Donovan J. Diekow, age 86, of Alexandria, died on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at Bethany on the Lake.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria with Rev. Terry Finnern and Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music is provided by pianist, Ivy Christensen. Full military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, American Legion Post #87, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #936, Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter #235, and the Marine Corps League Detachment #1409. Interment will take place at St. James Lutheran Church in Effington Township.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Friday at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria and will continue one hour prior to the service.
Donovan James Diekow was born on March 31, 1934, to Lawrence and Kathryn (Hink) Diekow at home in Effington Township, the oldest of three. He was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in South Effington. He attended Country School District #53. Following his education, Donovan farmed with his dad. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959. Donny was united in marriage to Marcene Dreger on September 27, 1958, in Olympia, Washington. Following their marriage, they had four children and Donny continued farming. He also worked as a custodian at the Parkers Prairie High School and upholstered furniture until he retired in 1985. He and Marcene downsized from the farm to a trailer house on 10 acres for 42 years, then lived at Winona Shores before moving to Bethany on the Lake. He was a former member of St. James Lutheran Church and was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of West Miltona and its Men’s Club. Donovan enjoyed playing dart-ball with church, woodworking, fishing, playing cards, watching birds, and in his earlier years, hunting wild game of all types.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Katie Diekow; and son, James Diekow.
Donovan is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marcene; daughter, Deb Clough of Zimmerman; two sons, Bruce (Miran) Diekow of Manor, Texas and Michael Diekow of Alexandria; sister, Joanne (Larry) Moske of Parkers Prairie; brother, Gary (Connie) Diekow of Coon Rapids; two grandchildren, Teddy and Sarah Diekow; great-grandson, Samuel; along with several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Josh Diekow, Ryan Diekow, Jason Moske, Mark Maloney, Gary Soderquist, and Robert Christensen.
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