Don Lee Pertl

February 1, 1939September 30, 2021

COLUMBIA – Don Lee Pertl, 82, of Columbia, SC passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 30, 2021.

He was born February 1, 1939 to Archie Elmer Pertl and Gladys Mars Pertl in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He spent his youth in West Bend, Iowa. He graduated from West Bend High School and earned a BA Degree in Business from the University of Iowa.

Don was a faithful member of Union United Methodist Church in Irmo, SC and The John Rowland Sunday School Class. He was a former board member of The Lake Murray Association. Other organizations he was active in included The Irmo Navy Club, The Whiskey Literary Society, The Friday Morning Breakfast Club in Lexington, and the Sunday Night Couples Duplicate Bridge Club.

Being surrounded by all his family filled his heart with love and pride. Of a gentle and kind spirit, Don never met a stranger. His greatest pleasure in life was to entertain everyone, leave them with a smile, and hopefully brighten their day. He had a servant’s heart.

Don created his own company, Pertl and Associates, which performed laundry consulting for major hotels all over the world.

Don is survived by his wife, Marian Pender Pertl of Columbia, SC; son, Randall Pertl of Richmond, VA; daughter, Lorinda Pertl Kniess of Jacksonville, FL; stepsons, Preston (Susanne) Pender and Ronnie Pender both of Columbia, sister, Peg (Ray) Miller of Council Bluff, Iowa; grandchildren, Christopher (Jenna) Pertl of Alexandria, VA, Ryan Pertl (Kelly) of Springfield, VA, Kaitlin Pertl of Herndon, VA, Jennifer Madden (fiancé, Greg) of Jacksonville, FL, and Sarah (Mike) Kuch of Marathon, FL; step-grandchildren, Patton Pender, Jenna Pender and Aidan Pender all of Columbia, four great-grandchildren, Ema Madden, Camden Pertl, Blake Pertl, and Avery Kuch; sister-in-law, Irene Goff; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Don was predeceased by his first wife, Jane Van Horn Pertl and his brother, Mars Pertl.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 o’clock on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St, Irmo, SC. Burial to follow in the churchyard. Visitation will be held Friday, October 8, 2021 from 6:00 until 8:00 o’clock at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, 7600 Woodrow St, Irmo, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church.


  • Visitation

    Friday, October 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 9, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, October 9, 2021


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Patricia Wendling

October 5, 2021

My mind and heart are filled with so many memories of Don Pertl. My first memory was at a long ago tree toasting party in Coldstream. Don had me drink his 'special' pear vodka from a pewter spoon. It burned ALL the way to my toes. A kinship was born. He was one of a kind.

I remember working on the Lake Murray Board with him and learning that he would always keep his word and do what he said he would do...I loved working with him. He always had your back and made you proud to know him.

At a difficult time in our life, he made a pack 'n play suddenly appear in our living room because we needed it for our granddaughter during that time. He came to sit with Bill after he got out of the hospital and when I had to return to work. He was a blessing and unselfish with his time. He gave with his heart.

He always made you smile or laugh and was a great prankster. There was not a dull moment when he was around. The world was a brighter and happier place being with him. He loved to be with people and always made you glad you knew him.

Don knew and understood that it was our job to help others everyday and to make the world better than he found it. He was an earth angel personified... He protected those he loved and he made God proud.

I grieve for his passing but also know that he is with God and sharing His doubt Don is a warrior angel fighting evil and protecting those he loves from heaven. I thank God for the opportunity to know him and I ask God to give his family peace and to hold them tight during this difficult time.

The world will miss him. He leaves a great void. I am grateful and blessed that he was in my life. I know that love never dies and I hold onto that as I will treasure and remember Don Pertl with love forever. Blessed be

Pat Kelly Wendling