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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Donald Sanns

  • Donald Sanns, 85, of Osakis passed away early on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at the Grand Village Nursing Home in Grand Rapids.


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  •     Donald Sanns, 85, of Osakis passed away early on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at the Grand Village Nursing Home in Grand Rapids.
        Donald Raymond Sanns was born on February 26, 1926 to Raymond W. and Nora (Merchant) Sanns in Barron County, Wisconsin. As a child he moved to the St. James area. In 1943 he was called to serve his country during WWII. He was a Coxswain, V-6 in the Navy. After his honorable discharge he returned to St. James. He was an electrical lineman for the city of St. James.
        On November 2, 1968 he married Adair Morrow-Blom in St. James. They moved to Worthington. He worked for Worthington Public Utilities until his retirement in 1988. Upon his retirement they moved to Osakis. He loved to fish and did so year round. In the summertime, he also kept busy working in his garden. He loved to share the surplus produce with his family, friends and neighbors.
        Don was a member of the Osakis Sportsman’s Club and a lifetime member of the VFW.
        Survivors include his children, Dennis Sanns of California, Dorothy ( Gerald) Christiansen of Ormsby, MN and James Sanns of Sleepy Eye, MN; stepchildren, Jerry (Lynn) Morrow of Zumbrota, MN, Esther (Douglas) Savage of Bovey, MN, William (Deb) Blom of Winona, MN and Brad Blom of Pengilly, MN; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Lois (Ron) Engel of St James, MN; brother, Chuck Sanns of St. James, MN; many nieces and nephews; and special friend and fishing buddy for over 50 years, Paul Wilson of Texas.
        Don was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Adair;  stepdaughter,  Mary Canfield; stepson, Thomas Morrow; stepdaughter, Elizabeth Morrow; great-grandchildren, Trevor Wilde, Cody and Brett Siem; brother, Griff Sanns; and sisters, Opal Larson and Lorraine Wraalstad.
        Arrangements were by the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis.
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