Donald Lee ‘Don’ Freyer
Donald Lee “Don” Freyer joined
his parents, Donald and
Sophie, on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at the age of 74.
was the beloved husband of 54 years to Janet (nee
Abel); cherished father of Nancy (Michael) Duwe, Kristine (James)
Hillmer and Cynthia (Kyle) Schlender; proud grandfather to Shannon,
Kimberly, Colton, Alexander, Kory and Megan; dear brother of Marvin
(Judith) Freyer; and brother-in-law of the Rev. Timothy (Elizabeth)
Abel. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other
relatives and friends.
went to a one-room school house in Pewaukee and was a 15-year member of
the 4H club. Don worked at Dynex/Rivett for 55 years, beginning on April
24, 1957. During that time, he held many positions. He was a hydraulic
engineer and one of the cooks at his company parties. His supervisor
said he was very well-liked by his fellow workers.
married Janet in 1958. In 1958, Don also joined the military and was
sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey, for cook school and was a member of the
Reserves in Pewaukee while continuing to work at Dynex. Don was also a
member of the Waukesha Library Board for six years. He was an elder at
the First Presbyterian Church in Waukesha and served on the property
management committee helping with maintenance and cooking at church
luncheons for many years.
the early 1980s, Don joined the Waukesha Rose Society and the Milwaukee
Rose Society and served as president and on the board of directors for
both organizations and assisted in giving seminars to other
organizations. Don received the American Rose Society Bronze Award from
the Waukesha Rose Society. He was also a member of the Madison
Rose Society, The Daylily Society of Wisconsin, The Iris Society of
Wisconsin and the Greater American Rose Society. He was a consulting
rosarian for more than 10 years.
was a Mason with Waukesha Lodge #37 F&AM and a 32nd Degree Mason
associated with Scottish Rite. Don rang bells for the Salvation Army for
more than 25 years and assisted Job’s Daughters with the Hearing
Impaired Kids Endowment plant sale, played Santa at nursing homes and
for family and friends, and also helped friends with physical
will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Tuesday, Sept.
4, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J
and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha. Please wear
bright colored clothing. A private interment will be held.
special thank you to Dr. Hake, Paula and the rest of the staff at the
Regional Cancer Center at ProHealth Care.
lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society or to the
Job’s Daughters Memorial Foundation of Wisconsin would be appreciated.
and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For
more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to
view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.