Don Radel

Don Radel


March 19, 1957 - April 1, 2023


Don Radel, 66, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, April 1, 2023, at his home in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, April 6, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Mitchell with a visitation one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell at a later date. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A live stream of the funeral service can be viewed at:

Donald Steven Radel was born March 19, 1957, to Donald and Virginia (Tobin) Radel in Mitchell. Don grew up in Mitchell and attended Mitchell High School. Don was in Boy Scouts growing up and earned his Eagle Scout. After high school, he worked at the Mitchell Police Department. He then went to the Sheriff’s Office where he worked for 42 years until retirement.

Don married Gayle Winship in 1984, until her passing December 23, 1995. To this union, two daughters were born, Rachel and Laura. In 2003 Don married Carol Conway. They enjoyed camping in the Black Hills and target shooting.

Don is survived by his wife, Carol; daughters, Rachel (Shaun Osby) Radel and Laura Radel; mother, Virginia; stepchildren, Steve (Connie) Harr and Erin (David) Allen; grandsons, Trevor (Jenna) Allen, Travis (fiancé Amber) Allen, and Tanner Allen; two sisters, Sandra (Don) Walker and Cynthia (Bob) Unruh; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gayle, and his father, Donald.


Thursday, April 6, 2023
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 N Main St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, April 6, 2023
10:30 AM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 N Main St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Yen TerMeerL on May 12, 2023
SO. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS 🙏🏼 MAY DON REST IIN EACTE 🙏🏼❗️. He believed he in what was right 🙏🏼❗️
Fly high yyouvebeaerner your beings. ❗️ Will
Be missed by many ,,Never Forgotten❗️🙏🏼
Posted by Rich Widman on April 25, 2023
Rest in Peace Don. You were my very first boss, and a good one!
Posted by Al Sambo on April 7, 2023
I worked for your father "Big Don" at Rozums,, then knew you over the years, worked with you in law enforcement for some years. So sorry old friend that we didn't share some good old stories together.
Posted by James & Trina Kropenske on April 7, 2023
We are deeply saddened to hear of Dons passing. Donnie and I were inseparable in our youth and early adult life. Don had a love for law enforcement and service to his community that was impeccable. Donnie had a deep and dedicated love for his family and as a young Father took on a very difficult role as a single parent. Sending our love and prayers to the Radel family from Texas- James & Trina
Posted by Steve WAGNER on April 7, 2023
Well done, good and faithful servant....immediately came to mind when I read of Don's RETIREMENT and PASSING. You have lost a husband, father, son and brother and I have lost a friend. Condolences to all.
Posted by Darin Moke Family on April 6, 2023
8-1C, all I can say is THANK YOU for all you've done for me. You'll be so very sorely missed.

My God give your entire loving family comfort and guidance through the upcoming days, weeks, months, and years.

Rest in peace, my friend...
Posted by Nancy Putz on April 6, 2023
I had the pleasure of working with Don when I was working for the MItchell PD. My condolences to His wife and daughters. He was a great guy. A loss to the community and all who knew him.
Posted by Tom Riddle on April 6, 2023
A good man
Posted by Juliann Neuroth on April 6, 2023
My thoughts and prayers are with you Sandy, Cindy and your Mom. I'm so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He really was a great guy. May Don rest in Peace.
Posted by Charles Rokusek on April 6, 2023
RIP, I remember how kind you were when I first met you and how you made me feel welcomed. I will never forget you and yes we have another angel watching over us.
Posted by Dennis Marek on April 6, 2023
Don was a good man and a devoted law enforcement officer that served Mitchell and Davison County for a long time. I always enjoyed seeing and working with Don over the years. Rest in Peace Don and God Bless his family at the sad time.
Posted by La Dana Knupp on April 6, 2023
My lovely and prayers to this family. We will call miss you.
Posted by Josh Boll, Walworth County Sheriff on April 6, 2023
Rest in Peace Don!! I truly rspected your talent and your knowledge of jail operations. I enjoyed visiting with you at conferences.You are legacy to many and touched a lot of lives, you will be remembered for that. May God grant you everlasting peace and may God's Perpetual Light shine upon you eternally. Many Thoughs and prayers to family, friends and co-workers during this time. God Bless you my friend, keep a watchful eye over all of us, for we have gained a guardian angel.

