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Donald S. Sobjeck Sr.

April 22, 1928 — September 10, 2023


Donald Stephen Sobjeck Sr., a devoted family man, and proud Air Force veteran, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2023, at the Palliative Care Unit at Asprius Wausau Hospital. He was born on April 22, 1928, in Wausau, WI, to parents whose love and guidance shaped the man he became.

Donald attended Wausau Senior High School, before embarking on a career in the paper manufacturing industry as a machinist, where he dedicated his skills and expertise to the American Can Company. He was a proud member of the United Paperworkers International Union. 

Donald served his country with honor as a member of the Air Force from 1946-1949. His service instilled in him a deep appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who defend our freedom.

Outside of his professional life, Donald found joy in the simple pleasures. He was an avid fan of baseball, particularly the Milwaukee Brewers. With unwavering loyalty, he stood by his beloved Green Bay Packers and cheered on the Badgers. In his earlier years, he pursued his passion for art, indulging in the tranquility and self-expression of painting.

Above all, Donald cherished his family. He married Rita Gabel - Wendt on February 21, 1953. Together they raised their four children. Donald was a pillar of strength, providing unwavering support and guidance to his children throughout their lives.

One of Donald's greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren. He eagerly embraced the role of babysitter, creating lifelong memories and instilling in them lessons of love and kindness.

He is survived by three children: Debra (Bill) Regan, Donald Jr. (Lorraine) Sobjeck, and Cheryl (Ron) Whitley. He also leaves two beloved grandchildren: Erin Sobjeck and Kyle Sobjeck, along with other extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife Rita Sobieck, parents: Stephen and Aldine Sobjeck, a son Randall Sobjeck, and a sister Jean (Kenneth) Edwards. 

Donald Stephen Sobjeck Sr. will forever be remembered as a devoted family man, a hard worker, and a loyal supporter. May his spirit find eternal peace, and may his memory be a guiding light for all who were fortunate enough to have known him.

At Donald's request all services are private, and burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Helke Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of the Palliative Care Unit at Aspirus. 

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