GALESVILLE — Donald Joseph Foote, 95, of Galesville passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at his home.
He was born June 17, 1923, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to Joseph and Martha (Schissler) Foote. He married Dorie M. Simpson Dec. 22, 1944, at Fort Mason, in San Francisco.
Don graduated from Meyers High School and was enlisted in the U.S. Navy from August 1942 to November 1945. He was a 2ndclass Petty Officer in the Gunnery Division on the USS Mizar AFS-6. He served in the South Pacific and was involved in the liberation of the Philippines. He was employed by Racine Optical Co., as an optician before retiring. He was an active volunteer throughout his life. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, woodworking, fishing and all outdoor activities. Above all, he cherished being with family.
Don is survived by his children, Richard (Mary), Danny (Lynda) and Linda Foote; sister, Irene Edwards; brother, Robert (Monique) Foote; grandchildren, Jeff (Holly) Springer, Greg (Sarabjeet) Springer, Melanie (Damon) Landro, Emily (Adam) Foote, Richard Foote Jr., Tracy (Carl) Da Costa; great-grandchildren, Corinne, Trent, Madeline, Joseph, Norah, John, Hunter, Dylan, Iris, Evan, Jade, Abby, Marlee, Jack, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorie; sister, Charlotte; and grandson, Matthew Foote.
A funeral service will be held in his honor at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Zion Lutheran Church, 20335 W. Gale Ave., Galesville, with visitation beginning at 2 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church Elevator Fund or Sugar Creek Bible Camp in Ferryville. Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.