|Birth: ||Apr. 24, 1926|
|Death: ||Oct. 2, 2011|
Donald Nelson Sears, 85, of Bay City, Wis., died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at the Red Wing Health Center in Red Wing after a brief illness.
He was born on April 24, 1926, in Red Wing, to Henry and Emma (Nelson) Sears. He attended schools in Ellsworth and then started farming on the family farm at the age of 16. On Nov. 10, 1945, he married Eldora Schinke.
In the 1950s he began to jockey used cars on Lake Street in Minneapolis. In 1971 he acquired Walker Motors representing Mercedes-Benz and BMW. In 1974 a new facility was built in Minnetonka, called Sears Imported Autos, where he continued selling Mercedes-Benz and BMWs along with Rolls Royce and Peugeot automobiles. He also owned Metropolitan Porsche Audi in Maplewood for 15 years. At the time of his death he was exclusively selling Mercedes-Benz.
He was a member of Eidsvold Lutheran Church in Esdaile, Wis., and over the years he was a great supporter to many charitable organizations. He was famous for many sayings such as, "Hey, let me tell you something"; "That's why you have to make a lot of money"; and "Hey, you aren't doing anything, are you?"
He is survived by his wife, Eldora; children, Joanne (Don) Davidson of Minnetonka, Dale (Kathy) Sears of Ellsworth, Wis., Gary (Debbie) Sears of Ellsworth, and Kevin Sears of Bay City; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at United Lutheran Church, 628 W. Fifth St., Red Wing, with Reverend Mary Eide officiating. Burial will be at Esdaile Cemetery in Esdaile. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, 602 Plum St., Red Wing, and for 1 hour prior to the service at church. Memorials are preferred to the Eidsvold Lutheran Church, W6141 Cty. EE, Bay City, WI 54723.
Online condolences may be sent to www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Henry Sears (1880 - 1958)
Emma Anita Nelson Sears (1884 - 1963)
Eldora Lorraine Schinke Sears (1924 - 2012)
Gary Donald Sears (1952 - 2013)*
Eidsvold Lutheran Cemetery
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Record added: Oct 04, 2011
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