NEW ULM - Don Veigel, 91, of New Ulm, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 28 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery in New Ulm with full military honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday and 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm.
To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for his family go to: www.mvfh.org.
Don was born on September 7, 1922 in Minneapolis, MN, to Albert Veigel, a veteran of World War I, and his wife, Wilhelmina (Helget) Veigel. In 1938, his parents purchased a small tavern in New Ulm, MN, which became the legendary Veigel's Kaiserhoff, and Don went to work in the restaurant business at the age of fifteen. He graduated from New Ulm High School in 1940 and entered the United States Army in 1941. He served on both sides of the ocean for nearly five years during World War II. As a soldier, he earned recognition for his graceful penmanship and elegant demeanor, so he was assigned to administrative work for the general hospital and as an entertainment director where he met and befriended starlets, singers, and actors. In 1946, Don married Patricia Yost and from that marriage three children, Jeff, Desiree, and Jackie, were born. On July 13, 1990, Don was united in marriage to Jan Addy.
Don was an ambassador of goodwill and gemutlichkeit as the owner and host of Veigel's Kaiserhoff Restaurant in New Ulm, MN, as sponsor of the Kaiserhoff Golf Classic, and as a benefactor to local sports teams, including the Kaiserhoff baseball team. Don mastered the art of making people feel welcome, comfortable and important. In the company of his large, loving family and abundance of good friends, Don enjoyed golfing, baseball, bowling, music and traveling. He valued quality food, Silver Bullets, long conversations, beautiful smiles, and cheerful dispositions.
While his death leaves our hearts bare and raw, the memories of his life flood us with joy.
He is survived by his beloved wife Jan of New Ulm; children, Jeff (Catherine) Veigel of Golden Valley, Desiree (Mike) Neumann of Atascadero, California, Jackie Olson (special friend David Kummer) of Rogers, Justin Addy of Sartell, Lindsay (Aaron) Rigelman of Rochester; grandchildren, Gavin, Jacob, Sarah, Sara, Porschia, Mercedes, Amara, Jace, Scarlett; sisters, Geraldine "Jerry" (George) Kurvers of Eagan, Dolores McNulty of St. Paul; nieces and nephews, Debbie, Georgine, Greg, Bootsie, Mark; and by employees past and present.
He was preceded in death by his parents.