Of Winston, Oregon passed away in his home with loving family members at his side on Friday, May 24, 2013, at the age of 82.
Donald was born at home in Albert Lea, Minnesota to John and Rena Kuyper.
Don joined the U.S. Army on his 18th birthday, leaving for the military directly after the corn harvest that year. He was ready to leave the farm and serve his country at that young age.
Don married his high school sweet heart, Ione, prior to leaving for service overseas. He proudly served our country at home and aboard.
The family moved to Coquille in 1963 where they raised their five children and Don became a part of the logging industry with Roseburg Forest Products. He transferred to Dillard, Roseburg Forest Products in 1974 where he worked until retirement.
Don proudly served the communities and churches over the years where they lived mostly in volunteer positions on city council, Winston/Dillard Fire Department board, Winston Water Board, church board and lay leader, Winston/Dillard Food Pantry, Winston/Dillard Melon Festival and visitor center. Don poured his heart and strength out to supporting and loving his family, friends, church, his country and community. He also loved fishing, hunting and spent hours enjoying the Oregon Coast beaches.
Don was preceded in death by his loving wife of fifty-seven years, Ione; his parents; six brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his five children: Gregory and wife Patty; Joyce and husband Larry; William and wife Diana; Timothy and wife Pixie; Betsy and husband Craig; his ten grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and his nephew, Jeff and family; his sister, Irene; and two sister-in-laws, Elizabeth and Ethel and husband Marlyn; and many nieces and nephew.
A memorial services will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 4 p.m. at Winston Baptist Church 91 SE Thompson, with a light supper to follow. By Don’s request memorial donations shall be made to the Winston/Dillard Food Pantry or Roseburg Mercy Hospice. An open house will be at Betsy’s home all day and in to the evening Saturday, June 15, please come by and visit. Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor’s Family Chapel.