AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Donald Danielson, of Mora, MN died on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora. He was 94 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held on Monday, October 26th at 11:00 a.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora.
VISITATION will be one and a half hours prior to the funeral on Monday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at Grasston Baptist Cemetery.
Donald Danielson of Mora, MN went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at St. Clare Living Community. He was 94 years old.
Don was born in Mora on April 28, 1921 to Walfred and Mabel Danielson, and was the “big brother” to four sisters, Harriet, Ardelle, Donna and Mary. He attended Brunswick Grade School and graduated from Mora High School in 1940. In 1942 he was drafted into the Army during WW II, where he served for three years as a Radio Operator and was stationed in Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1945, after receiving a Bronze Star for heroic achievement, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Upon his return, Don farmed with his parents until he was united in marriage to Phyllis Bicking on October 9, 1948. Their homestead was established south of Mora very close to the small town of Brunswick, where they lived for 40 years. During this time Don was also employed at Dahlman’s Manufacturing in Braham. He and Phyllis had five children, two girls to help with the cooking and three strappin’ boys to help with the chores.
Although life on the farm was a big commitment and always busy, he was most dedicated to worshiping and doing work for the Lord. After a hard day at a full time job and milking cows, it was very common that his evenings ended with sitting at the kitchen table with a bowl of ice cream, reading his Bible. Don was a member of the Brunswick Baptist Church for many years and gave of his time teaching Sunday School, as well as being an Elder and other commitments up until the church closed its doors in 1985.
In 1993 they sold the family farm and moved into Mora to enjoy a life of retirement. Eventually, he and Phyllis downsized again and became tenants at the Dala Apartments, where they happily celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2008. For the past five years he has been a resident at St. Clare’s.
Donald is survived by his wife, Phyllis, children, Paulette (Dennis) Schmitz, Jerry, Jim (Karen), Valerie (Mike) Bridgman, and Jon (Laurie); 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, his four sisters and other relatives and friends.