Donald W Michael

Aug. 22, 1927 - Mar. 17, 2024 - Chilton, WI

Donald W Michael

Chilton WI

Donald W. Michael, age 96, of Chilton, passed away on March 17, 2024, at Manitowoc Health and Rehabilitation Center in Manitowoc. Donald was born on August 22, 1927, son of the late Bruno and Freida Michael. After graduating high school he became active in World War II, proudly serving his country from 1945-1947 as a member of the Merchant Marines, transporting cargo and passengers to the theaters in Europe and in the Pacific. On April 15, 1950, he married the love of his life, Virginia Hoppe, and they had 73 wonderful years together until his passing.

Don worked for the Foley Aluminum Company in Chilton until his retirement. Outside of work, and after retiring, Don enjoyed dancing, gardening, playing cards, casino trips, traveling, and hunting with his son and grandsons.

Donald is survived by his wife, Virginia “Ginny” Michael, of Chilton; his children: Sue (Cal) Saylors, of Granbury, TX, Steve (Dawn) Michael, of Brillion, and Amy (Ron) Muellenbach, of Chilton; grandchildren: Bernadette Frisch, of Sioux City, IA, Calvin Saylors, Jr., of Tucson, AZ, Ben Michael, of Appleton, Nicole (Nick) Vertz, of Wrightstown, Andy (Jamie) Michael, of Appleton, Chris (Megan) Meyers, of Virginia Beach, VA, and Patrick (Nique) Meyers, of Covington, LA; great-grandchildren: Bryce Michael, Jadyn Vertz, Landyn Vertz, Adasyn Vertz, Alex Michael, Ayden Michael, Hayley Michael, Harper Meyers, Roman Meyers, and Adrian Meyers.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents: Bruno and Freida Michael; and a brother: Arthur Michael.

Per Don’s wishes, private family services will be held. Memorials can be sent to Wieting Family Funeral Home c/o Donald Michael 411 W. Main St. Chilton, WI 53014

The family extends special thanks to the team at Manitowoc Health and Rehabilitation, Heartland Hospice, and the Wieting Family Funeral Home for their care and compassion, as well as to Pastor Thomas Schmitt for the visits and prayers he shared.


Ginny & family, I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Though we've lived miles apart over the years, we always kept in touch at Christmas. I am so sorry for your loss.

Mary Mollon Weger (Water St. Neighbor) 2024-04-13 12:32:32

I was a classmate of Steve and got confirmed with him. His family was very nice. My deepest sympathy to the whole family,my heart goes out to all of you.

Diane (Zeamer) Roehrig (Friend) 2024-03-25 09:22:39

So sorry to hear about this. Don & Ginny were very good friends with my parents, Jerry & Rita Forstner.

Pete Forstner (Parents were good friends ) 2024-03-21 17:19:54

Remember your Dad fondly from visits to your home , was always kind and friendly to talk to . May he rest in peace.

Judy Geiger Schimmer (Classmate of Sue-1969) 2024-03-20 09:49:09

Ginny, Amy, Ron and family, you all have our deepest sympathies. Your dad was a wonderful man. Please know that you are all in our hearts.??

Laurie and John Broeren (Friends) 2024-03-19 18:13:50

My condolence to Steve and rest the family. Work with Don for a short time. And enjoy hunting I did with Don and Steve. May he rest in peace.

Bruce alten (Friend of family and steve) 2024-03-19 14:25:42

My deepest sympathy goes out to Steve and Dawn. I had the pleasure of being a classmate of Steve's and working many years at Chilton Products with Dawn. Hugs and prayers to you both. May your dad rest in peace now!

karen pingel swonger (acquaintance) 2024-03-19 07:00:12

My prayers and hugs go out to the family. I had the pleasure of working with both Bruno and Don.May they rest in peace.Carol.

Carol Schwobe (Co-worker at Foley) 2024-03-18 21:18:25

So sorry for your loss I worked with Don and his father two great men. May they rest in peace.

Betty. Blatz (Work with him) 2024-03-18 16:23:43

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