NEW ULM - Donald Mammenga, 73, of New Ulm died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at Mayo Health Care Systems in Mankato.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 17, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Timothy Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery, Soldiers Rest Section with full military honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service at church on Friday.
The Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm is handling the arrangements.
To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guest book, go to www.mvfh.org
Donny is survived by his niece, Kelly (Boyd) Staloch of Port Lavaca, Texas, and his nephew, Jeffrey Morris of Mankato; four great-nieces, Angela (Garrett) Melchior, Elizabeth Morris, Kaitlin Staloch, and Macinzi Morris; and three great-nephews, Dustin Staloch, Darrin Staloch, and Jared Morris.
Donny was preceded in death by his father and mother; his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Larry Morris; and his nephew, Gregory Morris.
Donny was born to Wilbert and Esther (Klein) Mammenga in Lisbon, N.D., on Dec. 17, 1940. In 1949, the family moved to New Ulm, where Donny attended school. In 1959, Donny enlisted in the United States Navy. He served as a boilerman for eight full years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Donny was honorably discharged in 1968. He returned to New Ulm and attended vocational school for appliance repair.
Prior to his retirement, Donny worked for both the New Ulm Medical Center and the City of New Ulm. In his leisure time, Donny enjoyed doing yard work, hunting for morel mushrooms, fishing, woodworking, and watching football, Western movies, and nature programs. Donny was a fiercely proud Veteran, a die-hard (if disenchanted) Vikings fan, a jokester, and a great story-teller. He was also a dear friend and a very loving son, brother, and uncle.