Donald R. Lecker Jr., age 68, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017 surrounded by family. He was born on November 17, 1948 to Donald “Slack” Sr. and Betty (Glassbrenner) Lecker. Donald met his wife Linda in 1965 while attending high school. They graduated together in 1967 and married on March 6, 1971. Donald was always a hard worker, attending trade school as an apprentice after high school, and later opening Don Lecker Construction. He started the company in the early 1970s and the company is still in the family today. Donald enjoyed spending his free time watching his son, Dereck and grandson, Dereck Jr. race at the dirt tracks. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, going out to eat, and his model cars, particularly his 1930 Ford Coupe. He spent a lot of his time up north or doing things with his family. He also enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren, bringing them up north or hunting with him.
Donald will be dearly missed by his wife, Linda Lecker; mother, Betty Lecker; children: Dion (Tara) Lecker, Dereck (Cindy) Lecker, and Dale (Melissa) Lecker; and grandchildren: Jaiden, Andrew, Kyler, Emily, Dereck Jr., Adrian, Tavon, Kendal, and Bennett. He is further survived by his sisters: Donna (Gerald “Butch”) Wittman, Debbie (Michael) Haufe, and Cindy (Mark) Gutsmiedl; siblings-in-law: Carol (Tony) Montonati, Steve (Lynn) Kiser, Jeannine (Jim) Krull, and David (Cindy) Kiser; cousin and close friend, Tim Lecker; close friend, Dave Sawall; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald “Slack” Sr.; his father and mother-in-law: Clyde “Klid” (Betty) Kiser; brother-in-law, Daniel Kiser; nephew, Tim Montonati; nieces: Hope and Renee Montonati; and step-grandson, Carsen Rettler.
Funeral services for Donald will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017 at ST. JOHN EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, N3505 State Rd. 47, Appleton. There will be a time of visitation on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME, 537 N. Superior St. Appleton from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and again at church on Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wichmannfargo.com.
In lieu of flowers, there will be a memorial fund established in Donald’s name.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Fresenius Medical Care, Thedacare nurses and doctors, as well as UW Madison Health nurses and doctors for all of their compassionate care for Donald.
“You fought the hard fight, Don. Your pain is now gone, see you in Heaven Donny!”