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Donald F. Huntington

Donald F. Huntington

January 28, 2019

Donald F. Huntington, 74, of Eau Claire, WI, passed away January 28, 2019, at The Neighbors of Dunn County in Menomonie, WI, from complications from a hemorrhagic stroke.

Don was born in Hampton, Iowa, April 23, 1944, to Daryl and Anna Mae Huntington. He graduated from Chosen Valley High School in Chatfield, MN. Don married Sharon Eisenman June 6, 1964. They were married 54 years.

In 1966 Uncle Sam needed Don, so he enlisted (as he was next in line to be drafted) in the United States Army and graduated from Basic Training as the Outstanding Trainee. He then attended Officer Candidate School and graduated a 2nd Lieutenant. His Army orders took him to Germany for 2 years, where he was a tank battalion Company Commander. Don and his family are proud of his military service and take great pride in him being an Army Veteran.

Don worked all his life in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the cattle business and competed several times in the World Auctioneer Championships. He was self-taught as an auctioneer, pretending to sell his cows while he would milk them, when he was growing up.

Don was employed by Central Livestock in Zumbrota, MN, at the time of his death.

Don loved his family. He loved spending time with them at the cabin fishing. He loved watching UW Eau Claire Softball and he loved watching his talented grandsons play sports, play in the band, act in the school play, and grow. Don also loved country dancing with Sharon, and special friends. His family spent a wonderful Christmas weekend together in December.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon, Eau Claire, WI; daughter, Leslie (Robin), Eau Claire, WI; son, Dusty (Nicole), Bancroft, WI; and grandsons, Cauy, 17, and Tyler, 15, of Bancroft, WI; mother, Fern Drury, Preston, MN; brothers, Gary (Mary Lee), Twin Falls, ID, Bob (Carol), Chatfield, MN, Bill (Linda), Chatfield, MN; step-brother, Wayne Bartell, Minneapolis, MN; and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Daryl, and his mother, Anna Mae.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2019, at Central Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls with Pastor Aaron Sturgis officiating Visitation will be held 90 minutes prior to the service at church. Burial will be private at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, 715 Highway 52, Preston, MN  55965, which will be Don’s final resting place.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the family.  


9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Central Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls.


11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Central Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls.

Florist Information

All flowers should be delivered directly to the church by 9 a.m. on Feb 8.


  • Geneva Hamilton Our deepest sympathy Dusty,Nikki, and family. Thinking of you all.

    February 4 at 7:28am

  • Paul Witte Dear Sharon our deepest condolences it was a pleasure working with Don all these years at the livestock market in Zumbrota MN. He always had a comment about what the stock market was doing.

    January 31 at 6:31am

  • Mark and Julie Witt Dear Sharon, Leslie, Robin and all family~ We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, prayers for comfort, strength and peace. Sending hugs.

    January 30 at 12:34pm

  • Del and Betty Borchardt Dear Sharon and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May the hope of heaven, the prayers of friends and the love of God comfort you always. May God bless you with his strength and peace.
    Del and Betty

    January 30 at 11:11AM

  • Angie Smith So very sorry for your loss! Hugs & prayers to all.

    January 30 at 7:28AM

  • Melissa Stangl My heart felt condolences to the Huntington family. I am most honored to have known Don and enjoyed conversations with him at the ball field and office. He was a hard working family man who’s legacy will live vibrantly through his family and all those who love him.

    January 29 at 9:29PM

  • Jason Gansen So sorry for your Loss. Don played a big part in my childhood. Much love, thoughts and prayers to your whole family during this difficult time.

    January 29 at 8:22PM

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