Donald Reppe, 91
July 8, 1918 - Feb. 25, 2010
Donald Laurence Reppe died on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at the St. Croix Health Center at the age of 91.
He was born on July 8, 1918, in New Richmond, Wis., the only son of Nels Larson Reppe and Esther Anderson Reppe, both of whom precede him in death, as did his sister, Mona.
He is survived by his wife, Fay Reppe of New Richmond; son, Spencer (Susan) Reppe of Apple Valley, Minn.; son, James (Marilyn) Reppe of New Richmond; daughter, Ann (William) Roth of Woodbury, Minn.; and Mary (Ron) Raisleger of Dellwood, Minn.; grandchildren, Benjamin (Nicole) Reppe of Atlanta, Ga.; Timothy (Jess Hackner) Reppe of Minneapolis, Minn.; Adam (Pam) Roth of Stillwater, Minn.; Justin Roth of Ft. Collins, Colo.; Abby (D.J. Walling) Roth of Woodbury; Ernie (Christy) Reppe of Eau Claire, Wis.; Peter Reppe of Hammond, Ind.; Andrew Reppe of New Richmond; great-grandchildren, Spencer Joseph Reppe, Walter Reppe, Nathan Roth, Jenna Roth, Charlie Reppe, Manny Reppe, Simeon Reppe; and niece, Kris Kahn of San Francisco, Calif.
Donald attended public schools in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Chicago, Illinois, and New Richmond, graduating from New Richmond High School with the class of 1936. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941 and served until 1945 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Technical Sergeant. Donald was married to Fay Hartwig on Dec. 6, 1942, at Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas. He started his business career as an accounting clerk with Doughboy Industries, Inc. in October 1945 and rose through the ranks to the positions of vice president and controller from 1961 to 1965 and then to the position of group vice president of the Agri-Products Group from 1965 to 1971 at which time he voluntarily retired because “it wasn’t fun going to work anymore.”
He then proceeded to devote the rest of his life enjoying the love and companionship of his beloved wife and best friend, Fay, who was his day brightener of all time. He served on the New Richmond City Council from 1958-1962 and on the Utility Commission in 1963 in addition to serving on numerous civic organizations during his lifetime. Donald was an avid reader and sometimes writer with many interests who would tell anyone willing to listen that he did not know the meaning of the word “boredom.” His family meant much to him and he was extremely proud of them.
A funeral service will be held at 12 noon Monday, March 1, at the First Lutheran Church in New Richmond. Visitation will also be held on Monday from 10 a.m. - 12 noon at the church. Interment will be in the New Richmond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements are with Bakken-Young’s Beebe Mortuary of New Richmond.
"We would like to give a special thanks to the staffs of Westfields Hospital and the St. Croix Health Center for the wonderful care they provided to Don during his last days.” -The Reppe family.