LAKE CITY Donald Gemberling, 85, died Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 15 at the Lanesboro United Methodist Church with Rev. Lexie Kirkpatrick officiating. Burial will be in the Lanesboro Cemetery with military honors provided by the Lake City American Legion Post #31 and V.F.W. #1899. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lampe Funeral Home in Lake City.
Don is survived by his wife, Jean of Lake City; son, Jim (Deb) Gemberling of Sloan; daughters, Carol (Pat) Hardy of Lohrville, Crystal Gemberling of Sumner, WA, and Patti (John) Daisy of Lake City; 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Carl of Lohrville; and sisters, Helen (Ted) Denman and Jean Meyer both of Tucson, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Richard; and great-granddaughter, Harper Gemberling.
Donald Charles Gemberling, Jr. was born on July 3, 1927 in Boone, Iowa to Donald C. and Sarah (Canfield) Gemberling. He graduated in 1945 from Mechanicsville, Iowa and then served in the United States Navy from 1945-1946. On August 29, 1948 Don married Jean Kuebler at the United Methodist Church in Lanesboro. He worked as a farmer for 19 years and an electrician for 35 years before retiring in 1998. Don was a musician and enjoyed playing in a band for many years. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed camping, especially in Canada where he and Jean camped for over 50 years.