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Don’s life began on February 13, 1932, in Harvey, North Dakota, the son of Ferdinand J. and Lydia (Seibel) Graumann and unexpectedly passed away on February 26, 2020, at Newton Medical Center. He attended Harvey High School and was proficient in many sports. He graduated in 1951, and he eventually attended Jamestown College where he played college football. He married Marion Dick on November 28, 1952, in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, and they made their home on a farm southwest of Harvey. He was not only a farmer, but also worked as an electrician during the long, cold North Dakota winters. Don accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior as a youth and was baptized and an active member of the Mennonite Brethren Church.
Don and Marion moved to Hillsboro, Kansas, in 1993. During his retirement, he traveled with Prudent Tours as a tour guide for 10 years, served in various capacities within the church, volunteered at Tabor College, and helped his family with numerous and various remodeling projects.
His loving family includes his wife, Marion of 67+ years of Hillsboro; daughter, Donita Warren of Fresno, California, daughter and son-in-law, Donell and Donald Tallackson of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Dana Tallackson of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Ian Tallackson, Ana Joy Tallackson, Zachary (Kristin) Tallackson of Houston, Texas, and his sister, CaroLee Derksen of Wichita. He was looking forward to meeting his first great-grandchild, Eden, born on February 10, 2020.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert, Garfield, F. Glenn, Marvin, and Roger Graumann; sisters, (infant) Viola Graumann, Luella Frueh and Rosella Kessler.
He leaves behind a legacy of servitude, generosity, kindness and loving devotion to his family.
Friends are invited to share in a celebration of Don’s life on Sunday, March 1, from 2-4 p.m. at Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home in Hillsboro.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church or Tabor College in care of Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home, 902 E. D Street, Hillsboro, Kansas 67063. Please sign his online guest book and leave a memory of Don at ymzfh.com
Sunday, March 1, 2020
2:00 - 4:00pm (Central time)
Newton First United Methodist Church
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