Donald Galbraith, 67, Rockford, Ill.Published 6:00am Sunday, December 15, 2013
Donald Galbraith, 67 of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Edgerton, Wis., and Clarks Grove passed away Nov. 30, 2013, at the Rockford Memorial Hospital from complications of pneumonia. Memorial Services will be held Monday at the River Bluff Nursing Home, in Rockford.
Donald was born to Lawrence “Buster” and Grace Galbraith on March 13, 1946, at Naeve Hospital, in Albert Lea. He attended District 131 through the sixth grade and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1964. He worked several jobs before getting drafted into the Army on March 22, 1966. After serving in Vietnam, Donald was honorably discharged on March 28, 1969, at Fort Knox, Ky.
After his service, Donald moved to Rockford to drive for Gateway Trucking until he had to retire due to his arthritis. He married Linda Raddatz in June of 1975 at his parents’ home in Clarks Grove. The couple enjoyed spending a lot of their time camping together. The couple moved to Edgerton and moved to Rock River Estates, where they mowed many yards for the residents until Linda’s death in 2012. He then lived with the care of his daughter and her husband in Rockford for six months until moving to River Bluff Nursing Home. There, he enjoyed playing bingo and visiting with all of the residents.
Donald is survived by his daughters Pamela (Darrell) Dummer and Karyn (Michael) Young, both of Rockford; granddaughter, Kilee Kenersen, of Rockford; sisters, Beverly (Wayne) Diercks, of Albert Lea, and Ann (Charles) Frondal, of Rockford; brother, Gary Galbraith, of Edgerton; nieces, Sharon (Stacey) Overgaard, Sandra (Rob) Chatleain, Julie (Brad) Wagner; nephew, Mark (Cathy) Frondal as well as other nieces and nephews; mother in law, Betty Raddatz and two sister in laws, both of Rockford.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; parents, Lawrence and Grace Galbraith; grandparents, Soren and Matilda Sorenson and Hugh and Ethel Galbraith; as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.