Don Von Spreecken, age 90, of Bird Island died Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Olivia Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. Mass of Christian Burial is Wednesday, July 24th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island with Rev. George Schmit as celebrant. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Military rites will be provided by the Bird Island American Legion. Visitation for Don will be at the church Wednesday for one hour prior to the mass. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service in Olivia.
Donald Joseph Von Spreecken was born October 18, 1928 at Redwood Falls, MN, to Louis and Elizabeth (Sacmary) Von Spreecken. He attended Palmyra country school through 8th grade and graduated from Bird Island High School. Don was employed by Dahlgren farms until 1951 at which time he was inducted into the U.S. Army. Don served his country during the Korean Conflict from 1951-1953 and was stationed in Germany. He married Lavonne Margaret Kopel May 19, 1953 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island and they were blessed with two daughters. They farmed until 1971 when they moved into Bird Island. He was then employed as a mechanic at local Bird Island businesses until 1981 when he started working for the Bird Island bean plant and retired in 1994. After retirement he mowed lawn for the church cemetery and BOLD Schools. He also did volunteer work for ACTS and Renville County Food Shelf. In his free time he enjoyed Nascar racing, rodeos, old classical movies, and every western movie. He was also an avid reader of Western books and enjoyed doing word search puzzle books and his frog collection. Don had been on dialysis this past year and a half and moved to the nursing home this past week.
Don is survived by his wife Lavonne Von Spreecken of Bird Island; his two daughters: Susan (and Jerry) Eiler of Olivia and Yvonne (and Allan) Feirer of North Prairie; and his sister Elaine Erickson of Blaine. Don was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Deloris; and his four brothers: Elroy, Gordon, Ronald, and Richard.
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