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Thiessen, Donald John  
Donald John Thiessen died of natural causes on September 8, 2016, at peace, embraced by family, and with his favorite season on the horizon. Donald was born on September 25, 1927, to John and Annie (Warkentin) Thiessen at his family's farmhouse in the Mennonite community of Winkler, Manitoba, Canada. He was the first in his family to graduate from university and he did so twice, as was required to become a U.S. citizen and work in a medical profession in the 1950s. Both of his B.S. degrees were in pharmacy, the first from the University of British Columbia and the second from the University of Washington. Between his degrees, Donald served as a medic in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.Donald met his future wife, Elizabeth Macintyre, in Seattle, where they were both completing post-graduate studies at UW. They were married on the UBC campus in 1956 and settled in Redlands in 1958. Donald worked as a pharmacist for Sage's Complete Markets and at local pharmacies throughout the Inland Empire. Donald is survived by Elizabeth, his wife of 60 years; son Kenneth (Dawn), Portland, OR; daughter Anne (Jim) Lelong, Kaneohe, HI; daughter Melinda (Keith) Spencer and their sons Leo and Rawley, Olympia, WA; brother Alan (Betty) Thiessen, Salem, OR; and sister Patricia (Dutch) Schulze, Bandon, OR, and their children Ariel and Logan. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and sister Myrna. Donald will be interred at the Riverside National Cemetery at a later date.
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Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Sept. 25, 2016
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