Donald B. Gregg, age 90, a retired life-long Clay County farmer, passed away on Feb. 24, 2019 at Prairie Estates Care Center in Elk Point, SD.
He was born Oct. 22, 1928 to Ray and Daisy (Gray) Gregg. He attended Roosevelt and Prairie Belle Elementary schools and graduated from University High School. After high school, he helped his father on the farm and he joined the South Dakota 147th Army National Guard unit in Vermillion. They were called to active duty during the Korean War. He was stationed at Colorado Springs and attended the Army Cooks and Bakers school at Fort Sheridan, Illinois for eoght weeks. He was discharged shortly after that to come home to work on the farm because of his father’s health problems. He raised cattle and hogs and spent long hard hours working his crops of corn and beans. His farm life was his pride and joy.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as branch president in the Vermillion branch for many years and also in the Yankton branch as branch president for several years.
On Dec. 12, 1976 he was united in marriage to Grace Manwaring in Salt Lake City, Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. They recently celebrated their 44th anniversary. Grace suffered a stroke in 2004 but was able to stay at home with help from devoted friends and Donald’s help until 2016 when she entered Prairie Estates Care Center. Donald joined her there recently when his health began to fail.
Donald is survived by his wife, Grace; sisters, Elsie Stibral of Brookings, SD and Bonnie Pearson of Sioux Falls, SD; a sister-in-law, Delores Gregg of Vermillion, SD; and two special nephews, Curtis Gregg of Vermillion and Gary Goodburn of Cushing, IA; many additional nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Melvin Gregg (an infant) and Lorin Gregg; four sisters and spouses, Lois (Lowell) Goodburn, Fern (Don) Alkire, Dorothy (Boyd) Flinders and Ruby (Alvin) Glodery; nieces, Anne Pearson and Sharon Orr; nephews, Daniel Alkire and Bruce Foelker.
A memorial service will be held at 11a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 20 South Mickelson Drive in Vermillion. Burial will be in Bluff View Cemetery after which a lunch will be served at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel at 20 South Mickelson Drive in Vermillion.
In keeping with his request, there will be no visitation and the family requests no flowers.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Humanitarian Aid at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with a link to www.give.lds.org/humanitarian
Kober Funeral Home of Vermillion has been entrusted with the services.
Condolences may be posted online to www.koberfuneralhome.com