Donald “Don” Ljunggren, 92, of Dell Rapids, South Dakota passed away Jan. 21, 2017. Funeral services were held Jan. 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Dell Rapids. Pastor Dave Severtson officiated. Interment was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. Kahler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Donald “Don” Ljunggren was born on June 23, 1924, the son of Rudolph and Ida (Bieck) Ljunggren at Harvard. He grew up on a farm near Harvard. He attended school at Giltner and graduated from Giltner High School in 1942. After high school he farmed with his family near Giltner. He married Shirley Smith on May 20, 1947. The couple moved to South Dakota in 1956 when Don accepted a job as a livestock inspector. He retired in 1975. He then worked for his son’s mink farm retiring in 1989.
Don loved farming, bowling, going to coffee and was a “fix it” man in his retirement. He enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s sporting events.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, his son, Danny, one sister, Lucille, a brother, Lloyd, his daughter-in-law, Marcie, three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Shirley of Dell Rapids; his sons, Gary (Chris) Ljunggren of Billings, Mont., Alan (Linda) Ljunggren of Dell Rapids, S.D. and Gale Ljunggren of Dell Rapids, S.D.; his daughters, Shirlette Ljunggren of Dell Rapids, S.D. and Sherrie (Jay) Linneman of Dell Rapids, S.D.; 10 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; brother Lester Ljunggren of Harvard; sister-in-law Bertha Ljunggren and his nieces and nephews.