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Donald A. Sopko


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Donald A. Sopko

Donald Sopko, 89, of Sioux Falls, died Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Good Samaritan Luther Manor in Sioux Falls.

Donald Alvin Sopko was born July 24, 1927 to Lewis and Dora (Joens) Sopko at Ironwood, Michigan. As a small child, he moved with his family to a farm near Hartford, SD. He grew up near Hartford where he received his education, graduating from Hartford High School.

On June 25, 1947, he was united in marriage with Betty Colwill at Luverne, MN. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Sioux Falls where they raised their family. Donald began working at Tri-State Trucking, which later became Hyman Freightways. He drove truck for Hyman for over 40 years, retiring in 1989.

After retirement, Donald remained active as a member of St. John American Lutheran Church where he served on the Board of Properties. He participated in many activities of the Retired Teamsters Union in Sioux Falls, and was an active member in his camper group where he served in various capacities. Donald drove for Project Car for over 15 years. He loved helping people and was always available when something needed to be done. For hobbies, Donald thoroughly enjoyed woodworking and was a genuine master of that craft. Every member of Donald's family has some sort of woodworking piece that was created by Donald. His family will always cherish the clocks that he made for all of them.

Grateful for having shared his life are his children, Daryl (Sharon) Sopko of Sioux Falls, Barbara Pozner also of Sioux Falls, Ronald (Allison) Sopko of Palmer AK; 10 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; his sister, Josephine (Phil) Langnor of Sioux Falls; and two brothers, Frank (Bertha) Sopko of Wakonda, SD and Marvin (Darlene) Sopko of Spink, SD.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, on September 23, 2008; his parents; a son, Jeffrey; a daughter, Jean; and a sister, Elaine Blackmore.

Funeral services will begin 10:30 am Friday at St. John American Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Hills of Rest Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 - 7:00 pm Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, Westside location.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be directed to the St. John American Lutheran Church Building Fund or to Feeding South Dakota.

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Published in The Argus Leader from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2016
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