Donald M. Huempfner

Our beloved, faith-filled and
adventurous father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and dear
friend, Donald “Don” Michael Huempfner, left our world to be with his Lord and
Savior on September 24, 2019.  Donald Michael was born on May 25, 1928, to
Albert and Eva Huempfner.  Many years
ago, in Wausaukee, WI on a fate filled St. Patrick’s Day, he had his first date
with Mary Catherine Dunlap.  A lifelong
romance blossomed into 68 years of marriage, 11 children,
37 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.  For the first years
of their married lives they lived in Green Bay, WI before moving north to
Pembine, WI, where they lived for 34 years before moving on to Oshkosh and eventually
Fond du Lac in retirement. 

Faith, family, friends and pride of his
country were at the center of his life.  He particularly cherished his time afield.  His passion for fishing and hunting in God’s
great outdoors with his family and friends was unsurpassed.  His ability and willingness to tell stories of
hunts past was a trademark of the man, and occasionally they were true.  Laughter, singing and prayer were his medicine
and part of the legacy he leaves for all. 
Always quick with a joke and a desire to engage all in a good time, he was
the ultimate in positive thinking and had endless enthusiasm for life. It was
often said that if Don were down to his last dollar then he would buy a money

He was a model of work ethic and
persistence.  He began his career working
full time with the Milwaukee Road Railroad and moonlighted on weekends as a
wrestler and travelled to major cities of the Midwest and Canada as “Don Dutch.”
Ironically, Don was predominantly of German heritage.  At the age of 40, after 20 years with the
Milwaukee Road Railroad and with 9 young children at home, he left his stable
job with benefits to start his own business in search of a better life for his
family.  In 1966, he established Midwest
Plastics in Pembine, WI with a couple of partners.  By the 1970s he had
bought out his partners and established a couple of other
locations across the Midwest.  In 1989,
when their last child had graduated from high school, he and Mary retired to
Oshkosh and then on to Orlando, FL.  They
would spend more than 20 years as snowbirds to Florida, where they created many
memories with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

As the grandchildren began to marry, he
became known for his memorable toasts at the wedding receptions.  Never missing an opportunity to grab the
microphone and the spotlight, he would share a song or two or four in honor of
the special occasion and couple.

He will be missed by all as he goes to
be with his wife in heaven, who recently passed on March 9, 2019.  We are comforted in knowing that they are reunited
again and that he is now in the arms of our Savior with a peace that surpasses
our understanding as he hunts the sacred grounds of heaven with his dad, brothers
and friends who have passed before him.  

Donald Michael
was preceded in death by his parents,
Albert and Eva
his infant
daughter Lynn Marie, grandson Brian Joseph Kelly, and four brothers.

He is survived by
his children Colleen (and David) Kelly of Marshfield, WI, Michael (and Cynthia)
Huempfner and Brad (and Kathy) Huempfner of Bozeman, MT, Kim (and Jacky) Huempfner
of Twin Falls, ID, Patrick (and Barbara) Huempfner of Peachtree City, GA, John
(and Ramona) Huempfner, Tom (and Theressa) Huempfner, Todd (and Amy) Huempfner,
of Fond du Lac, WI, Rick (and Christy) Huempfner of Grand Rapids, MI, and Donna
(and Steve) Norlin of Wautoma, who cared for him with extraordinary love over
these past five years. He is also survived by several siblings and in-laws,
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends who will all miss him

We give a special
thank you to family and friends, who gave him such wonderful love and care
these past five years. The family is so thankful for all the prayers and
memories shared.

SERVICES: Donald’s family will greet
relatives and friends on Monday, October 14, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic
Church, 271 Fourth Street Way, Fond du Lac from 9:00 to 10:45 AM. A Memorial
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM. Entombment will be in
Rienzi Cemetery.

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