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Donald Keith Watson

November 6, 1942 ~ September 19, 2022 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Donald Keith Watson, 79 of Palisade passed away Monday, September 19, 2022 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.  He was born November 6, 1942 in Brainerd to Walter and Pearl (Emmert) Watson.  He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1960 and then joined the U.S. Air Force.  While in the Air Force Donald became an expert Morse Code interceptor.  He was honorably discharged in 1964.  Donald was united in marriage to Lois Jane Fenstermaker on November 28, 1964 in Aitkin.  He worked as a Foreman for the Brainerd Water & Light / Public Utilities, retiring after 30 years of service.  He enjoyed playing baseball and softball in many different leagues and was able to tryout for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club.  He also enjoyed watching all sports and was an avid deer hunter, ice fisherman, and gardener.   He was a former member of the Brainerd Moose Club and a member of the Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86.  He was preceded in death by his daughter Sarah Ann Watson, brothers and sisters: Gloria Loe, Chuck Watson, Carol Rian, and Loren Watson, father-in-law and mother-in-law: Dewey and Ruth (Lueck) Fenstermaker, and his parents: Walter and Pearl (Emmert) Watson.

Donald is survived by his wife Lois Watson of Palisade;

2 sons: Keith Watson of Palisade and Brian (Michele) Watson of Aitkin;

6 grandchildren: Savannah Watson, Cuyler Clark,

Hunter, Kaitlynn, Chance, and Brady Wagonhoffer;

2 brothers: Richard (Linda) Watson of Palisade and Curt Watson of Aitkin;

Special relatives and good friends: Glen Watson, Richard Watson, Klint Watson, Mike Carlson, and Jake Carlson.  And many other loving relatives and friends.


Funeral service will be 11:00am – Monday, September26, 2022 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade.  Visitation will be 5 to 7pm Sunday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a prayer service starting at 7pm.  Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church.  Military honors will be accorded by Aitkin American Legion Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Post #1727.

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September 25, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service
31 Minnesota Ave S.
Aitkin, MN 56431

September 26, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Bethel Lutheran Church
411 Main Street
Palisade, MN 56469

Funeral Service
September 26, 2022

11:00 AM
Bethel Lutheran Church
411 Main Street
Palisade, MN 56469


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