Donald R. Stoutenberg

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Donald R. Stoutenberg, age 69, of Lexington, Ky., formerly of Fairmont, Minn., passed away peacefully and went home to be with his Savior Jesus on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at the Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel in Fairmont, Minn., with military honors provided by Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1222. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont.

Donald “Don” Richard Stoutenberg was born Oct. 4, 1952, in Fairmont, Minn., to Richard and Grace (Sheely) Stoutenberg. He attended Fairmont public schools and graduated from Fairmont High School in 1971. On Oct. 8, 1971, Don enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany as an Armor Recon Specialist and achieved the rank of PFC before earning his honorable discharge on June 22, 1973. In August of 1975, Don was united in marriage to Beverlee Lindberg Dempsey. Don gained two daughters from this union, Charity and Krischelle, and the couple was blessed with two more children, Philip and Kajsa. Don later met his fiancé, Sherry Brock, and moved to Lexington, Ky., where he currently resided. Don was a lifelong entrepreneur and worked in several vocations throughout the years. Don lived “for God and Country” and exhibited his pride and patriotism through his NRA and American Legion memberships as well as in everyday life. He was passionate about church, politics, and old-fashioned ideals, all of which he expressed via his penchants for writing and conversation. He had a genuinely unique sense of humor and with eyes that smiled, would give you a look to let you know if you were in on the joke, or not.

Don was a creative soul, a dreamer inspired with infinite ideas. He loved artistic projects and drawing; he was a talented cook who could create a great meal out of most anything, and at any time of the day or night. A true original, he had his own style and wore it well, especially his signature moustache and beard. An avid music lover from classical to classic bluegrass. Don taught himself to play guitar and enjoyed singing and songwriting. Don could be found camping, hiking, canoeing, and fishing in countless parks and memorable trips to the Boundary Waters in northern MN. Left to cherish Don’s memory include: his son, Philip Stoutenberg; daughter, Kajsa (Bill) Mooney; stepdaughters, Charity Dempsey Koenig (Rich) and Krischelle Sides (Mark); mother, Grace (Stoutenberg) Siebrass; grandchildren, Cecilia Stoutenberg, William Mooney, and Mikaela Mooney; fiancé, Sherry Borck; sisters, Vicki Wicka and Peggy Olivier; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends. Along with his father, Richard Stoutenberg, and his stepfather Hersch Siebrass, Don was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Tony Olivier; nephews, Abe Lytle and Alex Wicka; and great-nephew, Clay Wicka. Don is deeply missed and will never be forgotten by his loving family and friends, who look forward to seeing him again in heaven one day. Those wishing to sign Don’s guestbook may do so at www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net. Condolences may be sent to the Stoutenberg family, c/o Lakeview Funeral Home, 205 Albion Ave., Fairmont, MN, 56031. www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net