Donald Bert Sasse, age 81 of Tonasket, died on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at his home in Tonasket. He was born on September 16, 1932 in Omak, the only child of Burton and Mable Sasse.
At an early age he was orphaned and was then raised by Lloyd and Mamie Sasse. He graduated from high school at Riverside in 1951. In 1952, he joined the Air National Guard and served until 1960. Don spent most of his life in the Omak and Tonasket areas having worked some time in Bremerton, Winthrop, Wenatchee and Alaska, but could never get Tonasket off his mind.
Early in adulthood he met Quinice Marya Hutchens who gave him two sons, James Donald and Robert Wayne Sasse. He later married Mary Ann Sasse and helped raise her four children with his two boys. Several years later he married Birdy Stalder and adopted her daughter, Sarah. In 1997 he married Mary L. Stephenson and she preceded him in death in 2008.
He was a member of the Tonasket Eagles. Don loved life. He was loved and respected by many. He will be missed, but will never be forgotten.
Don is survived by two sons; James D. Sasse and Robert W. Sasse, one daughter; Sarah Sasse Nelson, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Private services for family will be at a later date.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.