Welle, Donald James 82

Welle, Donald James
age 82 of Cokato, passed away on December 15, 2017 at Cokato Manor. He was born December 24, 1934 in St. Cloud, MN to Louis and Magdelena Welle. Donnie was the youngest of 8 children. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. He graduated from Sauk Centre High School. Donnie served his country in the United States Army for two years, stationed in Germany. Returning home, he was united in marriage to Judy Sursely in 1958. This union was blessed with two children, Sandra and Michael. They made their home in Cokato, where Donnie was the manager of for several different grocery stores.
Donnie was a member of the Cokato Lions, an avid golfer, and woodworker. He enjoyed fishing in his younger years. He and Judy were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.
He is survived by his children, Sandra (Cary) Linder of Cokato, and Michael (Rosemary) Welle of Brownwood, TX, 6 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his wife, Judy, and siblings.
A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017, 4-7 PM and continuing 1 hour prior to services, all at the Funeral Home. www.swansonpeterson.com 320-286-2534