Donald Raymond Tlougan passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on September 12, 2023 after a 4 year courageous battle with cancer. Donald was born to Reuben and Luella (Heuser) Tlougan on September 2, 1941 in Lanesboro, MN. He attended Benson Country School, Pine Island Country School, Mazeppa Schools, and finally St. Charles Schools. In 1959, his father purchased a farm SouthWest of Utica and he farmed with Reuben.
Don met the love of his life, June Marie Petit, at the Dover Roller Rink and they were married on December 30, 1961 at St. Joachim’s Parish in Plainview, MN. They celebrated 61 years of marriage last year. Together, they had three children, Edward (Kristi) Tlougan, Laura (Paul) Reisdorf, and Julie (Randy) Bushman, seven grandchildren David Tlougan, Erin Tlougan, Nathan (Amber) Reisdorf, John Paul (Maria) Reisdorf, Lucas Reisdorf, Isaac Bushman and Nolan Bushman, three great grandchildren, June Reisdorf, Logan Reisdorf, and Mia Reisdorf.
Don was a hard working man with many talents. His first job was at the Home Produce in St. Charles, MN as a night shift cleaner. He worked Sunday afternoons at the Dover Roller Rink, and in his early married life, was a farm hand at Mayowood Farms. In 1971, Don and June moved with their young family to 243 Richland Ave in St. Charles, MN, where they would call home for over 50 years. He also worked at GTA, Leon Joyce Constructions, and finally, Great Plains Gas for the majority of his working days. While working for Leon Joyce Constructions, Don helped to build the Hwy 52 interchange with I90 and County Road 248 from Altura to Rollingstone.
Don loved football in high school and somehow, grew to be a Green Bay Packers fan, which led to a lot of fun banter with the other family Vikings fans. He was an avid deer hunter, from age 16 and continued for 65 years. He shared that love of hunting with family and friends. He was also an avid fisherman and loved ‘up north’. He and his family camped, enjoyed the BWCA, fishing trips to Canada, and family vacations for over 30 years at Broadwater Lodge in Longville, MN. Don also enjoyed hiking, biking, wood working, walking around St. Charles, reading maps and planning trips. Together, Don and June enjoyed many international trips, winters in AZ, and visited every MN State Park.
Don was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the St. Charles Moose Lodge.
Although Don had many interests, he was most proud of his family. He loved attending his grandchildren’s events and activities. He loved his family and his family loved him back even more.
Don is survived by his sister Rosemary Webster, and brother-in-laws Joe (Nancy) Petit, Patrick (Diane) Petit, Bob (Barb) Petit, Bernie Petit, Mark (Colleen) Petit; sister-in-laws Mary (Steve) Motske, Rita (Ed) Schultz, Peggy (Bill) Marshall, Brenda (Brad) Wohlers and many nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Jim Tlougan and Joan Watts, niece Michelle Day, great nephew Montgomery Day, brother-in-law Larry Petit and sister-in-law Susan (Petit) Niesen.
Memorials will be donated to the Eagles’ Cancer Telethon for cancer research.
Funeral mass will be Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, St. Charles, MN. Visitation from 9:00 am to 11:00 am prior to the mass.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview is assisting with the arrangements.