In loving memory of

Donald "Don" Sallade
September 26, 1944 - November 30, 2020

Donald (Don) Raye Sallade, 76, of Rochester, died peacefully on Monday, November 30, 2020.

Donald was born on September 26, 1944 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Charles and Lila (Zickle) Sallade.

He moved to Des Moines, Iowa at a young age and graduated from Des Moines Technical High School in Des Moines. After graduation, he attended the University of Iowa where he received his master's degree in social work. Donald was enlisted in the United States Navy from 1969-1972. On April 3, 1971 Donald married Susan Zimmerman in Berwick, Pennsylvania. The couple lived in Des Moines, IA; East Dubuque, IL; and Dubuque, IA for many years until moving to Southeast Minnesota in 2014. Donald was a school social worker in Galena, IL until 1999. He went on to obtain his journeyman electrician license and worked as an electrician in Dubuque and also had a handyman repair business, Don's Electric. In 1981 he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Donald's cancer was successfully treated at University of Wisconsin Madison, WI with the strong support of his family.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter, Laurel Light of Rochester; two grandchildren, Marcus and Ada; and siblings, Sharon (Ronald) Wedeking of Cedar Falls, IA and C. Ronald Sallade of Des Moines, IA. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Don enjoyed music, particularly American Folk music of the 1960's and 1970's. He was gifted with his hands and enjoyed working in the garage on various projects. Don was proud of building a home with his wife and fixing up another home in Dubuque, IA. He loved lakes and being on the water. Don was a devout Christian and served on various committees and as a Sunday School instructor at Grandview Methodist Church in Dubuque, IA.

A celebration of Don's life will be held at a later date.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Sallade family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit


Jude Cigrand wrote on Dec 7, 2020:

"Dear Susan (Mrs Sallade) as I remember you, I was sorry to read of your husband Donald's passing. He seemed to have a great sense of adventure and true compassion for the things that mattered most to him. You have my deepest sympathies, Jude Cigrand class of 82"

Laura and Gary Von Ah wrote on Dec 4, 2020:

"Sue and Laurel, we are so sorry for your loss. Don was such a nice guy and we enjoyed our time knowing you and him as neighbors. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Laura and Gary Von Ah"

Betty Bradley wrote on Dec 3, 2020:

"I remember Don as a kind gentleman. If I remember correctly, he also worked with my mother, Margaret Bradley, at Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque. He was a social worker and she was a secretary. My sympathy to Sue and family from fellow Grandview UMC member, Betty Bradley "

Doug Rickels wrote on Dec 3, 2020:

"Sue and family sorry for your loss. Doug and Rachele Rickels "

Bob Shreck wrote on Dec 3, 2020:

"Ron & Sharon, My condolences on the loss of your brother. Although it has been the better part of four decades I remember him well. He was very pleasant, positive and supportive of his family and the physicians helping him. He represented the Sallade family well. The Sallades have salt and peppered many lives, including mine for nearly sixty years. From Ron's exceptional influence at Valley High School, through Dad's successful insistence on what was right for him and how that taught a young doctor that patients' priorities are paramount, and Ron's demonstration of love, devotion and loyalty over the last decade. Sharon & Ron, you "chose" good parents and they raised great kids. Thank you all for your example. Bob Shreck"