My grandpa (our grandpa for my brothers, sister, and cousins and my mom and aunts dad) Don was born in Garnavillo Iowa March 4 1923
His brother Richard (Dick) was killed in Pearl Harbor Hawaii (USS Arizona) attack December 7 1941.
He served in the United States Army in World War II and was captured by German forces in Tunisia in northern Africa and became a prisoner of war. He was able to speak some german and survived by working in the potato fields. He was later released and received a purple heart award. He lived with a disability due to being in war.
He married Mary Caroline Wagner and had 5 daughters. Susan (Kimball) Pat (Storm), my mom Jean Marie (Eulberg-Steffenson), Janet (Eulberg-Woellert), and Liz
They lived in Iowa and later moved to Preston Minnesota.
My Grandpa Don worked in a Lumber Yard.
My grandma Mary had several jobs including a telephone switchboard operator, working in a factory, and in a department store.
My grandpa would take care of his daughters when they were sick from school. (I heard this. My mom isn't as sure about this.)
After Susan, Pat, Jean, and Janet Graduated from high school they moved to Albert lea Minnesota.
My Grandma Mary passed away from colon cancer before I was born.
My Grandpa Don later remarried to Dee (Deloris Hillman). They owned DD Liquor in Albert Lea together and lived in a town home next to a golf course.
October 6 1993 my grandpa Don passed away most likely due to a heart attack within a few days my step grandma Dee passed away in a nursing home due to brain cancer likely caused by her heavy smoking. It was said at her funeral that he was making a place for her in heaven. We celebrated my dad's (Greg Steffenson) birthday (Oct 10) in Albert lea that year.
my mom gathered the newspaper articles. My brothers, sister, and I have his last name (my mom's birth last name) as our middle name.