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Donald R. Duerst

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Born: January 06, 1928

Died: May 16, 2012

Services: Funeral Services for Donald will be on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Noon at First Ev. Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam

Visitation: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. - Noon at First Ev. Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam.

Donald R. Duerst, 84, of Beaver Dam, father, grandfather and child of God went home to be with his Father on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Funeral Services for Donald will be on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Noon at First Ev. Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam with the Rev. Dr. Mark J. Molldrem officiating. A visitation will also be held on Tuesday, May 22nd from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at Noon at First Ev. Lutheran Church. A private family interment service will take place later at Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam.

Donald Royal was born the son of Hervey and Lillian (Thorson) Duerst on January 6, 1928 in Madison. He spent most of his growing years in Whitewater, Wisconsin. On October 12, 1950, he was married to Beverly Ann Sievert in Whitewater.

Don served his country as a member of the U.S. Army occupation forces in Korea. He received his B.E. degree from Whitewater State Teachers College, and received a M.S. degree from UW-Whitewater in School Business Management. He taught and coached in the Beaver Dam Unified School District, and was the Business Manager for several years. Throughout his career in education, he received many awards and always kept his focus on the students.

Don is survived by his son Donn J. (Cynthia) Duerst of Beaver Dam, his daughter Debra (Gerhard) Boer of Germany; his three grandchildren: Lindsey (Martin), Rob (Bethany) and Jennifer; brother-in-law Richard Sievert of Delevan, sister-in-law Mary Duerst of Kansas City, and special friend Marilyn Daggett. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Beverly in 2006, brother Dean and sister-in-law Phyllis Sievert.

The Koepsell Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.

Memorials: Memorial donations in Don's name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Church: First Ev. Lutheran Church (Map)

Posted at: 5/22/2012 10:19:52 AM By: John & Mary Kotek

Email Address: jmkotek@charter.net

Don was a good business manager/friend in the Beaver Dam school district, and his primary goal was to always do what was best for kids! Good job, Don! Our sympathy and prayers to his entire family. He will be missed.

Posted at: 5/22/2012 9:53:28 AM By: Don Luken

Email Address: dluken@lgiconsulting.com


Don Duerst was my BDHS Junior Varsity basketball coach in 1961. Beside being the best coach I ever had, he was truly a mentor to me, the person I, as a young teen, remember who most believed in me, encouraged me, gave me confidence, and someone who was able to bring out the best in me. He was the one who taught me about team and what a group of selfless people working together could accomplish (we were undefeated that year). He was the one who showed me the tremendous satisfaction possible from the successes of an all out, never quit effort. I truly enjoyed the very occasional visits where I could revisit those great times with him. Visits that, even many years later could elicit the occasional cracked voice in the retelling. Don was truly an inspirational role model and someone who still remains at the top of my list of people I most respect. He will always be fondly remembered.

Don Luken
BDHS class of 1963

Posted at: 5/22/2012 8:14:07 AM By: Phil Buteyn

Email Address: badgerphil@yahoo.com

Joy and I would like to extend our sympathies to all of Don's family. We got to know Don on a personal basis during the last few years thanks to the Tuesday night gatherings of the old timers from the school district. As his family knew for years, Don was truly a wonderful man. We'll miss him but take solace in knowing that's he's home with the Lord.

Posted at: 5/18/2012 9:56:37 PM By: Roger and Marilyn VanHaren

Email Address: rjmavh@gmail.com

What a nice man! Don was a wonderfully compassionate man, quick with a smile and a friendly handshake, caring and thoughtful of others. You have our deepest sympathy in your great loss.

Posted at: 5/18/2012 1:07:32 PM By: Kaye Janisch

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You have my sympathy

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