Peter "Bud" Donker


November 2, 1929 - July 22, 2021


Peter “Bud” Donker, 91, of Stickney, SD, died Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 28, at Aurora Reformed Church in Aurora Center, SD. Burial will be at Aurora Reformed Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8:00 PM Tuesday, July 27, at Aurora Reformed Church with a 7:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Peter “Bud” Alvin Donker was born on November 2, 1929 to Pieter and Anne (Dykstra) Donker at home near Aurora Center, SD. He attended grade school in Aurora Center, and then attended Sioux City Barber College, and would go on to use this skill for 67 years.

Peter was united in marriage to Cornelia Overweg on December 15, 1948, and to this union, they had four children. Peter cared for his wife, Corky, through sickness and health until her death in January 2015. He later married Thelmadean Overweg Bennett on August 25, 2015, and gained a daughter, Pamela.

Peter had farmed for 40 years at his home dating back to 1959. He cherished his time playing the guitar, dancing, and raising his family. Peter was very involved in the community. He was on the township board, measured land for ASCS, and was a member of the Dakota Classic Cruisers Car Club. Bud helped at Stickney High School in Shop Class teaching car repair. Peter loved antique cars; he loved to restore them along with tractors. Peter was also a band member in “Family Affair” for 5 years. They played at weddings, nursing homes, churches, and anniversaries. After Peter’s music career, he was inducted into the South Dakota Music Hall of Fame. Peter valued his church, committing to a life of service as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and catechism.

Peter is survived by his children: Patricia (Alan) Zwart, Gloria (Don) Walz, Marcia Beltman, Myron (Dawn) Donker, and Pamela (Robert) Bennett Liems; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sisters, Jean (Cornelius) Schelling and Judy Peterson; and son-in-law, Doug Beltman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons-in-law, Terry VanDenHoek, David Decker, and Virgil Terveen; siblings, Amaine (John) Buurma, Nellie (Ernest) DeHaai, Albert “Rusty” (Grace) Donker, and Noreen (Arlin) Plooster; and brother-in-law, Norbert Peterson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to, Christian Hour of Worship, Aurora Center Reformed Church, Avera Hospice, or Aurora County Cancer Society.


Tuesday, July 27, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aurora Reformed Church
Aurora Center, SD


Wednesday, July 28, 2021
10:30 AM
Aurora Reformed Church
Aurora Center, SD


Aurora Reformed Cemetery
Aurora Center, SD

Posted by Jeff and Kathy Fouberg on July 29, 2021
Our sympathy to all of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Posted by Diane (Prickett) Reinfeld on July 28, 2021
Deepest sympathies to all of you. Our family met many years ago when you lived in the Ethan area.
Posted by Audrey VanGenderen on July 28, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the family of this special man. Someone once said that there are two kinds of people--
Those who make you feel better when they enter a room and Those who make you feel better when they leave. When Bud entered with that big smile and warm handshake, everyone felt the care.
Posted by Bonny Prien on July 27, 2021
What a GREAT Man! Uncle Bud & Aunt Corky were always very special to our Family and all us Kids. A guy with such awesome musical talent, & fixing ability, all self taught. A guy that came from a Family of Poor & lived a very Blessed & Happy Life. Will sure miss the Smile & upbeat attitude. Hugs & Kisses to all your Loved Ones.
Posted by Shirley Vanden Berge Kosmicki on July 27, 2021
The Vanden Berge kids always knew it was going to be a fun evening when Bud and Cork were coming to visit. Good memories. My heart goes out to the family ❤️
Posted by Rosalie Spaans on July 26, 2021
My sympathy to each one of you on your loss.
Posted by Elaine Titze on July 26, 2021
I remember him as a great Sunday School teacher! Sympathy to his family
Posted by Heidi and Dan Freemark on July 26, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to the Donker family.
Posted by Roy king on July 26, 2021
Sorry to hear this.
Posted by Joan (Wesseling) Harris on July 24, 2021
Our symapthy to all your family. He will be missed by many. I am sure John Dykstra my dad (Harold Wesseling are glad to have another one of their family join them. Love to all
Posted by Jim and Glenda Hohn on July 24, 2021
Our sympathies to the family of Bud,may God comfort your family🙏🙏
Posted by Lena Bultje on July 24, 2021
Rest in peace Uncle Bud. You will be missed. Respected and looked up to you, so much. Still remember you and Aunt Corky playing for our wedding reception. Such good memories. Your singing with the angels now.
Posted by Sheryl Van Zee on July 23, 2021
We will miss that beautiful musical soul, he’s pain free playing and singing with his siblings❤️❤️ God Bless you all our thoughts and prayers are with you. 🙏🏻🙏🏻
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