Donald Stehly


Donald “The Chief” Stehly, age 98, of Mitchell, SD died Saturday, April 2, 2002 at Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater, SD. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, April 8, 2022 at the Congregational UCC Church with burial at a later date at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Friday, April 8, 2022 at the Congregational UCC Church in Mitchell. Arrangement are under the direction of the Will Funeral Chapel.

Donald Stehly, son of Albert and Ursula (Kotrba) Stehly was born in Heckla, SD. He attended school and graduated high school in Rushford Minnesota. Don was very active in sports. He played center in basketball, fullback in football, catcher in baseball. Don was also a boxer and served as class president.

Don attended South Dakota State and also trade school in Minneapolis, completing courses and becoming an electrician.

Don was united in marriage with Leona Strand on August 17 1947. The couple farmed northwest of Mitchell for many years, until he was well into his 80’s. He was very proud of his Ag accomplishments and was active in many farm organizations, including the Davison County planning commission. Moved to Mitchell in December of 2016 due to health reasons then to diamond care center in Bridgewater in 2021.

Don was an active in the Congregational church for many years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his children, Donald Gene Stehly and his wife Denise, Paul Craig Stehly and his wife Jane, Donna Lee Zoss and her husband John; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona in August of 2021; an infant son, Jimmy; a grandson Michael; his parents, and his brother Paul.

Memorials may be directed to the Congregational UCC Church.

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