Donald “Bronk” Bigalke, 92
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls, MN with Rev. Don Ludeman officiating. Burial will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN. Friends may call from 4-7 P.M. on Monday and from 10-11 A.M. on Tuesday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls, MN. Funeral arrangements for Bronk Bigalke are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, MN.
Donald “Bronk” Bigalke was born Sept. 6, 1919, in Darling Township in Morrison County to the late Fred and Mabel (Anderson) Bigalke. He attended country school in Darling Township and graduated from Little Falls Community High School in 1937. After graduation he went to work at the Boat Works in Little Falls as a painter. On July 9, 1942, Bronk enlisted in he U.S. Army where he served his country proudly during World War II in France. He was honorably discharged July 14, 1945. Bronk was united in marriage to Betty Harrington June 17, 1948, at Randall Presbyterian Church in Randall. The couple resided in Randall for many years until moving to Little Falls. Bronk worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier in Little Falls and later delivered mail on the Randall rural route for 35 years. He was very involved in Minnesota Amateur Baseball, retiring as a player at age 61 and was later inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. Bronk served on the Randall City Council, Little Falls School Board, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Board, Lutheran Care Center Board, and the HRA Board. He also worked as a member of the “Chain Gang” for 30 years at Little Falls Flyer football games. Bronk was a member of the Randall VFW (Charter Member), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Little Falls American Legion and Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls. He was very proud of his large garden that he grew every year and always kept his yard in immaculate condition. Bronk enjoyed fishing and loved to watch his kids and grandchildren play sports. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.
Bronk is survived by his wife, Betty Bigalke of Little Falls; sons, Dean (Sherry) Bigalke of New London, Greg (Diane) Bigalke of Monticello and Scot (Diane) Bigalke of Hastings; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Bronk was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mabel Bigalke; brothers, Leonard, Vernon and Kenneth Bigalke.
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