Donald R. Meisenheimer, 83

Donald R. “Meisy” Meisenheimer, 83, of West Bend, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at the Kettle Moraine Gardens in Kewaskum. He was born Nov. 28, 1935, in Kewaskum to Harold and Helen (nee Ramel) Meisenheimer.

On Jan. 29, 1955, he was united in marriage to Janet B. Zautner at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend.

Meisy was raised in Kewaskum and graduated from Kewaskum High School with the class of 1953. He was a tremendous athlete and loved playing baseball and basketball for many years and was an avid fan of all the Wisconsin sports teams and a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. Up until recently, he took great pleasure in supporting his grandson Harry and the Sheboygan A’s baseball team.

He was a mail carrier for the city of West Bend for 30 years, retiring in 1991. In retirement he enjoyed golf and woodworking and could often be heard whistling to polka music. He also enjoyed attending and supporting local high school sports.

Meisy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janet; four children, Debra (Joel) Ambelang of Jackson, Scot Meisenheimer of Fond du Lac, Sherry (Jeff Rose) Meisenheimer of Sussex and Susan (Terry) Steldt of West Bend; and six grandchildren, Shelley (Rob) Janz, Jason (Kim) Meisenheimer, Justin (Christina) Meisenheimer, Jody Meisenheimer, Sarah (Maté) Kramlik and Harold (fiancée Theresa Schultz) Steldt. He is further survived by his six great-grandchildren, Helena Saunders, Austin, Alex, Eagan and Isabella Meisenheimer, and Thomas Kramlik; his sister, Darlene (Jerome) Klein of Winona, Minnesota; brothers-and sisters-in-law: Joan Gentry of Tucson, Arizona, James (Roseann Leavens) Zautner of West Bend, Joel (Judy) Zautner and Jacalyn (Bill) Vandenberg of West Bend; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Helen Meisenheimer; his son, Thomas Meisenheimer; and his mother-and-father-in-law, Immanuel and Norma Zautner.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Bend with the Rev. Joseph Fisher and the Rev. Christopher Raffa officiating. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Washington County Memorial Park. The family will greet visitors Monday at the church from 4 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church or the charity of the donor’s choice are appreciated.

The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at