Donald Vander Plaats

Donald Eugene Vander Plaats, age 72 of Ogilvie, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester
. Donald was born the sixth of nine children on April 19, 1941 in Sanborn, Iowa to parents Martin and Berendina (Kooistra) Vander Plaats.  In 1946 the family moved from Iowa to Minnesota to a farm north of Ann Lake. Don attended first and second grades at Riverside Country School before combining with the Ogilvie Schools.  Don graduated from Ogilvie High School in 1959.
Don began working for Russ’s Auto body and farmed for a number of years. He was united in marriage to Joy Erickson and the couple was blessed with two children, Michelle and Brett. Don sold the farm in 1973 and opened Don’s Auto Body in Ogilvie.
In 1986, Don met Gail (Massee) Ziegler and on June 3, 1989 the couple wed in Las Vegas, Nevada. Don’s son Brett took over the business in 1999, but Don continued to work and drive tow truck until fully retiring in 2003. In 2008, Don was diagnosed with cancer and fought a brave fight through many doctors’ visits and most recently an extended stay at the Mayo Clinic.
Don loved traveling. He enjoyed many trips, including the Bahamas, Alaska, and Branson; wintering in Arizona; and even a trip to Australia. Don was an avid deer and elk hunter, taking countless hunting trips with his son, grandsons Dalton and Derick, brothers and friends.  Don loved summers spent camping and fishing at the lake.  He enjoyed working out in his yard and feeding and watching the birds.  He liked playing cards and loved music.
Don was a charter member of the Ogilvie Lions Club and served on the Ogilvie Fire Department for more than 34 years.  Don was a longtime active member of the New Hope Christian Reformed Church in Ogilvie, serving as a deacon and on several committees. He was a faithful, prayerful man.  Don loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren whenever possible. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He will be missed.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Clarence and Gerald.
He is survived by his wife Gail; son Brett (Mindy) Vander Plaats of Ogilvie; daughter Michelle (Clark) Perry of Ogilvie; step-sons Peter (Melinda) Ziegler of St. Joseph, and Judd (Tracie) Ziegler of Milaca; grandchildren Dalton Vander Plaats, Bethany Perry, Devon Jespersen, Derick Perry, Alissa Vander Plaats, Alexia Vander Plaats, Nyssa Ziegler, Brody Vander Plaats, Leah Ziegler, Elijah Ziegler, Gabby Vander Plaats, and Nolan Ziegler; great granddaughter Haily Vander Plaats; brothers Van (Shirley) Vander Plaats, Al (Evie) Vander Plaats, Pete (Betty) Vander Plaats; sisters Anna Mae Miedema, Arlys (Den) Handlogten, and Molly (Lee) Mollett; mother-in-law Shirley Massee; sisters and brothers-in-law Lynda (Allen) Anderson, Claude (Karen) Massee, Mike (Paula) Massee, and Jerry (Michele) Massee; many nieces , nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, June 23 at the Ogilvie High School with Pastors Greg Kasprzak, Bob DeYoung and Russ Palmer officiating.  Music was provided by Karla Fuller, Diana Kasprzak, Joy Grant, Melanie Vander Plaats and Jeff Vander Plaats.  Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Etter, Pat Kester, Jim McCarty, Mike McCarty, Ron DeVries, and Marty Bison .
Arrangements were handled by Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com

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