Donald “Don” Markle

July 1, 1929 - August 5, 2015


Visitation: None
Service: His memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8, at Canton Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Canton Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

Donald Markle- paper picture    Canton. Donald G. “Don” Markle, 86, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Canton Good Samaritan Society. His memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8, at Canton Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Canton Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.
Donald Gene Markle was born July 1, 1929 in Hudson, SD to Charles and Maude (Stuckey) Markle. He graduated from Canton High School in 1948.
Don was united in marriage to Arlene Steenholdt, March 26, 1954 in Canton. He was baptized and confirmed as a member of Canton Lutheran Church. Don worked as a mechanic at John Deere Farm Store for John Sweetman for several years, later working at Fait Brothers Chevrolet as a mechanic. He spent most of his mechanic years at A & S Motor, Steensland Buick, and Gaspar Motor.
Don had an interest in helping Tom Winter and Dennis Mathison as mechanic for their race cars. Don like working with wood and made many “sprint” cars for his grandsons and friends. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing with friends and family.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife of 61 years, Arlene; daughters- Deborah (Mike) Hoogendoorn, Rock Rapids, IA and Sheila (Terry) Nelson, Sioux Falls, SD; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters- Lucille (Arnold) Eliason, Maxine (Sheldon) Bresee, and Betty (Howard) Severson. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and five sisters.

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  1. Arlene and family, Sorry for your lose of Don. Knowing him all the years he worked at the Buick garage across from our service station will always be remembered by me. Couldn’t fine a friendly person. He will be missed by many people. Again, Sorry, but that doesn’t seem like enough.

  2. Sheila and family – we are sending our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your dad. We’ll lift you all up in prayer during this difficult time. Blessings and peace.

  3. Sheila–So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Just know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and that he is in a wonderful place with no pain or suffering.

  4. After the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, we have happy memories that we’ve shared with our loved ones who have passed, this is what keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds. My condolences to you all at this sorrowful time. We have hope for the future in Daniel 12:2- JW.ORG

  5. So sorry to hear about Don. When I would see him at the reunions, I always thought my dad looked so much like him. He was always so quiet but I remember his laugh. You guys take care of each other and keep the memories alive.
    Take care and know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Teresa, Al, Lindsey and Austin