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Donald S. "Don" Schepers – Obituary

Name: Donald S. "Don" Schepers

Age: 85

Born: 10-06-1932

Died: 04-21-2018

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota

St. John Cantius Catholic Church, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church for Donald S. “Don” Schepers, age 85, of St. Cloud, who passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House. Reverend Thomas Knoblach will officiate. Burial, with full military honors, will be at the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery in Little Falls.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018; and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday, all at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud. Parish prayers will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Don was born on October 6, 1932 to Sylvester and Evelyn (Gilles) Schepers in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He graduated from Cathedral High School and later enlisted in the United States Army. He honorably served his country from 1951 until 1954, reaching the rank of Sargent. Don was united in marriage to Eugenia A. “Jean” Ahrens on September 4, 1954 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Together, they raised their eight children in St. Cloud. Don worked at the Verso Paper Mill in Sartell from 1950 until 1994, retiring after 44 years of service. He was a member of the Sauk Rapids VFW #6992, Waite Park American Legion Silver Star Post #428, the St. Cloud Eagles Aerie #622, the United Papermakers International Union Local 274 and St. John Cantius Catholic Church.

Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a family man who loved spending time at Lake Vermont in the Alexandria area. There, he celebrated many family events and Fourth of July celebrations. His great-grandchildren, presented him with an award for being the “Inventor of the Lake”. Don was a man with many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed fishing, going to the casino, cooking new recipes, playing cribbage and spending time with his coffee group at Jimmy’s Pour House. He also enjoyed whittling, woodworking and making handmade Christmas ornaments with his wife every year for many generations of family.

Don is survived by his children, Jim (Linda) of Apple Valley, Kathy (Jack) Hawk, of Granite Falls, Cheryl (Marty) Laudert, of Fairbanks, AK, Mary Jo Schepers, of Sartell, Sandy Wessels, of Rock Rapids, IA, Patty (Kerry) Rud, of Alexandria, John (Angie) of Vero Beach, FL and Gail (Jack) Pelzer, of St. Joseph, 22 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Jenny Schepers, of Waite Park and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Jean; grandson, Christopher and brother, Thomas.

A special thank you to Quiet Oaks Hospice House and CentraCare Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of Don.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Quiet Oaks Hospice House.

Guestbook for Donald S. "Don" Schepers

Linda Grapentin
, Neighbor, friend, birthday partner
April 26, 2018, 8:36 pm
I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I have many fond memories of him Most important being his everlasting smile and greeting - Hey kid! I will miss him dearly. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Family was so important to him.
Ginny Olmscheid
, 1st cousin
April 25, 2018, 2:36 am
He will be missed dearly. What a great cousin and friend. We always had a good time and a few laughs together the few times we got together. He will be missed by many. My heart and prayers extend out to all of his family.
Brenda Lommel Silva
, Friend
April 25, 2018, 12:21 am
So so sorry to the Schepers family for their loss. Donnie & Jeanie were such a large part of our childhoods on Lake Vermont .... no words
Amy Schepers
, Great uncle
April 22, 2018, 11:00 pm
Im so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. I pray for the family at this difficult time, may we all remember how much fun we had with all of us. Gid bless you and keep you uncle Don
Kay and Tom Dye
, Friend/coworker of his daughter, Sandy
April 22, 2018, 2:40 am
Sandy, Thinking of you and your family in the loss of your dear dad and grandpa. May your many fond memories bring you comfort these days. Dads have a special place in our hearts and their love remains with us forever!! With our sincere sympathy, Tom and Kay

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