Donald M. Entinger

May 18, 1932 - May 16, 2020

Donald M. Entinger, age 87, of Belle Plaine, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on May 16, 2020.  Don was born on May 18, 1932 in New Prague to Peter A. and Celia C. (Huss) Entinger.  A few years after high school, he entered the US Army and served as a corporal in the Korean War.  After returning home, he began his lifelong career in farming and purchased the farm that would raise his family in 1965.  He married the love of his life, Bernice M. Schouvieller, on September 8, 1967 in Morgan, MN and the couple raised three children.  Don began his dairy herd in 1967 and he maintained the dairy through 1994.  He also sold seed for Northrup King for over 30 years and then for Gold Country Seeds for another 15 years.  Don was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, and the knights of Columbus.  He served as a past member of the Board of Directors for the Belle Plaine Co-op and was active on the Scott and Le Sueur Corn and Soybean Growers Association.  A man of strong faith, he was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and served as an usher for some years.  Don enjoyed fishing and playing cards in his spare time.  His grandchildren were the center of his existence but even they admit that Reagan, Don’s faithful Black Lab, topped the list!  Don will be sadly missed by so many.


Don is survived by his children, Brian Entinger (Jill Gauby) of Belle Plaine, Julie Topka of Littleton, CO, Nancy (Pat) Toth of New Prague; dog, Reagan; grandchildren, Hannah (Evan) Flax, Noah Topka, Gabrielle Forrester, Paige Forrester, Kaelyn Toth, Carson Forrester, Nolan Forrester, Josie Toth; siblings, Patricia Prchal, Georgiann Havlicek, Roselma Soller, Larry (Marion) Entinger, Joann (Jim) Gensch, Peter (John) Entinger; sister-in-law, Carole Entinger; brother-in-law, Joe Schouvieller.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Bernice, on October 7, 2015; his parents; brother, Paul Entinger.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 10 AM at St. John’s Catholic Church in Union Hill with Father Eugene Theisen officiating.  Due to a maximum of 53 people allowed in church, please contact family for availability.  Masks are strongly recommended.  Mass will be live-streamed on (Facebook link).  Burial will take place after mass in the church cemetery, where military honors will be conducted by the New Prague Area Veterans Honor Guard.  All are welcome at graveside where social distancing will also be maintained.

Memorials preferred to the Future Farmers of America or Ridgeview Hospice.

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Charlene Skluzacek
11 months ago

So sorry for your loss. He would play cards after the American Legion meetings and now you and my Dad can play cards in heaven. R. I. P.

Wayne Weldon
11 months ago

To the Entinger family, you have my deepest sympathies. I felt it was a real privilege to go to the Entinger farm and visit with Don and Brian and Julie and Nancy and Bernice. Most farm visits were 20 minutes to half an hour; the Entinger farm was closer to an hour and a half to two hours. We would visit and tell jokes and have a good time. My thoughts are with you all.

Ralph Wintheiser
11 months ago

Condolences from Marcella Wintheiser’s family.

Wendy Fuller
11 months ago

Brian, We are very sorry for the loss of your dad. Thinking of you & your family. Love Wendy & Justin Fuller

Phyllis kalal
11 months ago

My sympathies to family and friends of Donald. He was a first cousin of my dad. I remember visiting at the farm when when we were all young.

Mary Lou Kroyer
11 months ago

Sorry for your loss will miss his friendship
And visiting.

Darlene Tuma
11 months ago

So sorry for your loss

Roger Huss
11 months ago

Donald and I are first cousins and were raised in the Union Hill area. Since moving away from MInnesota and living in New Jersey for over 50 years, I had not been able to see him frequently. However, when I heard he was quite ill, I called him several weeks ago. We talked about farming, the olden days, and that he and I still liked old time music. He indicated that he had gotten a new knee and, remembering that he was a good dancer, I suggested that, perhaps, the knee problem got its start from too much dancing. I… Read more »

Pat O'Malley
11 months ago

So sad to read about the passing of Don Entinger. He was such a gentle and caring man. My heartfelt condolences to his entire family. Pat O’Malley

Judi Moonen
11 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Janice (Huss) Neisen

Mary and Jerry Entinger
11 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know when a service is held for Donald.

Jim Williams
11 months ago

I will remember those times bumping into Don and chatting about farming and what was going on in the world. He always had a smile and positive attitude on things. Rest In Peace. My sympathy to the family.

Lori Pint
11 months ago

Your dad was a wonderful gentleman. He will be greatly missed.

Cher Rezac
11 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a nice man.
Cher Rezac

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