He was born on December 30, 1936, in Rosholt to the late Edward and Anna Simonis.
Don attended local schools in Rosholt and Stevens Point. He served in the U.S. Army. He married Jeanette C. (Gliniecki) on August 20, 1966, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
He worked at St. Michael’s Hospital mainly in the Shipping and Receiving Department for 38 years. After his retirement, he enjoyed bartending at the Plover VFW.
During his life he enjoyed playing softball, bowling, shooting pool, cribbage, taking the grandchildren to McDonald’s, and watching the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR races.
Don (Skmo) enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be remembered as “the life of the party.”
Don is survived by his wife, Jeanette, of Plover; children, Kimberly (Steven) Straub of Wausau, Troy (Dawn) Simonis of Amherst; grandchildren, Jacob Simonis, Andrew Straub, Alyssa Straub, Trent Simonis and Amanda Straub; sisters, Isabelle Bellinger, Edna Suchon, Jeanie Simonis; brother, Le Roy (Darlene) Simonis; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Don was proceeded in death by his sisters, Marie, Bernice, Margaret and Barbara; and brothers, George, James, and Richard.
The family would like to thank the Portage County Health Care Center for their kindness and compassionate care.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church, 3200 Plover Rd. in Plover. Rev. Charlie Richmond will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date.
Visitation on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Pisarski Community Funeral Home of Plover is honored to be serving the Simonis family.
In lieu of flowers memorials in Donald’s name will be established at a later date. For online condolences please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.