Albert C "Bert" Daun
July 9, 1923 - Dec. 25, 2021
Charlesburg, WI
Funeral Service:
Friday, Dec. 31, 2021
10:45am
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
1724 Madison St
New Holstein, WI 53061
Funeral Visitation:
Friday, Dec. 31, 2021
9:30am - 10:45am
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
1724 Madison St
New Holstein, WI 53061
Burial Service:
Monday, Jan. 3, 2022
1:00pm
Ledgeview Memorial Park
N6250 Co Rd K
Fond du Lac, WI 54937


Albert C "Bert" Daun
Charlesburg, WI


Albert Charles “Bert” Daun, age 98, died peacefully Christmas evening sitting in his electric wheelchair, fulfilling his wish to die in the house he was born in and lived his entire life, except when in the Army. He was the last of that Daun generation. Bert was born July 9, 1923, to John and Susanna Daun. After attending St. Charles Grade School, he started his working career, until he was drafted in 1944. He served overseas in the Pacific Theater until his Dad died in 1945. At that time he was discharged to return home to farm for the war effort. His mother had already sold the cows by the time he had journeyed home. He then bought eight cows to start his farming career. On May 23, 1946, he married Esther Nett; they were married 71 years until her death in 2018.

While farming, Bert worked many part-time jobs as a welder, plumber, mechanic, trucker, mason, carpenter, and who knows what else. Because of the skills he learned he became the neighborhood “go to” guy for fixing and welding tractors and machinery, and helping build garages and homes and flat work. Bert was very frugal (tight). He spent many a winter’s day building or rebuilding whatever machinery he needed: flat racks, bale thrower racks, even running gears and much more. He also helped rebuild every barn that burned in the Charlesburg area and beyond.

Bert never played cards but he did play checkers early on until Esther quit playing because he cheated. His spare time was spent hunting, ice fishing, trap shooting, and drinking with the neighborhood gang of Buechels and Broeckels, and not always legal activities. Those were great times!!

About the time he finally sold the last milk cow he accidentally started working for Schmidt Auction Service, working too many hours and days, getting paid way too little, if at all. He worked until he was about 80 years old until health issues forced him to quit.

Bert was big into old tractors, machinery, and tools. Being a member of area clubs and attending and showing at shows all through Wisconsin. Towards the end he was mostly interested in old garden tractors and equipment, mostly Ariens and other oddball brands. 

Bert could not sit still, so when nothing else had to be done he made lawn ornaments out of scrap iron or made wood bowls, lamps, wood shovels, or forks, or ornaments. Everything Bert did was 100% good or half-ass, not much in between. In his recent years his main enjoyment was clipping lawn, keeping his farmstead pristine, riding his Gator, and enjoying visits with his good friend, Al, of Sheboygan, a special man in his own right.

Bert’s survivors include his daughter: JoAnn (Ray) Mueller; son: Mark (Carol) Daun; grandchildren: Jesse Daun, Jeff (Heather) Mueller, Sherry Daun (special friend, Michael), Derek (Katharyn) Daun, and Kyle Mueller; great-grandchildren: Wellington, Lilac, and Sierra; and many nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.

Bert was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; parents: John and Susanna; brothers: Otto (Alma) and Herman (Erma); sisters: Sr. Erna and Sr. Jann; brother-in-law: Robert (Martha) Nett; and sister-in-law: Donna (Lester) Heimermann.

A big, special thanks to Larry for his many, many visits watching women’s wrestling with Bert; Cindy for working hard to keep Bert in his home; Betty for covering the night shift here; good neighbor, Richard, for countless visits and keeping an eye on things from across the field; and Gordy for clearing the snow from the driveway and yard. Bert thanks you for your efforts to keep him on the farm.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:45 am on Friday, December 31, 2021, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church (1724 Madison St) in New Holstein. Friends may call from 9:30 am until 10:45 am at the church on the day of service. A committal service will be held at 3:00 pm at Ledgeview Mausoleum (N6250 Cnty Rd K) in Fond du Lac on Friday, December 31, 2021. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in the name of Albert Daun. Cards and memorials can be sent to Wieting Family Funeral Home ℅ Albert Daun 411 W. Main St. Chilton, WI 53014
So sorry to hear about Bert's passing - we spent many hours at auctions, shows and just talking about machinery and all the things we both collected. He was a great friend, and I will miss him.

Art Pagel (Friend) - Jan. 9, 2022


To Mark and Jo Ann
What can I say about a man that was everything to our family and wonderful neighbor? First off the obituary was spot on and willing to help others was unbelievable. If this world would be filled with Bert Daun’s ( and Esther also) it would be the best place to live. It was truly an honor to know Bert and Esther and I know I am a better person for it. The many lives they touched in one way or another is unbelievable.
May God bless Bert and the ones he left behind

Bob and Sharon Broeckel (Neighbor ) - Dec. 28, 2021


Bert was such a good friend to my dad Le Roy over the years. He would just come over to say hi almost every day to my dad. They helped each other with various things , from farming to Fixing , what ever needed to be done. Butchering, hunting, they were best buddies. My dad died 15 years ago and that was hard on Bert. Cindy his caretaker just told me a few weeks ago Bert asked about my dad, but Cindy had to tell him he passed away years ago, and just recently he asked again about my dad, and again Cindy had to tell him. Well now they are together again and can visit forever. Bert's daughter JoAnn used to babysit for us kids, and Ester was such a good cook and baker. We could not have had better neighbors and friends. My sympathies to JoAnn and Mark and your families.

Sandy Broeckel Matznick (Old Neighbor) - Dec. 28, 2021


Mark, Carol, and family, I send you my sympathy for your loss. Cherish the memories!

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - Dec. 27, 2021


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