Donald A. Schramm Sr.(1932 - 2013)

Schramm, Sr., Donald A.

Donald A. Schramm Sr., age 80, a lifelong resident, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin passed away at his home on August 11, 2013 surrounded by his loving wife, Evelyn, of 60 years, and his family.

Donald was born on November 11, 1932 to Lydia (Schramm) Keitel. Educated, in his formative years, at Trinity Lutheran School in Sheboygan, Donald was a proud graduate of Sheboygan North High School, class of 1951.

Immediately, following graduation, Don enlisted in the United States Navy and served with exemplary distinction aboard the U.S.S. Tarawa. His three year tour of duty with the Navy introduced him to the wonders of the world, but Don always knew he would return to his beloved Sheboygan and Evie, his future wife.

On October 18, 1952 Donald wed the love of his life, Evelyn (Mie-Rau) Schramm, in services conducted at the Trinity Lutheran Church where he had been a childhood member and both he and Evie would continue in faithful service as lifelong members of the congregation. Don and Evie were blessed in the ensuing years with four children: Donald (LuAnn) Schramm Jr., of Sheboygan; David Schramm of Plymouth; Douglas (Julie) Schramm also of Plymouth; and Deborah Ogle of LaGrange, GA.

Donald's mission and purpose in life took root when he was officially sworn-in as a police officer with the City of Sheboygan in 1959. After serving 11 years as a patrolman, several of which as a motorcycle officer, Don was promoted to the rank of Detective.

In the early 1970s, the City and County of Sheboygan embarked upon a unique cooperative effort, to combat the illicit trade, in narcotics and dangerous drugs. Detectives, from the City Police Department and Sheriff's Department, were selected, to serve on a Joint Task Force, operated under the auspices of the Sheboygan County District Attorney. In 1973, Don was selected to serve on that Task Force. Don and his fellow officers are credited with significantly stemming the flow of illegal drugs into our homes and schools during the operation of that special program.

Having served with distinction on the Drug Task Force, Don was nominated for advanced training by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. After serving 6 years as a Detective, with the Sheboygan Police Department, Donald was selected to become a Special Investigator with the District Attorney's Office, where he continued in service until his retirement in 1988, a distinguished law enforcement career transcending nearly three decades.

Donald's service to his community did not end with his retirement from law enforcement. He went on to be elected five times to the Sheboygan County Board of Supervisors, serving several terms on the Board's pivotal Personnel Committee.

Outside of government service, Don will be best remembered for his passionate love of softball. Not only did he coach several local teams, but served as a board member and later as President of the Sheboygan Softball Association. In recognition of his enthusiastic support of the game and commitment of time and energy to its advancement, Donald was inducted into the Wisconsin U.S. Slo-Pitch Softball Association Hall of Fame in 2004.

Donald is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Evelyn, their four children, ten grandchildren, Jeremy (Allison) Schramm and Rebecca (fiance Jesse Bratz) Schramm, both of Sheboygan, Collin and Michaela Schram, both of Waldo, Alicia Schram, Kansas City, KS, Rheannon, Megan and Theresa Schramm, all of Plymouth, Paul (Donna) Ogle and Lydia Ogle, both of LaGrange, GA; three great grancdhilren, Landon and Parker Schramm and Ava Ogle. Don was preceded, in death, by his mother Lydia (Schramm) Keitel.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, WI, on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with pastor Timothy Mech officiating. Friends of Donny, as he was best known to all of us, are most cordially invited to attend with visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will take place in Gardens of Peace Mausoleum.

The Schramm Family wishes to acknowledge and especially thank the pastoral staff of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sheboygan and the nurses and staff of the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls, for their collective support and outpouring of compassion during these last several months. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that friends consider a donation to either or both of these most valuable community resources.

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Published in Sheboygan Press on Aug. 13, 2013