In Memoriam: Donald Herman Huebsch (Nov. 15, 1925 – May 11, 2021)

June 2021 Posted in Uncategorized

Don Huebsch

Donald (Don) Herman Huebsch, 95, a veteran of World War II and longtime resident of Mount Angel, Oregon, passed away on May 11, 2021. 

Don was born on Nov. 15, 1925 at St. James Hospital in Perham, Minnesota. He was one of nine children born to Michael (Mike) and Florence (Weis) Huebsch. After graduating from high school in 1943, Don traveled out to Oregon to stay with his Aunt Minnie Weis in Mount Angel. He helped harvest flax and peas and worked on the surveyor crew that built the Aurora State Airport. 

Don joined the United States Navy in 1944, became a Marine, served his boot camp through San Diego, and took his subsequent specialty training as a radio operator. He was shipped to the South Pacific on the USS Harry Taylor in early 1945. He served on several small islands and was honorably discharged in July 1946. 

After the war, he returned to Minnesota and married Beata Caroline Lein on June 15, 1949 in Perham. In 1954, Don, Beata and their family moved to Mount Angel where Don founded Norwood Cabinet Company. Don was an active member of the community serving on the local school board, city council, and on the Oktoberfest board. 

Don is survived by seven of his eight children: Mike, Debbie, Dave, Pat, Mark, Susie, and Dawn. As of his passing, he also had 20 grandchildren and 30+ great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beata in 2016 and son, Francis (Fritz) in 2015. 

A memorial mass was held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Angel on May 25, with arrangements through Unger Funeral Chapel of Silverton.

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