Donald W. Clark, 82


Donald W. Clark, 82, passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born on Jan. 3, 1931, in Indiana to John and Myrtle (nee Raemer) Clark. Don was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in the early 1950s and enjoyed traveling during that time.

He loved crocheting and donated more than 200 newborn hats to Children’s Hospital. He taught cake decorating at Moraine Park Technical College for more than 30 years. He also enjoyed woodworking, playing cards and was a real “people person.” Don loved fishing with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rose Ann (nee Mertzig); children, Debbie (Jan) Wiersma, Patti (Tom) Hetzel, Ann (Duane) Sippel; grandchildren, Ashley (Glen) Lang, Kati (Mike) Firkus, E.J. Katzer, Aaron and Amanda Hetzel, and Shannan and Shelbie Sippel; great-grandchildren, Lorelai Lang and Owen Firkus; brother-in-law, David Mertzig; and aunt-in-law, Helen Mertzig. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Don is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Albert and Phil Clark.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W Paradise Drive, West Bend) with the Rev. Ryan Pruess presiding. The visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9-11 a.m. Interment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.