Dear Classes of 1989 and 1994:
This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of Don McAllister on Friday, Feb. 26th.
Don was the father of Damian McAllister* ('89), Mark McAllister and Bridget (McAllister) Bowden* ('94) and the grandfather of current Network students Josephine Bowden ('20), Ethan McAllister ('21), Simon Bowden ('21), Emilia Bowden ('23), Mathias McAllister ('23), Nathaniel McAllister ('25), Margaret Bowden ('28) and Adam Bowden ('30).
Donald C. McAllister died peacefully on Friday February 26, 2016 at the age of 82, at home with his wife Jeaninne at his side.
Don was born on October 28, 1933 in Green Bay, WI to Fred and Josephine McAllister. Shortly after, the family moved to Wausau where he attended grade school. He attended high school at Aquinas High School in LaCrosse WI, graduating in 1951.
In 1951, Don and Marcus Resch were instrumental in the foundation of the Brothers of St. Pius X; a diocesan Brotherhood for the Catholic Diocese of Lacrosse. Sixteen years of his life were dedicated to the Brothers. No task, no job, no obstacle was too big for him to tackle.
In 1973, he was united in marriage to Jeaninne (Spalla) in DeSoto, WI. He was a salesman for importers of religious goods and traveled to Catholic Stores in the Midwest. In 1974, Mr. Henry Hurley was going to close his store, Hurley’s Religious Goods, and Don asked if he could purchase the store.
Don and Jeaninne moved to Fargo, ND, in December of 1974 with their two young sons Damian and Mark, to purchase Hurley’s Religious Goods. In 1975, they settled into a new home, business, and welcomed their daughter, Bridget. He was able to serve the Lord with supplying the clergy and their churches with all their needs. His son, Mark, and daughter, Bridget, joined Don and Jeaninne at Hurley’s Religious Goods.
Don’s favorite things were visiting with the clergy and assisting them with their needs when they came into the store, and mowing the lawns at the lake and at home. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, was proud to have attended the ice bowl game, and would happily take time to discuss past or current players. He enjoyed going to the grandchildren’s events at school and helping with the parish bazaar. He was an avid supporter of the Catholic School systems.
He is survived by his wife: Jeaninne McAllister of Fargo, ND; three children: Damian (Tami) McAllister of Fargo, ND; Mark McAllister of Fargo, ND; Bridget (Ross) Bowden of Fargo, ND; eleven grandchildren: Harrison, Josephine, Alyssa, Ethan, Simon, Braiden, Emilia, Matthias, Nathanial, Margaret and Adam.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Josephine, and a brother, Richard McAllister.
Visitation at St. Anthony of Padua Church March 3 at 5:00-7:00pm with Vigil at 7:00pm
Funeral service at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 710 S 10th St. Fargo, March 4 at 11:00 am with visitation 1 hour before. Place of burial: Holy Cross Cemetery North.
In lieu of fl owers, memorials preferred to JPII Endowment Fund.
He was under the care of Hospice of The Red River Valley. A special thank you to everyone involved in bringing him home.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.
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