Donald E. Lipsh, age 68 of Warren, MN and formerly Walsh County, passed away peacefully with family by his side on August 20, 2020 at Altru Hospital of Grand Forks, ND.
Donald Edward Lipsh was born September 13, 1951 in Grafton, ND to the late John and Antoinette (Tuma) Lipsh. He grew up on a farm south of Pisek with his 7 siblings. He made his way through life on his own terms and raised his family in the Pisek, Fordville, and Lankin areas.
Donald found great pride and love in preparing meals for his family and working hard to support them. If anything was for sure, Donald taught his kids and all around him that a hard day’s work was important and rewarding. Not many could out work him.
He worked in the Walsh County area as a farm hand for gracious and caring farmers, such as Mike Gorder Farms. In retirement came his true calling, loving and spending time with his grandchildren. Whether biologically his or merely those that called him grandpa, they were the reason he went through trials and tribulations in his life, to have the chance to love them, unconditionally.
Donald is survived by his children: Chris (Sharon) Lipsh, Grafton, ND; DeeJ Lipsh, Walhalla, ND; Jesse Lipsh (Nano Moreno), Walhalla, ND, and Jade (Kyle) Matti, Warren, MN; 7 grandchildren; siblings: Ronnie Lipsh, Luxemburg, WI and Mayme Jarus, Pembina, ND and many nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Daniel, Leonard, John “Buddy”, Betty McMillan, Annie Lipsh; and grandsons: Adam and John Lipsh.
Donald was a stubborn and ornery person, who dearly loved his family and friends, but didn’t love crowds or this COVID-19 stuff. There were far too many times his loved ones heard “I’m fine!” or “Leave me alone”, but we knew he loved and needed us. Therefore, we are still going to gather in his memory.
Visitation will be on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. A private family inurnment will take place at St. Luke’s Catholic Cemetery of Veseleyville, ND.
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