Donald Breingan

Donald L. “Danbury Don” Breingan, 84, of Danbury passed away on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, surrounded by his family.

The memorial service for Danbury Don will be held at 10 a.m. (visitation 9-10 a.m.) on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster with Pastor Steve Ward officiating. At the conclusion of the service, full military honors will be rendered at the funeral home. Reception and lunch to follow at Sand Greens Country Club, 28281 French Road, Danbury. Please dress for the weather – no heat in building.

Don was born to Clara (Gullickson) and William Breingan on Nov. 18, 1932 in Minneapolis. He attended public schools in Minneapolis and was a 1950 graduate of Central High School.

Don was inducted into the United States Army on Jan. 6, 1953 and served two years during the Korean War. He served primarily with Battery B, 20th AAA Gun Battalion and was honorably discharged on Jan. 5, 1955.

Don was united in marriage to Lorene Rose Schlink in Minneapolis on Sept. 10, 1955. Don was employed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune for 44 years, from 1950 until his retirement in 1994. They lived in St. Louis Park, Andover, New Hope, Webster and finally in Danbury.

Don was a sports fan all his life. He played softball, touch football and broomball until middle age. He loved fishing, hunting and snowmobiling. Don became a “Winter Texan” in 2001 and enjoyed the Rio Grande Valley.

He was an active member of the American Legion, Otis-Taylor Post 96 in Webster. He served as an officer and as treasurer. He was part of the Honor Guard, marching in many parades over the years. He assisted with placing flags on veterans’ graves and helped with pancake breakfasts and other fundraising events.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Lorene; his children: Chris (Dave) Angell of Faribault, MN, Jodie (Mike) Timm of Canton, SD, Steve Breingan (Tari Cochran-friend) of Danbury, Chuck (Diane) Breingan of Bloomington, MN, and Cathy Moore of Akeley, MN; grandchildren: Seth (Kim) Angell, Jessica (Garry) Allen, Christopher Timm, James Breingan, Shana Breingan, Sara Moore (Eric), Heather Moore (Josh), and Erin Moore; eight great-grandchildren; Tyler, Rachel, Jocelynn, Kyle, Jillian, Cameron, Karissa and Alexis; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Don in death were siblings Berdine (Allen) Lilja, Jean (William) Manion and James (Marjorie) Breingan.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Lutheran Disaster Response for Hurricane Victims at http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.swedberg-taylor.com.

Arrangements were entrusted with Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home of Webster.