Donald R. Meisel
Madison-Donald R. “Don” Meisel, age 88, of Madison, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Heritage Assisted Living in Monona. He was born on Nov. 17, 1928, in Merrimac, the son of George and Grace (Niles) Meisel. Don graduated from Baraboo High School in 1947. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army as a corporal and was a paratrooper stationed in Fort Campbell, K.Y. He married Barbara Jessop on Dec. 2, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa. Don worked for Oscar Mayer for 45 years, retiring in 1993. He was a longtime member of Lake Edge Lutheran Church and served as usher. Don was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and taking long walks. He also enjoyed golfing, bowling and was a great baseball player. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Everyone will remember Don for his big smile.
Don is survived by his children, Vicki (Mark) Ytzen, Sandy (Mike) Housel, Gary (Barbara) Meisel, Donald (Patti) Meisel and Jerry (Phillis) Meisel; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Alvin Meisel and John Meisel; sister, Audrey Kieffer; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara; brother, George Meisel; father-in-law, Wayne Jessop; and mother-in-law, Ruth Jessop.
Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 12 noon on Thursday, July 27, 2017. A luncheon will follow the service at the MAPLE TREE SUPPER CLUB, 6010 U.S. 51, McFarland, at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday.
The family would like to give special thanks to Heritage Assisted Living for their compassionate care, especially Laura, Carly (granddaughter) and Kelly whom he had a special bond with. Thank you also for your excellent care with Don to Megan with Agrace HospiceCare, and to the nurses at Wisconsin Dialysis East. Further thanks to Dave Hanewall and Lori Williams for countless driving trips bringing Don to dialysis.
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