Donald James Williquette

April 4, 1922 – Sept. 1, 2013

Donald James Williquette 91, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Anderson, S.C. Don was born April 4, 1922, to Lawrence and Edna (nee Barfknecht) Williquette in Merrill.

A World War II veteran and POW, he served in the United States Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945, flying aboard the Kansas City Kitty (B-24) as a navigator ball turret tech sergeant when shot down over Gellersen, Germany, in April 1944. Don spent the next 13 months as a POW at Stalag 17B in Kerms, Austria.

Upon returning to Milwaukee, Don established himself in the automobile business. He was general manager of Schwartzburg Chevrolet and Milwaukee car lease, leasing manager at Jack Safro Toyota, and retired as director of lease operations from Holz Motors in Hales Corners. An icon in the sailing world, “Uncle Donald” sailed E Scows on Nagawicka Lake and was a past NLYC commodore. He also served as commodore of the Wisconsin Yachting Association, was an Inland Lake Yachting Association’s Member of The Year, and a past admiral of Bilge Pullers. He brought inland lake judging to a new level with his “crew” and was always willing to work with young and old sailors and judges alike to help them excel in the sport he loved.

Another sport that Don excelled at was dog obedience. He was a founding member of Western Waukesha County Dog Training Club and best known for his training style and beautifully working golden retrievers.

Don is survived by his wife, Mike (Minta); stepchildren, Katy Walters and Mark Walters (Jane Adams); and nieces Janice Pawelka and Georgeanne Boettcher. He is further survived by the Willis family, and many other good friends whose lives he has touched in so many ways over the past 91 years.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery next spring. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Oconomowoc Community Center, 220 Wisconsin Ave.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s name to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County ( or the Golden Retriever Foundation
( would be appreciated.