Donald Monk departed his earthly life on Saturday, June 3, 2017 peacefully surrounded by his immediate family.
Donald was born May 12, 1937 in Wilkin County, son of Robert F. and Mildred (Hansen) Monk. Don graduated in 1955 from (WCSA) West Central School of Agriculture in Morris, MN. Don married Shelby J. Strom on April 21, 1956 at the Methodist Church in Breckenridge, MN. Don and Shelby lived on the Monk family farm near Campbell, MN farming with his parents until 1965. He started his career at the Otter Tail County Assessors Office in Fergus Falls, MN while still on the farm. Don served in the US Army Reserve from 1955-1963, rank: Corporal 103 Division of Elbow, Lake, MN. Don was offered a position in Red Wing, MN in 1964 and Don was named Goodhue County Assessor. The family was so excited for their new adventure. Life was good! In 1972, Don was recruited by Hennepin County to accept an appointment for the prestigious position of Director of Assessments. The Monk family moved to Deephaven, MN and Don began his new career and retired from Hennepin County in 1996. Don enjoyed “lake life” with his wife Shelby after retirement on Otter Tail Lake. Don and Shelby spent their winters in Florida and Arizona.
Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shelby and two adult children, Robert Monk and Kathryn Monk. Don was blessed with one beautiful granddaughter, Hannah Monk, who is currently attending college at Purdue University in Indiana. He is also survived by one sister, Doris (Ronald) Ehlert of Otter Tail Lake, MN.
Preceding Don in death were his parents; his brothers Robert and Herbert; his nephews Riley Pape, Ryan Pape, Nathan Ehlert and Noah Jordheim; and his niece Lori Ann Ehlert.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 8 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. followed by the funeral service and celebration of life at 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 31963 County Highway 61, Ottertail, MN 56571 (218) 367-2470. Please join Don’s family and friends in the church fellowship hall for lunch immediately following the service at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date.
Schoeneberger Funeral and Cremation Service, Perham, MN. (218) 346-5175 www.schoenebergerfh.com