Donald “Donnie” H. King
Location: Hamilton Cemetery
Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post 92
Friday, March 16, 1945
Date of Death:
Sunday, June 14, 2020
75 years old
Donald “Donnie” H. King
Donald H. King of Chatfield, MN, formerly of Rochester, MN, died Sunday, June 14, 2020, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, MN, following an almost 3-year battle with brain cancer.
Donald, “Donnie,” was born on March 16, 1945 to Herbert and Agnes (Twedt) King in rural Racine, MN. He attended school in Hamilton, Racine and Stewartville. In 1962, he enlisted in US Army, trained as a rifleman. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Spring Valley, MN. He was an over-the-road truck driver until becoming a manager at Spring Valley Ready Mix. Later in his career, he was employed at Romac as a driver, and Rochester Brick as a dispatcher. Donnie was also a rental property owner and took great pride in the care and maintenance of those properties.
Always being a social butterfly, Donnie could strike up a conversation with anyone; he never met a stranger, only a friend he had not spoken to yet. Having driven many miles on the road, he loved travelling and going on cruises. He could give you directions to get anywhere across the United States. Going to the cabin in northern MN on the shores of Lake Sylvia was especially his favorite place to be. There he could take long four-wheeler rides and explore new trails. A farm boy at heart, he also enjoyed raising his beef calves in the summertime outside of Spring Valley. His greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Donnie is survived by his daughter, Dawn (Dave) Evans, of Superior, WI, and their children, Amy (Norm) Holt, and David (Amy) Evans, also of Superior, WI. In addition, he is survived by his life companion of 25 years, Dotty Leibold, of Chatfield, formerly of Spring Valley, MN and her children, Tara (Brian) Nolan of Chatfield, MN, and Mike (Tiffany) Leibold of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Taylor, Dillon and Shelby Nolan, and great-grandchildren, Macy, Allison and Weston Holt, and Savannah Evans. He is also survived by 3 brothers, Robert “Mark” King of California, Darrell Hansen and Dave King of Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Richard “Tex” King.
Due to the COVID pandemic, a small, private family service at Macken Funeral Home and burial at Hamilton Cemetery will take place later this week.
Memorials are preferred to the Chosen Valley Care Center.
“Keep on trucking, you old trucker!”
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Our sympathy to all of Don's family......he worked for me in 1966-1967 driving my truck....he was a good driver.....Wayne Kiehne
My condolences to all of Donnie's family. May God's grace be with all. I didn't know Donnie too well, having met him a few times, but enjoyed his personality and friendliness. I do know he was one of Shelva's and LaLa's favorite cousins.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We pray for peace and comfort in all your memories.
Steve & Brenda Sheldon
Dear Brian and family:
I wish for each one of you Gods hand in this time of loss! Sandy and I are praying for your family and trust brighter days are just ahead. There is a song that I love to remember every time calamity and uncertainty come into my life. The song I am referring to is (I can see clearly now) I would encourage you to look this up and even play the song as you consider your life and Donnie's life at this time.
you are in our prayers today!
Dottie and family of Donnie King sympathy and prayers he is now in the company of his family and Uncle Maynard sharing stories of good times together May God Bless One day at a time Love Aunt Bernice
Doty and family- we have so many fond memories of game nights filled with laughter and great conversations with Donnie. Our sympathy to you all.