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Donald M. Snittjer 1923-2012

December 11, 2012
Emmetsburg News

RUTHVEN -- Funeral service for Donald M. Snittjer was held Monday, Dec. 10, at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Roger Maize officiated.

Burial was in West Friesland Presbyterian Cemetery in Ackley. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven was in charge of arrangements.

Donald Marvin Snittjer, son of Simon and Vina (Nordman) Snittjer, was born June 1, 1923 in Ackley and received his education in Ackley. After Don finished school he began farming in the Ackley and Lime Springs areas.

Don was united in marriage to Helen Huesman and they were blessed with four children, Marilyn, Kathy, Randy and Kelli. Don and Helen lived in the Bristow area until Helen's death in 1972.

Don married Betty (Capener) Rosacker on Oct. 6, 1973 in Nashua. After moving to Ruthven in 1973, Don started Ruthven Well Service which he owned and operated for several years. Don also was employed as a salesman in insurance as well as other sales positions.

Don was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ruthven and Masonic Lodge.

Don passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at the Spencer Municipal Hospital at the age of 89.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Helen; a brother, Simon Snittjer; and stepson, Jeff Rosacker.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Snittjer of Ruthven; his children, Randy (Marti) Snittjer of Scottsdale, AZ, Marilyn McGeachy of Murrietta, CA, Kathy Cea of Peoria, AZ and Kelli Gourdoux of Phoenix, AZ; his step children, Carol (Doug) Dykstra of Emmetsburg and Lori (Randy) Eggers of Sacramento, CA; step daughter-in-law, Marti Rosacker of Ruthven; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

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