Donald L. Biske, 84, Monticello

Donald L. Biske
Donald L. Biske

Donald L. Biske, 84, Monticello, died Saturday, Feb. 23. 2013, at the Lake Ridge Care Center of Buffalo.
Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 27, 12 noon-2 p.m., at Community United Methodist Church, 9225 Jason Avenue NE, Monticello. Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. at the church. Rev. Ken Felska officiated. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery of Monticello.
Don was born July 2, 1928, in Buffalo, Minn., to Lloyd and Julia (Brown) Biske. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1946. Don married Marjorie Nelson and together they had three children.
He spent much of his career working in the dairy industry. He worked as a buttermaker and dairy plant operations manager for 15 years. He worked for Sterner Industries of Winsted, Minn. for several years in dairy fabrication and installation sales, and then served as general manager-vice president of Sterner Industries from 1968 to 1980. He worked at Niro Atomizer from 1980 to 1984, and from 1984 to his retirement, Don worked as a private consultant in the dairy and food industries.
Don was actively involved in various civic activities throughout his life. He served as chairman of the Winsted Planning Commission, chairman of the Winsted Airport Commission, president of the Winsted Public School Board, president of the Winsted Chamber of Commerce, director of the Monticello-Big Lake Hospital Board representing Silver Creek Township, chairperson of the Silver Creek Township Planning and Zoning Committee, member of the Monticello Community Partners, president of the Pioneer Buttermakers Group, and member and past president of the Locke Lake Property Owners.
He was also named Wright County Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year in 2002.
Don is survived by his wife; children, Larry (Joyce) Biske, Winsted; Chip Biske, and Dawn (Colin) Kiefer, both of Monticello; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Michael; and brother Lyle.
Funeral arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.