Donald A. Grieves, 91, of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo after complications with heart congestion.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from noon until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Military honors will be provided, followed by a memorial luncheon at Trappers Turn in Wisconsin Dells.
Donald was born Aug. 21, 1926, in Fond du Lac, the son of Raymond and Marion (Hanson) Grieves.
“Don” was a beloved role model and friend to many. He was a loyal family man who enjoyed being around his loved ones and being part of their lives. During WWII he was in the U.S. Navy as a signalman. He met his wife, Berniece (Erickson), and was married for over 66 years. After their retirement, the two of them (for more than 20 years) would winter in Winter Haven, Florida.
Don loved baseball. He played “Senior Ball” in Florida. Don’s hobbies were fishing and hunting. He hunted Elk in the western states as well as white-tail in Wisconsin and pheasants with his wife in South Dakota. He also fished in Canada with his friends, his dad and his sons. Also, he had an opportunity to deep-sea fish in Mexico several times for “Big Tuna.” Don and his wife enjoyed traveling around the country to places like Las Vegas and California. An Amtrak train ride took them to their grandson (Erick Jr.), who is in the Navy in Seattle. He also enjoyed several cruises to the Bahamas and Alaska.
Don was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and attended many Bible studies. He also was a member of the Lake Delton Fire Department for over 25 years as well as a member of the American Legion. Don loved playing cards (Sheepshead), loved bingo and was an avid baseball and Packers fan. Don will be truly missed by every life he touched. He was kindhearted man with a twinkle in his eye that will never be forgotten.
Donald is survived by his wife Berniece; sons, Erick (Darlene) Grieves of Wisconsin Dells and Grant (Chris) Grieves of Reedsburg; daughter Kari Ann Grieves of Las Vegas; sister Charlotte (John) Trumble of Wisconsin Dells; brother James (Sharon) Grieves of Beloit; his grandchildren, Erick, Jr. (Elizabeth) Grieves, Katie Grieves, Becca (Bryan) Szydlowski, Selene Grieves and Angelene Grieves; his four great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Bryanna, Julie and Viktoria; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Audrey Le Mier; his two infant children, Dennis and Kari; and other relatives and friends.
Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran School of Baraboo.
The Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin assisted the family with arrangements. For online condolences and information, go to www.pichafuneralhome.com.