Podvin, Donald F.
Donald "Don" F. Podvin, age 88, died peacefully in his sleep at his daughter's home on June 19, 2014 in Henderson, Nevada. Born November 12, 1925 in Nekoosa, Wisconsin, to John and Margaret (Boyle) Podvin. He married Mary Anne Haessly on July 26, 1947. They had two children and celebrated 57 years before Mary Anne's death in 2003.
Don was drafted into the United States Army immediately after high school and served in the U.S. 10th Mountain Division in World War II, where he traveled on skis throughout the mountains of Europe. Along with his division, he moved at 10 miles an hour and carried 90 pounds on his back, in addition to weaponry.
After returning from war to recover from jaundice, he started working at the Nekoosa Edwards Paper Company ("NEPCO"). He continued working there for over 35 years and retired in 1987 as a project engineer, but continued on as a consultant for three additional years.
Earlier in life, Don was a ski jumper and hunter. He is a member of the American Legion, an honorary member of the Canmoor Skeet Club and he will be especially remembered for over 30 years of work for the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS).
Don lived a faith-filled life, which was filed with gracious and kind acts that were accomplished without much attention or fanfare. He had a tremendous work ethic and instilled this same work ethic in his family. Don was also a true gentleman. He loved his wife, through both the better and the worse, and he also loved his children and took pride in their accomplishments.
Don is survived by one brother, John Jr. (Beverly) of Port Edwards, one sister, Kathryn Johnson of Texarkana, Arkansas; his children, Donald Podvin, Jr. of Nekoosa, and Pamela Carrollo of Henderson, Nevada; three grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jason and Jennifer; four great-grandchildren, Ariel, Nicholas, Charlie and Sam; as well as other friends and relatives.
A private memorial service with his immediate family has already been conducted. A memorial has been established in the name of Don Podvin's name at Saint Alexanders Catholic Church in Port Edwards.
RITCHAY FUNERAL HOME
1950 12TH ST SOUTH Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-0847
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on July 1, 2014