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Donald J. Baitinger

March 12, 1929 - May 10, 2018

Donald J. Baitinger, born March 12, 1929, died on May 10, 2018, he was 89 years old. He graduated from Winneconne High School and married Shirley Becker in 1947. For many years Don worked for Morgan Doors in Oshkosh. He was a loving grandfather, sports fan, and all around outdoorsman. Don loved gardening, especially flowers, and also enjoyed visiting at the post office. He was a member of St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church, Winneconne.
Donald is survived by two children, John Baitinger (Susan Burgard); daughter, Susan Baitinger Nickel (Tom Nickel); grandchildren, Rob Baitinger (Liv Malle), Sara Nickel Flack (Eric Flack), Rachael Nickel Stoner (Jeff Stoner); great-grandchildren, Sasha Baitinger, Kalin Baitinger, Sidney Flack, Anna Flack, Jacob Stoner, Logan Stoner, and Matthew Stoner. He is also survived by a sister, Maxine (Dick) Dearstine, of Appleton; nieces, Amy Baitinger; Jayne Baitinger-Peterson, Barbara Salm; and a nephew, Mark Baitinger.
Preceding Don in death were his wife, Shirley Baitinger; parents, Glenn and Irene (Splitt) Baitinger; a son, David J. Baitinger; three brothers, Kenneth Baitinger (Lu), Gene Baitinger, Roy Baitinger; and a sister, Gladys LaFauce.
A visitation for family and friends will be on Monday, May 14, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. until Noon at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church 8 S. Fourth St. Winneconne. A memorial service will be held on Monday at Noon at the church with Pastor Mark Albrecht officiating. Burial will be in the Winneconne Cemetery.
The family would like to extend special thanks for the wonderful care Don received from the staff at Park View Health Center.
A memorial has been established for St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
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Sharon Korn Lambert wrote on June 8, 2018
I actually thought I had signed this before but maybe not. It is hard to see our parents go...but knowing that the Lord saved a place for him and that he lived a good long life makes it a little easier. I also remember him taking me out to the garden to show me everything. And then asking me questions about everything and anything...just to talk and see what I knew from around town..and saying "bye Bearcat". I have great memories of him even though I saw him very little in later years. I'm happy for his entrance to Heaven but it makes me kind of sad to see all my childhood Winneconne "adults" leave one at a time. My condolences John and Susie. Hope to see you both this summer and that you're doing well.

Michelle Koth Lindemann wrote on May 14, 2018
So sorry for your loss, John.

Steve Thrun wrote on May 12, 2018
I used to clean my brothers bar (Tinys) in early morning then bartend in the afternoon. Some mornings Baitenger, as some of us called him, would pound on the back door of the bar, I would unlock and let him in, give him his Diet Pepsi and we would play five card draw for dollars.... he usually won. He always made me laugh when he tried to act grumpy all the time, but sometimes I would catch a smile. I will always cherish those times.

Mopher wrote on May 12, 2018
When I would stop over to see your Mom & Dad,he always had great stories to tell me of things him & Dad had done. That led me to believe that Barbara and Shirley were Saints!! He took such good care of your Mom in the later years. When her kitty passed away,he called me and asked me if I could find her another kitty. Susie beat me to it. If I was driving by and he was out in the garden I always stopped and gave him a hard time. He always seemed Grumpy,but he really had a soft heart.

Mike "Guppy" Carow wrote on May 11, 2018
He would always stop and see me when he had a project to do on the homestead. Worked for your mother and him for decades. Always had a good story to tell about all the characters in the village. Went out fishing with him a couple times, told me to "shut up and fish"! Called me "Carow" for the longest time until he started calling me "Guppy". Will be missed but never forgotten.

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