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Donald L. Plekenpol


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Donald L. Plekenpol Obituary
Plekenpol, Donald L.

Donald Lee Plekenpol, 64, of Irving TX and formerly of Cascade WI, was born into eternal life early in the day on Thursday, September 19, 2013 of an apparent heart attack in his home. Don was born in Sheboygan, WI on March 23, 1949 to Bernice (Stern) and Loyal Plekenpol. Loyal passed away in 1950 when Don was only 13 months old. He welcomed his second father when Bernice married her brother-in-law Norbert Sternitzky in 1972. Don grew up in Cascade and was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He was in the first class to graduate from the new Cascade Elementary School in 1963 and also the new Plymouth High School in 1967. He was very active in sports, school plays, debate team, and student council and was President of his senior class. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts and was elected to be Lodge Chief in the Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow. In his youth he especially enjoyed the summer times spending many days at his grandparent's Lake Michigan cottage near Oostburg, making new friends along the beach and learning how to build things from Grandpa Lester. After Lester passed away early in 1962 when Don was only 12, more learning and guidance came from other fathers in Cascade and along the Oostburg beach and other relatives.



Don continued his education at Valparaiso University and graduated in 1971. He wanted to fly planes and follow in Loyal's footsteps by being a military pilot. However, lingering high school sports injuries forced him out of the Navy ROTC program. His son Christopher carried the Plekenpol name back into the military as a distinguished Army Captain and Iraq combat company commander. When Don first entered Valparaiso he had told his mother that he planned on becoming a pastor, but things changed along the way. Chris has since carried on Don's original goal by becoming the pastor of the small, but rapidly growing Wells Branch Community Church in Austin, TX.



After graduating from Valparaiso, Don went to work for IBM in New York City, where the New York Jets were one of his early customers. Don was currently employed as Business Development Manager at Usability Sciences Corporation in Irving, TX. For the past sixteen years, he was also president of his own IT consulting company, Webify, Inc. From 1971-1996, he had a very distinguished career with IBM in multiple positions and locations in the USA, Asia and Europe.



He was preceded in his journey to heaven to be with his Lord, by his father Loyal in 1950, his mother Bernice in 2005, his grandparents Irene and Louis Stern & Mabel and Lester Plekenpol and his uncles Dean and Gerald Stern. He is survived by his son Christopher and wife Adrienne, and 5 month old grandson, Austin, who reside in Austin TX; his wife Virginia whom he married in 1997; Chris's mother JoAnne Plekenpol of Trophy Club, TX whom he married in 1975; his stepfather Norbert Sternitzky of Sheboygan, WI; his brother David and wife Arnita of Oostburg, WI; his aunt and uncle June and Gib Sternitzky of Howards Grove, WI; his cousin Mary Sternitzky and special friend Josh Biser of Brooklyn WI; his nephews Jonathan Plekenpol and special friend Kelly Schwanke of Sheboygan WI, Matthew Fillebrown and wife Jessie of Appleton WI, Jason Fillebrown and wife Tina of Sugar Grove, IL and Heath Fillebrown and wife Rachel of Whitewater, WI; and eight young grand nieces and nephews [plus one on the way] and a world full of friends made throughout his life.



He could build or fix anything and loved to do both. He was generous, loyal, and dependable. He was a die-hard American and Republican, and proud of our freedom and liberties. He loved cars [especially his MG's], sports car racing at Road America and attempting to golf! He was a big sports fan and a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan. But the team he loved most was his family. His last visit to Wisconsin was for the 4th of July 2013 and we are so grateful he had a chance to come home to visit us before Jesus called him home. Don will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. He was deeply loved. He was a forceful presence, and the "go-to-guy", he had all the answers. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, co-worker, and on and on.



Cremation has taken place. A beautiful picture and story filled memorial service and visitation was held on September 25 at Irving Bible Church, Irving, TX. Another joyous time of celebrating Don's life will be held on Sat. Nov 2nd at the Wenig Funeral Home, 108 Center Ave, Oostburg, WI 53070 with a memorial service from 11;30 to 12;30, immediately followed by visiting with the family and sharing more stories during a light lunch reception time. The family has requested that donations be sent to Wells Branch Community Church, c/o Pastor Christopher Plekenpol, http://www.wellsbranchchurch.com or to the church of your choice.

For online condolences and additional information please visit www.wenigfuneralhome.com

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Published in Sheboygan Press from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2013
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