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Donald Leroy Neiman

July 20, 2012

Retired St. Peter business man, Donald Leroy Neiman, went to his heavenly home on July 20, 2012 after a seven year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Koreen, son David (Joni) Neiman, daughter Jayne Wahlberg (Tom), sister Ethel Frantti (Bill), half brother Marvin Neiman, five grandchildren (Jill, Brad, Nicole, Jennifer, John), and four great grandchildren (Logan, Jackson, Charlotte, Lucy).

Donald was born on April 28, 1936 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. In both 1949 and 1950 he was awarded the Outstanding Newspaper Carrier Award from St. Cloud Daily Press Association. He graduated from St. Cloud Tech in 1953. Donald married Koreen Nelson on April 2, 1955. He worked construction for a few years and then moved on to a Brakeman position with Great Northern Railroad. They moved to Spicer, MN where he worked at Farness Hardware and Mortuary. In 1960 they moved to Alden, MN where he managed a hardware and appliance store. The family moved to St. Peter, MN in 1964, and Don worked at Bill's Hardware. In 1968 Don and Koreen purchased the hardware store, made it their family business, and named it Don's Ace Hardware. With the business growing, he moved the appliance portion of the business to a separate building in 1979 and named it Don's Appliance & TV.

Don was a member of the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce, serving as Retail President in 1972 and Chamber President in 1975. He was a member of the St. Peter Lions Club and Rotary Club. Don served on his church board for over 34 years (30 years in St. Peter). He taught junior high boys Sunday School.

At age 55, Don chose to retire and volunteer in the RV-MAPS ministry. Don and Koreen spent 20 years traveling around the United States building start up churches for needy communities.

Don enjoyed down hill skiing, motor home camping, golfing, and spending time with the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He had a love and zest for life. His family and friends will greatly miss him.

One of the verses he always lived by was Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths".

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday July 25th, 2012 at Jesus Assembly of God in St. Peter with burial at Greenhill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday at St. Peter Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday.
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