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DONALD STEAD

April 11, 1912 - October 14, 2011

Donald E. Stead was born April 11, 1912 on the family farm near Burr Oak, Iowa.  He graduated from the Canton High School and the Winona Business College.  He worked for International Harvester and then operated the farm his family homesteaded.

Donald loved fishing when they were biting, golfing, a good game of Cribbage, and some funny stories to tell.  He enjoyed reminiscing and was proud of his family.   He was a life-long member of the Canton Presbyterian Church.  “99 1/2 years and no regrets”

Donald entered eternal rest on October 14 at Gundersen Lutheran in LaCrosse, Wisconsin at the age of 99 ½.

Donald is survived by his bride and best friend of 71 years Helen (Stokke) Stead of Mabel; three daughters Barbara (John) Peck of Moose Lake, Minnesota, Donna Zimmer of Boca Raton, Florida, and Carol (Gary) McCabe of Decorah, Iowa; eight grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren; twelve great great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alva and Mary (Abrahamson) Stead, an infant sibling, a twin sister Doris Nash, a brother L. Loring Stead, and a granddaughter Rikki McCabe.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, October 22 at the Canton –Scotland Presbyterian Church in Canton with Rev. LeRoy Haynes officiating.  Burial will be in the Burr Oak Cemetery.


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