Donald (Don) J. Writt, age 69 of Waupaca, passed away on October 7, 2015.
He was born in Sturgeon Bay, WI on June 6, 1946, the son of the late Gertrude (Henkel) and John (Jack) Writt. As a 1968 graduate of University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, he began his teaching career in 1969. On December 18, 1971, Don married Margaret A. Heuer and they resided in Waupaca for 43 years together. Don was a middle school social studies teacher for the Waupaca School District for 40 years, retiring in 2009. He coached seventh and eighth grade girls and boys basketball for many of those years. Don enjoyed teaching at the Waupaca Middle School. When he retired, he said that he never felt like he was going to “work.” He just told Marge that he was going to “school.” Don was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the church council and youth committees there. He was an avid reader, enjoyed mostly mystery and spy novels and loved trivia of any kind. He enjoyed many hobbies such as woodworking and gardening and collected many things like stamps and coins. Don also volunteered at the Waupaca Area Food Pantry and the Waupaca Area Historical Society. Most of all, Don enjoyed spending time with his family and his grandchildren.
Don will be dearly missed by his wife, Marge; their four children, Kate (Brett) Gile of Waupaca, Beth (Steve) Yelk of Pulaski, Mary (Scott) Arnoldussen of Waupaca, and Josh Writt of Montello; six grandchildren, Madie and Carsten Gile; AJ, Holly, Henry and Lena Yelk; one sister, Anna (Writt) Verber of Green Bay; and one brother, Richard (Jeanne) Writt of Clintonville. Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Shirley Heuer, Meredith and Sharon Heuer, Mary Heuer, Merwyn Heuer, Donna and Gary Puls, Diane and Dick Pound, many special nieces and nephews, his many friends, and his loving dog, Lucy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gertrude and John Writt and his brothers-in-law, David, Nathan and Donald Heuer.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca. Pastor Andy Behrendt will officiate with burial of cremains to be held at the Rural Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday, October 12, 2015 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca and at church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Don’s name.
Family meant everything to Don, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.