Donald Eugene Culhane


May 11, 1926 - October 18, 2018


Donald Eugene Culhane, age 92, died Thursday October 18, 2018 at his home in Oro Valley, AZ surrounded by his loved ones.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 1, at 10:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday, at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a Scripture Service at 6:30 PM.

Donald Eugene Culhane was born on May 11, 1926 at Huron, SD to Alexander and Ruth (Lynch) Culhane. He grew up in Mitchell, South Dakota and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1944. Don attended the University of Kansas and was a member of the KU Jayhawks Basketball team.  He graduated from KU in 1948. Don served in the US Armed Forces during the summer of 1945.  On September 2, 1948, he married Jeanette Coyne at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. He owned and managed Culhane Dairy at the corner of 1st and Sanborn for 44 years until his retirement in 1993.  Many customers remember tearing off the milk tabs and turning them in for rides during Corn Palace Week. Don served as a Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, President of the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce, President of the Mitchell Lions Club, President of St. Joseph Hospital Board of Directors and provided many hours of volunteer service to the Mitchell community.

Don is survived by his children, five Sons: Terry (Suzanne), Kansas City, MO; Kevin (Margi), Madison, SD; Steven (Bonny), Mitchell, SD; Mark (Michelle), Atherton, CA; Christopher (Camy), Oro Valley, AZ; four Daughters: Karen (Bob) Twitchell, Rockville, MD; Ann (Tom) Neale, Danville, CA; Donna (Wayne) Eberenz, Knoxville, TN; Constance (Bill) Kaminski, LaPorte, IN; twenty-six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, and brother Father Richard (Alberic) Culhane of Collegeville, MN.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jeanette in 2012, his brother Francis and sister Patricia Madden.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed towards the Don & Jean Culhane endowment fund with Mitchell Catholic Foundation.


Friday, May 31, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Scripture Service at 6:30 PM

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Saturday, June 1, 2019
10:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

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