Donald H. Clement, 88
Sept. 11, 1927 — Jan. 9, 2016

Donald H. Clement, 88 Donald “Don” H. Clement, 88, found peace Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Cottages at Cedar Run, West Bend.

Don was born in Sheboygan on Sept. 11, 1927, to the late Clarence and Marie (Herr) Clement. He graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in 1945, served in the U.S. Navy and attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1953 with a degree in mechanical engineering. On June 20, 1953, he was united in marriage to Carol Cooper at the Wesleyan Foundation on the University of Minnesota campus. They moved to West Bend, where Don began his 32-year career at the West Bend Co. and where they became lifelong members of Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church. Don was a past master of West Bend Masonic Lodge 138, served as treasurer and secretary and as associate guardian of the Order of Job’s Daughters Bethel 25. He was a 32nd M.S.A. Scottish Rite Mason, a member of York Rite and Tripoli Shrine.

Many knew Don by the nickname “Grumpy,” but also knew he loved to tease and was a softy under his “grumpy” exterior. Don loved gardening, camping, sailing, playing Skat, volunteering and, most of all, woodworking. He enjoyed the camaraderie and time spent at the Cedar Community Woodshop creating beautiful things. Don and Carol also loved to travel. Their destinations included China, Australia, New Zealand, the Galapagos Islands, much of North and Central America and Europe. They shared their passion for travel with their family, often taking their children and grandchildren with them on their trips. Don was a loving and devoted husband and father and cherished friendships with many, including supper club and church friends and his Masonic brothers. Don was kind and generous in a quiet and unassuming way.

He will be dearly missed by family and friends. Don is survived by his three children, Nancy (Mark) Dolenshek of Wausau, Sally Schmidt of Milwaukee and Robert (Jane Norton) of Edinburgh, Scotland; four grandchildren, William and Emma Dolenshek, Christina (Andrew) Waala and Peter Schmidt; his sisters, Marcia (Kermit) Beuchel and Karen (Ron) Wanke; brothers, Neal (Rosie) and Glenn Clement; sister-in-law, Agnes (Nessie) Cooper; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and many friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol; two infant sons, Charles and John; son-in-law, Matthew Schmidt; brothers, Robert (Ann) and Gerald Clement; brother-in-law, Robert Cooper; and sister-in-law, June Clement.

A memorial service in remembrance of Don will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church of West Bend. Visitation will be from at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the church. A Masonic service will be held at the church at 1 p.m., immediately followed by the memorial service at 1:30 p.m.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Cedar Community Woodshop through the Cedar Community Foundation Inc. (113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend, WI 53095-9902) Don’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at The Cottages at Cedar Run and Cedar Hospice for the loving care they gave Don during his residence there.

Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Donald’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.