Donald Leroy Monger, the son of Morris and Agnes (Crandall) Monger, was born on Sept. 24, 1922, in Rugby, N.D. He died at the age of 90 years on Monday, June 10, 2013, at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby.
Donald was raised in the Rugby home of his parents and received his education there. Don completed his high school education, receiving his diploma from Rugby High School in 2001. On Oct. 22, 1940, he left high school and enlisted in the National Guard and served with Company D of the 164th Infantry in the South Pacific Theater during World War II, experiencing combat actions in the Guadalcanal and Northern Solomon’s Campaigns. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart for wounds inflicted during those battles. On June, 12, 1945, he was honorably discharged from the Army and attended Wahpeton School of Science before returning to Rugby to make his home.
On Dec. 1, 1948, Donald was united in marriage to Patricia Fay at First Lutheran Church in Rugby. Following his technical training he worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone and later for C&G Inc. of Rugby, moving to Bottineau in 1952 to manage the C&G store there. In 1961, the family moved to Minot, where Don established his own business, Don’s Industrial Supply Co.
In 1965, they returned to Rugby and opened and operated the Montgomery Ward Agency until 1985. A year after opening the Agency, Don also drove school bus and worked in the Rugby Post Office until retiring.
In his youth, he played hockey with the Devils Lake team, coached hockey in Bottineau for 8 years, played softball, enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an avid swimmer and an amateur diver, being featured in the Grand Opening of the first Rugby Community Swimming Pool. He loved to dance and taught his daughters to do so. Golfing every morning and playing cards, especially pinochle with the guys was an every day event after retirement.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church, a life member and the last Rugby member of the 164th Infantry, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a 68-year member of the Clarence Larson American Legion Post # 23, and a charter member of the Rugby Eagles and served several years on the Rugby Park Board.
Of all the things he loved, family was most important to him and he and Pat enjoyed the many gatherings of children and grandchildren, which would at times almost burst their home at the seams.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Patricia; 3 daughters, Donita (Stan) Hagen, of Fargo, twins, Maria (Al) King, of Dickinson, and Mona (Neil) Heustis, of Parker, Colo.; one son, Monte (Sandy), of Rapid City, S.D.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois (Carl) Schaan, of Minot; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by one son, Michael; a granddaughter, Sarah Monger; a great-granddaughter, Kourtney King; his twin sister, Doris Monger; one brother Richard, killed in action in the South Pacific during World War II; and his parents.
Funeral services: Will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, 2013, at the First Lutheran Church in Rugby, with Pastor Mike Pretzer, officiating.
Burial: Monday, June 17, at noon at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan, with military honors accorded by the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Detail and the Mandan American Legion Honor & Rifle Squad.
Visitation: Will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today, June 13, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby and will continue for one hour prior to the time of services at the church on Friday.
A time of Prayer and sharing of memories will begin at 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).