Obituary: Donald D. Stetner
Donald D. Stetner
Donald D. Stetner, 85, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018, in Surprise, Arizona. He was born August 13, 1933, to Daniel and Magdalena (Lena) (Wagner) Stetner at Mabton, Washington.
Don grew up and worked on the family farm in Mabton, alongside his father and siblings. Don was one of 13 children. They were a close-knit family, full of jokes and mischief.
Don met and married Tessie Noble in Sunnyside on October 4, 1951. In the early 1950s, they moved to Quincy, where Don and his brother Rudy operated Stetner Brothers Farms from 1958-1992. In 1965, Rudy, Don, Bob and Larry Richardson became owners of Blue Ribbon Produce and earned the titles “Spud 1” and “Spud 2.” A highlight of Don’s life was being on the cover of “Spudman” magazine.
Tessie passed away from cancer on October 21, 1990. Don married Joyce Goehner on May 18, 1991, and she passed away from cancer on September 15, 2009. Don met and married Lois Phillips on April 10, 2010.
Don spent his retirement years split between Leavenworth and Arizona. Don was a fun-loving man and especially enjoyed time spent with family, taking trips with his brothers and sisters, playing cards and hosting social events at his homes.
Don is survived by his wife Lois; sons, Rod (Debbie) Stetner, Rick (Sue) Stetner; daughter-in-law Marcia Stetner; grandchildren, Shannon (Sean) Hofstad, Eric (Alexandra) Stetner, Dane (Lindsey) Stetner, Kandy (Chris) Merchant, Kristin (James) Mead, Ryan Stetner, and Ashley (Kaung) Ko; and great-grandchildren, Kenzie, Logan, Easton, Lucy, Atticus, Jameson, Benjamen, Gracie and Jaira. Don is also survived by his brothers, John Stetner, David Stetner, Ken Ackerman and Dan Stetner; and sisters, Helen Clasen, Lauretta Garred and Judy Weber.
He was loved by all his extended families and will be greatly missed.
Don was also preceded in death by his beloved son Doug Stetner, and siblings, Margaret, Rudy, Herb, Floss and Betty.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.
A celebration of life service was held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the Quincy Free Methodist Church, Quincy, with concluding services following in the Quincy Valley Cemetery.
Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com.
Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, 300 G Street SE, Quincy, is assisting the family with arrangements.