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Rev. Donald E. Urbach, 86

The Rev. Donald E. Urbach PhD, age 86, of Glencoe, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018, at his home.

His funeral service will take place Friday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township, New Germany, with the Rev. Dean Mahlum officiating. There will be visitation at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Duane Haag, Orville Brinkman, Marlow Hecksel, Rollin Stoeckman, Ben Urbach, Josh Urbach, Corinn Kitchen, and Jason Alsin.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

Donald was born Dec. 19, 1931, in Chicago, IL, the son of Albert and Irene (Treskow) Urbach. He was baptized Jan. 17, 1932, in Chicago, IL, by his grandfather, the Rev. Treskow; and confirmed his faith April 2, 1944, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tinley Park, IL by the same.

Donald was united in marriage to Carol Luedke Aug. 20, 1955, at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Twp., New Germany.

Donald graduated from Concordia High School in River Forest, IL, and later received his degree from Concordia College in River Forest, IL.

Lutheran education was Don’s life. He taught in Lutheran grade school, high school, and colleges for 32 years.

Preaching was Don’s love and he served 10 years as parish pastor at Trinity in Holton, KS; and Immanuel in Netawal, KS.

In retirement, Don was an assistant to the pastor at Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Glencoe, vacancy pastor in the surrounding area, and chaplain at Grand Meadows in Glencoe. Don was a prayer warrior for his family, extended family, friends, and parishioners.

Don loved watching and playing with his great-grandchildren whenever he had the chance. He enjoyed singing in the church choir and with the singing friends. He loved spending hours sorting his coin collection, collecting golf balls, cheering on his sports teams, singing, preaching, ballroom dancing, and most of all, he loved his family.

Don was active in sports his whole life. He played football, baseball/softball, golf, and intramural basketball, enjoyed swimming, and loved to jog to stay fit. He was a sports fan, watching countless ball games, especially his beloved University of Michigan football, the Chicago Cubs, and the Minnesota Vikings. He was a coach and an assistant coach for the community, and a college sports referee.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Irene Urbach.

He is survived by his loving family: wife Carol Urbach; daughter and son-in-law Kristine and Tim Alsin of Shawnee, KS; son and daughter-in-law David and Jerolyn Urbach of Seward, NE; grandchildren Jason (Brehanna) Alsin, Corinn (Cyle) Kitchen, Benjamin Urbach, Joshua Urbach; great-grandchildren Jayden Alsin, Mycah Alsin, Paxton Alsin, Caelyn Kitchen, Caliana Kitchen, Corston Kitchen; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Sheldon Luedke of Spicer, and Don and Carol Luedke of Fort Wayne, IN; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

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