Paul Donth Sr.

Paul E. Donth Sr., 77, Luverne, formerly of Magnolia, died Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Mary Jane Brown Good Samaritan Home in Luverne.

A funeral was Tuesday, April 4, at the United Methodist Church in Luverne.

Paul Donth was born Jan. 29, 1940, to Edward and Jennie (Nagel) Donth in Adrian. He attended school in Magnolia.

Paul married Michele Anderson in June of 1960 and they divorced in 1974. Paul married Kim Haacke in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on July 30, 1983. Paul started trucking at a young age for his father’s trucking and shelling business. He started working at the Magnolia elevator at the age of 16 and was their bulk truck driver for forty years. He also sold fire extinguishers while he was working at the elevator. He started hauling livestock for farmers with his own rig in 1973. After Paul left the elevator, he helped out his daughter and son-in-law by taking a route hauling produce up to the cities. He also worked at Pamida in Luverne for a few years.

Paul was a member of the United Methodist Church in Luverne where he served as a greeter and an usher. He was a member of the Magnolia Fire Department and served as fire chief for four years and also as city constable. He was a member of Luverne Eagles Club, Magnolia Booster Club, 4-H, and helped with the Magnolia Boy Scouts.

Paul was a devoted Ford owner. He enjoyed bowling, woodworking, camping, fishing and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed bingo, telling jokes and a story or two.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Donth, Luverne; two children, Shelly (Dan Leiding) Deutsch, Mapleton, and Paul (Lola) Donth, Rock Rapids, Iowa; three stepchildren, Kristina (Bryan) Pressley, Auburn, Washington, Katherine (Corey) Gunderson, Madison, South Dakota, and Lance (Angela) Haacke, Spring, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Karen (Mary) Donth, Magnolia; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; an infant child; a granddaughter, Jessica Julius; two brothers, Pete and Myron Donth; and his sister, Marjorie Smook.

Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne,

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