Donald Leroy Goranson, late of Weyburn, SK passed away July 16, 2021 at the age of 99 years. Don was predeceased by his parents, Karl (Charlie) and Johanna; his wife Oliveen, son Garry; a daughter in infancy; son Brian; and daughter Donna Goranson-Kessler; brothers: Carl Goranson, Evan Goranson, Doug Goranson; sisters, Isabel Goranson, Beatrice (Alan) Bell, Doris (Jack) Wilson; sisters-in-law, Elenor (Roy) Tollefson, Ruth (Fred) Bowen, Marjorie DeChief, Thelma Blum; brothers-in-law: Edward Hala, Werner Blum, Henry DeChief; nephews: Bruce Tollefson, Dwight Hala, Randy Wilson. Don is survived by his daughter-in-law, Bonnie Goranson and family: Marc Goranson, Krista Goranson; son-in-law, Al Kessler and family: Tyler Johnston (Sandy and her children: Brynn, Keeley, Aven), Dustin (Jenna and her daughter Everly); sisters-in-law: Gail Goranson, Mary Goranson, Mayvis Goranson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Don was one of seven siblings born to Karl (Charlie) and Johanna Goranson of Weyburn. One June 6, 1944, he was on a train heading to the east coast preparing to be shipped overseas. The train stopped in Winnipeg and Don picked up a newspaper and read D-Day was underway. After months of intense training, Don was assigned as a bombardier on a Halifax bomber in the legendary Bomber Command. Don was very proud of his service and that of his mates. He was almost reverend of his pilot who managed to get them back safely after seven harrowing missions across the English Channel. When Don returned from Europe he liked to say he interviewed the best women he could find and when he did he married Oliveen Brown. Ollie and Don formed a formidable partnership and were best friends for the rest of their lives. They had three children: Garry, Brian and Donna. Don was a true farmer, excited to get the crop going in the spring, anxiously watching it grow and dove into its harvest with all of his energy. Don and Ollie farmed for over 50 years before retiring in Weyburn. Ollie and Don attended Flying Farmer's Conventions for many years. As a young man Don played hockey in Midale and Weyburn. He liked to travel and visit folks but his one true passion was flying which he continued to do in his early 80's. Don was a member of the Weyburn Golf Club, Grace United Church and a loyal supporter of the Weyburn Legion. He could be seen proudly wearing his Air Force uniform at legion events and Remembrance Day ceremonies even in his hundredth year. A Funeral service was held on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, SK with funeral celebrant Sharon Elliott. Pallbearers were: Marc Goranson, Tyler Johnston, Dustin Johnston, Dean Goranson, Wayne Goranson and Stuart Goranson. Honour Guard were the Royal Canadian Legion, Weyburn, Branch #47. Lunch was held at Upper Grace Hall with interment following at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, SK. For family and friends so wishing, charitable donations in memory of Don may be made to the Weyburn & District Hospital Foundation, Box 1416, Weyburn, SK, S4H 3J9 or the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #47, 150 ~ 3rd Street, Weyburn, SK, S4H 0W2. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Weyburn, SK (848-0333 ~ 1-888-848-0333). Expressions of sympathy to the family may be sent to our website at www.rdfuneralchapel.com
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