The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 1, 2014

Obituaries — Saturday, March 1, 2013


Donald Earl Breitkreutz Sr.

ST. ALBANS — Donald Earl Breitkreutz Sr. of St. Albans passed away on February 26, 2014, at the home of his daughter, Kim Caudill, at the age of 76.

He was born in Lebanon, S.D., on March 6, 1937, to Ewald Melvin and Esther Ruth (Merrill) Breitkreutz.

He graduated from High School from Gettysburg, S.D., and was a pitcher on the South Dakota State Championship Baseball Team his senior year. Donald had a lifelong career in the food service industry. Starting his career as a candy maker, then working for McDonald’s holding many executive positions, one of which was the Dean of Hamburger University. He went on to be the VP of the International Division for A&W Restaurants, at Burger King he helped to build and develop Burger King University, then he was the VP for the Western Division of Pizza Hut. He later opened his own restaurants and owned a convenience store. After retirement, for several years, he worked for Boydstons Funeral Home in Lindsay, Okla., and also served as Mayor and Council Person in Maysville, Okla. In his leisure time Donald enjoyed going to auctions, playing cards, watching NASCAR, fishing and golf.

He will be remembered and loved by his survivors; his brothers, Marvin Breitkreutz of St. Joseph, Mo., and Melvin Breitkreutz of Spearfish, S.D., daughter, Laura James and husband Clifford of Maysville, Okla., daughter Melody Breitkreutz of Omaha, Neb., daughter, Kim Caudill and her husband Ralph of Victor, W.Va.; son, SMSgt Donald Breitkreutz Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Wichita, Kan., son, Brian Breitkreutz and his wife Jodie of Charleston, W.Va.; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Breitkreutz; his sisters, Dellene Jennie, Joyce Elaine, Baby Girl; and Granddaughter, Brandy Sue.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Danny Legg officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Friends may call 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel

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Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.

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