Donald Tewes


Aug. 4, 1916 - Aug. 29, 2012



Donald E. Tewes, 96, of Waukesha, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 4, 1916 in Merrill, the son of Herman and Mable (nee Rickman) Tewes. 


He was a graduate of Trinity Lutheran School in Merrill, received his bachelorís degree from Valparaiso University in 1938 and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1940. After graduation, he practiced law in Merrill, and then in 1942 entered the Air force as a private. He became a combat intelligence officer with the 14th U.S. Air Force Flying Tigers and completed 25 combat missions in the China-Burma-India Theater. He was discharged as a major in 1946. On Aug. 17, 1946, he married the former Myra Torhorst, who preceded him in death in 1993. Mr. Tewes was the president of Tewes Plastics Corp. until his retirement in 1994. In 1957, he was elected as a Republican to the 85th Congressional District and served until 1959. He was active in the Waukesha community, serving on the Waukesha Memorial Hospital Board, Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis and on numerous other local committees. He was an avid reader, golfer and enjoyed spending time with his family.


He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Barbara (Steve) Berndt of Waukesha; his son, Jim Tewes of Davie, Fla.; his grandchildren, Matthew (Nicole) Berndt, Elizabeth (Raun) Lauterbach and Crystal Tewes; as well as his great-grandchildren, Eli Berndt, Melanie Berndt and Aiden Tewes.


He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Norman (Eleanor) Tewes.


Respecting his wishes, there will not be a visitation or funeral service. His wish was to be remembered by family and friends privately. What joy there must have been in heaven when he and Myra were reunited!


The family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Cantieri, the Avalon Square staff and the staff on the fifth floor at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.


Memorials are appreciated to the Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation, 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188, or the Waukesha County Community Foundation 2727 N. Grandview Blvd., Suite 122, Waukesha, WI 53188.


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