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Donald Pusc, 82


Donald Pusc of Annandale, formerly of Kimball, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the Annandale Care Center. He was 82.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at St. Anne Catholic Church with Fr. Thomas Olson as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Anne Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday, at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


Donald D. Pusc was born Jan. 3, 1932, in St. Cloud to Joseph and Ora (Beauchaine) Pusc. He attended school in Kimball. Jan. 9, 1954, Don was united in
marriage to Claire Ann Stelton at St. James Catholic Church in Big Falls, Minn. He honorably served our country during the Korean War as part of the United States Army. Don worked as a section hand for Soo Line Railroad for nine years before he began his 40-year career as an insurance agent for American Family Insurance in Kimball. He was also president of Acoma & Lynn Fire Co. for five years. Don was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church where he served on the finance committee. He was also a member of the Kimball American Legion Post 261, and an original member of the Kimball Golf Club. Don also managed the Kimball Express Baseball team. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, bowling, cards, traveling, especially the 20 years he and Claire Ann spent wintering in Arizona. Don loved turtling in the spring on Carnelian lake and camping with his family and friends. Above all, Don treasured the time he spent with his kids and grandkids.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Leonard Pusc, Beatrice Scholen, and Joyce Pusc; brothers-in-law Norman Stelton and Bill Barber; niece Zoeanne Stelton; and nephew Tim Barber.

He is survived  by his wife of 60 years Claire Ann of Annandale; children Russell (and Michelle) of Lexington, Minn., LoriAnn Ernest of Coon Rapids, and Linda (and Allan) Sjodin of Park Rapids; four grandchildren Katie Pusc, Matthew, Christopher, and Kelly Ernest; two great-grandchildren Steven and Mason; sister-in-law Lorraine Pusc of New York Mills; uncle Aubrey Roeser of Watkins; special family friends Thomas, Karla, Isaiah, Samuel and Hannah Ehlinger of Kimball, as well as nieces and nephews.

Matt, Chris, and Kelly Ernest, Katie Pusc, Kirk Hudson, and Tom Ehlinger will serve as pallbearers. Frosty Schiefelbein and St. Anne’s Choir will provide music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Kimball.