Blanchardville - Donald Van Putz, age 87, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Meriter Hospital in Madison. He was born on April 17, 1924 in Minnesota to John H. and Harriet E. (Van Fossen) Putz. He served in the Army during WWII and received a purple heart. Don was a lifelong member of Carpenters Union 314.
Don enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved boating, and was a member of the UW Hoofers. He wrote the Hoofers sailing manual that is still used today. Don used his many talents to make life easier and more beautiful for the people he loved.
Don is survived by his wife, Barbara Putz; children, Jay (June) Robinson, David (Connie) Putz, Peter (Lori) Putz and Missy (George) Paust; 8 step children; 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; 8 step grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren; a brother, John L. Putz; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Van Putz; 2 wives, Ruth and Marjorie and a sister, Lora Lytle.
Private services will be held at a later date.
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