Donald Nehowig

Donald Nehowig, 82, of New Ulm and formerly of Madelia, died Saturday, May 3, 2014 surrounded by his family at his home.

A celebration of Don’s life for family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m. on May 9 at the Holiday Inn in New Ulm. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guestbook for his family go to

Donald is survived by his wife, Patricia Nehowig of New Ulm; children, Kim (Joe) Guanella of Alden, Kris (Mark) Hodapp of New Ulm, Kyle (Deb) Nehowig of Alexandria, Kelly (Ann) Nehowig of Maple Grove; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, James Nehowig.

Donald Ray Nehowig was born on March 4, 1932 in Fargo, N.D., to Anton and Pearl (Paruska) Nehowig. Don attended Fargo High School and furthered his education with a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree from South Dakota State University. While attending SDSU, he was a member of the Jackrabbits football, baseball, and track teams. On June 6, 1954 he was united in marriage to Patricia Bartz in Worthington. In 1956, they moved to Madelia. Don’s first teaching position was in White, S.D. For 41 years, Donald taught physical education spending 39 of those years at Madelia High School. During his teaching career, he coached many teams. The pinnacle of his coaching career was leading the boys track and field team to 18 consecutive conference championships. Don was a Madelia Times Messenger sports writer for many years. During the summer, he worked for the City of Madelia Parks Department. After retirement, Don and Patsy moved to their family lake home near Brooten.

He enjoyed playing 6-5-4, cribbage and other games where he became known as “The Commissioner.” The highlight of his year was the Easter Egg Hunt with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Don’s hobbies included horse racing, watching sports, hunting and fishing.

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