Donald Fredrick Hellwinkel

A memorial service for Donald Fredrick Hellwinkel, 83, a lifetime Minden resident, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville.

Mr. Hellwinkel died Jan. 15, 2006. He was born June 28, 1922, in Minden, to Fred H. and Josephine Raycraft Hellwinkel.

He graduated from Douglas High School in 1940. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno, until he received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He graduated in 1946.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict, serving on the USS Amsterdam, the USS Saipan, the USS Adirondack and the USS Mt. McKinley. He was stationed in Japan.

He owned and operated the C.O.D. Garage Co. until its sale in 2003.

While serving on the Minden Town Board he was instrumental in adopting the policy that all new developments provide open space for a park.

He was a member of the Minden Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.

He volunteered with the Douglas Engine Company and held memberships in the Carson Valley Nut Club, the Gardnerville Gun Club, the National Auto Dealers Association and the Nevada Franchised Auto Dealers Association. He held lifetime memberships to the Douglas County and Alpine County Historical Societies and the National Pony Express Association.

He was preceded in death by his brother Daniel.

Among his survivors are his wife of 51 years, Marlena; son Robert, of Minden; daughter and son-in-law Donna and Darrell Armuth and grandchildren Spencer, Lena and Grace Armuth, all of Reno; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Douglas County Historical Society Endowment Fund, 1477 Highway 395 N., Gardnerville, NV 89410.

Walton's Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.


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