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Donald Gable

Donald "Butch" L. Gable, age 74, of Willmar, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 27, at the Clara City Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Willmar American Legion Post #167. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. www.petersonbrothers.com

Donald "Butch" Lloyd Gable was born on April 1, 1943, in Willmar, Minnesota, the son of Harold and Mildred (Forcier) Gable. He grew up in the Spicer area and graduated from Atwater High School in 1961. Butch served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965. He moved with his family to the Lake Lillian area in 1966. He was employed for many years in retail sales starting with Goldfines and retiring from K-Mart. His hobbies included fishing, go-kart racing, and deer hunting. He enjoyed fantasy football, coffee with friends and being at grandpa Gable's farm as a child. Butch cherished his nieces and nephews and time spent with family and friends.

He is survived by five siblings, Rita (Harlan) Gable Broers of Clara City, Bob (Bernadette) Fuchs of Pennock, Susan (Jim) Lee of Winfield, IA., Gary (Judy) Fuchs of Atwater and Laurie (Bill) Miller of Pennock; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Lawrence Fuchs and one sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn and Earl Eisenbacher.

Cemetery Details

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
1459 15th St. SW
Willmar, MN,


JAN 2. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


JAN 3. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


Mass of Christian Burial

JAN 3. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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Fields of Europe was purchased for the family of Donald "Butch" L. Gable.

December 29, 2017 at 03:53 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Lots of memories of Butch and my dad (Dave Herman)...RIP.-Mark Herman

Mark Herman - December 30, 2017 at 09:42 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My condolences to Don's family. I had the pleasure of working at Kmart for many years. Don's easy going ways and ready smile made even stressful days easier for me. I know that all of ladies at work appreciated his thoughtfulness when he would send us a our bouquet of flowers each year. Don will be missed! Thoughts and Prayers Jane Emberland

Jane Emberland - January 01 at 11:25 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers for your whole family. Don will be greatly missed. Sarah Wharton

Sarah Wharton - January 02 at 12:15 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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Sarah Wharton - January 02 at 12:16 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM