Donald Herbert Magedanz
April 15, 1933 – April 25, 2012
Donald Herbert Magedanz passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012. He was born in Pewaukee/Waukesha on April 15, 1933, to Edward John Magedanz and Jessie Ann (nee Steiner) Magedanz.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dona Lee (nee Mielke) Magedanz, on Nov. 19, 2011. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ed; sisters, Edith and Mildred; as well as his parents.
Don went to school in Pewaukee. Following school, he went to help on the family farm and blacksmith shop, as well as other jobs. He then volunteered for and served in the U.S. Army. He was initially stationed at Camp Atterbury, where he was trained in heavy weapons, and then served as mail clerk and corporal at Fort Carson. He was eventually honorably discharged in 1961. He was very proud of his service and time in the U.S. military.
Don later joined the Operating Engineers Union Local 139 and was an extremely proud 50-plusyear member, and he was recently honored for that longevity. He spent most of that time working as a heavy equipment operator for Gebhardt Bros. Excavating and ending his career with New Berlin Grading. Don married Dona Lee in 1957 and moved to Oconomowoc in 1959, where they built a home on Lac La Belle. They had one son, David J. Magedanz. They were longtime members of Dr. Martin Luther Church in Oconomowoc. Don and Dona Lee were divorced in the early 1980s. Don was later remarried in 1997 to Rosemary (nee Roe) Magedanz, who had eight children of her own, and more than 20 grandchildren. They lived in Watertown and were eventually divorced in 2011.
Don cared deeply for his family and friends and was always quick to offer his help in any way (literally up to the end of his life), yet hated to impose upon anyone at all. He truly enjoyed working on and fixing motors: cars, boats, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, weed eaters and so on. He loved his yard work, especially mowing lawn. He loved listening to music, especially polkas, waltzes and marches, and he was very supportive of all of Dave’s musical endeavors.
Don is survived by his son, Dave (Karen) Magedanz of Oconomowoc, Waukesha and now Watertown; stepgrandchildren, Scott and Karrie Graf of Waukesha; and his loving sister, Lorraine (Clarence) Gerbig of Duplainville. He is further survived by his many relatives and friends, as well as his former wife Rosemary and her family.
Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. until the 6:30 p.m. funeral service Friday, May 4, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home, 121 S. Cross St., Oconomowoc. A private family-only burial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, for his final rest at the St. Peter and Paul cemetery in Duplainville (Pewaukee).
Memorials to the American Cancer Society and Alzheimer’s Association are appreciated.
Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.