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Donald H. Winter, age 87, formerly of Terrace Estates, passed away Friday morning, February 1, 2013 at Morningside Health Center.
Don was born September 23, 1925 in Sheboygan to Herbert and Dela (Hammerschmidt) Winter. In 1943 he enlisted in the US Marine Corps serving during WWII in Saipan, Hawaii, and Japan until 1946. In 1944, while in the military, he earned his high school diploma from Sheboygan Central High School. He re-enlisted in the US Army from 1948 - 1952, serving at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland and at Ft. Bliss in Texas during the Korean Conflict.
On June 14, 1952 Don and Lillian Leonhardt were united in marriage in Sheboygan. She preceded him in death in December of 2000.
Don was employed as a machinist at J.S. Richardson Machine Shop in Sheboygan Falls, retiring in 1991.
In the past, he was a member of St. Paul's UCC Church in Sheboygan where he served as usher, elder, and deacon.
Don was a devoted Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed squirrel hunting, sometimes bringing his daughter, Yvonne, who loved going along, and also introduced the sport to his grandsons. He spent years working on his golf game and thoroughly enjoyed the occasional game with his grandson, David. In his younger years, Don was on Sheboygan softball teams and began bowling in leagues. Bowling was a favorite hobby that he continued into his 80's. Later in life, he took up cooking and baking to the delight of his family. His Broda and chocolate desserts became famous.
Don is survived by two daughters, Yvonne (Darrell) Menzer of Celina, Ohio and Jan Reinhart of Sheboygan; two grandsons, Ryan (Holly) Menzer of Noblesville, IN and David (Mandie) Menzer of Plover, WI; two great-grandsons, Malachi and Elijah of Plover, WI; his brother, Murlin (Sally) Winter of Sheboygan; his sister-in-law, Wilma Dekker of Sheboygan; and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, Don was preceded in death by his sisters, Delores (Ray) Spalinger and Joyce Winter; and Lillian's family, Clarence (Odie) Leonhardt, Henry (Maude) Leonhardt, Artie (Beatrice) Leonhardt, Edward (Lil) Leonhardt, Marie (Al) Warnecke, Esther (Elmer) Zittel, and John Dekker.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Ballhorn Chapels. Pastor Jon MacDonald of the Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church will officiate. A time of visitation and support will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place at Wildwood Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
The family extends sincere thanks to the caregivers at VNA Hospice for the tender loving care they provided for Don.
To sign the guestbook, light a candle, or send flowers, visit: www.ballhornchapels.com
Don will be remembered for his quick wit and funny comebacks. And he will especially be remembered for always being grateful for the help and support of loved ones, the staff at Terrace Estates, and at the end from those in the VNA Hospice and at Morningside Health Center, even though he could no longer express it.
Published in Sheboygan Press on Feb. 3, 2013