Donald F. Risch, 94

Donald “Don” F. Risch passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the age of 94 Don was born on Oct. 26, 1919, the son of Fred and Dorothy Risch. He married LaVerne Rosenthal in 1946. During their 67 years together, they raised three children: Gary (Karin), Bonnie (Norman) Leifer and Linde (Scott) Hinkel. He is further survived by his grandchildren Jay (Kris) Risch, Mackenzie (Rolando) Mazeriegoes, and Brian, Kevin, Jared, and Kelsey Hinkel; and great-grandsons Owen and J.J. Risch.

Don served in the United States Air Force during World War II.

He completed an apprenticeship at Harnischfeger where he built and operated overhead cranes and later retired from the Milwaukee Police Department after 26 years of service.

He was a master gardener, turning a field into a summer showcase of color.

He met LaVerne playing tennis, and it was love-love ever since. LaVerne and he enjoyed their lives together sharing all the joys and pleasure life brought them. They were truly partners in caring. For his children, Don was a role model they could believe in. As a family, we shared much love and happiness and those memories will live on. He will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be from 10-10:45 a.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive in West Bend. A memorial service will follow visitation at 11 a.m. at the funeral home on Monday, March 10, 2014, with Chaplain David Stone presiding.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Partners in Caring of Cedar Community
(113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend, WI 53095).

The family would like to extend its gratitude to the Cedar Community for all their caring, friendship and assistance they experienced throughout their 27 years of residency.

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