Retired businessman, Don Halron, Halron Oil Co., Inc., age 88, quickly left us Sunday morning, April 8, 2018.
He was born to L.F. (Mickey) and Winifred Halron, February 24, 1930 at Bellin Hospital. He grew up on Roosevelt Street and graduated from East High in 1948. Don joined the U.S. Army and served proudly the 2nd Engineers Combat Battalion, discharged 1950 and re-enlisted when the Korean War started. He attended O.C.S. and served with the 10th Mountain Division.
It was 1952 that he joined his Dad at Halron Oil and had a long, fulfilling career in the family business. He was ever so proud to have the legacy of working with his brother, son and nephew.
He had a wonderful and exciting life, shared with his wife, Joyce (Andersen), of 65+ years. Don convinced her to sail from Green Bay on their vessel “Maid of Iron” to the Bahamas and back in 1987. Thereafter, they spent many winters aboard “Maid of Iron-South”, enjoying the Bahamas and Florida. In the summer, he had his cabin and trout pond that kept him busy and happy. He carved and painted award-winning trout in his workshop that overlooked the Fox River that he loved since childhood.
Don took time for the benefit of others as well. He was past president of the Izaak Walton League, Wisconsin Petroleum Jobbers Association & NE Wisconsin Sport Fishermen. He had advisory rolls to Great Lakes Fishery Commission (U.S. State Dept), WI DNR delegation and co-chair for Fox River Remedial Action Committee, Brown County Museum Board and Board of Directors Wisconsin Oil Jobbers. He was active in the Green Bay Yacht Club for many years as well as other organizations throughout his lifetime.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; children, Jim Halron and Jenny (Kimon) Miller; grandchildren, Abby (Ryan) Halron Hatch, Jacki (Reed) Halron Neubauer, Jane (Tyler) Miller Degeneffe, Andrew Halron Miller and Alex Halron; great-grandchildren, Finn, Nora & Bree Hatch, Hadley & Caroline Neubauer and Madeline & Charlie Degeneffe; beloved brother and best friend, Jerry (Marlene) Halron; special nephew, Mike (Barb) Halron; daughters-in-law Cathy Halron and Rhonda Halron; sister-in-law, Ruthie Vinette; brother-in-law, Cliff (Joyce) Andersen; and nieces and nephews.
Don was passionate about so many things; his family, his friends, history, politics, reading, nature and fishing. He loved his role as husband, dad and grandpa and was truly the best. He was extraordinarily proud to be from Green Bay and believed it to be the best place to live! He played, swam and fished in the Fox River in his youth and spent the last years of his life noting the improvement in water quality & fish/wildlife surrounding it. He loved ice cream, a good Manhattan, his IPAD and to have a fun time!
Please join us in celebrating Don and the wonderful life he lived on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Green Bay Country Club, 2400 Klondike Rd. A memorial service will begin at 4:00 PM with Rev. David Hatch officiating. Full military honors will follow. The celebration will continue on until 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers or donations, take a kid fishing or for ice cream in memory of Don.