April 19, 1932 • May 12, 2016
Donald A. Hammer, 84, died peacefully at his home May 12, 2016 in Bemidji, Minnesota.
A funeral celebration was held Friday, June 17, at 1 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, with a reception that followed. Visitation was from 12-1 p.m. prior to the celebration.
Don is survived by his wife and caregiver of 62 years, Faye, three daughters: Colette (Bob) Erickson of Hayden Lake, ID, Larae (Roger) Peterson of Reardon, WA, Darcee Kissler of Winter Park, CO, and seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Donald was born April 19, 1932 in Granite Falls. He graduated from Benson High School in 1950. Don met Lovetta (Faye) at Concordia College where he later earned a teaching degree. They married in July of 1954. That fall, Don was drafted for the Korean War. His tour of military duty started at Guided Missile school in Huntsville, AL, and concluded at the White Sands Proving Ground in Las Cruces, NM.