Donald Leroy Littau was born April 9, 1930, in a farm house in rural Mellette County, S.D. He died in the Boone’s Ferry Care Center, Hubbard, Oregon, on January 10, 2013, at age 82.
He attended country schools in Mellette and Gregory Counties, attended Dallas High School, Dallas, S.D., and graduated from the Agriculture High School Division of South Dakota State College, Brookings, in 1949. He engaged in farming until switching to contracting and general carpentry in the mid 1960s, with time out for a hitch in the Air Force during the Korean War, working as the maintenance chief on B-29 bombers.
Don continued working his carpentry trade, going from South Dakota to Idaho, and then to the Pacific Coast until he was in his mid 70s. He was a devout Christian, a life-long member of the Lutheran Church. He was an extremely hard working individual, very generous with his time and talents, and well liked by all who knew him.
He married Betty Holden December 14, 1963, and enjoyed 44 years of married life.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty, his parents, John and Magdalena (Hoffman) Littau, siblings Edna Stoltz, Fred Littau, Martha Shaffer, Luella Ring, Alvina Evans and Otto Littau.
He is survived by his step-daughter Catherine Mary Ekl, El Cajon, Calif., brothers Adolph Littau, San Diego Calif., Ruben (Ruth) Littau, Auburn, Calif., Anton (Jeanine) Littau, Wasilla, Alaska, sisters Emma (Bill) Fawx), Newcastle, Calif., and Susanne (Len) Mundorf, Cary, N.C.
Services in the Canby Funeral Chapel were held on January 14 in Canby, Oregon.