With the passing of Don Messick, founder and director of the Lakes Area Food Shelf in Pequot Lakes, so, too, passes the kindness he was well known for.
Messick was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. He is missed by people in both places.
“I have known him for seven years. He’s both a member of Grace United Methodist Church and manager and volunteer for the Lakes Area Food Shelf,” said Ann Hutchings, Grace United Methodist Church secretary. “He brought a ray of sunshine to everyone he came in contact with, no matter what their age, what their background. He was very forthright and honest, but he had a heart of gold. Very generous.”
Hutchings said Messick kept himself going by keeping connected to people of all ages, even at the age of 93.
“We feel between his volunteerism and his mingling with people of all ages, it really kept him going,” Hutchings said.
Messick helped found the food shelf in 1991 and was a passionate volunteer. Food shelf manager Carey Rasinski knew Messick for 13 years.
“It was wonderful. He was a phenomenal human being. He was very caring and thoughtful. He was very kind-hearted. Just kind of a softy. He was very passionate about the Lakes Area Food Shelf, very passionate about the fact that he was there to help people. He would drop what he was doing to help them. He’s going to be very greatly missed,” Rasinski said.
Rasinski said Messick will be missed for his caring attitude above all else.
“At 93 years old he had a heck of a life,” Rasinski said.
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