Donald “Doc” H. Werner, age 85, of Redwood Falls passed away on January 31, 2023, at Valley View Manor nursing home in Lamberton surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 3, 2023, from St John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls. Burial, with military honors, will follow in the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in Wabasso. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 2, 2023, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Home in Redwood Falls and will continue on Friday, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m., at the church.

Donald Harold Werner, the son of Harold and Elaine Werner, was born February 23rd, 1937 in Vail Township, Redwood County. He grew up on a farm near Wabasso, attended Country School and graduated from Wabasso Public Schools.

Following graduation, Doc served his country in the Army National Guard. After his military service he worked various jobs but most notably for Murphy Motor Freight and for the City of Redwood Falls as a Park Ranger in Ramsey Park for 27 years, before retiring in 2010. Doc was always happy go lucky and his laughter was contagious. He enjoyed many hobbies including gardening, growing flowers, traveling, demo derbies, fishing, Polka dancing, driving his golf cart in Ramsey Park, and getting ice cream treats at Dari King. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his sister, children and grandchildren.

Donald is survived by his daughters, Denise (Rick) Siegfried of Redwood Falls and Denine (Chuck) Hellendrung of Fairfax; sons, Darrin Werner and Don Werner, both of Redwood Falls; grandchildren, Eric (Monica) Siegfried, Tyler Siegfried, Courtney (Andrew) Frankenstein, Zach, Kayln, and Elyiana Hellendrung and Skylar Werner great-grandchildren Case, McKay and Colt Siegfried; and sister, Debra Wertish of Redwood Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Elaine Werner; brother, Gary “Beep” Werner and special friend, JoAnn Opitz.

Arrangements are with Nelson-Hillestad Funeral and Cremation Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via

Blessed be his memory.