David T. Sukalski

EAST CHAIN — Private family services for David T. Sukalski, age 92, of East Chain, Minn., will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Chain. Interment will be in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery with military honors provided by Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1222.

David passed away Wednesday morning, Nov. 18, 2020, at his home in East Chain. Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials are preferred to Martin County Conservation Club or Holy Family Catholic Church.

David Theodore Sukalski was born Sept. 20, 1928, in Silver Lake Township, Martin County, Minn., to Albert and Frances (Mosloski) Sukalski. He was born, raised and passed away on the Sukalski Family Century Farm. David attended District 6 County School in Silver Lake Township. When David was 19 years old, he began working as a farm hand for his brother, Joseph from 1947 to 1952. On April 7, 1952, David enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served with the Airborne Infantry as well as Armored Division. He was stationed at Camp Breckenridge, Ky., Camp Carson, Colo., and in Mainz, Germany, where he worked as a mechanic on M-47, M-48, and Walker Bulldog tanks. David achieved the rank of corporal before earning his honorable discharge on April 7, 1954. He continued serving his country until 1960 in the Army Reserve. On Nov. 20, 1954, David was united in marriage to Virginia Newville at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont, Minn. The couple moved onto the Sukalski Family Farm in rural East Chain, Minn. on March 1, 1955. It was there that David and Virginia farmed and raised nine children. David and Virginia would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on Nov. 20. When David wasn’t working on the farm and prior to his retirement in 1989, he hauled concrete for C.H. Gould, ran a rock crusher for Hodgman & Sons, as well as seining fish for Ernie Hand. David was a member of the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and was a life-long member of Holy Family Catholic Church in East Chain. During his free time, he enjoyed listening to old-time music, caring for his cattle, hunting, fishing, going for nature walks and for Sunday rides. David most loved the time that he was able to spend with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Virginia Sukalski; children, Monica (Thomas) Kellander, Rodney (Lori) Sukalski, Gloria (Michael) Carroll, Lawrence (Diane) Sukalski, LeRoy (Linda) Sukalski, Yvonne (Joel) Macziewski, Colleen (Curt) Gronewold, Lorraine (Willie) Schmidt, and Harlan Sukalski; 24 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, William Newville (Terra Lexow), Michael (Janice) Newville, Jack (Rosalie) Newville, and Tom (Peg) Newville; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Along with his parents, Albert and Frances Sukalski, David was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Loni Solberg; grandson, David Dwain Sukalski; brothers, Harry (Viola) Sukalski, Joseph (Leona) Sukalski, Edmund (Betty) Sukalski, Lewis (June) Sukalski, and Roy Sukalski; sisters, Agnes (Felix) Lenort, and Leona (Delmar) Lindberg; parents-in-law, Charles “Freeman” and Kathryn Newville; brothers-in-law, Charles Newville, and Robert Newville; and sisters-in-law, Mary (Kenny) Behr, and Doris Newville.