Donald D. Oechsle

Martin County, MN

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About

Donald Dean Oechsle Sr. was born on March 11, 1941 on a farm in Spink County, SD, the son of LeRoy and Hazel (Payne) Oechsle. He attended school in Hitchcock, SD, and graduated in 1960, from Hitchcock High School. Don married the love of his life, Sharon Mary Cockrell, on November 21, 1961 at the Redfield United Methodist Church. They were blessed with three sons, Donald Dean Jr., Todd and Ken. While they were in Fairmont, Don managed the Nicholas Theatre and then the Cinema Theatre in the mall. He also sold radio advertisement for KFMC and KSUM. He was also the warehouse manager for Togs-n-Toys in Fairmont. Don and Sharon were Cub Scout Leaders when their boys were younger.

Don and Sharon started D&S Pedal Pulls, they spent many years doing this in Minnesota and surrounding states. They were also involved in the State Pedal Pull and the National Pedal Pull. They enjoyed working with the kids and their families. In order to provide awards for the pedal pull business they started D&S Trophies in their home. After the business outgrew their home they moved it to their present location in downtown Fairmont. Sharon passed away on May 15, 2007 and Don continued to work with the kids with the Pedal Pull and the store.

Don was the president of the Model Railroad Club in Fairmont and enjoyed collecting toys as well as farming, horses, and watching sports. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Fairmont and the Rotary Service Club and Eagles Club. Most people that knew Don know that he had a knack to gab and always had a story to tell. In the last few years, Don has enjoyed his time with special friend, Brenda Somnis of Fairmont.

Story generously provided by: Our Story Productions / Destination Small Town