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Don Sarvie

September 26, 1934 — January 28, 2024

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A memorial service for Donald Sarvie, age 89, of Okoboji, will be held Friday, February 2, 2024 at 3:00 PM at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Visitation for Don will begin at 2:00 PM on Friday at Turner Jenness Funeral Home.

Donald Eugene Sarvie, born on September 26, 1934, in Ponsford, Minnesota, was the son of Wilfred and Dorthy (Schott) Sarvie. His early education was at a country school, and he graduated from Frazee High School. On November 19, 1957, Donald enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country with honor until November 18, 1959. His dedicated service earned him the Good Conduct Medal and the rank of Specialist. Following his honorable discharge, Don worked in window and siding installation for Nu Sash before embarking on a lengthy career as a heavy equipment operator for the City of Okoboji.

On August 18, 1963, Don married Charlotte Rae O’Farrell in Arnolds Park, and the couple established their home in Okoboji. In his leisure time, Don found joy in birdwatching and woodworking. His passion for birdwatching influenced many family trips, and his impeccable woodworking skills resulted in a variety of custom-made items, from bulldozers to cradles. Don's craftsmanship extended to numerous birdfeeders and birdhouses throughout the years. Beyond his hobbies, he cherished moments with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, particularly during family trips to Florida with Charlotte and her sister.

Don passed away on January 28, 2024, at the age of 89.

Don, a man of few words, left a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to engage him in conversation. His memory will be cherished by his wife, Charlotte Sarvie; daughter, Darci (Tim) Long; son, Donnie Sarvie; grandchildren Cody (Emlyn) Long and their children Theo, Jay, Zane; Kayla (Evan) Montgomery and their children Jackson, Kieran, Milo; Michael Sarvie; Cole Sarvie; Tawni Sarvie and her child, Dostyn; and Skyla Sarvie. Surviving family members also include his brother, Edwin Sarvie, sister Millie (Arnold) Blauret, as well as extended family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Wilfred and Dorthy; brother, Harold Sarvie; sister, Ethel (Paul) Nelsen; brother-in-law, Charles; and sisters-in-law Joyce, JoAnn, and Cheri.
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