Donald Teschendorf, age 73, of Glencoe, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord, Minnesota.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 19, 2019, 1:00 P.M. at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, Minnesota, with interment at a later date at the Arlington City Cemetery in Arlington, Minnesota.
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 11:00-1:00 P.M., two hours prior the service at the chapel.
Donald Marvin Teschendorf was born on September 9, 1945, in Gaylord, Minnesota. He is the son of Marvin and Melva (Brockoff) Teschendorf. Donald was baptized as an infant on September 30, 1945, by Pastor John Bradtke at the Albert Teschendorf home. He was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on June 7, 1959, by Pastor H. J. Molatky at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle, Minnesota. He graduated from Arlington-Green Isle High School on May 28, 1963. He was drafted on December 15, 1965, and was honorably discharged on October 16, 1967.
Donald was married to Mary Jo Nelson on June 21, 1966, in Waynesville, Missouri. They made their home in Glencoe, Minnesota. His life was blessed with 3 children, Sharon, Lori and Tammy.
Donald worked as a semi-truck driver the majority of his life. He spent 25 years driving truck for Quast Transfer in Winsted, Minnesota. He worked for a couple of different trucking companies before changing gears to working as a Valet Attendant at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota. After retiring he worked at Security Bank & Trust Co. in Glencoe, Minnesota.
Donald was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arlington, Minnesota, before transferring to First Ev. Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minnesota, on April 26, 1970. During his last few years at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord, Minnesota, he attended weekly bible study classes led by Pastor Scott Richards of St. Paul’s and Trinity Lutheran Churches of Gaylord, Minnesota.
Donald was a jokester and comedian. He loved to talk to everyone, no matter where he was or who they were. He had his daily routines of breakfast with coffee uptown, getting a couple dollars of gas so he could go in and talk to the attendant and everyone else that followed. From there he would go to the grocery store and purchase a day’s worth of food. He would be at the store for hours and only to return with a couple of items. He was ecstatic when the Family Dollar came to Glencoe so that he could stop in and make that also a daily spot. He later incorporated Burger King in for supper if he didn’t have evening plans. He would end each day with a sweet treat of some sort of which he loved ice cream.
Donald loved a good card game of sheepshead or 500. Enjoyed going to a casino during the evening hours to play slot machines and again enjoyed all the different people he could talk to. Auctions were a big part of early years, he loved negotiating. He would always come home with his “good finds”. Lastly, he was never ever on time. He always wore a watch but never lived by the time. He was always on Teschendorf time.
Donald passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord, Minnesota, at the age of 73 years and 4 months.
Blessed be his memory.
Donald is survived by his:
Daughters, Lori Teschendorf (Kenny) of Glencoe, MN and Tammy Ball (Shawn) of Monticello, MN;
Grandchildren, Cory Teschendorf, Cassandra Teschendorf, Cody Teschendorf, Conway Teschendorf, Samantha( a.k.a Sammy) Ball and
fiancée Cody (a.k.a Road Kill) Ratcliffe and Tyler (a.k.a Bud) Ball;
Mother, Melva Teschendorf of Gaylord, MN;
Brothers, Kenneth (Bonnie) Teschendorf of Glencoe, MN,
William (Janet) Teschendorf of Alexandria, MN;
Sister, Sandy (Richard) Schwope of Green Isle, MN;
Second Family, Kendall, Jean, Tyler, Amber, Zachary and Tyler Picha;
Former Spouse and now a good friend, Mary Jo Nelson;
Nieces, Nephews, Other relatives and friends.
Donald is preceded in death by his Father, Marvin Teschendorf; Daughter, Sharon Teschendorf.