Donald Metcalfe, 1932-2016

Published 8:24 am Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Memorial services for Donald R. Metcalfe, 83, of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.The Rev. James Kassera will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars honor guards. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Donald Metcalfe

Donald Metcalfe

Donald died on Monday, May 30, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea.

Donald R. Metcalfe was born on Aug. 8, 1932, in Austin, the son of Thomas and Ila (Tukua) Metcalfe. He grew up in Freeborn County and attended country school. After enlisting in the Air Force, he made it his career, advancing to the rank of staff sergeant.  He was stationed in various places around the world and served two tours in Vietnam. While in the Air Force, he met Betty Kittell and they were married in 1960.  Together they had three daughters, they later divorced.  In 1979, Donald married Joyce Mielke-Brackey at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Donald retired after 24 years in the Air Force and then worked as a foreman at Streater for 13 years. Donald was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Elks Club, Moose Club and Eagles Club. He enjoyed bowling and having new vehicles, camping at Hope, trips to Vegas with Joyce, pull tabs and Sugarland.

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Donald is survived by his children Deborah (Jeffery) Berard of Essex Junction, Vermont, Catherine (Ray Donley) Metcalfe of St. Albans, Vermont, Donna Flanders of Lehigh Acres, Florida, and Todd Brackey of Albert Lea; daughter-in-law, Renae Brackey, of Albert Lea; grandchildren Jessica (Bill Holohan) Flanders,

Donald Metcalfe

Donald Metcalfe

Jamie Lynn (Tony Fortin) Flanders, Billie Jo Brackey, Travis Brackey, Steven Brackey, Amber Brackey and Seth Brackey; great-grandchildren Brian Hodak, Jr., Brock Hodak, Connor May, Cayden May and Ayden Goodlin-Brackey; sister, Betty (Roger) Hermanson; brothers-in-law Paul Andersen, Neil Severson, Vernon Mielke, Brian Carlson and Bobby Bartz; aunts Alma Phillips and Margaret Stuart; and many nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce; children William Brackey and Randy Brackey; mother-in-law, Viola Bartz; father-in-law, Vernal Bartz; son-in-law, Raymond Flanders; sisters Phyllis, Mary Ann and Shirley; brothers, Dwayne, Thomas Jr., Dale and James; nephew, Steven Hanson; brothers-in-law Virgil Mielke and James Cameron; sisters-in-law, Fern Cameron and Marsha Carlson; canine companion, Miss Mary; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Freeborn County Honor Guard.