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Donald Huseman

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Donald William Huseman, age 84, of Newell, died January 15, 2013 at Black Hawk Life Care Center in Lake View.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell. Burial was in the Newell Cemetery with full Military rites by the Newell American Legion. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements.

Donald William Huseman was born Jan. 29, 1928 in his grandma's house in Buena Vista County, the son of Carl and Malinda (Degner) Huseman. He was baptized on March 1, 1928 at the German Methodist Church and later confirmed in 1940 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell.

Growing up, he went to school until the eighth grade when he had to quit because his father passed away and he began to farm.

On Feb. 5, 1953, Donald was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War where he served his country until he was honorably discharged on Feb. 2, 1955.

On Dec. 2, 1956, Donald was united in marriage to Joanne Hiller at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell. To this union, four children were born: Sheryl, Dar, Susan, and Dean.

Donald farmed the family farm and raised hogs from farrowing to finish until he retired in 1983 and moved into town. He enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing, and bird watching. Donald loved collecting antique tractors. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing cards and bus trips to Branson.

He enjoyed teaching his friends, family, and "grannies" how to play cards. Donald was a lifelong member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Newell. He was very active in the church where he served as the president of the Men's Club, Dart Ball Captain, head trustee, usher, and removed the snow from the church parking lot as well as mowed the church lawn.

Donald was a resident at the Blackhawk Life Care Center in Lake View where he was known as the head gardener. He loved playing his polka music for the other residents. Donald enjoyed checking out the different pairs of shoes that the staff members wore. He couldn't believe there were so many different colors of shoes out there.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Sheryl (Tim) Johnson of Newell; Dar (Tammy, Don always called her "My Heaven") Huseman of Newell; Susan Huseman of Newell; Dean (Susie) Huseman of Marathon; grandchildren: Mary (Bob) Bainbridge, Joshua White, Nikki (John) Johnson, Becky (Ryan) Tarbill, Brent (Mallory) Johnson, Rick Huseman, Ronnie Huseman, Jessie Stewart, Tiffany (friend, Aaron) Huseman, Kai (Sherrie) Johnson; great-grandchildren: Tyler, Hanna, Arthur, Abby, Wyatt, Kaleb, Payten, Raylon, Clair, Brooklyn, Kegan, Chance, Taylr, and Aeryn; niece, Colleen (Ryan) Hansen of Schaller; brother, Herb (Anna) Huseman of Rice Lake, Wisc.; sister, Grace Bauer of Rice Lake, Wisc.; mother-in-law, Mildred Hiller of Sioux Falls, SD; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne; parents, Carl and Malinda; sister, Helen Prenger; brother-in-law, Marvin Bauer; and father-in-law, Edward Hiller.