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Dr. Donald L. "Don" Vechell
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Obituary for Dr. Donald L. "Don" Vechell

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Blessed Sacrament Side Lake Chapel with Fr. Gabriel Waweru celebrating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Thursday. Military Honors will be accorded by Mid-Range Honor Guard. Private burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Chisholm.

Dr. Donald L. “Don” Vechell, 87, of Side Lake died Saturday, June 3, 2017, at home, surrounded by family. He was born on March 2, 1930, in West Duluth to Daniel M. and Martha (Mikkonen) Vechell. Don graduated from Cathedral High School in Superior and went on to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War. Don received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan College in St. Louis, MO. He was united in marriage to Joan Siebenaler on July 18, 1953, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

In 1958, Don opened his own Chiropractic clinic. Known today as Premier Physical Healthcare, the clinic is still family-owned and has been proudly run by three generations of Vechell family chiropractors.

Don enjoyed anything with an engine that could get him there fast! - cars, boats, and planes. He also loved waterskiing and started the Northland Ski Club of Side Lake. He served as both a mentor and friend to all the young people of South Sturgeon. Don was a member of St. Joseph’s and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Churches.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan; children, Julia (John) Krhin of Side Lake, Dr. Daniel Vechell of Side Lake, Dr. Susan (John) Michaels of Dewey Lake; son-in-law, Greg Stainiger of Chisholm; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gloria Armour; brother, Glen Vechell; daughter, Jean Marie Stainiger; grandson, John Krhin Jr.; and great-granddaughters, Maddison and Grace Show.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Wagner for the kind and compassionate care given to Don.


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Visitation

Thursday

8

Jun

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Blessed Sacrament Side Lake Chapel

12825 Sturgeon Road
Side Lake, MN 55781

Memorial Mass

Thursday

8

Jun

11:00 AM
Blessed Sacrament Side Lake Chapel

12825 Sturgeon Road
Side Lake, MN 55781

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