Donovan Duane Gould

Donovan Duane Gould, 95, of Bemidji, MN, died Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in Bemidji, MN.Don was born in the rural Bemidji area where he lived most of his life. Short stints away occurred for youthful work and WWII Navy service on the destroyer USS Gleaves. Upon discharge, he worked a few years in Milwaukee, where he met and married the great love of his life, Blanche Marion Schrader. After their return to the Bemidji area he was a career master electrician, helping to build the Nu-Ply manufacturing plant (later Superwood and Georgia-Pacific), and staying on as technical supervisor until his retirement. Don’s greatest joy was his family and providing them a secure and loving home. There was always a project underway in his garage workshop, whether automotive, home or property improvement, mechanical, electrical, or welding. He lived a life of quiet kindness, helping family and friends with his natural engineering talents, gentle patience, and quirky sense of humor. (A man who “never met a pizza he didn’t like”, and whose assessment of winter’s beauty was – “it’s OK I suppose, if you like white.”) After retirement he enjoyed long walks both locally and on vacations; building campfires; winter reading, feeding deer and birds, and plowing snow. Fish fry cook and amateur arborist were two additional pursuits. He was a dominoes whiz, and he also relished trouncing others in card games. He had a lifelong singing voice and especially enjoyed Tennessee Ernie Ford. In later years he became a fixture at Cantabria for morning coffee and crosswords, and at MN Nice for lunch. A local merchant referred to him as ‘the saint of Bemidji’, though anyone who ever faced him across the carom board or badminton court knows better! On another shore he is now greeted by: his beloved Blanche; his parents, Leon and Alice (Anderson) Gould; 10 siblings, including Arlo Gould and Amy (Gould) Schrader; Bert Wentworth, the great friend of his youth, KIA in WWII; treasured brothers-in-law, Jim Spargo and Hubert Schrader; all of Blanche’s siblings, including Annie Spargo and Irma Griep; and several nieces and nephews, including Rhonda Griep. He will forever be in the hearts of: his daughters, Linda Gould and Theresa Stubbart, (Dale); many nieces and nephews and their spouses and families, including Carol Pierskalla, Jim Spargo, Chris De La Cruz, Noel Griep, Doug Dahlgren, Mike Schrader, Sandra Perkins, and Darleen Frishkorn; dear friends and neighbors, including Sue and Gene, the ‘regulars’ at the Sandford therapy gym, and staff at Cantabria Coffee, MN Nice Cafe, Touching Hearts at Home, Adult Day Services, and the Tender Hearts Care Home of Blackduck. As we cherish his life, we honor his legacy of simplicity and integrity, and remember his favorite prayer: Lord, take me where you want me to go, Let me meet who you want me to meet. Tell me what you want me to say, And keep me out of the way. Celebration of life will be in the spring. Memorials may be sent to Music and Memory as follows: Music & Memory 160 First Street, PO Box 590 Mineola, NY 11501 Condolences may be left at

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