Donald Detlie, age 73 of Northfield, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013 at his home following a seven-year struggle with cancer.
Donald Leroy Detlie was born April 14, 1940 in Cannon Falls, MN, son of Oscar and Ida (Svien) Detlie. At a young age his mother was diagnosed with TB and Don was raised by his foster mother Anna Halverson and her daughter Sarah Simonson in Dennison. He attended Dennison School through 8th grade and then the Northfield High School.
Following school he began his longtime employment with Great Western Railroad as a brakeman. During his 39 years on the railroad, Great Western was combined with Northwestern Railroad and later with Union Pacific. He retired in 2002 as a conductor.
On May 7, 1960 he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Vang at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield and they made their first home in Northfield. They then moved to Randolph for twelve years and in 1977 moved to their longtime home in Northfield on Jefferson Drive.
Don is survived by his wife Mary; children David of Faribault, Jeffrey of New Orleans, Mark and friend Kim of Northfield, Kristin (Michael) Stanefski of South St. Paul, Lisa (Trevor) Pumper of Northfield; sisters Phyllis Ellingboe of Wabasha, Doris (Norman) Anderson of Cannon Falls, Julie (Wayne) Eddy of Northfield, Judy Kasa of Northfield; brother Lenny Simonson of Dennison; grandchildren Emma and Luke Stanefski, Jordan, Hank, and Josh Detlie, Logan and Max Pumper; and twin great grandchildren Maddison and Jaxon Detlie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert, and sisters Ruth Lundgren and Lorraine Buetow.
Visitation was Tuesday at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield. Funeral Services were Wednesday, November 6, 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Northfield with burial at Prairie Creek Cemetery.