DONALD R. YOUNGDAHLDonald R. Youngdahl, 82, of Duluth, passed away unexpectedly at his residence Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.
Donald R. Youngdahl, 82, of Duluth, passed away unexpectedly at his residence Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.
Donald was born on Feb. 16, 1930 to Axel and Evelyn (Houghtaling) Youngdahl in Duluth.
He graduated from Denfeld High School in 1948. He began working for Paquin Lumber Company in Duluth, driving a semi, when he was 14. He retired from the Minnesota National Guard after serving for 23 years.
During that time, he worked mostly in the motor pool and achieved marksman status on the rifle range. Don worked for Quickie Transport in Wrenshall, Minn.
He joined the Teamsters Union, Local 346, in 1966. He was the owner/operator of D & D Transport in Duluth. He was still driving a truck when he was 79 years old.
He was a member of the former Riverview United Methodist Church, where he was a past president of the Men’s Club. He was a current member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where he went on a mission trip to Belize. He enjoyed camping with his trucker friends, hobby farming on his land, and spending time with his family.
Don is survived by six children Dawn (David) Jones of Twig, Laurie (Michael) Lindquist of Superior, Tracey Thudin of Proctor, Melissa (Kevin) Wolfe of Saginaw, Minn., Scott (Roberta) Youngdahl of Duluth, and Jerri Jo Houk of Proctor; 15 grandchildren Stephanie, Ryan, Amanda, Wyatt, Alisa, Kylee, Mallory, Kendall, Jaime, Jeanna, Jessica, Jay, Jason, Zakkary, and Timothy; 17 great-grandchildren Logan, Darian, Delisa, Lily, Kane, Matthew, Jakob, Nikolas, Lukas, Aleksander, Madison, Savannah, Olivia, Violet, Liam, Ophelia, and Axel; one sister, Janet Vukelich of Duluth; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by, his parents, wife of 28 years, Agnes Youngdahl; one brother, Everett Youngdahl; three sisters Edna Gimberlin, Beverly Huie, and Betty Kincheloe; beloved son-in-law, Mark Thudin; and one granddaughter, Kristin Thudin.
VISITATION: 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. service in Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Cindy Rasmussen officiating. Interment will be at Oneota Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bellbrothersfuneralhome.com.
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