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Donald K. Sokolofsky July 29, 1931- Sept. 6, 2008

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VILLARD -- Donald Kenneth Sokolofsky, 77, of Villard, died Saturday at the Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Villard.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral home in Glenwood and one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born July 29, 1931, in Carson, N.D., to David and Marie (Heintz) Sokolofsky. He attended country school in Carson.

On Oct. 1, 1953, he entered the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. After returning from the service, he married Maxine Curry and moved to Butterfield. He worked for Toro in St. James.

On Dec. 18, 1970, he married Joyce Gustafson in St. James. They lived in Hanska, where he worked at 3M in New Ulm. In 1977, they moved to Villard. He worked at Douglas Machines for 17 years until he retired in 1994. After his retirement he worked for the city of Villard as the park manager.

He was a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.

He is survived by his wife; children: Terry (and Robin) Sokolofsky of Dayton, Todd Sokolofsky of St. James, Tony (and Angie) Sokolofsky of Ormsby, Dawn (and Robert) Raymond of Michigan, and Ann (and Brian) Lewis of Sauk Centre; stepchildren: Kathleen (and Brian) Williams of Paynesville, Charles Gustafson of Hanska, Kevin (and Linda) Gustafson of Hanska, Robert (and Rhonda) Gustafson of Hanska and Thomas (and Michelle) Gustafson of Portland, Ore.; 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; a sister: Stella Curry of Marshall; and a brother: David Sokolofsky of Bismarck, N.D.

He is preceded in death by a granddaughter, two brothers and two sisters in infancy.

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