Tilkens, Donald J.
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The horn has sounded and the game is over. Donald J. Tilkens is now reunited with his team mate of 66 years Evelyn Tilkens. Don died on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, surrounded by his three daughters.
Don was born on June 24, 1922 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to John and Dorothy (Roeser) Tilkens. He grew up as he said on the "North Side". He attended SS. Peter & Paul Grade School and Green Bay East High School, graduating in 1942. In 1942 Don enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served in World War II. His service aboard the USS Cepheus took him to both oceans and across the Equator. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Don married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Mangless on December 1, 1945 in Green Bay. They were married for 66 years until Ev passed away on June 28, 2011. Don and Ev raised three daughters, Sue Ann, Jo Ann, and Lu Ann. They made life easier on their parents by all marrying Marks.
Athletics were an important part of Don's life. He excelled in all sports in high school and still holds some dash records at East for the 100 and 200 yards as well as some state indoor records at the Red Gym in Madison. After his return from the service, Don spent countless hours coaching youth sports at St. Joseph Grade School and Chappell School in Green Bay. Later he became involved in high school officiating in football, baseball, and basketball. He was a founding member of the Green Bay Officials Associations and was a proud member of that organization for 25 years.
Don worked at Hudson Sharp and FMC for 47 years as a machine assembler. His work ethic was an example for all of us.
Don was a member of the American Legion Sullivan-Wallen Post #11, the VFW, and the Knights of Columbus Council #617. He was also a member and chairman of the Green Bay Welfare Commission and the Hudson Sharp Credit Union Board of Directors.
Don is survived by Sue Warpinski and her husband, Mark, Jo Ann Turensky and her husband, Mark, and Lu Majeski. Don is also survived by his grandchildren and their spouses, Drs. Matt and Amy Warpinski, Drs. Anna and Aaron Olson, Atty. Ted and Jenn Warpinski, Amy and John Matczak, Adam Turensky and Sarah Martineau, Thomas Majeski and Jamie D'Amato, Zachary Majeski, William Majeski, and Jacob Majeski. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Anthony and Ben Warpinski, Henry and Nora Olson, Jack, Elle, Lily, and Bree Matczak, Teagan Ames-Majeski, Elizabeth and Chloe Majeski. He is also survived by his stepsister and her husband, Elaine and Jim LeMieux; and his sister-in-law, Ruth Tilkens.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; his parents, John and Dorothy Tilkens; brothers, Harold and Robert Tilkens; and sister, Joyce Madigan; brother-in-law, Austin Madigan; and great-grandson, Tate Warpinski.
Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 12. The Knights of Columbus Council #617 will hold a prayer service at 6:45 p.m. Friday with a Parish Wake Service to follow. Friends may also call at St. Joseph Catholic Church, corner of Ninth St. and 12th Ave., from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, October 13. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. Donald Everts officiating. Military honors will follow. Entombment will be at the Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund in Don's name.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Rebekah Haven and the Aurora VNA Hospice for all of the kindness that they showed to Don during the last months of his life. The family is also grateful for the tender care and kindness that Don received from Dr. Luke Warpinski who was always available to respond to Don's medical needs.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Oct. 11 to Oct. 13, 2012
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