Donald Lee Thurston, 91, of Sparta, died Monday, March 21, 2022 at Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta. Donald was born on May 13, 1930, in Sparta, to Ervin and Ruth (Jenkins) Thurston.
He graduated from Sparta High School, and then served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.
Donald married Darlene (Rugg) on May 21, 1955. From this union, they had four children. They later divorced.
Donald married Jeanene Ulrich on Oct 19, 1974. He spent his working years employed by the Sparta Area School district, Sparta Park and Recreation Department, as well as several other jobs.
His hobbies included attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, and watching the Packers and Brewers. Donald and Jeanne also enjoyed their trips to the Little League World Series, Branson, and Texas.
Donald is survived by his wife, Jeanene; children, Rodney (Valerie) Thurston, Kevin (Roxy) Thurston, Jeanne (Daniel) Davis, Scott (Debra) Thurston, and John Thurston.
He is further survived by his step-children, Jackie, Constance, Gerald, Charles and Thomas; grandchildren, Darron Thurston, Guthrie (Kay) Thurston, Anna (Andy Scholtz) Bender, Elizabeth (Kris) Strandell, Benjamin (Ashley) Thurston, Melissa (Matt) Deal, Sara (Chris) Angle, Heidi (Nick) Kocken, Richard (Brittany) Thurston, Amanda Thurston, Jennifer Thurston, Joey Thurston, and Abigal Thurston; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Ruth Thurston; and great-grandson, Brady Angle.
A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022 at Lanham Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation. Burial, with full military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 and American Legion post 100 of Sparta, will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Sparta.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation.
Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com.
Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.