Donald “Don” Arnold Collien, age 86 years, of Lomira was called home to be with the Lord on January 24, 2023 at Christian Home in Waupun surrounded by his loving family.
Don was born on January 15, 1937 in Fond du Lac to Arnold and Genevieve Collien (Jaber). He was united in marriage to Linda Jean Samp on August 5, 1967 at St. Mary’s in Fond du Lac. Linda passed away June 26, 2003.
Don graduated from Oakfield High School in 1955. He proudly served in the United States Army National Guard. Don owned and operated Don’s Tap in Brownsville for fifteen years. Then he owned and operated Collien Insurance for over forty years.
Don was an avid sportsman, he loved hunting, fishing, and coaching Little League Baseball, Brownsville Women’s Softball Team, and the Brownsville Rock River Team where he won coach of the year several times. He was a member of the Sportsmans Athletic Club, Ducks Unlimited, and Lions Club. Don was also an accomplished woodworker and gardener.
Those Don leaves behind to cherish his memory include his three children, Jeffrey (Lisa) Collien, Julie (Robert) Scharschmidt, and Jodi (Michael Jr.) Batzler; nine grandchildren, Ashley (Eric) Schmitz, Brooke (Derrick) Straks, Jaden Collien, Sydney Scharschmidt, Nicholas Scharschmidt, Allison Batzler, Nathan Batzler, and Griffin Batzler; eight great-grandchildren, Kailey Wegener, Leighton Schmitz, Kendyl Schmitz, Reid Schmitz, Rielyn Straks, Emerie Straks, Landon Wegener, and Isaiah Wegener. He is further survived by two sisters, Karen Kay Schoepke and Jacqueline (Charles) Henke; brother-in-law, Richard Krudwig; and half-brother, Michael (Kathy) Collien; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Linda; Don was preceded in death by his sister, Jilliane Krudwig; and grandson, Brennan Wegener.
A Graveside Service for Don will be held on Friday, January 27, 2023 at 11:30 am at Avoca Cemetery (County Rd D. – just East of Oakfield, WI).
The family will greet relatives and friends on Friday, January 27 at Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home (350 Main St. – Lomira, WI 53048) from 1:00 pm until the time of Service.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 27 at the funeral home at 3:30 pm.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Waupun Christian Home and Hospice Hope SSM for their care and compassion.
Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service has been entrusted with Don’s arrangements. Please consider signing our online guest book (www.myrhum-patten.com) to share your condolences with the family.
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