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03/13/2017
Donald Vance Hyzer
Reedsburg, Wisconsin
May 1, 1925 - March 13, 2017
Visitation: Service:
Monday March 27, 2017 Monday March 27, 2017
10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
First Presbyterian Church - Reedsburg First Presbyterian Church - Reedsburg
Donald Vance Hyzer, P.E., age 91, of Reedsburg, passed away in his sleep on Monday, March 13, 2017 at his home in Reedsburg. He was born on May 1, 1925, the son of Art and Bessie (Sichler) Hyzer on the family farm near Reedsburg. As a child he attended a one room school. While sledding he broke his left elbow, which healed poorly, so he could not straighten it, making him 4F at the start of WWII. He attended Reedsburg where he met the love of his life, Patricia Whitney, daughter of C.G. and Eva (Collins) Whitney. He graduated Salutatorian of his class in 1943. Don and Patricia married on September 21, 1946, shortly after he graduated with honors from UW Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. He was also a member of Phi Beta Kapa. In 1971, he earned his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He played tuba in high school and Patricia accompanied him on the piano for recitals. In college, he was President of the UW Band and the UW YMCA. Don was employed by Kimberly Clark at the paper mill in Neenah then transferred to Memphis. He worked for Container Corporation in Manistee, Michigan and had jobs at Rust Engineering and Dravo in Pittsburgh. One assignment required a move to Europe for six months which the family enjoyed. In 1972, he was employed by the Austin Company in Des Plaines, Illinois. He was involved in paper mill engineering throughout the world, including behind the Iron Curtain. Don and Patricia visited art museums, historical sites and national parks extensively. As avid golfers, they attended the Greater Greensboro Open in North Carolina and also sponsored The Cheesehead Open at the Reedsburg Country Club for many years. Don was an active member of TAPPI serving on many boards of that professional engineering association. Don is survived by his three children: Betsy Piette, Neal (Nona) Hyzer and Phyllis Smith. Patricia, his dear wife, passed away in 2010, and their son, Mark succumbed to cancer in 2006. Don has 15 grandchildren and 37 great- grandchildren with three who predeceased him. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Reedsburg and an avid genealogist. Don was a generous man of heart and soul. He loved camping with his family. He actively played bridge into his 91st year. He will be greatly missed. His only desire the past six years has been to be reunited with his darling wife. Memorial services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Reedsburg with Pastor Joseph Corbin officiating. There will be a visitation after 10:00 A.M. on Monday at the church. Memorials to the First Presbyterian Church would be appreciated. The Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.
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