Donald (Don) Naumann
Donald (Don) Lee Naumann, 79, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and neighbor passed away peacefully on Monday, February 15th, after experiencing complications from a recent surgical procedure. He was born on September 12th, 1941 in Sturgeon Bay, to Max and Gertruce (Gertrude) Naumann of nearby Jacksonport, Wisconsin. He grew up on a nearby family farm and the rural work ethic he learned as a child carried into his adult life after graduating Savastapool High School in 1961.
Don then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he met and began courting his future wife, Janet Hofacker. In 1964 he was drafted into the military, where he served for two years, spending time at bases in Oaklahoma and West Germany. After his honorable discharge in 1966, Don moved back to Milwaukee. There he found employment at a warehouse for the Oster company and married Janet on April 16, 1966.
Soon the couple moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin where they would plant roots and remain. Janet took a job teaching in Ashwaubenon, while Don took a job at the Fort Howard Paper Mill, where he remained employed over 30 years. They raised their only son, Christopher (born 1973), and retired shortly after building a new home in Ashwaubenon in 1990. Don enjoyed spending summers on his boat in Door County, and loved to spend time fishing with friends on Lake Michigan.
Don’s work ethic, generosity, and kindness were felt throughout the community as he ran his own lawn care company, plowed driveways, and volunteered with the Ashwaubenon Lions Club for over 40 years. He was always working on projects and enjoyed handling farm horses as much as the many machines and gadgets he tinkered with in his workshop.
Don is preceeded in death by three siblings (Elaine, Lorraine, and Harvey) and is survived by four remaining siblings (Joanna, Mary, Alice, George) his wife of 55 years, Janet and his son Christopher Naumann (Melissa Bowman and Issac and Evan Bowman).
A private memorial for immediate family will be held on Monday, February 22 at Lyndahl Funeral Home. A participatory digital link will be available through www.lyndahl.com to observe a memorial video and leave expressions of sympathy and memories. A future memorial celebration will occur this summer at a local outdoor venue and will be open for all family and friends
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family has requested that donations be made on behalf of Don, to a scholarship fund of the Ashwaubenon Lions Club. Donations may be directed to Ashwaubenon Lions Club C/O Lion Jack Wilson, 1365 Lindale Dr. Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin 54313.
Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos may be shared on his tribute page at www.lyndahl.com
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