Donald Letcher


April 30, 1936 - April 2, 2019


Donald Letcher, 82, Bridgewater, SD died Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at his home under the care of Avera @ Home Hospice.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am Friday, April 5 at the Zion Mennonite Church in Bridgewater. Burial with military honors will be in the Bridgewater Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7:00 pm Thursday at the church in Bridgewater. Arrangements are with the Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel in Emery.

Donald LeRoy Letcher was born April 30, 1936 south of Alexandria at the family farm to LeRoy and Henrietta (Tammen) Letcher. He grew up attending country school and then worked on the dam at Yankton and John Morrell in Sioux Falls. He joined the US Navy in 1956 and served in the Philippines and Okinawa on the ships, USS Horrett and USS Lexington. He was honorably discharged in Milton, FL in August 1966. On July 14, 1961 he married Deloris Jean Koch. In August 1966 they moved to Freeman where he was employed by Fred Harr & Co in Freeman, Janssen Implement in Emery and Sievers Sales & Service Farm Equipment in Bridgewater. In 1974 they moved to a farm near Emery where he also farmed and milked cows until health forced him to retire from farming in 1991. They moved to Bridgewater where Don continued working for Sievers Sales & Service until 2017.

Left to cherish his memory are his five children: Terri (Jamie) Shape of Bridgewater, Tony (Eli Mae) Letcher of Epiphany, Angie (Cris) Sizer of Bridgewater, Todd (Jill) Letcher of Bridgewater, April (Chad) Mosley of Sioux Falls, 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, one sister, Eileen (Kenny) Radel of Sioux Falls, three sisters-in-law: Carol Letcher of Kearney, NE, Norma Letcher of Freeman and Lenora Webb of Lucasville, OH.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Deloris, brothers, Lyle and Myron, brothers-in-law, Herb Webb, Dave Weaver and sister-in-law, Myra Weaver.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to Avera @ Home Hospice, 1115 E. 5th St., Mitchell SD 57301.



Thursday, April 4, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zion Mennonite Church
950 N Main Ave
Bridgewater, SD 57319


Friday, April 5, 2019
10:30 AM
Zion Mennonite Church
950 N Main Ave
Bridgewater, SD 57319


Bridgewater Cemetery
Bridgewater, South Dakota

Posted by L. Whitley on April 22, 2019
We want to express our heartfelt condolences for your loss. As family and friends continue to keep you strong in the days to come, think about seeing Don in a world full of happiness, where sorrow and pain will be a thing of the past. Find comfort in the Bible’s explanation about death, grief, and this wonderful hope at jw dot org.
Posted by Brent O'Brien on April 5, 2019
Sorry for your loss. He was a special man that will be missed by many. I will cherish all the time I got to spend with him.
Posted by DezaRae on April 5, 2019
Gunna miss you grandpa. I enjoyed knowing you and on occasion spending time with you listening to music. Love you. My condolences to your family.
Posted by Bonnie Schwiesow on April 4, 2019
My deepest sympathy to all of Don’s family.
Posted by Roxanne, Dedrick and Daniel Opel on April 3, 2019
Don was a kind and gentle man that treated everyone with respect that also is shown in his children! He will be greatly missed by everyone!
Posted by Mary and Kenny Gemar on April 3, 2019
Don was one of the nicest persons I have ever met. He always had a smile for you and his grin was the best!!!! You have our deepest sympathy.
Posted by Milton & Lovella Schrader on April 3, 2019
We extend our sympathy to his family
Posted by Deb bowen on April 3, 2019
Sending my deepest sympathy.
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