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Donald Schattschneider

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Donald Schattschneider

July 23, 1930-Jan. 24, 2014

Donald W. Schattschneider, 83, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, January 24, 2014 at his residence.

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Donald William Schattschneider was born to Adolph and Emma (Buehler) Schattschneider on July 23, 1930 in Frazee. He grew up and attended parochial and elementary school in Vergas, and graduated from Frazee High School in 1948.

Don served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1953. He was based in Bethel, Alaska, where he flew Army National Guard instructors in for training.

On August 26, 1954 Don was united in marriage to Marion Mistelske in Moorhead. Don apprenticed at Ratz Electric in Detroit Lakes for 19 years before starting his own business, Schatts Electric, in 1969. He loved and valued his work and was proud to have his son and grandson work with him in the family business. Don worked on the day he died.

Don liked to be involved in many things. He was a member of the Elks, Eagles, VFW, DAV and Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. He was a very dedicated member of the American Legion, serving as a past commander, chairman of the Legionville Campground, and board member of Brainerd Legionville. He was also very community involved, being instrumental in the inception of the Boys and Girls Club and the Veteran's Memorial Park in Detroit Lakes. He also served as chairman of the Lakeview Township board for 16 years.

Don also had many interests, including aviation, wood carving, and scuba diving. In past years he taught diving for the Becker County Dive Rescue Team. He also enjoyed camping, traveling, dogs, and was recently learning to bake bread.

Surviving Don are his wife Marion; three sons, Joe (Gloria) of Detroit Lakes, Glen (Robin) of Detroit Lakes and Adam, of Bluffton, Ohio; one daughter, Jill Petree of Detroit Lakes; five grandchildren, Bobbi Jo (Wayne) Koons of Detroit Lakes, Jesse (Gloria) Schattschneider of Detroit Lakes, Dallas Petree of Detroit Lakes and Leah and Haley Schattschneider of Bluffton, Ohio; four great grandchildren, Ellie, James, Addison and Bethany Schattschneider; brother-in-law, Orvin Burnside; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were one sister, Dolores Burnside, and his parents.

Memorial services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with interment at the Vergas City Cemetery in Vergas.

Visitation will be at West-Kjos Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the guestbook section at www.westkjos.com.

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