Donald J. HirtIssue Date: July 26, 2017
Donald J. Hirt, 81, of Estero, Fla. and Legend Lake, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017 after a lengthy illness.
Born Feb. 9, 1936 in Milwaukee, to the late Harold Hirt and Jane (Hufschmidt) Bair, he married Viva Jean Oetzel in Milwaukee on Nov. 16, 1957 and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Shawano.
He graduated from North Division High School, Milwaukee in 1953 and he served in the United States Navy as a submariner from 1956-1958.
A self-taught man, he loved NPRs Click and Clack, woodworking, making things from copper tubing and could create or fix anything. He made good homemade pizzas and old fashions. He had a good heart helped anyone in need.
A proud union member, for 57 years, he belonged to the UA and the Local 298 Steamfitters and Plumbers and worked at Anderson Brothers Refrigeration in Milwaukee. After moving to Green Bay in 1974, he worked at Tweet Garot before owning his own businesses, HVAC System Service and Don Hirt's Service until retiring at age 62.
He loved spending summers at his home on Legend Lake and in younger years, sailed the lake on his Butterfly and showed off on his water skis. He later enjoyed cruising the lake with family and friends on the pontoon.
In retirement, they spent winters in Estero, Fla., where he enjoyed going to the beach, soaking up the sunshine, and looking for the perfect rum runner.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Viva Jean; five children, Susan (Mark) Twombly, Prairie Du Sac, Steven (Brenda) Hirt, Hobart, Gregory Hirt, Oconomowoc, Jeffery (Candy) Hirt, Denmark and Amy (Michael) Wagner, Marinette; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a foster daughter, Brenda (Mark) Edwards; a brother, Kenneth (Arline) Bair; two brothers-in-law, Glenn (Irene) Oetzel and Leon (Carol) Oetzel a sister-in-law, Lorraine Oetzel and other relatives.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles Bair; a sister, Carol Schwister and a brother-in-law, Myron Oetzel.
Friends may call at Proko Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. Green Bay on Sunday, July 30 from 1 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 4 p.m. with Deacon Bill Cantwell officiating. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Sheboygan. A memorial fund has been established in his name.
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