Donald Edward Marpe Donald Edward Marpe

Marpe, Donald Edward 99, died June 9, 2023, in Duluth, MN. Born April 27, 1924 to August and Lillian Marpe in St. Paul, MN. After graduating from Isle High School, Isle, MN, Donald enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served from 1942-45 (Asiatic-Pacific medal earned with 2 battle stars) and from 1950-51 during the Korean War. Donald married Ellen Hambleton May 30, 1947, and together they raised 5 children. Donald graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1957 with a degree in electrical engineering, and enjoyed a productive career, retiring from MTS Systems Corp. in Eden Prairie, MN, in 1986. A long-time member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, he served on various boards and in different capacities. His interests were wide ranging; including coaching and organizing youth sports, earning his pilot's license, and frequent BWCA travels. He was an avid reader and book collector, and even did a stint in the Coast Guard Auxiliary after moving to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where he and Ellen had built a log home for their retirement. Preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Carol Nelson. Survived by brother Wayne (Faye); wife of 76 years, Ellen; children Kathleen Larson, Karen Zutler, Joel (Diane), Ramona (Ron) Hutton, and Tim (Beth); along with 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Funeral services by Dougherty of Duluth, Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Peace In Christ Lutheran Church, 5007 Maple Grove Rd., Hermantown MN. Visitation at 1:00 PM, service at 2:00 PM. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home. 600 E. 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55805. 218-727-3555. Guestbook: