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Dr. Donald Dreessen, 85, died Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 at Health Park Medical Center, in Ft. Meyers Florida following complications of congestive heart failure. He leaves behind his wife Marie (Satkiewicz) Dreessen of 13 years, step-children Jeffrey (Marla) Hady, Julie (Bill) Sanders, grandchildren Brad, Jake, Jordan and Tony, and his sister Beverly (Leo) Ladehoff and nieces and nephews. Donald was born on a farm in Gladbrook, Iowa June 14, 1927. He attended elementary in a one room country school and was the only student in his class for 8 years. After graduating high school he was drafted during WWII and entered the Army Air Force serving his country for 1½ years. He joined the reserves and was called back into duty to serve an additional year during the Korean War. He reached the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged. He attended Iowa State University earning first a BS in Animal Husbandry and later graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He was a proud member of the SAE Fraternity at Iowa State University. He worked at various animal hospitals in Wisconsin and the Chicago suburbs until he opened his own practice in Mount Prospect, IL. In August 1999, after nearly 40 years, Don sold his practice and retired. He retired from the practice but never retired from medicine as he kept his knowledge current by attending continuing classes and therefore kept his veterinary license current. Donald had many passions in his life. He loved to travel and did so extensively with his wife Marie. Of the many places they visited overseas the most special one of all to him was going to Buchholz, Germany and seeing his ancestral home. For the last 13 years they have wintered on Sanibel Island, Florida where they have many friends. He was an avid photographer whose love of nature and travel showed in his photographs. He enjoyed fishing and boating. He and Marie for years could be found on their boat enjoying Lake Michigan during the summer. He enjoyed attending the theater and was fond of the occasional golf game with family and friends. Another large part of Donald's life was his devotion to service. Donald was introduced to Lionism by Lion PDG Clayton Meyer in the fall of 1962 and he joined the Mount Prospect Lions Club in October that same year. Lion Donald was very active in the Mount Prospect club and held numerous positions including club President. He served as District Governor of District 1-F in Illinois for the 2003/2004 year. During his years on the District Cabinet he received 4 District Governor awards, an International Leadership Certificate and an International President Certificate of Appreciation. Lion Donald was a Melvin Jones Fellow and a Lions of Illinois Fellow. Having served in the U.S. Air Force, Donald was also a member of The American Legion Post 525 Mount Prospect. Donald has given service to the community, been a good friend to many, a devoted husband, step-father and grandpa. He will be sadly missed. The wake will be on Tuesday, April 2nd at Friedrichs Funeral Home, 320 W. Central Road (at Northwest Highway), Mount Prospect from 3-8 pm. Services will be held on Wednesday April 3rd at Community Presbyterian Church, 407 N. Main St., Mount Prospect. Church viewing at 9:30am and services at 10:30am. Interment will be in Gladbrook, IA Saturday April 6, 2013. The family requests that any donations or memorials be given to Lions of Illinois Foundation or to Mount Prospect Lions Charity. For information, 847-255-7800 or www.FriedrichsFH.com.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2013
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