Donald Wilke, 1926-2019

Donald O. Wilke, 93, of LaPorte, IN, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Trail Creek Place in Michigan City, IN.

He was born Feb. 9, 1926, in Michigan City, the son of Otto Wilke and Blanche (Zeese) Wilke.

Donald retired in 1988 after working for 30 years as a carpenter for Tonn & Blank Construction in Michigan City. He honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, joining when he was only 16 years old. He was a member of the American Legion – Franklin Edward Skwiat Post 451 of Michigan City, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 980 of Michigan City, Fraternal Order of Police of Michigan City, and First Christian Church. Donald was one of just a few men who took part in constructing the steeples at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Michigan City. He enjoyed carpentry, gardening, making jigsaw puzzles for family, and visiting the Four Winds and Blue Chip casinos. He also loved cooking for friends and family, making potato bread, meatloaf and barbecue ribs.

On May 21, 1971, in LaPorte, he married E. Romaine (Clark) Wilke, who preceded him in death Jan. 6, 2003.

He is survived by his three daughters, Linda (Lonnie) Hancock of Michigan City, Carol (Larry) McKeever of Minnesota and Terri (Dan) Stachowiak of LaPorte; son, Phillip (Ellen) Wilke of Michigan; eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by both his parents; 1st wife, Elaine Wilke; two sisters, Emma Jean Kinsey and Virginia Holtzlander; brother, Charles Wilke; daughter, Suzanne E. Meece; and two grandsons, Nicholas Keller and Eric Wilke.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services on Thursday, May 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. A life celebration will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Bill Moxey officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637.

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