Donald E. Danielson was born to Elsie and Enfred Danielson on January 5, 1919 in Frederic, WI. He was the fifth of eight children which would eventually be in the family. Donald grew up on a farm in the Trade Lake area. Donald’s first job was working with beans and peas at Stokelys Canning Factory where he earned 59 cents an hour. He stayed with Stokelys until he was 40 years of age. Then he moved to his sister, June and brother-in-law, Bob’s place in Oregon and worked on a farm with them for three years. Next he moved back to the Frederic area and worked for Rolite Trailers and also farmed with his dad. Eventually he moved into a house in Frederic around 1979 where he stayed for 10 years. From there he moved into Golden Oaks and helped with maintenance for 23 years. At the age of 92 Donald moved into Comforts of Home in Frederic, WI.
The most important thing in Donald’s life was Jesus Christ. Donald grew up in a Bible believing home and heard early in life from his parents and his grandmother that he was a sinner, separated from God. He learned in his home as well as in Sunday school, Bible school, and church that Jesus loved him enough to die for his sins and that Jesus took his punishment for that sin on the cross. He learned that all one had to do to receive God’s forgiveness and become God’s child was place his trust in Christ and ask Him for salvation. During a Sunday evening service under the direction of Pastor Herman Peterson, Donald opened his heart to the Lord, repented of his sins, and trusted Jesus as his Savior. This was in the mid 1920’s when Donald was 5 or 6 years of age.
This assurance of eternal salvation and forgiveness of sins was Donald’s foundation in life and his comfort in his older years. Many times he would say to those around him in church, “I hope I don’t make my next birthday, I can’t wait to see Jesus.” But he did make many birthdays, and for the last couple of his birthdays he would “not so very subtly hint” that he wanted the young men’s quartet from First Baptist Church of Milltown, WI to come to his Comforts of Home and do a concert as a birthday party. Donald enjoyed good music, reading God’s Word, and attending church. He told his most recent pastor, “I made up my mind that I wanted to be a Baptist.” Sharing Christ with those around him was important to Donald, and he said when discussing this burden, “Oh how I would love to be a preacher.”
Donald is preceded in death by his parents; sister, June (Bob) Sample and two additional sisters; and brother, Francis “Bud” (Arlene) Danielson and two additional brothers. He is survived by his sister, Margaret (Danielson) who resides in Oregon.
Funeral services will be held at Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, WI on Friday, November 16, 2018 – visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the service at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Marlon Mielke will be officiating with Joy Mielke as organist. Interment will be at Union Cemetery in Trade Lake, WI, but the real Donald is now dwelling in Heaven with his Lord and Savior. It is Donald’s wish that all those he knew on this earth would make certain of their salvation and join him in Heaven someday. His burden for his friends and acquaintances was great, and Donald often expressed great concern that he could somehow introduce them to his God and help them find assurance of a home in Heaven.
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. Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home, 715-472-2444.