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Donald Blank

April 15, 1938-March 23, 2012

Former Sauk Centre resident Donald G. "Don" Blank, 73, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at his home in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28 at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre, with Rev. Kevin Born officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to services at the church.

Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Sauk Centre, with military honors provided by American Legion Post 417 of Little Sauk.

Donald Gene Blank was born to Otto and Elsie (Bauer) Blank on April 15, 1938 in Minneapolis. He served in the National Guard for nine years, as a motor expert and staff sergeant. He was united in marriage to Marie Feucht on April 15, 1961 in Grey Eagle, Minn.

After their marriage the couple lived in Minneapolis for five years until moving to Sauk Centre in 1966. They owned and operated the Sauk Centre Coliseum there.

In 1978, they moved to Detroit Lakes for three years and then moved to Vergas where they owned and operated Hidden Acre Resort. Don's trade was carpentry and he worked as a lather for 40 years. He sold the resort in 1993 and hung up his tool belt in 1998.

Don was a member of the American Legion Post 417 of Little Sauk. He enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, playing cards, golfing, and motorcycling.

Survivors include his sons, Craig Blank of Detroit Lakes and Steven (fiancée, Sue Newman) Blank of Sauk Centre; grandchildren, Taylor, Kasey, and Kelsey; sister, Betty Lou Carlen of Buffalo; and sisters-in-law, Millie Blank and Irene Blank.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Marie Blank, on Oct. 29, 1991; parents; brothers, Henry Blank, Alvin Blank, Arnie Blank and Bob Blank; and sisters, Fern Herder and Dorothy Kurrell.

Don's nephews will serve as casket bearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.