Donald E. Schauer, age 86, of Abbotsford, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Dycora Transitional Health, formerly Golden LivingCenter-Continental Manor in Abbotsford.
Don was born on Dec. 29, 1930, the son of Oscar and Martha (Hanne) Schauer in Green Grove. He graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1948. Don served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Korea. On Oct. 23, 1954, Don was united in marriage to Stella Venzke in Milan. He worked at Kraft Foods in Milan as a supervisor for 40 years.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Colby. He owned a 40 acre hobby farm and enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, wine making, playing cards and throwing horseshoes. He also followed the Packers, Badgers and school sporting events. Don especially loved being with his children and grandchildren.
Don is survived by his wife, Stella of Colby; four children, Burt (Theresa) Schauer of Spencer, Gary (Patty) Schauer of Holcombe, Nancy Schauer of Tomahawk and Todd (Peggy) Schauer of Tomahawk; nine grandchildren, Stephanie Schauer, Joshua Schauer, Travis (Trisha) Schauer, Kelly (Corey) Demulling, Dustin (Ashley) Schauer, Jacob (Katie) Luther, Isaac Luther, Tiffany Schauer and Mitchell Schauer; seven great-grandchildren, Cal, Max, Dane, Reed, Samantha, Brooklynn and Aiden. He is further survived by his brother, Willard (Pat) Schauer of Abbotsford; and his sister, Francis (Arvin) Gosse of Abbotsford; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ruth Bunkelman.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby. The Rev. Mark Neumann will preside. Military honors will be provided by the Colby VFW Post No. 2227. Family and friends are welcome from 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby is assisting the family with the arrangements. Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com.