Donald Allen "Don" Turek

Donald Allen "Don" Turek, 83, was called home by our Savior on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006 at Cedar Lake Healthcare Center.

Don was born Jan. 17, 1923 to Joseph and Bessie (nee Hard-licka) Turek in Milwaukee.

Don was the beloved husband for 58 years and best friend of Dorothy (nee Patterson) Turek. He is the cherished father of Paul J. Turek of North Lake and Patricia (Kenneth) Ott-mann of Glendale; and the dearest grandfather of Kristin (Joe) Nesbit and Jonathan Turek. Don is also survived by his sister-in-law, Marion Turek; and many wonderful friends and relatives.

He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Bessie Turek; his brother, Jerry Turek; his very special daughter-in-law, Joyce Turek; and grandson, Joshua Turek.

Donald was a decorated United States Army soldier, who served in the European and Pacific theaters during World War II.

He landed with the second wave at Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion. His unit continued fighting in Belgium, France and Germany.

During the Battle of the Buldge, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant. During that action, his platoon suffered 90 percent casualties.

As the war in Europe came to an end, Donald was transferred to the Pacific Theater. There he participated in actions at Anawitoc and Okinawa Island.

After serving his country, Donald returned home and married Dorothy Patterson in 1948. He joined the Milwaukee Fire Department and retired in 1979.

He was a member of several Czech Fraternal Groups. Don was an avid fisherman, who spent many summers on the lakes of Poygan, Winnebago and Winneconne.

His fondest times were sitting on the pier at Lake Poygan, cane pole in hand, watching the sunset.

A funeral service to honor Don will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 2 p.m. at David Star Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2750 David Star Drive, Jackson, WI 53037, with Pastor Michael A. Woldt and Pastor Kurt Loescher officiating.

Interment at David Star Lutheran Cemetery will follow the service on Wednesday.

Visitation with family and friends of Don will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from noon until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m., at David Star Church (in the school gymnasium).

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the family at this time.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, 338-2050.

The Turek family wishes to extend their special thanks to the staff at the hospice at Cedar Bay for their outstanding love and care.