Donald R. Esterly died on Feb. 1, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona, from the combined effects of COVID-19 and Parkinson’s disease.
Donald Esterly was born to Elden and Frances Esterly in rural Rock County. He attended rural schools and graduated from Luverne High School in 1950.
Don served with the 8th U.S. Army in Korea and received a citation for meritorious service to his unit.
He attended the University of Minnesota before farming southwest of Luverne. He moved to Arizona for health reasons and was employed in the optic industry until his retirement.
He is survived by his four children and their families, Diane of Phoenix, Stephen (Susan) of Palo Alto, California, Paul (Cindy) of Phoenix, John (Babeth) of San Diego, California; and a brother, James (Janet) Esterly of Ames, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Coletha, and brothers Robert, Stanley and Glenn.