Donald M. 'Don' Plehn

Dec. 27, 1921 - Feb. 8, 2009

Donald M. 'Don' Plehn, lifelong Waukesha resident, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at Waukesha Springs at age 87. He was born Dec. 27, 1921, in Waukesha, the son of Fred and Gertrude (nee Hoppe) Plehn.

On June 19, 1948, he married Marie Bergels in Waukesha. Don served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 until 1945 and was later employed at Grede Foundry in Waukesha for many years. He was the previous owner of Junque Heaven and an active member of the Songsters in Waukesha. Don and his wife volunteered at Waukesha Springs for more than 20 years and won the Volunteers of the Year Award. He was a longtime member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Marie, of Waukesha; children, Donna (Scott) Doughty of Waukesha and Donald (Pam) Plehn of Oconomowoc; grandchildren, Jason Doughty, Jennifer (Nate) Holm, Carrie (D.J.) Bowe and Josh Plehn; and six great-grandchildren, Payton, Paige, Mikka, Ava, Celine and Olivia. He is further survived by his brother, Fred (Ilah) Plehn; sisters-in-law, Aneta and Dorothy Plehn, all of Waukesha; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Loren and David Plehn.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Arthur Koepsell will preside. Graveside services will be held privately at Prairie Home Cemetery.

Memorials are appreciated to the Salvation Army, 445 Madison St., Waukesha, WI 53188.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.

The family would like to thank the staff at Waukesha Springs for their loving care of Don.