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Donald “Don” Sargent, of McGrath, passed away on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.  He was 79 years old.

In keeping with Don’s wishes, no services will be held.

Donald Ray Sargent, of McGrath, MN, died on November 10, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, MN. He was 79 years old.

Donald was born to Owen and Norma (Higginbotham) Sargent in Cordova, Alabama on May 17, 1942. He resided in or near Cordova until January 1960 when he decided to join the U.S. Army. Don served in the military until 1963 and moved to Minneapolis in May 1963. He met Joanne Ruth Dahlke from Hawkins, Wisconsin and they were married on August 31, 1963 at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. One son, Van William Sargent, was born on June 1, 1965.

Don was employed by Minneapolis Moline, Pako Photo and later Park Furniture, living in Minneapolis until 1987. They then moved to St. Paul. Don worked in the upholstery business for 35 years, mostly as shop foreman, for Mastercraft, U.S. Upholstery and Rockford Upholstery. He retired in April of 1999 and Don and Joanne moved to McGrath, Minnesota. Don enjoyed fishing and golfing. Most of his retirement was spent fishing on Lake Superior (which he loved) or traveling. Alaska was the highlight as his 50th of the U.S. states. He looked forward to his trip to Alabama every winter to be with family and friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Norma and Owen, sister Shirley Sargent, and brother Danny Sargent.

He is survived by his wife Joanne of 58 years; son Van of McGrath, MN; brother David (Jean) and sister Brenda Maloy (Rodney); sister in law Sheila Sargent; numerous nieces and nephews; plus other relatives and friends.

4 thoughts on “DONALD R. SARGENT”

  1. mary ausen and Woody Ausen
    we are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. We have good memories of being at your cabin and snowmobiling.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  2. Kris Jenkins

    Don Sargent was one of my favorite people. He could tell a story so vividly that you thought you had experienced it with him. I will miss all of those stories. The Gravitt, Wolfe, and Jenkins family will miss him dearly. Love and prayers to JoAnne, Van, and family.

  3. As the former postal clerk of McGrath I got to know Don over the last couple of years. He always came in with a smile and a quick story when he had time. When I changed to another post office he was the first person that I knew I would miss. My wife and I are sorry for your loss and please know that he made the days that I would see him a lot brighter.

  4. We learned of Joanne’s loss yesterday. We will miss Sarge, as we called Don, so much. Helen worked with Sarge in 1977 and 1978 and he and Joanne have remained friends of ours since then. We visited with Sarge and Joanne in MN, in VA, and in WV over the last 43 years. Two of our daughters spent one week with him and Joanne approximately 15 years ago in McGrath and have great memories of that trip. We loved him, his warmth, and his sense of humor.

    When people die, they can’t take anything with them but they can leave their good name. Sarge left his good name. May you rest in peace, Soldier!

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