Donald G. “Donny” Schelk, 66, of Plymouth died unexpectedly on Friday, June 17, 2016 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada while traveling with his wife Dede to fulfill a lifetime dream to visit Alaska.

Donny was born on August 12, 1949 in Plymouth, Wisconsin, the youngest son of the late Walter F. and Helene (Koeser) Schelk. He attended schools in Plymouth, graduating from Plymouth High School in 1967. Donny, a SP5, served in the U.S. Army and trained as a helicopter mechanic in the L.O.H. Squad. He saw active duty in Vietnam from 1969-1970 and upon his return to the states was stationed in Colorado Springs, CO.

On November 14, 1970 Donny was united in marriage to Delores (Dede) Berg. He was employed with Curt G. Joa Inc. for 36 years, officially retiring on June 2, 2016 as supervising inspector. He was proud to be a loyal member of the Curt G. Joa Inc. family company.

Donny and Dede hosted seven foreign exchange students over the years and kept in touch with them, even traveling to Brazil and Spain to visit them. Donny enjoyed spending time with his family and was also especially close with his granddaughter, exchange grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He enjoyed camping, especially in Door County, and raced open winged modified cars for many years for the Eastern Wisconsin Stock Car Assn.

Donny was a member of St. John Lutheran

Church in Plymouth, the Ladwig- Zinkgraf Legion Post 243 of Plymouth, and was a Class A volunteer for the Wisconsin Special Olympics.

Donny is survived by his wife of 45 years: Dede; his son: Matthew (Julie) Schelk of Fond du Lac; his daughter: Sherri (Nate) Gerharz of Plymouth; his granddaughter: Abigail “Abby” Schelk; a special exchange son, Itamar (Carol) Romanini of Sheboygan; special exchange grandchildren: Alex, Bia, and Bella Romanini; his brothers: Kenneth (Faye) Schelk of Crivitz, Roger (Diane) Schelk of Casa Grande, Arizona, and Walter (Verna) Schelk Jr. of Wausaukee; his sisters: Beatrice (special friend Bob Joch) Grunewald, and Carol Jean (Dennis) Roethel of Howards

Grove; “Grandpa Kermit” (Julie) Schulz of Manitowoc County; his brotherin law: Bruce (Deb)Berg of Fond du Lac; his sisters-in- law: Dawn (Ken) Liebergen of Sheboygan Falls and PatriciaGoetsch of Sheboygan; his goddaughter: Sue Grunewald of Howards Grove; and godson: Mark Waterman of Sheboygan; and his faithful four-legged companions: Tinkerbell and Daisy. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, many relatives, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

Donny was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Roy Schelk; two infant brothers; an infant sister; four nephews; brothers-in- law: Butch, Donald, and James Berg, Carl Grunewald Jr. and James Waterman Jr.; sisters-in- law: Julie (Voss) Schelk, Jane Payne, and Waunita Hausler;and his father and mother-in- law: Alton and Louise Berg.

A funeral service for Donny will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 29 at St John Lutheran Church with Rev. John Schultz officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Plymouth with military rites accorded. Family and friends may visit at the Wittkopp Funeral and Cremation Service, 123 South St., Plymouth on Tuesday, June 28 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., an at St. John Lutheran Church, 222 Stafford St. on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.

A memorial fund has been established in Donny’s name.

Dede and Donny’s family would like to express their heartfelt and sincere appreciation to allwho helped them during this time; the campers and staff at Rustic Timbers Door County Camping who assisted Sherri and Nate; the people of Whitehorse, especially the Lutheran Church and Sharon Ness a volunteer in Whitehorse; the many other travelers at Pioneer RV Campground in Whitehorse, and also their Plymouth neighbors who have given so much support.

Donny’s final quote: “Everything is going to be OK”.
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Poem written by Donny’s Sister-inlaw, Dawn Liebergen
The Room in my Heart
There is a little room in my heart
Where I hide feelings, hurt and pain,
I keep it locked up most of the time
Until its walls begin to strain.

When the pain becomes too much to
I know the time has come once more,
To find a place to be alone
And carefully, painfully, unlock the

The hurts and pains come tumbling out
It takes my breath away,
But, I know that I must face each one
For fear I’d not make it through the day.

The loss of a husband, depression, and
Wash over like a cloud of doom,
As I sort out, and deal with
The memories in that room.

I deal with each memory as it comes,
Hugging myself, shedding my tears,
When, finally, I feel the cloud disappear, And along with it, my tears and fears.

So, I take the key and lock the door
Of the room hidden deep in my heart,
And, hopefully, it will be a very long
Before the room is full, straining to
break apart.

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