Donald E. Kieckhaefer, 85

Donald E. Kieckhaefer, 85, of Hartford, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Emerald Ridge in Hartford.

He was born on Feb. 12, 1927, in Freeport, Ill., to Walter and Abbie (nee Follett) Kieckhaefer. He married Jean Rinehart on Jan. 31, 1952 at First Lutheran Church in Freeport, Ill. Donald and Jean moved to Hartford in November of 1953 when Don began his job with the West Bend Company. Don worked 37 years for West Bend and Chrysler Outboard Motor Companies, retiring in 1990.

Don is survived by his loving wife Jean of 60 years; proud father of Kathy (Douglas) Jarmusz of Oshkosh, Nancy (Richard) Kreuser of the town of Erin, Glenn (Jo Ann) Kieckhaefer of Hartford, and James (Michele) Kieckhaefer of Hubertus; 11 grandchildren, Lauren (Travis) Sullivan, Adam (Katherine) Jarmusz, Tim Jarmusz, Anna (Brian) Greenman, Rachel Wenzel, David, Ryan, Kristen, and Michael Kieckhaefer, Kyle (Kristen), and Kelli Kreuser; two great-grandsons, Jack Sullivan and Levi Greenman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Private funeral services for Don will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at the Shimon Funeral Home (824 Union St., Hartford, WI 53027) with the Rev. Steinbrenner officiating. Interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer's Association, Emerald Ridge Memory Care Unit or the charity of one’s choice are appreciated.

Our special thanks to the wonderful caring staff at Emerald Ridge, Seasons Hospice, Judy Phillips of Gericare of West Bend LLC. and our great neighbors who helped with Don's care.

The Shimon Funeral Home is serving the family; (262) 673-9500 or