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Don Defoe

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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Sad to hear of Donald's passing. My deepest sympathy to Phyllis and Family Thoughts and prayers to all of you at this most difficult time It has been quite some time since I last saw him, but always welcoming and most enjoyable to talk to. Take care Phyllis thinking of you. Cousin Elaine (Dumontier) Lochhead

Elaine Lochhead (Dumontier) Apr 15 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Dons passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Hold the memories forever! Jeff and Renae Carpenter

Renae Carpenter Apr 15 2019 12:00 AM

Phyllis, Bob, Mike, Mary Jo, and all -- My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I think of you often, even though it has been years since we have seen each other. May all your good memories brighten and chase away the shadows of sadness, and may God richly bless each and every one of you.

Brian J.Saiger Apr 14 2019 12:00 AM

Sending sympathy and prayers to the DeFoe family. Don's suffering is over and he now rests in peace in the arms of Jesus.

Karen Jackson Berard Apr 12 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Mike, Michelle, and DeFoe Family, We extend our deepest sympathy to you for the loss of Mr. DeFoe. Peace, love, comfort, and strength to all of you during and after this difficult time. Sincerely, Jaclyn and Maurice Best

Maurice J. Best Apr 12 2019 12:00 AM

Our sincerest sympathies to the Defoe family. Don was one of the nicest people we ever met and just a quality human being. Deb says to tell phyllis now she will never know when the frost goes out of the ground.

Milton & Debra MaKi Apr 11 2019 12:00 AM