understanding Dustin this time.
Posted by Char Peterson on November 25, 2020
Deepest sympathy for the family of Don. Thoughts and prayers πŸ™πŸ™
Posted by Kent, Becci, Knacey, and Joanah Loomer on November 24, 2020
Don was a big personality and he always brought a huge smile in our home when we spoke of him. Please know the KY Loomers have you in our prayers.
Posted by Lynn TerMeer on November 24, 2020
So Sorry For Your Loss,,,, My Dad Mel Olson Always Talked highly of Don. ,,,. as a Friend & Neighbor πŸ™. Also my brother Bob Olson ,,,, , May GOD & the Angels give you Peach ,,,& Also Bless All. You. As a Family at Loss of a Loved One πŸ™ Till you see him again πŸ™. Our GOD is a ,, Awesome GOD πŸ™
Posted by Lynn TerMeer on November 24, 2020
So Sorry For Your Loss,,,, My Dad Mel Olson Always Talked highly of Don. ,,,. as a Friend & Neighbor πŸ™. Also my brother Bob Olson ,,,, , May GOD & the Angels give you Peach ,,,& Also Bless All. You. As a Family at Loss of a Loved One πŸ™ Till you see him again πŸ™. Our GOD is a ,, Awesome GOD πŸ™
Posted by Lynn TerMeer on November 24, 2020
So Sorry For Your Loss,,,, My Dad Mel Olson Always Talked highly of Don. ,,,. as a Friend & Neighbor πŸ™. Also my brother Bob Olson ,,,, , May GOD & the Angels give you Peach ,,,& Also Bless All. You. As a Family at Loss of a Loved One πŸ™ Till you see him again πŸ™. Our GOD is a ,, Awesome GOD πŸ™
Posted by Tom and Rita Turek on November 24, 2020
So many wonderful memories. Uncle Don will be truly missed. Love to you all during this difficult time.
Posted by Karen VanOverschelde on November 24, 2020
Don you will be missed! Always a smile, joke and a certain tenderness. Sweet πŸ’› thoughts and prayers to Judy and family. Especially, Dawn and Todd. God bless you all during this difficult time and in the coming days!πŸ™πŸ’›πŸ™
Posted by The Mareks on November 24, 2020
He was one in a million and will be missed so much!!!
Posted by Cherie Kindt on November 24, 2020
Don will always hold a special place in our hearts and will forever be missed. We will miss the long chats we shared while watching his and Judy’s grandson play whatever sport it was that season (they showed up to ALL of them!) Jesse was always so honored that you came to support him and his family. We were blessed to have you in our lives! Love always Bryce & Cherie Kindt & family & Jesse, Alex, Jackson and Addysen!
Posted by Tina Bootsma Meier on November 24, 2020
Don will be missed. It was always fun watching him and judy with their grandkids allie, Taylor, Jesse, jordan, Samantha and great grandbabies ( Grace and Mia, Levi and Ella, Jackson and Addy).
Posted by Melissa Mentele on November 24, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family .Don definitely was one in a million. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Dan and Marlys Slocum on November 24, 2020
Deeoest sympathies to the family. We will miss him We had good times and laughs with them in Illinois and Texas. He will be missed for sure.
Posted by Deb Walz on November 23, 2020
So very sorry. My deepest sympathy
Posted by Rod Trabing on November 23, 2020
Don will be greatly missed.
Posted by Pefer Hegg on November 23, 2020
A great and wonderful friend. Many fond memories will be with all who know him.
Posted by Tammy and Paul Frost on November 23, 2020
You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Lean on each other and hang on to the many memories you have of your Dad and Grandpa! Don was one of a kind that is for sure. I will never forget the rides with him to Mason's football games and him coaching from the sidelines and then giving a play by play all the way back to Fulton. Loved that guy! Thanks for sharing him with us!
Posted by Wayne & Connie Whistler on November 22, 2020
Our sincere sympathy to the family.
Posted by Lanny & Jerri Edwards on November 22, 2020
Please know we are thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Don was a great friend. Keep all the memories close to your heart.
Posted by Kolleen Moran on November 22, 2020
Dawn and Todd my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time if your loss My deepest sympathies
Posted by Elwin & Rosalie Hohn on November 21, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to the Blumenberg family,, may God give you all strength to get through this difficult time..
Posted by Bud & Bev Goddard on November 21, 2020
Prayers for the Family!!!
Posted by Jim and Pam Larson on November 21, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to the family of Don. He was a great friend. With kind memories, Thoughts and prayersπŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» Jim and Pam
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