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Service Information
The Peterson Chapel – Buffalo
Thursday, April 9th
7 P.M.

Visitation Information

Donald Joseph Bobleter of Buffalo, passed away on April 5, 2009 at his home he built on Lake Pulaski.

Don was born in Robbinsdale to Joseph and Elona Harriet Bobleter. After graduating from Robbinsdale High School, Don found his passion for carpentry work. Don jointly owned and operated Don-Al Builders. Don then worked at North Memorial Hospital, first in Security and then the Maintenance Department where he retired 26 years later. Coinciding with his employments, in 1953 he started as a volunteer firefighter and became the Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Crystal. He loved volunteering as a firefighter and did this until 1979. His passion was to help others and with his knowledge he could fix anything. An avid car collector, Don enjoyed refurbishing collector cars and going to car shows. Don also took pleasure in antiques of all kinds, woodworking, hunting, fishing, boating and spending enjoyable times with family and friends.

Don is survived by his wife, Jean; daughters: Barbara (Robert) McKenzie, Cushing, Becky (Joe) Smith, Liberty, UT and Bonnie (Jamie) Willeck, Eden Prairie, brothers: Robert, Maple Grove, and John “Jack” (Janice) Aitkin; grandchildren: Emily Johnson, Brent McKenzie, Brianna (Michael) Diemer, Elizabeth (Samuel) Dohle, Matthew (Megan) Smith, Claire Willeck and Grace Willeck; great-grandchildren: Thomas Diemer and Alana Dohle; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Paulette Johnson; Sister, Wanda Rude; and grandson, Andrew Johnson.
A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday, April 9th at the Peterson Chapel – Buffalo. Visitation begins at 5:00 PM.
Memorials to North Memorial Hospice are preferred in lieu of Flowers.

10 Guestbook Entries

  1. Nancy B Miller

    Jean, I am sorry to hear about Don’s passing. I know that you had many wonderful years together and I hope those good memories will sustain you in the future. My thoughts are with you. Nancy Miller

  2. Bob & Joyce Beahen

    Jean and family.So very sorry that Don had to leave us all. So personable, quiet,great craftsman and friend to all. In case you’re wondering who we are, we chat with you when you park across the alley from us when you go to work. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Take Care. Fondly, Bob & Joyce Beahen

  3. Barb Fadden

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Will keep you in my prayers.

  4. Dick LeBrun

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. May he rest in peace and his memory live on forever. Sincerely..Dick & Anita LeBrun

  5. Dorothy Robuck

    Jean, so sorry to hear about Don.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I often thought about you and Don and wondered if you still were in Buffalo, we are now living in Annandale. George & Dorothy

  6. Janet Bohn

    my sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  7. Kelly Olson

    My deepest sympathy for you and your family. Don is probably cruising around in heaven at this very moment in one of his many favorite automobiles. His smile and kindness will go far in heaven. Let me know if I can do anything for you. Kelly and family

  8. John Hilker

    I was a 25 year employee of North Memorial, and would run into Don in the hallways or cafeteria and he was always smiling, always greeted people by name and was just a very pleasant person to everyone. He also did high quality work on any project he was involved with.

  9. Brian & Kim Purrman

    Our sympathies to you, Jean, and your family. It was a shock to read that Don had passed away. It doesn’t seem like it has been 12 years since we bought the house from you. Time goes by so quickly. We still run across things in the house that we’re not sure what it is or how it works. So often the thought of calling Don entered our mind, but then decided not to bother him. Now we won’t have that option. He was such a dear, sweet caring man and will be greatly missed.

  10. Steve & Diane Baardson

    Jean,so sorry to hear about Don. Steve and I still have fond memories of both of you from our days at North Memorial. One of my favorite memories of Don was when he came to my rescue and fixed my make-shift kitchen table (it was an old telephone cable spool) by putting a big piece of Plexiglas on it. He was such a great craftsman and had such a good heart. May God hold you close in the days ahead. I will keep you in my prayers. Diane


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