Donald Patrick Nienas
03/05/1940 - 09/06/2018
Donald Patrick Nienas “Don” died peacefully at Cornerstone Villa on September 6, 2018 in Buhl, Minnesota at the age of 78 of natural causes following a battle with cancer. A Memorial service will be held Friday, September 14th at St. Joseph’s Church in Chisholm (113 4th Street SW) at 11:00 a.m. A gathering time for family and friends will begin one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.
Don is survived by his wife, Mary Lee (Kuehne) Nienas of Chisholm, MN; his children, Donald P. Nienas, Jr. (Chris) of Brooklyn, NY; Laura L. Nienas (Ron) of Chisholm, MN; Michelle M. Kangas (Joe) of Bemidji, MN; Christine C. Chapman (Derek) of Minneapolis, MN; Michael Newman of Buhl, MN; and Randy Nienas (Joyce) of Rogers, AR; his brothers, Albert Nienas Jr. of Sussex, WI and Robert Nienas of Milwaukee, WI, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by the mother of his first four children, Ardys L. (Berg) Nienas.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Sophie (Lorbiecki) Nienas of Milwaukee, WI and grandson, David W. Nienas.
Don was born on March 5, 1940 in Milwaukee, WI. In his younger years he was an altar boy at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. He graduated from Custer High School in 1958 where he was a player on the football team. He served in the Army National Guard with an honorable discharge.
His early jobs included working for Standard Electric Supply and Harnishfeger in Milwaukee. A lifelong entrepreneur, he moved his small family to New Lisbon, WI and opened the Victoria Café restaurant. Later, the family moved again to Northern Minnesota where Don worked with the Iron Worker’s, building the Range Center in Chisholm, MN. He also worked at Industrial Rubber and Northern Industrial Mining, both in Hibbing, MN. A number of city and St. Louis County Planning and Zoning positions also filled his time. Don’s entrepreneurial skills surfaced again as he engaged in several small business ventures including: general contractor, inventor, restaurant equipment repairman and concession stand vendor (Pizza Pup) where numerous lifelong friendships were formed.
He was an avid Packers fan, great cook, loved the outdoors, enjoyed traveling the countryside, held tight to his many collectibles and was a lifelong learner and teacher.