|12/31/2019 10:30:00 AM|
Donald Aden, 81, of Alexandria, formerly of Olivia and Okabena, died Dec. 26, 2019.
A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Alexandria.
Interment will follow at Geneva Cemetery in Alexandria.
Visitation will be held Thursday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory in Alexandria is handling the funeral arrangements.
Donald Walter Aden was born Nov. 5, 1938, to Walter and Frieda (Baumgart) Aden at their home in Jackson County. He was baptized in 1938 and confirmed in 1952.
He graduated from Okabena High School in 1956 and the University of Minnesota, before serving in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962.
In 1962, he married Janice Carsten. They were married for 55 years until Jan's death in 2018.
In their early years, Don managed Wilder Farms, a 1,000-acre farm in Wilder with 13,000 head of cattle.
In 1974, they moved to Olivia, where he worked for North Central Ag Service, helping manage agriculture properties in Southern Minnesota and surrounding states. The last few years of his career were spent in the Renville County Assessor's Office.
In 2003, Don and Jan retired to Alexandria, where they enjoyed the lakes. They spent their winters in Texas.
Don enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports, an instrument or sing in a choir. He played sports and trumpet and sang in college and church choirs.
He was a member of the Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce in Olivia and served on the church council in various positions at Zion Lutheran in Olivia and St. Paul's Lutheran in Alexandria.
In retirement, he discovered a gift for woodcarving, while also fishing and following his Minnesota sports teams.
In addition to his wife Jan, Don was preceded in death by a sister, LaVonne Leifgren; and a brother-in-law, Dale Olson.
Survivors include his children: Shelly (Rodney) Decker, Darin (Karla) Aden and Karla (Lyle) Mullenbach; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; a sister, Linda Olson; and brothers- and sisters-in-law: Judy (Jim) Stumpf, Jim (Rosie) Carsten and Joan (Gary) Erpestad.