Donald R. Schuppel, 81

Donald “Digger” R. Schuppel, 81, of Medford, formerly Washington County and town of Chelsea, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center, Medford.

He was born Feb. 19, 1931, in the town of Barton, and attended Elm Grove School, town of Barton.

He married Alyce Crass, Feb. 28, 1953, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, town of Barton. They were later divorced but remain close friends.

He served from 1948-1949 in the Army. After the service he worked on the family farm in Kewaskum. He then did pipeline work, and owned and operated an excavating company and body shop in the town of Barton for periods of time. He moved from the town of Barton to Slinger in 1966 and to the town of Chelsea in 1972. He worked in construction and did mechanic work for 26 years, retiring in 1990.

He started racing cars at the age of 20, raced vintage modified cars for 26 years retiring from that in 1980. He was inducted into the Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame in 2009 where he was known as “Donald the Duck” and “Sneaky Pete” in the racing circles. In addition to being a member of the Milwaukee Vintage Modified Stock Car, he was in Local 139 Operating Engineers for 26 years. He enjoyed tinkering in the garage, hunting, Monday card games, visiting with friends and family, and collecting treasures. He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Stephan of Neosho and Patti Jo Lamberty of Whittlesey; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Schuppell; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Helen Ahlers of Jump River, Alice Ferlong of Kewaskum, and Rita (Harry) Justman of Mountain; and a sister-inlaw, Shirley Schuppel of Kewaskum.

He was preceded in death by his mother and mother, John Peter and Marie (Kirchner) Schuppel; brothers, John and Myron Schuppel; a son Glenn Schuppel in 1986; and a daughter, Nona Thums in 2003.

Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Quednow and Leroy “Butch” Olson, along with active pallbearers Jeff Hoogland, Jerry and Tim Ahlers, Bob Wittala, Ken Melius, and Dan Schlosser.

Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford, with the Rev. Pete Warmanen officiating.

Visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford, and also from noon until the time of funeral services at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

Internment will take place at Chelsea Community Cemetery, town of Chelsea.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the family for a future designation.

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