Donald G. Salfer, age 80 of Redwood Falls, formerly of Wabasso, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 18, 2015 in Temple, TX. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 25 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. followed by a Catholic Order of Foresters Rosary. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Burial is in St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Anne’s School or the Wabasso Lions Club. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting family with arrangements.
Donald George Salfer was born January 2, 1935 on the family farm in New Avon Township, Minnesota to George and Louise (Zins) Salfer. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Wabasso. Donie attended St. Anne’s School and gave the nuns a run for their money. He began farming at an early age and continued until his death. In 1957, Donie enlisted in the Army Reserve where he was a shooting instructor and a truck mechanic. He was discharged from active duty on May 1, 1958 and transferred to the National Guard Tank Company in Redwood Falls. On March 21, 1987 Donie was united in marriage to Julie Kallstrom at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hinckley, at the age of 52. Donie enjoyed using his mechanical abilities and creativity to build and fix things. He was a member of the Wabasso Lions Club, St. Anne’s Catholic Order of Foresters, and served on various committees. Donie enjoyed playing cards, bowling, hunting, fishing, gardening, dancing, and tinkering in the shop. The company of his family and friends is what he enjoyed most about his hobbies. Donie put aside everything to spend time with family.
Grateful for having shared his life is his wife Julie; four children: Steven (Kayla) Salfer of Wabasso, Lisa (Jim) Bosworth of Algona, IA, Laura Hendricks of Atwater, and Brenda (Ryan) Rothmeier of Redwood Falls; grandchildren: Levi Salfer; Ashley and Brianna Miller, Katy Hood, Nicole Bosworth, Samantha Hood; Alex, Kendra, and Mason Hendricks; Tanner, Genna, and Michael Rothmeier; sister Louise (LaVern) Honetschlager; brother Alfred (Florence) Salfer; brother-in-law Joseph Schouviller; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Irene Honetschlager, Justine Schouviller, and Lucille in infancy, brother-in-law Edmund Honetschlager, and nephew Stephen Honetschlager. Blessed be his memory.