Donald A. Wilts

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Donald A. Wilts
October 16, 1933 • May 16, 2019

Donald Anthony Wilts, 85, Benson, Minnesota, died Thursday, May 16, 2019, at his home.  Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation continued from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.  

Donald Anthony Wilts was born October 16, 1933 in Murdock, Minnesota, the son of Anthony Frederick and Ethel Louise (Lundberg) Wilts.  He was baptized August 5, 1934 at Clara City Reformed Church by Rev. Wildryer and was confirmed July 18, 1948 at Drywood Lutheran Church by Rev. William F. Peterson.  Don grew up in rural Appleton-Hegbert Township, Swift County, Minnesota and graduated from Appleton High School.  

May 30, 1957, Don was united in marriage to Eunice Mae Swenson at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Appleton by Rev. Paul Abner Gustafson.  This union was blessed with more than 58 years of marriage.

Don lived in the Murdock area until he was eight years old.  His family then moved to Hegbert Township in 1941 and he remained there until he entered the United States Army in 1956.  After his military service, he farmed for a short time in Artichoke Township until moving to Benson in December of 1959.  He worked for Ken Weber hauling canned milk.  In 1961, he started working at TCI and then in 1966 he began at Agralite as a lineman.  He remained there until his retirement.  Don was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the Church Council.  He enjoyed fishing, bowling, golfing, gardening, and watching sporting events.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attending their activities.

Don was called from this life Thursday, May 16, 2019, at his home in Benson, Minnesota.  He attained the age of 85 years and seven months.  He is survived by his three children: Janet (Jon) Ohmacht of Glenwood, Julie (Bruce) Larson of Glenwood, and Timothy (Leah) Wilts of Alexandria; eight grandchildren: Tony (Missi) Ohmacht, Monica (Jason) Olson, Daniel (Heather) Ohmacht, Thomas Ohmacht, Darcie (Jesse) Mathwig, Ben (Bethany) Larson, Spencer (Jessica) Wilts, and Katie (Josh) Hedstrom; 16 great-grandchildren: Bria and Ayden Ohmacht, Gavin, Carson, Macoy and Griffin Olson, Laikyn Ohmacht, Blaine, Piper and Grady Mathwig, Rylie and Allie Larson, Jack and Mara Wilts, and Brock and Brielle Hedstrom; siblings: Stanley Wilts of Appleton, Gloria (Charles) Giese of Benson, and Charles (Darlene) Wilts of Benson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice, October 8, 2015; and his parents Anthony and Ethel Wilts.  

Blessed be the memory of Donald Anthony Wilts.

Arrangements were with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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