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Donald "Donnie" Mark Schuelke

Donnie was called home on June 25th, 2017 due to a tragic car accident. He was born on September 22, 1998 in Marshall to Donnie and Julie (Schmiesing) Schuelke. He was baptized, received First Communion and was confirmed at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent. He graduated 8th grade from St. Edwards Catholic School in Minneota and graduated with honors from Minneota High School with the class of 2017. He loved baseball, robotics, science and physics, being with friends, and above all, he loved his brothers. He was involved in TKD, Knowledge Bowl, 4-H, and Minnesota Mile. He truly enjoyed all aspects of FFA and his most recent accomplishment was being part of the State FFA Officer Nominating Committee. He loved dairy judging and handling and spent hours at the neighbors honing his skills. He loved playing (and cheating) at cards and poker night with his buddies was rarely missed. No outfit was complete without a tie and a new knot he found on YouTube. Dress up days at school were his favorite. Family time was spent playing baseball, watching The Big Bang Theory, Scorpion, Arrow, Flash and America’s Got Talent. He liked boating, tubing and knee boarding, camping, fishing, camp fires, hayrides and just being with his family. He loved his brothers and showed them often by a “gentle smack” on the arm. Donnie loved life. He registered as an organ donor in September of 2015 and gave blood as often as he could (even though he hated needles). He loved helping people and would be smiling knowing how many lives his donations changed. Donnie is survived by his parents Donnie and Julie, his brothers Carter, Josh and Logan all of Minneota, his grandmas, Darlene “Grams” Schmiesing of New Ulm, Arlys Schuelke of Welch, his great-grandma Lucille Schmiesing of New Ulm, his grandpas, Don “Gramps” Schuelke of Fort Pierce, FL, and Gary Schmiesing Sr. of Backus, his great aunt Lavonne “Toots” Kamm of New Ulm, aunts, uncles and cousins, Julie (Schuelke) and Cory Trierweiler (Morgan, Makenna and Mia) of St Michael, Heidi (Schuelke) and Aaron Aslakson (Kailey and Ethan) of Red Wing, Gary Schmiesing Jr. of Faribault, Lisa (Schmiesing) Schuelke (Cody and Makia) of Princeton, Marci (Schmiesing) and Mike Jasper (Hunter and Hayden) of Elk River, Mathew Schmiesing of Crystal, and many other great aunts and uncles, cousins, his #1 K-9 companion Sophie and a flagnog of friends. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents and Uncle Mark Schuelke. His smile will be missed!!

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I am the priest at St. James in Dawson, and the company called to place the headstone soon. Please know of my thoughts and prayers.

Fr. Mark Mallak Oct 25 2017 7:04 PM

We are so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of your son, Donnie. He sounds like an awesome young man.... Your family is in our prayers. Treasure the memories as he enjoys Peace with his God. Trust in the Lord... Blessings, Jim and Katy Eiselt

Jim and Katy Eiselt Jul 10 2017 1:18 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Seek comfort in family and faith during this difficult time.

Kristi Flynn Jul 5 2017 2:43 PM

To Parents and family of Don Schuelke IV May the many great memories of Don support you at this time of loss and sorrow. God watch over you and guide you at this time of loss. Coach Feather

Don Featherstone Jun 30 2017 11:28 AM

No words are adequate at a time like this. Just know that we are praying for all of you and asking for God's comfort through faith, family, friends, and the promise of eternal life. Our deepest sympathy to ALL of Donnie's family and friends. We will remember Donnie in this way: where there was goofiness, there was Donnie; where there was laughter, there was Donnie; where there was a need, there was Donnie and where love was being shown, there was Donnie. He was such a great person and will be missed by MANY!

The Ben & Jan Bot Family Jun 28 2017 10:20 AM

Someone so special can never be forgotten. May you find comfort in happy memories and in the words from our heavenly father Jehovah found at Isaiah 25:8; He (God) will swallow up death forever. And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe the tears from all faces and Rev 21:4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

Sharon Jun 28 2017 5:55 AM

My deepest sympathy is extended in the passing of Donnie--one whom I know you loved deeply. I did not know Donnie but I understand that he was a 4-H member and I have learned that many of his friends in 4-H are mourning his loss. My prayer for love ones and friends is peace in this difficult journey as you celebrate his life and precious memories. Dorothy Freeman, Minnesota State 4-H Director

Dorothy Freeman Jun 27 2017 3:06 PM

So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Kami Parker

Kami Parker Jun 27 2017 8:40 AM

I am sorry to hear about little Donnie. I pray for peace to come your way and you find some comfort in all the kind things and memories people share about him. He was a great kid, and helpful when I watched the boys the few times one summer. I still have the card and blanket they all made me. Of course, if there's anything I could possibly do to be of any help, please let me know.

Karli Meierding Jun 26 2017 11:02 PM

Although I never got the chance to meet Donnie, I felt as if I knew him through the fun stories shared by my son Hunter. (Donnie's long lost "twin" brother) The pain you are going through must just be unimaginable. I am wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. My deepest condolences, Kim McFall

Kim McFall Jun 26 2017 6:27 PM

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