Donald "Don" Zywicki

Donald "Don" Zywicki, 74, of West Bend, died on Friday, Oct. 14, 2005 at SynerghHealth St. Joseph’s Hospital, town of Polk.

Don was born to Dominic and Stella (nee Gruenweller) Zywicki on Dec. 10, 1930 in Milwaukee where he was raised.

He served his term with the Army National Guard and was then drafted and served with honor and pride in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

On June 18, 1966, Don married the love of his life and best friend Jean E. Hartwig in Milwaukee.

The couple lived in Milwaukee for eight years, moving to the West Bend area in 1970.

Don was employed as an auto mechanic for Russ Darrow Auto Group and Bob’s Auto.

He enjoyed many hobbies and could "fix" everything.

Don was an avid fisherman and treasured the family vacations at Trout Lake, but above all he thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Jean of West Bend; children Deanna (Vince) Jablonski of Jackson, Donna (Michael) Zywicki of Wausau and Thomas (Jenny) Zywicki of Jackson, and treasured grandchildren, Tammy, Travis and McKenzie.

He is further survived by a brother, Robert (Judy) Zywicki; his sisters, Betty (Roy) Stelter, Elaine Zywicki, Donna (Bill) Pies and Linda (Jay) Mack; his mother-in-law, Catherine Hartwig of Cedarburg; special nieces and nephews, Debbie, Susie, Luann, Mike, Laurie, Becky, Jenna, Erika, Kaylin, Richard, Nick and Tim. On Jean’s side, Kathy Zahn, Robert (Carolyn) Hartwig, Ruth (Ken) Hintzman, James (Kathy) Hartwig, Richard (Jancie) Hartwig, Lynn (Dave) Zelm, other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Dominic and Stella Zywicki; his father-in-law, Christ Hartwig; a brother, Richard; a brother-in-law, Ray Zahn, and nephews, Dr. Richard Kurz, William Pies and Alan Pies.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, West Bend.

Father Gerald Brittain will officiate, and cremation will be at Paradise Cremation Services with interment of ashes at SE VA Cemetery of Union Grove.

Visitation at the funeral home will be Wednesday 4 p.m. until time of service.

Memorials are appreciated to the Cancer Research Institute, Attn: Midwest Area 681 Fifth Ave. New York, N.Y. 10022.