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Donald Kathman

February 12, 1935 ~ July 28, 2020 (age 85)


Donald Kathman, 85, of Argyle, MN, passed away on Tuesday morning, July 28, 2020 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND after a long courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his five girls.

Donald Harry Kathman was born on February 12, 1935, in Wanger Township, Marshall County, MN, to Harry and Theresa (Pawlowski) Kathman. He was raised in Argyle, and attended country school just west of the family farm. He was inducted into the US Army in 1958, serving his country as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division out of Lawton, Oklahoma. He was honorably discharged in 1962, returning home to farm. On September 2, 1961, Donald was united in Holy Matrimony to Stella Szczepanski, in Assumption Catholic Church in Florian, MN. They made their home together in Argyle before purchasing his parents' farm, where they would raise five daughters. Stella passed away on August 1, 2013.

As a lifelong resident of Argyle, “Catfish” was active in his church, St. Rose of Lima; the Argyle American Legion; and the Argyle Sportsmans Club. He was an original member and cook (called “Doris” by his friends) of Camp 7 in Caribou, MN. Donald enjoyed cruising on his golf cart, gardening, fishing and hunting, even making it out last deer season in spite of his progressing illness. He also enjoyed trips to the casino, watching the Twins and Vikings, and attending high school sports or listening to them on the radio. He truly loved the gift of spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Left to mourn his passing are his daughters, Laurie (David) Silewski of Valley City, ND, Linda (Dave) Bergeron of Wayzata, MN, Lisa (David) Sorenson of Argyle, MN, LuAnn (Pat) Dolan of Harwood, ND and Lana (Scot) Hoeper of Argyle, MN; 13 grandchildren, Holly (Matthew) Osborn, Adam (Greta) Silewski, Alex (Erika), Brady, and Emma Bergeron, Dana (Brandon) Setterholm, Brandon (Betsy) Sorenson, Brooke (Austin) Grochowski, Bret, Austin (Wylie), and Sean Dolan, Taylor (Evan Mattila) and Derek Hoeper; thirteen great-grandchildren, Ava, Ethan, Cici, Millie, Anna, Olivia, Myla, Jack, Blake, Boone, River, Payton and Kase; siblings, Leonard (Betty) Kathman, Leona (Bud) Paulson, JoAnn (Allen) St. Germain, and Ronald (Elizabeth) Kathman; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Stella, Donald is preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, Amber and Colby Hoeper; sister-in-law, Theresa Kathman; and niece and nephew, Lynelle St. Germain and Rick Bergeron.


MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Due to the restrictions on the number of people who are allowed to be in the church, private services will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Argyle, MN on Monday, August 3, 2020.
VISITATION: Walk through visitation will be from 9:45 – 10:45 AM on Monday, August 3, 2020 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Argyle, MN with private services to follow.

INTERMENT: St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Argyle, MN.
MILITARY SERVICE BY: Argyle American Legion Post #353 and Minnesota Honor Guard

All CDC guidelines will be followed and face masks are required to be in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

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 Donald Kathman - Memorial Folder


Walk-Through Visitation
August 3, 2020

9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
501 West 3rd Street
Argyle, MN 56713


St. Rose Catholic Cemetery
St. Rose Cemetery
Argyle, MN 56762

Private Family Service

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
501 West 3rd Street
Argyle, MN 56713

Please note
Face masks will be required within the church at all times.
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