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Donald Teschendorf, 73, of Glencoe

Donald Teschendorf

Donald Marvin Teschendorf, 73, of Glencoe, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, 1 p.m., at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, with interment at a later date at the Arlington City Cemetery in Arlington.
Pastor Scott Richards was the officiating clergy.
Amber Picha was the flutist and played “Amazing Grace.” Special music was “Going Home.”
Glencoe American Legion Post No. 95 provided military honors. Shawn Ball, Tyler Ball, Cody Ratcliffe, Kenny Ruble, Kendall Picha, and Zach Picha were the casket-bearers.
Donald Marvin Teschendorf was born Sept. 9, 1945, in Gaylord. He was the son of Marvin and Melva (Brockoff) Teschendorf. Pastor John Bradtke baptized Donald as an infant Sept. 30, 1945, at the Albert Teschendorf home. Pastor H. J. Molatky later confirmed Donald in his faith as a youth June 7, 1959, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle. Mr. Teschendorf graduated from Arlington-Green Isle High School May 28, 1963. He was drafted Dec. 15, 1965, and was honorably discharged Oct. 16, 1967.
Mr. Teschendorf was married to Mary Jo Nelson June 21, 1966, in Waynesville, Mo. They made their home in Glencoe. His life was blessed with three children, Sharon, Lori and Tammy.
Mr. Teschendorf worked as a semi-truck driver the majority of his life. He spent 25 years driving truck for Quast Transfer in Winsted. He worked for a couple of different trucking companies before changing gears to working as a valet attendant at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake. After retiring, he worked at Security Bank & Trust Co. in Glencoe.
Mr. Teschendorf was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arlington before transferring to First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe April 26, 1970. During his last few years at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord, he attended weekly Bible study classes led by Pastor Scott Richards of St. Paul’s and Trinity Lutheran Churches of Gaylord.
Mr. Teschendorf was a jokester and comedian. He loved to talk to everyone, no matter where he was or who they were. He had his daily routines of breakfast with coffee uptown, getting a couple dollars of gas so he could go in and talk to the attendant and everyone else that followed. From there he would go to the grocery store and purchase a day’s worth of food. He would be at the store for hours and only to return with a couple of items. He was ecstatic when the Family Dollar came to Glencoe so that he could stop in and make that also a daily spot. He later incorporated Burger King for supper if he didn’t have evening plans. He would end each day with a sweet treat of some sort, of which he loved ice cream.
Mr. Teschendorf loved a good card game of sheepshead or 500. He enjoyed going to a casino during the evening hours to play slot machines and again enjoyed all the different people he could talk to. Auctions were a big part of early years. He loved negotiating. He would always come home with his “good finds.” Lastly, he was never, ever on time. He always wore a watch but never lived by the time. He was always on Teschendorf time.
Mr. Teschendorf passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord, at the age of 73 years and four months. Blessed be his memory.
Mr. Teschendorf is survived by his daughters, Lori Teschendorf (Kenny) of Glencoe and Tammy Ball (Shawn) of Monticello; grandchildren, Cory Teschendorf, Cassandra Teschendorf, Cody Teschendorf, Conway Teschendorf, Samantha (Sammy) Ball and fiancée Cody (Road Kill) Ratcliffe and Tyler (Bud) Ball; mother, Melva Teschendorf of Gaylord; brothers, Kenneth (Bonnie) Teschendorf of Glencoe, William (Janet) Teschendorf of Alexandria; sister, Sandy (Richard) Schwope of Green Isle; second family, Kendall, Jean, Tyler, Amber, Zachary and Tyler Picha; former spouse and now a good friend, Mary Jo Nelson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Mr. Teschendorf is preceded in death by his father, Marvin Teschendorf; and daughter, Sharon Teschendorf.
The Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe handled the arrangements. Its Web site is www.mcbridechapel.com where online obituaries and guestbook are available.