Posted by Dan Limoges on April 6, 2023
I enjoyed visiting with Don at the Sherriff's Conerence's, Prayers for Don's family. RIP
Posted by Dan Limoges on April 6, 2023
I enjoyed visiting with Don at the Sherriff's Coherence's, Prayers for Don's family. RIP
Posted by Diane moke on April 6, 2023 were so good to Darin his years in the Sheriffs Dept
And for that I thank you. My condolences to Carol and the rest of your family. You will be missed here on earth. God has received another Angel..way too many angels
Posted by Lynn and Ronda Barta on April 5, 2023
We are sorry to hear about the loss of Don....he was a true gentleman and would help anyone in need...he will be missed....Thoughts and prayers are with Don's Family!!!
Posted by Tina.knock on April 5, 2023
Posted by Dennis Marek on April 5, 2023
Rest in peace Don with the good Lord God Almighty. Don was a good man that served the city of Mitchell and Davison County for many years always helping all law enforcement departments. God Bless his family at this sad time.
Posted by Paul and Bev thompson on April 5, 2023
We are so sorry for your loss. We knew him from working with the Rsvp program thought the police department. He was a great guy. We always helped with the parades with him also. Hugs and prayers to you girls and familys
Posted by Brandy Nisbet on April 5, 2023
Don was a fantastic and kind supervisor to work with at Davison County Jail. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Paula Radel on April 4, 2023
Thoughts and prayers for Don and his family.
Posted by Tom Fridley on April 4, 2023
I got to know Don when I started in law enforcement 1975. Don was always someone you could talk to. I will miss him. But there will always be the memories,
Posted by Shirley Wilfong (Ochsner) on April 4, 2023
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. I am a cousin to Don's dad. Had'nt seen Don for sometime.You are all in my thoughts & prayers.
Posted by Lyla Jerke on April 4, 2023
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Cindy Schneider on April 4, 2023
Dear Cindy and Sandy, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear brother. God’s blessings to your families. Sincerely Cindy Ruth Schneider
Posted by Cindy Schneider on April 4, 2023
Dear Cindy and Sandy, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear brother. Sincerely, Cindy Ruth Schneider
Posted by Dennis Martin on April 3, 2023
Don was a servant of the people. He was God fearing and wanted those in prison to know the true God so as to live their lives circumspectly. Our deepest sympathy to his family. In Christ, Dennis Martin
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on April 3, 2023
So sorry to all of you for this very sad loss of a great Man !! Don will be missed by everyone was blessed to know him ! Sending big hugs and prayers to all of you !!!!!
Posted by Dave Strohmayer on April 3, 2023
To the family of Don. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by DEB YOUNG on April 3, 2023
I am so so very sorry to learn of Don's Passing. He had just retired from Davison County. Condolences go out to the family. May Don rest in Peace and know there are so many people he truly helped through his career.
Posted by Jerry Luckett on April 3, 2023
This breaks my heart as I have known Don forever. He was kind and caring. May God comfort Don's family and friends. Rest in Peace my friend, you made a difference in this world.
Posted by Cindy Voyles on April 3, 2023
My heart breaks for his Girls, Carol and the rest of his family.. God bless you all.
Posted by Len Sanderson on April 3, 2023
Sorry and saddened to hear of Don's passing. Condolences to Carroll, Steve, and the rest of Don's family.
Posted by Joan Neuberger Neilan on April 3, 2023
May God provide you comfort as you grieve Don’s loss and celebrate his life. So sorry to hear of his passing. Enjoyed visiting with Don when our paths would cross. Godspeed, Don. You left quite a legacy.
Posted by Cheryl Kelsey on April 2, 2023
Posted by Michael Novak on April 2, 2023
May you Rest in Peace. And know what a blessing you were to so many people. You were such a great person and one who was always able to put a smile on one's face. God, bless you and your family. And you will be so dearly missed.
Posted by Kris Bierwirth on April 2, 2023
Don you truly helped everyone you met! I know you always assisted me. You will be missed. My heart & prayers go out to your family.
Posted by Charlie Larson on April 2, 2023
RIP my friend, you’ll be missed by many. Peace to your family
Posted by Lorna Sonne on April 1, 2023
To Donny's families, my sincere sympathy. He was always such a kind man, always had time to visit or crack a joke when I would see him. Sending prayers. 🙏
Posted by Deb Tilton on April 1, 2023
Don you will be greatly missed, always kind and would help anyone.
Posted by Bob Marler on April 1, 2023
Don may you Rest In Peace. I'm sure I speak for all of Law Enforcement when I say you have helped so many of us over the years and was highly respected by all. Bob Marler SDHP Ret.
Posted by Roger Tiede on April 1, 2023
Gone to soon. But what he stood for and the lives he touched will last an eternity. Prayers to his family. RIP Don
Posted by Linda Aldrich on April 1, 2023
8-1C - Admiration and pride for a life well lived and a job well done. Nobody will ever know all the kindness you showed to so many people. I will miss you. Rest in peace, boss.
Posted by Travis Royston on April 1, 2023
Mr Radel worked at the Police Department with my Dad many years ago and then was a deputy when I was in high school in Ethan. He was ALWAYS so kind to everyone and always talked to the kids. He also seemed to have a great sense of humor and was pretty laid back. Was very well liked by all.
Posted by Cindy Schneider-Cindy Ruth on April 1, 2023
Cindy and Sandy I am so sorry for the loss of your dear brother Donny. I just talked to him a few weeks ago and what a nice man he was! I know he’ll be so missed not only to you but for our whole community! God Bless your family and his dear daughters may you experience the peace that passeth all understanding!
Posted by Wayne and Carol Carstens on April 1, 2023
We just passed each other yesterday and waved! We're so sorry! Especially to his girls! God Bless you all!
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on April 1, 2023
Posted by Carol Kahler on April 1, 2023
Don,fly high with the angels,may your soul rest in peace
You were like a brother to me,we worked many years together,at the Alcohol Drug Center and at the Sheriff's Office,it was many fond memories, you were a great boss and friend to my family and I
Posted by Mitch & Mary Wilcox on April 1, 2023
Rest in peace, may God comfort all. Very intelligent man. Had the privilege of working for. The day I quit an moved on the letter submitted to commissionersstill stands. As one of the great bosses an people to work for. If more were like Don the world would be a whole lot better place..
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