Published in the Pine City Pioneer, Pine City, MN Oct. 8, 2009
Don Messerer passed away on Sept. 20, 2009 at home in Stockton, California.
Don was born in 1929 on a farm in Sumner, Iowa to George P. and Mabel (Reisiner) Messerer. He remained in Sumner through high school years, attended a local Baptist church and also assisted in teaching the youth. At 19, he flew his own airplane, learned carpentry and did construction in Sumner until he left in 1950 to study at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL.
It was at Moody that he met his wife of 56 years, Margaret Plummer. They married in 1953 in Ozark, ARK. He then volunteered for the Army, serving as an assistant to the chaplain in South Korea during the Korean War.
Margret and Don took missionary training at the American Soul Clinic in Los Angeles. CA. There he was an assistant to the missionary director, taking mission teams to Zuni and Navajo Indian tribes and also into Mexico.
In 1954, the family moved to Oahu, Hawaii and continued to do missions work in Hawaii. Don furthered his education at Jackson College in Manoa Valley, Hawaii.
In 1960, the family moved to Pine City. Don did construction work, raised 10 children, ministered to Native Americans and ran a youth ministry which was called “The Upper Room” above the old Ace Hardware in Pine City with their oldest son, Jay. He led short mission trips with teams to Mexico nine times and to Haiti three times. He stayed in Haiti for three months and helped construct at hospital and orphanage.
For 22 years, during summer months, Don led Sunday worship services at St. Croix State Park and Margret held Sunday School for the children, enabling campers to attend church while away from home. He was an inspiration to so many as a member of Full Gospel Businessman Fellowship, Int’l which held monthly evening meals at Tobies in Hinckley.
In 1983 they returned again to Oahu, Hawaii working with a local church in youth, military and mission work.
In 1989, their work began in the Philippines at Rhema Christian Center in Tarlac and later establishing “Love, Faith and Hope T raining Center,” training young people for missions. While in the Philippines, Don did short mission trips with teams to Nepal, Bangladesh and Burma and lived in Japan for six months conducting bible studies with American Marines.
They returned to the United States in 2006, locating in a missions apartment at Brooklyn Center near their church. For the past two years they lived in Stockton, CA near their three daughters and a son, along with several grandchildren.
Don is survived by wife, Margret and ten children; Donald Jay and family in Willmar, Jeremy and family in Vadnais Heights, Rebecca Joy Mynah and family in Spring Grove, Rachael Bates and family in Linden, Washington, Ruth June French and family in Atwater, CA Jonathan and family in Duluth, Rhonda Messerer in Stockton, CA, Joel Daniel in San Francisco, CA, Jordan Del and family in Lincoln, NE and Radora Jill and family in Stockton, CA, 31 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Don were at Lutheran Church of the Master in Brooklyn Center on Oct. 1 with Rev. Paul Sedburg officiating. Worship songs were led by Jay Messerer, Alana Folger and Jonathan Messerer. Pallbearers were Jeremiah Messerer, Jonathan Messerer, Ryan Messerer, Jared Meidal and Kiah Jordan. Burial was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.