Donald Petrich, 61

Donald Petrich, a resident of Little Falls, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2012, at his home in Little Falls, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 18, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cushing, with Bob Mueller officiating. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls.
Don was born Nov. 18, 1950, in Little Falls to the late William (Bill) and Elvera (Venske) Petrich. He was united in marriage to Glenda (Petersen) Dec. 14, 1973, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Randall. Don graduated from Little Falls High School in 1968. He was drafted into the service in 1969 and entered the Army in 1970 and was honorably discharged in December of 1971. He then worked at Camp Ripley as a technician. After attending Staples Vo-tech College and graduating in 1980 with a degree in Graphic Arts, he worked at May Printing in St Cloud. After his career as a printer, he started working at his favorite job at Meschke Turkey Farm. Don loved his years as a turkey farmer. He also enjoyed fishing, his morning coffee routine with friends and loved to go for drives. Don never met a stranger he couldn’t strike up a conversation with.
Survivors include his loving wife of 38 years Glenda; son Bill (Wendy) Petrich of Randall; daughters Staci (Noah Billig) Petrich of Fayetteville, Ark., and Becky (Kerry) Smieja of Little Falls; eight grandchildren Wilson, Adam and Ivan Petrich, Evelyn and Elliott Billig-Petrich and Ellie, Avery and Charlie Smieja; father and mother- in-law, Ivan and Pat Petersen of Randall; sister Marlene Ritzer; brothers Gordy (Jeanette), Bill (Carol) and Bob (Nancy) Petrich; brothers and sisters in law, Alan (Darcy) Petersen, Cheryl (Gary) Andres, Peggy (Pat) Boone and Pam (Randy) Lundgren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Elvera Petrich; sister Ruthie Lawrence; brothers-in-law, Bob Ritzer and Bob Lawrence.
Honorary casketbearers were his children and grandchildren. Casketbearers were Rich Sauer, Randy Lundgren, Bob Sanders, Dick Pierce, Kent Meschke, Dennis Venske, Andy Petersen and David Petersen.

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