Donald W. Hind, 93, died Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Edgewood Vista in Brookings. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. Donald W. Hind was born on October 9, 1925, in Brookings, South Dakota, the son of Henry Raymond and Pearl (Foresman) Hind.
Don Received his education in the Brookings Schools. Don entered the United States Navy in 1943, and his class graduated in 1945, while Don was in the Military. While in the Navy, he was assigned to the USS Pierce APA50, and was involved in five major invasions in the South Pacific including Palau Island, Leyte, Philippines, Lingayon Gulf, and Lapaz (Luzon) Okinawa. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in April of 1946. After Don saw his friend Rudy Forester he was offered a job at Frie Motor’s in Brookings until 1953 when he enlisted in the National Guard. Don met his wife Betty Christiansen at a New Years Dance, and they were united in marriage on October 30, 1954, in Flandreau, SD. Don continued serving in the National Guard and retired in 1985 with the rank of Command Sergeant Major. On September 14, 2002, he was awarded the Military Order of Saint Christopher. While still in the military, he received his diploma at a school board meeting and graduated in 2003.
He is a member of the First Lutheran Church in Brookings, a Life Member of the American Legion, VFW, Elks and South Dakota National Guard Enlisted Association. He enjoyed horseback riding, gardening, hunting, attending SDSU Basketball games, playing golf, playing cards, and cars. Don and Betty spent about 25 winters together in Arizona.
Don is survived by his wife, Betty of Brookings; his children Sharon (Kelly) Mernin of Yankton, SD, Dona (Dave) Rother of Hampton, MN; his grandchildren Andrea (Chris Bona) Marsh, Amber (Tyler Johnson) Marsh, Kristen Scissons, Amanda (Josh) Stucky, Emily (friend Thomas Bakeberg) Scissons; great grandchildren, Camron Wagner, Conner Fox, James Lee, Noah Stucky, Jayden Johnson, Lydia Johnson and Ryleigh Carnahan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters (Marjorie deBlonk, Eleanor Spingola, Bernice Green), one brother (Kenneth Hind) in infancy, and one son-in-law (Alvin Scissons).