Donald Julius Geidel was born to Alvin H. and Alma Geidel on January 12, 1931 in rural Douglas County. He was baptized by Rev. Hempel on February 8, 1931. He was confirmed on June 24, 1945 by Pastor John Dewald. He was a life-time member at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dimock, SD.
He attended rural grade school in Douglas County. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1952 and attended basic training at Camp Pendleton, CA. He was then sent to Germany until 1954.
After returning from Germany, he worked on the family farm. He was united in marriage to Gladys Scheetz on October 24, 1956 at Immanuel Lutheran Church by Rev. Leonard Eberhard. They farmed near Delmont until 1960. They then moved and farmed near Mount Vernon. In 1966, they purchased and began a dairy farm near Dimock.
He served on various offices at Immanuel Lutheran Church and on the Washington township board. In his retirement years he enjoyed playing cards, pool, board games, fishing and being on the church dartball team.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Gladys, and four children: DelRay, Dimock, Gail (David) Sweet, Greeley, CO, Steven (Tang), Ethan and Robin (Gary) Kruse, Hutchinson, MN; nine grandchildren: Tyrel (Erin) Geidel, Tiffany Geidel, Tara (Duston) Seitz, Billi Jo Sweet, Ed Geidel, Cassie (Patrick) Meier, Bo Geidel and Travis and Hannah Kruse; four great grandchildren: Olivia and Owen Meier, Ellie Sweet and Gabriel Geidel; brothers, Alvin, Mitchell and Harvey, Parkston; sisters: Nelda Neugebauer, Mitchell, Irma Geidel, Loveland, CO and Margaret Scheetz, Mitchell; in-laws: Marvin Hoffman, Loveland, CO, Dorothea Geidel, Mitchell, Elvina Scheetz Maiden, Mitchell, David and Beverly Scheetz, Parkston, Lois and Lambert Bialas, Dimock, Dwain and Kathy Scheetz, Mt. Vernon, Gary Scheetz, Parkston, Marilyn Castillo, Parkston and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Edward and Erna Scheetz; brothers, Gilbert and Gerhard; sisters: Adelia Matzner, Leona Rogers, Evelyn Hoffman; brothers-in-law: Ervin Matzner, Merle Rogers, Raymond Neugebauer, Howard Geidel, Marvin Scheetz, Harlan Scheetz; sisters-in-law, Katherine Heidinger, Lydia Geidel and Adeline Geidel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to
Main Street Living, 1400 S Duluth Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 or
the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, 51474 Romeo Plank Rd, Macomb, MI 48042.