Obituary of Donald D. De Cleene

Donald D. De Cleene

Green Bay – Donald D. De Cleene, 86, a resident of Green Bay, went to join the Lord on Friday April 29, 2022. He was born August 26, 1935 in Green Bay to the late Harvey and Laura (Glime) De Cleene. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Green Bay. Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1954 until his honorary discharge in 1957. After his military service, he attended UW-Madison to earn a business degree. While in college, he married the love of his life, Dori Anderson in Green Bay. Don worked for Green Bay Packaging and drove part time for Bulk Transport and in 1969 bought a Bulk Transport franchise. He began a new chapter in his life in 1980, continuing to operate De Cleene Truck Repair full time. In 1984, he acquired the Carrier Transicold concession. Don constructed a new building in De Pere and moved the business there in 1994 and retired in 1996. He and Dori looked forward to their annual trip to Montana with Bill and Nancy Brakebush. They also loved going up north, spending time in the woods. Don enjoyed chopping wood and eventually ran his own tree farm. He was an extremely gifted athlete, he excelled at various levels of baseball and bowling, where he was a member of the 300 club. Don spent a lot of time at the YMCA and played many hours of racquetball and various other activities. He and Dori were active members of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Don’s faith was very important to him, and nothing would stop him from attending mass. He had a fun and caring spirit towards him. Don would do anything to help family, friends or complete strangers. His family will miss his loving presence he gave them every day.

He is survived by his wife, Dori De Cleene; children, Michael (Jeanine Edwards) De Cleene, Julie (Dave) Giese, Craig (Michelle) De Cleene and Mark (Susan) De Cleene; grandchildren, Marshall (Jenna) De Cleene, Jeff, Brian and Kevin Vande Hei; Nelson (Racheal), Hayden, Isabella, Gavin and Gabrielle De Cleene, Dante, Sawyer, Gunnar and Samara De Cleene; great-grandchildren, Rianna and McCoy; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Delores “Dee” Bedore.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 3425 Willow Rd., from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Funeral Mass at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022, with Rev Dennis Ryan officiating. Online condolences can be expressed at www.prokowall.com. To view the live stream, visit the Prince of Peace Catholic Community Facebook page (popgb54311) on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at noon.

In lieu of further expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund will be established.

Posted on May 07, 2022

Published in the Green Bay Press Gazette