Donald E. Porteus, 77
Aug. 2, 1937 -- April 7, 2015
Mr. Donald E. Porteus, of Cedarburg, formerly of Waubeka, passed away unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Omaha, Neb., while returning home from an extended trip to Arizona. He was 77 years old.
Don is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and their four children: Steve (Ana) Porteus of Cedarburg, Heather (Mike) Krueger of Port Washington, Mary (John) Young of Wauwatosa and Robert (Jayme) of Madison. He is further survived by 10 grandchildren: Aissa and Malcolm Porteus, Rachel, Zachary, Brianna and Lyndie Krueger, Ellis and Audrey Young and Wyeth and Brynn Porteus; two brothers-in-law: Robert Chmielewski of Las Vegas and Arthur (the late Carole) Chmielewski of Bear Creek, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Don was born Aug. 2, 1937, in Milwaukee, the only child of Rutherford and Marjorie (nee Veitch) Porteus. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1960, and proudly served his country in the United States Army Reserves. On Nov. 19, 1960, he was united in marriage with Bonnie Chmielewski. Don worked at Heider and Bott Company in Milwaukee for 35-plus years, where he served as vice president, and later, president. Don and Bonnie lived in Waubeka on a hobby farm for 27 years before moving to Cedarburg in 2001. Don was a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church, the Ozaukee County Senior Menís Golf Club, was active in the local military historians group and formerly had been a 4-H leader. In his retirement, Don enjoyed spending time at the cottage on Auburn Lake. He was an avid Wisconsin sports fan, a lifelong reader and a frequent golfer. He and Bonnie traveled the world, visiting many exotic places. Don enjoyed socializing and meeting new people.
Spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, was what he enjoyed best. Don will be greatly missed by all, especially Bonnie, his loving wife of 54 years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Friday, April 17, at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church, 1375 Covered Bridge Road in Cedarburg. Father Justin Lopina will preside. The family will receive visitors at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested. The Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg, is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.