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Donald R. Ewald – InForum

Donald R. Ewald – InForum

Don Ewald, 89, died peacefully on Sunday, July 7, 2024, at St. Catherine’s Benedict Home in Wahpeton, ND, after a long battle with kidney disease. His funeral service will be held on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Barney, ND. The viewing will begin at 10 a.m. Pastor Brock Schmeling will officiate.

Don was born to Harry and Olga (Score) Ewald in Wahpeton, ND on September 16, 1934, along with his twin sister Donna. They grew up on their parents’ farm north of Barney and spent many happy days together while attending elementary school in Garborg Township. He graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1952 and gradually took over management of the family farm. His brother Robert joined him in 1956 and their nephew Dan Dahlgren followed in the 1980s and became like a son to his uncles.

Don spent his winters in Brownsville, Texas, where he enjoyed being outdoors and playing golf with friends. He was especially proud of his Hesston belt buckle collection and often searched markets for his missing ones!

Don met his wife, Helen Schneider, at Palm Resaca Park in Brownsville and they married in 2001. After the wedding, the couple moved to their home in Wahpeton and continued to spend winters in Brownsville. Helen died in 2021.

Don is survived by his twin sister Donna Dahlgren of Breckenridge, MN; his niece Debra (Bruce) Nordick of Bemidji, MN; his nephews Dan (Brenda) Dahlgren, Walcott, ND and Dave (Melissa) Dahlgren, West Fargo, ND; and his stepchildren Yvonne Anderson, Bernie Schneider and Jerry Schneider, all of Odessa, Saskatchewan, Canada. He also leaves behind 6 great nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Helen Schneider Ewald, his parents, his brother Robert, his sister Beverly Witt, and his brothers-in-law James Witt and Eddie Dahlgren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton.