Donald 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.