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Cutler, Donald I.

Donald I. "Cowboy" Cutler, 94, formerly of 447 Stow St., and currently a resident of Lakeshore Estates for the past two years, died on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at the Hospice Home of Hope.

He was born April 2, 1918, in Fond du Lac, the son of Henry C. and Letta M. Hills Cutler.

Donald was a 1936 graduate of North Fond du Lac High School where he excelled at baseball and basketball and played on championship teams.

On May 3, 1939, he was married to Helen Markheim at Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church by Rev. John Becker. She preceded him in death on November 25, 2005.

Prior to being employed at Giddings & Lewis, Don worked for two years at the Wisconsin Power & Light Co., and for two years at Modern Grinder. His career with G & L started in 1940 where he spent 25 years as a heat treatment specialist and later transferred to service and repair sales. He retired in 1983.

He was a longtime member of Elks Lodge 57 and the G & L Oldsters Club. His nickname "Cowboy," came from his love for horses, western stars, and playing western music on his guitar and harmonica. He and his wife were ardent fans of the Green Bay Packers, University of Wisconsin sports, and the Milwaukee Brewers, and they loved their time spent golfing.

Surviving is a son, Tom (Janet Wilhelms) Cutler of Rhinelander, WI; two grandchildren, Sherri (Ford) Willoughby of Oak Park, IL, and Nick (Erin) Cutler of De Pere, WI; and four great-grandchildren, Ruby and Tess Willoughby, and Ella and William Cutler. He is further survived by a sister, Judy (Al) Pedersen of Racine, WI; a sister-in-law, Florence Abbs of North Fond du Lac; and a brother-in-law, Marc (Nancy) Trott of Mayville, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; an infant brother, Ronald; a sister, Beatrice Thompson; his sisters and brothers-in-law; cousins; and nieces and nephews.

VISITATION: Visitation for Donald I. Cutler will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church, 20 Wisconsin American Drive, where he was a member his entire adult life.

SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. at the church on Tuesday. The Rev. Shari Routh will officiate and inurnment will follow at Estabrooks Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be directed to either the Hospice Home of Hope, 400 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI, 54935; or to Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Uecker-Witt Funeral Home of Fond du Lac is in charge of arrangements. Additional information and a guestbook may be found at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and volunteers of the Hospice Home of Hope and the caregivers at Lakeview Estates for the care and compassion given to Don. Thanks also to Joanne Zimmerman for her special attention the past few months, and to Cathie Aschenbrenner for her constant support.

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on June 17, 2012
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