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Donald "Donny" Hedlund, Sr.

Donald "Donny" Hedlund, Sr.

Donald "Donny" Ray Hedlund, Sr., 57, of Bemidji, MN died Friday, December 6, 2013. Memorial Services will be 11:00 am Friday, December 13, 2013 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at He was born November 8, 1956 in Bemidji, MN the son of Robert and Helen (Frederick) Hedlund. He was raised on the Guthrie farm and attended grade school in Guthrie. He graduated from Bemidji High School in 1974. He married Patricia Conkle June 18, 1977. He started driving truck at 17 and never stopped. He worked as an owner/operator in the early years and leased with many of the local trucking companies in the Bemidji area. After having to wait 10 days to meet his newborn son he sold his truck and went to work at Thorson, Inc. so he would have more time to spend at home with his growing family. His love for the highway and the open road led him to Minnesota Limited where he had been employed for the past 15 years. He was proud to say he was a Limited hand and was fond of the people he met and worked with. Don had the gift of gab and was a most excellent story teller. Nobody could tell a tale the way that he could. His number one love in life was his family and he was especially proud of his four grandsons. He was a true outdoors man. He enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, trapping, flying and being outdoors. He was a wonderful husband, father and Poppa who will be dearly missed by his family and friends both near and far. He is survived by his wife Pat Hedlund of Bemidji; children Laura (Bucky) Locke of Bemidji, Donnie (Calee) Hedlund of Maple Grove, MN and Jenelle Hedlund (Drew Jensen) of Bemidji; 4 grandsons Henry and Archer Locke and Hunter and Riley Hedlund; parents Bob and Helen Hedlund of Bemidji; brother Duane (Nancy) Hedlund of Anchorage, AK; 3 sisters Sandy Hedlund of Green Valley, AZ, Sue (Gary) Sodren of East Bethel, MN and Sherry (Roger) Olson of Bemidji.