William “Dan” Durbin, age 76, of Milbank, died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 16, at 2:00 p.m. at Living Word Lutheran Church in Milbank with Rev. Craig Werling officiating. Burial will follow in the Milbank City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, at Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank and will continue on Thursday for one hour prior to the time of service at the church.
Casket bearers will be Jeff Durbin, Brad Durbin, Steve Lewis, Brad Lewis, Paul Lewis, and Randy Dockter. Honorary bearers will be Dan’s grandchildren.
William Daniel Durbin was born on May 18, 1939, in Rolla, North Dakota to George and Mina (Richardson) Durbin. He was the fourth of six children.
The family moved to Cando, North Dakota in the early 1940s, and this is where Dan called home. After graduating from high school, he worked various construction jobs in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. He served in the North Dakota National Guard from 1956 until his honorable discharge on December 7, 1958.
In 1963, Dan married Vi Deschamp and in that marriage three children were raised – one step-daughter and two sons.
In 1967, Dan started working for Otter Tail Power Plant at Devils Lake, North Dakota, and continued in that career for 34 years until retiring in 2001 from the Big Stone Plant in South Dakota. In 1980, Dan married Clarice Lewis of Milbank and they made their home in Milbank.
Dan was a member of Living Word Lutheran Church. To be noted is that Dan was baptized with his grandson, Michael Durbin, in a special ceremony in February of 2000. He loved his family and step family very much, and enjoyed old cars and shaking dice with his buddies. He was also active with the American Legion in Big Stone City for many years.
Dan is survived by his wife, Clarice Durbin of Milbank; children: Jane (Sam) Azure of Mandan, ND; Bradley Durbin of Bethel, WA; and Jeff (T) Durbin of Crookston, MN; brothers: George Durbin of Devils Lake, ND; John (Angela) Durbin of Rosemount, MN; and Bob (Carol) Durbin of Mentor, MN; grandchildren: Brittany Bearstail; Jazmin Durbin; Kelsey Durbin; and Michael Durbin; and four stepchildren: Steve (Cherie) Lewis; Lori (Randy) Dockter; Brad (Deb) Lewis; and Karen Lewis Kayl; and many step-grandchildren and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lloyd; and sister, Evelyn.