Donald Claire JustingerDonald Claire Justinger, died May 20, 2008, from diabetes and heart disease complications.
Donald Claire Justinger, died May 20, 2008, from diabetes and heart disease complications.
He was born Oct. 9, 1944, in La Crosse, where he spent the majority of his youth helping with his family’s grocery store/diner, The Justinger Store, and socializing with his friends from St. Aquinas High School.
Don attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree and later a Masters degree in microbiology. He is an Army Vietnam Veteran and spent two years in Bangkok, Thailand, where he was NCOIC in charge of the 5th Field Army Hospital. When Don returned to his young family, he began his lifelong career in the medical tech field.
He was a successful businessman for Dade Behring/Baxter Medical for 27 years in various sales and management roles, which gave him the opportunity to live in Minneapolis, Denver, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle and then back to Wisconsin to retire in 1999.
Don loved Wisconsin and wanted to spend his retirement here close to his family and friends. Don also enjoyed the great outdoors, golfing, hunting and fishing with his buddies. They always seemed to be planning their next trip.
Don was also passionate about reading, learning, traveling, giving back to others, good conversation and food. During his 63 years, he loved life and lived it to the fullest.
Surviving are his son, Peter Justinger, of River Falls; daughter, Kierstin Justinger (Tronrud) and husband, Dan, of Osceola; and five grandchildren, Gemma Justinger, Zack, Nick, Charlie and Clayton Tronrud; and his beloved dog, Ollie.
A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31, with dinner to follow at 16061 South Crystal Lake Road, Gordon, Wis., 54838.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Diabetes Association.
Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home in Solon Springs.