Don Defoe

April 11, 2019


Donald J. DeFoe, 88, of Pembina, ND, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at his home near Pembina. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Assumption Catholic Church in Pembina. Visitation will be held for one hour before the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Altru Hospice, Cavalier.

Don was born May 27, 1930, in Pembina, ND, to Adolard and Marie (L’Heureaux) DeFoe. He grew up in the Pembina area and graduated from Pembina High School. After school he worked for area farmers and on a pipeline in Minnesota. Don then served in the United States Navy.

During his enlistment in the Navy, Don married Phyllis Zavoral in Thief River Falls, MN, on November 26, 1951. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, they farmed in the Pembina Area. Don also worked at Motor Coach Industries.

Some of the things he enjoyed were gardening, fishing, deer hunting, and spending time with this grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Phyllis; children: Bob (Rochelle) DeFoe, Pembina, ND; Mike (Michelle) DeFoe, Devils Lake, ND; and Mary Jo (Mark) Ramsay, Bathgate, ND; grandchildren: Angie (Allen) Thingvold, Jason (Marla) DeFoe, Amanda (Kevin) Sisk, Andrea (Justin) Douville; Aaron DeFoe, Adam (Britani) DeFoe, Jack DeFoe; Marcus (Rachel) Ramsay, Katie Dewald, Kayla (Ben) Rogers; great-grandchildren: Riley, Mason, Alexa, Regan; Kendal, Dominic; Brian, Kathryn; Isabella, Jackson, James; Cora, Calla, Judah, Ezra; Nora, Jade; Beckett, Bristol; and Lennon; brother, Francis (Gail) DeFoe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Delores Rising and Betty Ann Donahue.

Visitation will be held for one hour before the time of the service.

Funeral Service

Saturday, April 13, 2019
11:00 AM

Assumption Catholic Church
143 Hayden St
Pembina, North Dakota 58271

Visitation will be held for one hour before the time of the service.

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