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

Posted by Colleen Tegels DeJong on April 21, 2019
So very Sorry for your loss. The entire family is in my prayers.
Kevin my prayers are with you.
Don was always a very kind man.
Posted by K. Hope on April 13, 2019
So sorry for your family's loss. May the hope from God’s Word and your cherished memories comfort your hearts. Revelations 21:3,4.
Posted by Rodney Phinney on April 11, 2019
Was a great man.
Posted by Cary Lee Koop on October 23, 2018
I Cary Lee lovingly, devotedly offer my condolences and sympathy and cherrish and honor his golden memories
Posted by Randala Stockton on October 23, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Culhane family in this difficult time. Donald got the chance to see his beautiful family grow and expand over the years. He is now resting in the arms of his beloved wife in heaven. May he rest in peace. God bless all the Culhanes.
Posted by Nicole Fuhrer on October 22, 2018
On behalf of the Mitchell Catholic Foundation and John Paul II School, I pass on my deepest sympathy to the Culhane family. Two beautiful souls have now been reunited. I feel so blessed to have known Don & Jean and we continue to be blessed by their great generosity and love. We are so humbled to carry on their legacy of faith.
Posted by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan on October 20, 2018
+J.M.J.+ I was saddened to hear of the passing of +Donald Eugene. May his Soul rest in peace. I will offer the Holy Mass for his Soul's happy repose. May Jesus, Mary and Joseph bless the Culhanes and all who mourn the passing of +Don from this life.
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