Donald “Mike” Kestell, age 62, of Cascade, Wis., lost his battle with leukemia and passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 6, 2013, at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, Sheboygan Falls, with his family at his side.

Donald was born Feb. 18, 1951, to Helen E. (Gahagan) Kestell and the late Melroy N. Kestell. Melroy was killed in a car accident when Mike was 6 years old.

He began his education at Roosevelt Grade School and later attended Parkview Grade School. Donald graduated from Plymouth High School in 1969. His love of mechanics led him to work and play in related fields. Donald was fondly called “Mike” by family and enjoyed fishing, hunting and all outdoor activities.

Mike enjoyed growing up in the country and continued his love of the country throughout his life. He enjoyed spending time in the woods, cutting wood, scouting for game and gardening. He was proud to exhibit his vegetables at the Sheboygan County Fair, especially his “prize” potatoes! When Mike was younger, he enjoyed traveling around the state with the Golden Gloves Boxing Team that he was a proud member of. He has many fond memories of tournaments that his teammates and he participated in. He later became an avid member of the Wisconsin Wrist Wrestling Association, and he was proud of the many trophies he won over the years and enjoyed traveling to the competitions. Mike also loved racing stock cars, Enduro and Sprint cars, with his friends at local and statewide tracks. Mike enjoyed Classic Chevy cars and spent many hours studying and restoring his El Camino.

Over the years Mike was a longtime employee of Johnsonville Foods and Fleet Farm.

Family was always important to Mike. He was always interested in the lives of his many brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews and especially his mother.

Mike fondly dreamed of building a retirement home on a portion of the family farm called the “26.” He loved to hike and hunt there.

Donald is survived by his mother, Helen Kestell of Plymouth; five sisters: Kathy (Ambrose) Schmitz of Sheboygan Falls; Karen (Ralph) Hausler of Plymouth; Eileen (Ken) Kiesow of Billings, Mont.; Gini (Dick) Schmitz of LaPorte, Ind., and Donna (Michael) Zimmerman of Bradbury, Calif.; and five brothers: John (Paula) Kestell of Kalespel, Mont.; Richard (Bobbi) Kestell of New Holstein; Thomas (Gin) Kestell of Waldo; Charles (Monie) Kestell of Plymouth and Steven (LuAnne) Kestell of Elkhart Lake. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews and many cousins.

Donald was preceded in death by his father, Melroy Kestell; sister, Diane Kestell and brother, William Kestell. Also preceding him in death was his niece, Nicole Kiesow; nephew, Clayton Kestell and niece, Charlotte Kestell.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. Father Dan Volkert, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Cascade.

Friends and family may call at the CHURCH on Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit

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