Peter “Bud” Donker, 91, of Stickney, SD, died Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 28, at Aurora Reformed Church in Aurora Center, SD. Burial will be at Aurora Reformed Cemetery. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Peter “Bud” Alvin Donker was born on November 2, 1929, to Pieter and Anne (Dykstra) Donker at home near Aurora Center, SD. He attended grade school in Aurora Center, and then attended Sioux City Barber College, and would go on to use this skill for 67 years.
Peter was united in marriage to Cornelia Overweg on December 15, 1948, and to this union, they had four children. Peter cared for his wife, Corky, through sickness and health until her death in January 2015. He later married Thelmadean Overweg Bennett on August 25, 2015, and gained a daughter, Pamela.
Peter had farmed for 40 years at his home dating back to 1959. He cherished his time playing the guitar, dancing, and raising his family. Peter was very involved in the community. He was on the township board, measured land for ASCS, and was a member of the Dakota Classic Cruisers Car Club. Bud helped at Stickney High School in Shop Class teaching car repair. Peter loved antique cars; he loved to restore them along with tractors. Peter was also a band member in “Family Affair” for 5 years. They played at weddings, nursing homes, churches, and anniversaries. After Peter’s music career, he was inducted into the South Dakota Music Hall of Fame. Peter valued his church, committing to a life of service as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and catechism.
Peter is survived by his children: Patricia (Alan) Zwart, Gloria (Don) Walz, Marcia Beltman, Myron (Dawn) Donker, and Pamela (Robert) Bennett Liems; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sisters, Jean (Cornelius) Schelling and Judy Peterson; and son-in-law, Doug Beltman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sons-in-law, Terry VanDenHoek, David Decker, and Virgil Terveen; siblings, Amaine (John) Buurma, Nellie (Ernest) DeHaai, Albert “Rusty” (Grace) Donker, and Noreen (Arlin) Plooster; and brother-in-law, Norbert Peterson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to, Christian Hour of Worship, Aurora Center Reformed Church, Avera Hospice, or Aurora County Cancer Society.