Donald "Don" K. Jelmeland, 86, of Wausau, formerly of Estero, Florida, died Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at St. Josephs Hospital, Marshfield.
He was born on January 12, 1924 in Mitchell, South Dakota to the late Berger and Jeanette (Palmer) Jelmeland. Don served in the US Army during WWII where he was stationed in Germany and Japan. He married Vera Foster on April 29, 1946 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wausau.
Don worked as a machinist for American Can for 30 years. Following his retirement at the age of 55, Don and Vera moved to Estero Florida where they enjoyed square dancing, traveling, and spending time with their grandchildren . In 2006 they moved back to the Wausau area to be closer to their family.
Survivors include his wife Vera, Wausau; two sons, Rick (Lennis) Jelmeland, Minocqua, David (LaRae) Jelmeland, Weston; 4 grandchildren, Coy (Kristin) Jelmeland, Spencer, Carie (Kelly) Thompson, Mondovi, Amy (Doug) Nash, Germantown, and Jenny Jelmeland, Weston; 7 great-grandchildren, Allison, Arin, and Anika Jelmeland, all of Spencer, Katherine and Cassie Thompson, Mondovi, Sam Nash, Germantown, and J.T. Swensen, Weston; one sister, Wilma Brugger, Denver, Colo.; one niece, Michaela Kolberg, Denver, Colo.;
Preceded in death by his brother, Harvey and sister, Berjeta.
Private family services are being held.
Brainard Funeral Home Wausau is assisting the family with arrangements.
On-line condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com