The entire Dupaco family remembers former longtime Dupaco board member Don Schadle, who died Friday. Members elected Schadle to the board in 1957, where he served as a volunteer until 1994. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 39 years until his retirement in 1982.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church. To celebrate Don's life, friends may visit from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, at Behr Funeral Home.
Don's gentle good-nature and volunteer spirit earned him the respect and admiration of all who knew him and he will be missed.
Donald C. "Don" Schadle Obituary
Donald C. "Don" Schadle, 90, of Heritage Manor, and formerly of 1615 Rhomberg Ave., passed away at 6:49 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque after a short illness.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1700 Lincoln Ave., with the Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Don's life, friends may visit from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.
Don was born on Jan. 28, 1923, in Dubuque, the only son of Clement and Madeline (Theisen) Schadle. He was a lifelong Dubuque resident. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1940.
Don enlisted in the Navy after high school and served in the South Pacific. He was stationed on the destroyer USS Perkins and survived after the ship was sunk in a nighttime collision with an Australian troop ship on Nov. 29, 1942. He was then assigned to the escort carrier USS Roi for three years, three months and 25 days until being discharged in 1943.
Don married the passion of his life, Lorraine "Lori" Freiburger, on May 1, 1948, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church; she preceded him in death on May 30, 2011.
He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 39 years until his retirement in 1982.
Don also sat on the Board of Directors at DuPaco Community Credit Union for 37 years, retiring in 1994. Don was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church for more than 45 years. He loved his church and parish and served his church in a variety of ways by singing in the church choir and being a song leader, usher and reader. Don was an officer on the first parish council and held many positions while on the council. He also sang in the funeral choir and was willing to help in other capacities whenever needed. Don also played Santa Claus at church functions for more than five years. He was a volunteer at Sunnycrest Nursing Home, was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus 510 and served on the Board for Mount Calvary Cemetery for more than nine years.
Don loved to take long walks, read and travel. His second passion in life was singing, and Don always was ready and willing to serve as song leader whenever the opportunity arose when he resided at Sunset Park Place and Heritage Manor. Don graced the halls with many a tune wherever he went.
Don will be dearly missed by his two sons, Donald D. "Skip" Schadle, of Dubuque, and Steven J. (Amy) Schadle, of Dubuque; his three daughters, Mary Ann Thuesen, of Minneapolis, Deena Marie Rang, of Dubuque, and Amy Ann (Mike) Schiers, of Frederick, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-great grandsons; his two sisters, Betty Delaney, of Dubuque, and Joan (Gene) Frith, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Clem and Madeline; Lori, his beloved wife of 63 years; a daughter, Jan Mary (Brant) Kaune; and a son-in-law, Brian Thuesen.
A Donald C. "Don" Schadle Memorial Fund has been established.
The family wishes to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Thomas Schreiber and the nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque for their care and concern for Don.