Donald “Putz” J. Punke, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Hospice House, Wausau.
He was born April 26, 1934, in Wausau, son of the late William and Hilda (Riemer) Punke. On June 16, 1956, he married Florence Woellner at Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens.
Donald worked as a logger and enjoyed creating trails in the woods on his Cat. He had a passion for the outdoors, hunting, spending time with family up north at the Hilton property, the Triple S Clubs or just enjoying a campfire. He was also an avid Packers and Brewers fan.
Survivors include his wife, Florence; children, Jean (Doug) Krueger, Mike (Cindy) Punke, Ken (Linda) Punke, Laurie (special friend, Arnie Sova) Punke, Karen (Rick) Guralski and Mark (Kristi) Punke, all of Athens; 13 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Carol Pickruhn.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his uncle, Carl, who was like a second father to him; and a brother-in-law, Jerome Pickruhn.
A funeral service was held at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens. Rev. Mark Schwalenberg presided. Visitation was Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service, all at Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.