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Donald Emil ZweifelCLERGY
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“In the Garden”
“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”
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by the Lennon Sisters
Donald E. Zweifel went peacefully to be with his Lord on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland. He was not alone; his wife of 65 years and his son were by his side. He died of a stomach aneurism.
Don entered this world on December 24, 1922 in rural Olivet, South Dakota to proud and loving parents, Henry and Clara (Luchsinger) Zweifel. He was raised in the Scotland area and remained there his entire life. He farmed at home until 1940. Then he worked for his brother, Clarence, who owned Scotland Transfer. In 1943, he entered the Army and received training at Camp Butler and Camp Picket before going overseas. He then joined the 90th Division with the 3rd Army in the infantry and fought in southern France, Ardennes, Belgium, and central Europe. During WWII he received from the President of the United States the Distinguished Service Cross, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against the armed enemy. He also received 3 Purple Hearts, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge. After being discharged from the Army in 1945, Don returned to Scotland to start his own business in trucking and shelling until his retirement. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the United Methodist Church. On June 19, 1948, he married Ruth Alice Retzer of Scotland in Sioux City, Iowa in front of their friends, Corvin Kepplinger and Dorthea Keesler of Scotland.
The ones who gratefully shared his life and are left to honor his memory are his wife, Ruth, of Scotland; a daughter, Theresa (Terry) and her husband Laverne (Joe) Hoff of Olivet; a son, Greg and his wife Cindy Zweifel of Scotland; five grandchildren and their families: Troy and Teresa (Green) Hoff of Covington, Georgia and their children Tiana and Tyler, David and Kristin (Wynia) Hoff of Sioux Falls and daughters Audrey and Madeline, Stacie (Zweifel) and Seth Peterson of Sioux Falls and their children Cohen and Vivien, Paul and Alyssa (Slykhuis) Zweifel of Dell Rapids and their children Parker, Aspen and a daughter-to-be, and Jared and Jenny (Hamberger) Zweifel of Scotland and their son, Henry.
He left us to be with his parents, nine brothers: Walter, William, Fredrick, Henry, Jr., Robert, Elmer, Clarence, George, and Albert, and three sisters: Katherine, Anna and Gladys, along with their respective wives and husbands.
We are so proud of our Grandpa, a hero. What a genuine man who cared so much about others. Many great memories with my Grandpa and Grandma that I will always cherish. Rest in piece Grandpa and we will see you in heaven! Paul Zweifel and Family Alyssa, Parker, Aspen and daughter #2.
Paul Zweifel Sep 9 2013 7:24 PM
Our sincere condolences to all of the family members. Don was a great individual and a great American. I was proud to have known him. GENE
Gene and Nancy Schneider Sep 8 2013 8:34 PM
Greg, Cindy and family, I only met Don several times, but what a friendly and interesting man. You have my sincere sympathy.
Bev Zweifel Sep 8 2013 12:25 PM
Don was a great inspiration for us all, I enjoyed him as he took on extra responsibility of showing my sons the ropes of being a good Christian man when I was raising them alone. I always remembered he would call me Mrs. Weaver - because he couldn't remember my first name. It was an honor to know him on this Earth and look forward to seeing him again in Heaven.
Vicki Weaver Galvan Sep 7 2013 9:03 AM