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Donald E. Yahr

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Yahr, Donald E. August 14, 1928 November 2, 2012 Don Yahr passed on to Eternal Life on November 2, 2012. He was 84. Born in Milwaukee on August 14, 1928, he moved to Shawano in 1940, graduating from Shawano High School. Alumni of University of Wisconsin, later receiving Master's degrees in Physical Education and School Administration. Married Barbara Vomastic in 1950, teaching in several communities before moving to Muskego to serve at Muskego High School as teacher, football coach, wrestling coach, athletic director and assistant principal. Honored in the George Martin Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. Retired in 1984 as principal of Whitnall High School, 6 years as financial planner for New York Life. Don served on the Muskego Planning Commission; as Director, Park and Recreation Board; Board of Directors Southwest Milwaukee YMCA, (1990 Volunteer of the Year Milwaukee Metropolitan YMCA). Active with Little Muskego Yacht Club and South Shore Yacht Club Board of Directors. Don had a zest for life, was a dynamic, inspiring coach and complete family man. Enjoyed all sports, flying, camping and traveling. Sailing was his passion, from a small dinghy in the 1950's to a 36' Cape Dory. In 1993, he and Barb spent a year living aboard "Orion" from the Bahamas to the East Coast and Great Lakes. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Hope Yahr, his stepfather, Raymond Menning, and two siblings, Harriet Dorrans and Charles Yahr. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara (Vomastic)Yahr, his brother Richard (Judy) Menning, three children, Jim (Lorraine Davis), Steve (Shirley) and Kathy (Don Winkelman), five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Hartson Funeral Home in Hales Corners, November 10 at 11:00 AM, visitation beginning at 9:00 AM-11:00 AM. Memorials may be donated to the National Parkinson's Foundation.

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 4, 2012
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