Donald F. Parlow, 81


Donald F. Parlow, 81, died on Jan. 3 in Fort Myers, Fla.

He was born in Menomonee, MI on Sept. 10, 1930.

He was raised in Manitowoc, Wis. and graduated from Lincoln High School. He enlisted in the Navy and served “three years, 11 months and 16 days, “as he often told everyone. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1958 and became a CPA. He was recruited by the West Bend Company and served as their chief financial officer. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and he always played by the rules.

An avid golfer, he played his last round the morning of his heart attack. He always said he was a lousy golfer but he did everything else on a pro level with love, honesty and humor. He and his wife Dorothy, who was his high school sweetheart, were married in Manitowoc in 1951. They retired and moved to Fiddlesticks in 1992. They loved the Fort Myers area. Dorothy died in 2003.

He married Nancy Thiel in 2007 in Oshkosh and promised her that he was taking her to a wonderful place. He was right, and it was a joyous three years. He is survived by loving daughters Debra Donley of Madison, her sons Brian and Kevin; and Diane Vogel (Perry) of West Bend and their son Mason. He is also survived by his wife Nancy, his step-daughter Liza Ruetten (Chris) of Winneconne, their son Justin and their grandson Alex.

A special thanks to the wonderful medical staff at Gulf Coast for the loving care they gave him and to his wonderful friends that were always there. His family appreciated all of the kind thoughts and prayers as we went through this ordeal.

Memorials should be made to the Evans Scholar Foundation because he was a great supporter for many years. They can be sent to Diane Vogel, 4977 Bellmann Dr., West Bend, WI 53095.

We are grateful for the smiles Don gave us during the last two weeks and will cherish our memories of him. It was an honor to be part of his life.

At the end he was surrounded by his friends and they were a great support for his wife, Nancy. He didn't want a funeral but there will be a celebration of his life at a later date.