Donald Fred Saucke was born June 28, 1921, on the family farm at Farnhamville, Iowa, to Carl and Frieda (Gollwitzer) Saucke. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Church, attended country school and graduated from Lohrville High School in 1938. After his education he worked on the family farm and in aviation. In December 1940, Don enlisted in the US Army Air Corp. He served on bombers flying from England, North Africa and Italy. Following his Honorable Discharge in September 1945, he returned to Farnhamville and founded the Saucke Flying Service. An innovator in flying, Don was the first to broadcast from his plane.
On June 19, 1949, Don married Lois Miller at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thornton, Iowa. After marriage they lived in Farnhamville until moving to Northfield in 1956. His new position was as a salesman for Metalics, Inc. and he also served as the private pilot for the company’s owner. In 1958, Don and Lois purchased their farm in Greenville Township. Don retired from Metalics in 1981. He continued farming and founded Maryaire, a company that sold industrial surplus. He retired a second time in 1999. Lois passed away on January 9, 2004, and Don moved to Kildahl Park Pointe in 2012. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a former member of the Northfield Lions Club. He enjoyed establishing relationships, building friendships, flying and farming. He was generous, friendly, gregarious, forthright and a wonderful husband and father.
Survivors include his children: Ken Saucke and wife Colleen Graney of Olympia, Washington, Mary and husband Dale Rollins of The Dalles, Oregon, John Saucke and wife Debra Beck of Vadnais Heights; his son-in-law, James (Christa ) Bender of Omaha; 6 grandchildren: Elliot Saucke, Tessa Saucke, Rafe Bret Anders, Joel Anders, Elizabeth (Troy) Pasch, Eric (Becky) Stuedemann; 4 great-grandchildren: Adrian, Samantha, Mallory, and Mia Faith; his sister, Marilyn (Andy) Varley of Stewart, Iowa; his sister-in-law, Maxine Saucke of San Pedro, California; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife; 2 daughters Christina Saucke and Christa Bender; his brother Lawrence and his sister Ruth Elaine.
Don passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday afternoon, April 22, 2014, at the Three Links Care Center, at the age of 92.
Funeral services will be 10:30AM Monday, April 28, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Northfield with Rev. Brent Klein officiating. Interment with Military Honors will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield. Pallbearers will be Jim Bender, Eric Stuedemann, Troy Pasch, John McNamara, Mark Saucke, and David Legvold. Visitation will be 2-4PM, Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. Visitation will continue at the church on Monday one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com