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12/11/2013 9:13:00 AM
Donald John Herman Anschutz

Donald Anschutz, 84, of rural Windom died Dec. 4, 2013, at his home in rural Windom.
Services were Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in rural Lakefield with Pastor Bart Mueller officiating.
Special music was provided by Sarah Thompson, organist.
Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art," "Heaven is My Home," "Abide With Me" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."
Casket bearers were Wade Cannon, William Kremmin II, Troy Fundahn, Brian Fundahn, Ryan Christoffer and Dewayne Hage.
Honorary bearers were Carl Bjorklund, Ted Bretzman, Cliff Crowell, Lyle Barber, Frank Ambrose, Loren Behrens, Myron Appel, Byron Richter and Don Dahlin.
Interment with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 4 and VFW Post 4743, both of Lakefield, was at Delafield Township Cemetery in rural Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Donald John Herman Anschutz was born on Sept. 20, 1929, in Delafield Township, Jackson County, to the late Walter and Anna (Richter) Anschutz. He was baptized on Oct. 20, 1929, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in rural Lakefield and later confirmed on April 18, 1943, in that same church.
He received his education in country school in Delafield Township and at St. Peter's Parochial School in rural Lakefield.
Donald served in the United States Army and was proud of his service to his country, though like many veterans he didn't often talk about it. He arrived in Korea on Aug. 19, 1951. On his 22nd birthday, Sept. 20th, he was wounded in battle. After receiving treatment for his injuries, he was again sent out to the field and was wounded a second time on Sept. 27, 1951.
He received two Purple Hearts. His physical wounds could be treated, but it was his emotional heartache that would shape the man we knew. In spite of his injuries, on more than one occasion, he would say, "I was one of the lucky ones."
On April 3, 1960, Don was united in marriage to Doris Christensen at the St. Peter's Lutheran Parsonage in rural Lakefield. This marriage was blessed with three daughters: Janelle, Kris and Judy.
Through the years, Don farmed with his brother, Robert. He and Robert did custom corn shelling for 19 years. Donald retired from farming in 1988.
On Wednesday morning, Don passed away unexpectedly at his home in rural Windom at the age of 84 years.
Donald was an active member of the St. Peter's Lutheran Church where he served as a trustee on several occasions. He also was a member of the Lakefield Legion Post 4, Lakefield VFW Post 4743, DAV Prairie Chapter 36 where he was past commander and a past member of the Windom VFW Post 3844.
Don enjoyed playing cards with his friends, collecting watches, recycling aluminum cans and especially loved cats.
Don is survived by his wife of 53 years, Doris Anschutz of Windom; three daughters: Janelle (Joel) Mickelson of Windom; Kris Caviness of Windom; Judy (Andrew) Seyler of Windom; nine grandchildren: Andrea and Beckyn Mickelson, Kelly and Shaina Caviness, Nathan Daly, Dylan, Megan, Anna and Tays Seyler; two great-grandchildren, Brenden Weiske and Ava Caviness; one brother and one sister, Robert (Willa) Anschutz of Heron Lake; Caroline (Ken) Bosshardt of Lakefield; and many nieces and nephews.
Don is preceded in death by his parents.
Blessed be the memory of Donald John Herman Anschutz.

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