Donald W. Stensland

BLUE EARTH – Funeral services for Donald W. Stensland, 83, of rural Blue Earth, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with burial to follow in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.

Donald died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at his home. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Blue Earth, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

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Memorial donations are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund or United Hands Hospice.

Donald W. Stensland was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Winnebago, Minn., son of Gustav and Emma (Espe) Stensland. He was raised and educated in rural Blue Earth and graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1947. Following high school, he helped on his family farm and was soon married to Dorothy M. Vogt on Aug. 14, 1954, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Blue Earth.

The couple moved to their farm near Guckeen in 1960. While farming, Donald also sold Funks G. Seeds and worked at Arends Sale Yard for many years. He was also on the Jo Daviss Township Board where he served as treasurer. He was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth and enjoyed gardening, bailing hay, farming, morning coffee, playing cards, and pool league with the guys at the Derby.

He loved family gatherings, including fishing trips up north with his family and following his grandchildren at school functions and sporting events. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Donald is survived by his wife, Dorothy Stensland of Blue Earth; his daughter, Darla (Eldren) Colby of Granada; his son, Terry (Dawn) Stensland of Blue Earth, his son, Larry (Deb) Stensland of Granada; his brother, Ronald (Marilyn) Stensland of Blue Earth; his brothers-in-law, Russell Hornke of Blue Earth and Donald Bell of Blue Earth; his sisters-in-law, Marvis Stensland of Blue Earth, Jean Stensland of Los Lunas, N.M., Sandy Giese of Savage, and Shirley (Andy) Gudal of Bricelyn; grandchildren, April (Tyler) Garrison, Eric Colby, Jessica Stensland, Daniel (Fiancee Ashley) Stensland, Stephanie Stensland, Trent Stensland, Hayley Stensland; step-grandchildren, Adam and Brandon Meester; great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Parker Garrison; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law, John and Alma Vogt; brothers: Orville, George and Jarl Stensland; sisters, Josephine Stensland and Lois Hornke; sister-in-law, Vernette Bell; brother-in-law, Bill Giese and grandson, Tyler Stensland.