Donald C. Laukala
In the presence of his family, devoted husband, loving dad and grandpa, Donald Laukala age 84 peacefully went to be with the lord on Sunday April 17th 2016, at comfort care homes in Wichita, Kansas. Donald was born on April 8th 1932 in Belden North Dakota to Annie and Nester Laukala. He grew up in Belden North Dakota. Donald joined the Army in 1956 serving his country proudly until he was honorably discharged. After serving his country, Donald went on to work for various oil companies eventually working and retiring from Santa Fe Corporation.
He met and married Mildred Lucylle Laukala Gilstrap on April 19th 1980. Donald and Lucylle lived in Dodge city, KS where they owned and operated the Bel-Air Motel until they retired. They moved back to Colorado and lived in Battlement Mesa, Glenwood springs and Grand Junction.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Lucylle, brothers Glenn and Elroy and great grandchild Landon. Donald is survived by his daughter Kari Hubin, Sister Shirley Laukala, step daughters Lori (Noel) Crawford, Lana (Jeff) Holub and Linda (Michael) Mansfield. Adopted daughters Nina (Clay) Pettys, Jody Hansen and Thelma (Scott) Fields. Grandchildren Laura (Simon) George, Jennie (James) Bumgardner, Salvatore (Renee) Rocco, Nikolas Rocco, Leah Mansfield, Michaela Mansfield and John (Tina) Crawford, Eight great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.
Internment ceremony will be held in the Belden cemetery, North Dakota on April 23rd 2016 at 10:00AM. Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado is serving his family.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be donated to the Alzheimer’s foundation at Comfort Care Homes in Wichita, Kansas. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Donald at http://www.carlsonkirbymorris.com.
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