Mass of Christian Burial for Donald Lemler, age 73, of Selby will be at 11 AM, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Selby. Burial will be at Selby Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will start at 5 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM Friday at the church. Donald passed away November 19, 2012 at his home in Selby.
Donald Charles John Lemler was born April 3, 1939 in Mobridge, SD to Joseph and Mary (Raba) Lemler. He moved with his family to a farm southeast of Selby when he was 3 years old. He attended the Selby School and served on the South Dakota National Guard and was honorably discharged on February 28, 1965. He continued to help on the family farm and on July 30, 1959 he married Betty Hintz in Selby, SD, and they took over the family farm.
Don was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Selby, SD. He enjoyed his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Don also enjoyed all sports, and tried not to miss a game. He greatly enjoyed working with his livestock, especially his sheep.
Don is survived by his wife Betty of Selby, SD, son Donel (Kori) Lemler of Selby, SD, daughters Jacklynn (Dave) Manning of Watertown, SD, Pam (Erwin) Nyvold of Clear Lake, SD, Laurie (James) Gates of Canton, SD, and Teresa (Aaron) Meister of Milbank, SD, 13 grandchildren - Brandan (Jennifer) Manning of Las Vegas, NV, Donald (Krystle) Manning of Sioux Falls, SD, Tim (fiancé Jenny) Manning of Brookings, SD, Bryon Manning of Sioux Falls, SD, Beau Manning of Watertown, SD, Jessica (Justin) Starr of Watertown, SD, Lacy (Kirk) Beebout of Detroit Lakes, MN, Laramie Schaffer of Clear Lake, SD, Natalie (Chris Driscoll) Gates of Sioux Falls, SD, Austin Gates of Canton, SD, Tricia (Jeremy) Groenhoff of Canby, MN, Mike Bomar of Phoenix, AZ, Dylan Meister of Milbank, SD, 10 great grandchildren - Victoria Sarkkinen of Watertown, SD, Jaden Hintz, Jenna Hintz, Jace Jellis, Jordan Starr of Watertown, SD, Tylee, Jaxon, Harper, and Carter Groenhoff all of Canby, MN, and Layla Bomar of Phoenix, AZ, and one brother Ed Lemler of Selby.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter Joy Lynn, his parents, one sister, and grandson Charlie Bomar.
Faith, family, farming, and friends were the most important to him.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Selby Area School Sports.