DONALD RASK

D. Rask webDonald Rask, of Isle, MN, died on Monday, December 20, 2010 at his home. He was 72 years old.

FUNERAL MASS will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 28th at Scared Heart Catholic Church in Wahkon.

VISITATION will be from 5:00-7:00 PM on Monday, December 27th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora, with Rosary at 6:45 PM; plus 1 hour visitation prior to the Funeral Mass on Tuesday at the church.

A separate photo Memorial Service will be held in White Bear Lake.

Memorials are preferred to CentraCare Health Foundation, Coburn Cancer Center, St. Cloud, MN.

Donald C. Rask, Age 72, died at home on December 20, 2010 with his wife. Lorie and daughter, Heather at his side after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

He was born, January 23, 1938 in St. Paul, MN, to Donald and Verna Rask. He lived in North St. Paul and South Dakota and returned to Minnesota when he was in 6th grade. He graduated from White Bear Lake High School in 1956 then attended the University of Minnesota and Bemidji State where he graduated in 1960. Don worked for 5 years with the railroad before being hired on at NSP/Xcel Energy in 1964 where he remained for 41 years until his retirement in 2005. During his 41 years he worked his way up through the ranks and found himself in the position of Shift Engineer and on the top of all three seniority lists, something he was very proud of. He had a very strong work ethic and carried that forward into everything he did. He was proud to see that same work ethic in his children and their spouses.

He spent 39 years of his life residing in White Bear Lake. In 1987 he met Lorie, whom he called the love of his life. They married in May, 1990 and lived in Eagan for most of their marriage. In 1993 they bought a small cabin on Sunset Bay on Mille Lacs and spent many summers fishing and making memories with their children and grandchildren. In 2003 they pulled the cabin and built their retirement dream home, filled with many personal touches that reflect their love of the lake, the woods and wildlife.

Don and Lorie retired in 2005 and moved to Isle full time. Don’s love of the outdoors expanded to include golfing at Fiddlestix and he spent many hours on the course. He scored his first hole in one in 2009 (very cool!). He continued his love of playing cards and joined the folks at MSA for friendly (and sometimes costly) games of cribbage and 500. He could be seen taking his daily 5 mile walk each morning, regardless of the weather. During his walks he would sprinkle in long visits with folks he ran across on the way and would sometimes be gone as long as 3 hours.

His love of his family would find him prepping the beach, inflating rafts, digging out beach toys, cutting firewood for the grandkids before each visit in the summertime. During the winter months he would make plans with fish house owners to bring the grandkids out on the lake so they could experience the joys of freezing your tush off while trying to catch a fish through a tiny hole in the ice. Must have reminded him of those tiny holes he aimed for on the golf course.

His father, Donald, and mother, Verna Rask, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Lorie, children Donald Rask of White Bear Lake, Mary (Todd) Giffrow of Stanchfield, William (Gina) Rask of White Bear Lake, Geoffrey (Tonyia) Lossing of Eagan and Heather (Chad) Otis of Northfield, ten grandchildren: Jolene, Donnie, Simone, Blake, Alette, Hunter, Bailey, Sierra, Kaelea and Erin. 1great grandchild, Keira; sister Karin (Jack) Mayo of Las Vegas many cousins, relatives and friends.

A Funeral Mass was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wahkon Tuesday, December 28, 2010 with celebrant Fr. Jerry Schik. A photo Memorial Service was held in White Bear Lake. Casket bearers were Bill Rask, Geoff Lossing, Todd Giffrow, Chad Otis, Donnie Rask, and Blake Otis. Memorials preferred to CentraCare Health Foundation, Coburn Cancer Center in St. Cloud. Arrangements were entrusted to the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.

10 guestbook entries for DONALD RASK

  1. John Heinze December 21, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    It was an honor to work with Big Don.
    I will always remember the time we spent together at High Bridge…he made work fun!

    Johnny

  2. Mike & Tami Fenton December 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

    Don will be missed by us all he was a great man to work with and for. His work ethic was a true inspiration to everyone he worked with. But most of all he was our friend. Lori we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. John Wazlawik December 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    Lorie, and family,
    D.C. Rask will be missed by many. Whether we were pounding coal pipes, having Thanksgiving dinner, playing cribbage or 500 Don always had fun and gave 110%. He didn’t like to lose, but he knew he would get even because he would keep playing until he won. Skunks were his favorite. He worked hard and never pushed the work on someone else. If he came in to work helper, he did whatever it took. He lived his whole life that way and that’s why he will be missed even more. He met you and developed a loving caring relationship that took him to the end. You were his anchor and best friend.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, as Christmas approaches. The memories you share on Christmas day will help you get through.
    John and Robi

  4. Joe Pults December 21, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    I have lost more than a friend! After carpooling with Don and working with him for 36 years we became close friends. We had many discussions on our rides to and from work and lots and lots of laughs! From pounding on coal pipes to shoveling coal on the #300 section he was one hard working guy with a set of principals and standards! I said goodbye to my old friend last week! Again, good bye old friend the “battle” for you is over and you are in a better place. God Bless you!

  5. Renee Lahlum December 21, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Remembering Don as the nice man that he was! My thoughts are with you during this time of grief.

  6. Kathi Hopkins December 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    In the short time I knew Don,Icould tell he was very proud of his whole family and loved you all very much! Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. Jill and Bob Ballard December 27, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    What a great gentle man, always a smile. We were happy to call him family. He will be missed.

  8. Dr. Backes and Niki December 27, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    We got to know Don in such a short period of time but he really touched our hearts. He was such a gentle soul and made us smile. Thinking of you and your family Lorie. We know you lost your best friend. May God give you peace.

  9. Kacey and Matt Dougherty December 28, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Lorie, and Family,
    Don will be missed by all. We will surely miss his warm smile at the Lake. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Lossing Family December 20, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    We honor and miss you on this day dad. You were remembered with love at mass in church today! All day we will recall our memories with you and will see you again. Amen!

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