Donald L. Bingham, age 80, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM on Friday, August 22, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Gunderson officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral on Friday at the church.
Pallbearers are Michael, Johnathan and Andrew Palu, Nicholas, Jared and Aaron Goede, Shaun, Derek and Ryan Guthmiller.
Don was born July 20, 1934 in Crofton, Nebraska to Wayne and Etta (Downie) Bingham. He was a twin to his brother, Ronald, who passed away at birth. Don was baptized April 13, 1935 at Hurst Stafford Methodist Church in rural Crofton. He grew up on a farm east of Bloomfield, Nebraska and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1952. After graduation, Don moved to Washington D.C. for a year, where he worked as a night clerk at a federal building. He then moved back to Bloomfield where he started his farming career. Don was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on March 25, 1956 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osmond, Nebraska. On June 3, 1956, Don married Elnor Gansebom in Osmond. They were blessed with three daughters, Carolyn, Barbara and Diane and were active members of First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield. Together they farmed for 54 years until Elnor passed away on August 22, 2008. Don then moved to Yankton and became a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. He was a forward thinking man who always looked out for the needs of his family, friends and farming operation. After his semi-retirement, he enjoyed driving down to the farm in Bloomfield and visiting with friends. He was a man of faith and found pleasure in the simple things in life.
Don is survived by his three daughters: Carolyn Palu of Gayville, SD, Barbara (Jim) Goede of Sioux City, IA and Diane Guthmiller of Yankton; nine grandsons: Michael, Johnathan and Andrew Palu, Nicholas (Chrissy), Jared (Jessica) and Aaron Goede, Shaun, Derek and Ryan Guthmiller; two great grandsons: Jacob and Zachary Goede; and a sister, Sharon (Garry) Young of Bloomfield, NE.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elnor Bingham; granddaughter, Amanda Guthmiller; and his brother, Ronald in infancy.
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Fond memories of Don from many,many years ago. A sad loss. My condolences and prayers of sympathy for Diane and the rest of his family.
I have good memories and respect for Don. A good farmer, business man, and hog producer.
Diane & Family: I was so sorry to hear about your dad, Diane. May you take comfort in knowing that we will see our loved ones again one day & what a wonderful reunion that will be! My sincerest sympathy to you all.
God's Blessings always.....Barb Cisar
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