Funeral services for Donald Jost of Morris will be held Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 10:30 AM at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Father Tim Baltes will be officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM with a KC Rosary at 7 PM and a prayer service at 7:30 PM at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Morris.
Donald William Jost was born on June 5, 1923 to Wilhelmina Zehringer Jost and Frank B. Jost in Ortonville, Minnesota. He was raised on a farm west of Morris. He graduated from St. Mary's School in 1941. On, June 10, 1944 Don married Irene Kill. They moved to a farm north west of Morris in Pepperton Township, where Don farmed with his brothers, Paul and Ray. Don and Irene had four children; Richard, Ken, Lou Ann and Joe. Irene and their infant son died in 1955. In 1970, Don married Berdella Twenge Summer. They moved into a home in Morris where Don became "the gentleman farmer" as indicated by his CB handle.
Don enjoyed fishing, tinkering in his shop, dancing, traveling, feeding the birds and socializing with friends and family. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles and the NFO. Don was a lifelong member of Assumption Church. He was an award-winning Keltgen seed corn salesman and a founding member of Alberta Wildlife Association. He loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren very much and they loved him. After Berdella's death, Don spent the remaining years of his life in the loving care of the staff at Skyview Court.
Don died on April 3, 2010 at home at Skyview Court in Morris, MN having reached the age of 86.
Don is survived by his sons: Ken (Nora) Jost of Morris and Joe (Susan) Jost of Morris; daughter-in-law: Becky Jost of Indianapolis, IN; three sisters: Margaret (Jerome) McCarney of Litchfield, Katherine (Clifford) Classen of Sauk Centre and Agnes Stensby of St. Peter; two brothers: Paul (Jeanette) Jost of Morris and Art (Frieda) Jost of Denver, CO; grandchildren: Tony (Keri) Jost, Chris (Candace) Jost, Jennifer (Mike) Bruland, Jessica (Don) Jost-Behnkie, Luke Jost, Sarah (Jeremy) Jost-Sutton, Ellen Jost, Sean Jost and Lindsay Jost and great-grandchildren Thomas, Ethan and Lucas Jost, Claire Bruland, Halah Jost-Mahunik, Cecelia Behnkie-Jost; four step-children: Judelle (Len) Bull of St. Cloud, Dennis (Leslie) Twenge of Spokane, WA, Duane (Jane) Twenge of Deaufort, SC and Rebecca Roberts of Centennial, CO and numerous Twenge grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his wives: Irene Jost and Berdella Jost; son: Richard Jost; daughter: Lou Ann Jost; his parents; three brothers: Ray, Lawrence and Louis Jost; brother-in-law: LeRoy Stensby and step-son: Sheldon Twenge.
Serving as pallbearers for the service are all of Don's grandchildren. Linda Hodgson will serve as pianist for the service with Ken Hodgson serving as song leader. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.
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