Donald W. Kinas, Milwaukee’s most likeable car salesman of over fifty years passed away on July 15, 2016. “I never had a bad day selling cars. I enjoyed every one of them.”

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 30, 1936, Don was preceded in death by wife: Janice M. Kinas; parents: Viola and Henry Kinas; and cousin: Donna Schwenke. He is survived by children: Pam Holzhaeuser and husband Jim, Patricia Kritz and husband Mike, and Brian Kinas and wife Kathleen. He is also survived by grandchildren: Sam and Danielle Holzhaeuser, Rachel Holzhaeuser, Sarah and Adam Kritz, Jack, Allie and Jessie Kinas. Don is also survived by nieces and nephews: Karen, Richard and Alec Nelson, Kurt, Mary, and Lukas Schwenke and Tom Schwenke.

Don was a 1955 graduate of Rufus King High School, Milwaukee. He entered the Naval Reserves in 1958 and served four years, receiving an honorable discharge in 1962. After his discharge, he began selling cars in Milwaukee at Lou Ehlers Buick, and then Rank & Son Buick. Don worked with his good friend, Ernie Von Schledorn, in Menomonee Falls for many years as General Manager before taking on a similar role with Bob Tolkan Buick. He retired from Eric Von Schledorn Buick/GMC/ Chevrolet, Saukville, in 2015.

At age four, he could point out each make and model of any vehicle. His love of cars was contagious. Don was a longtime member of the Buick Club of America and a pivotal reference for Reatta owners. He and his family would make yearly cruises, driving his old cars across country to attend national auto shows. Don most enjoyed “puttzin” with his old cars, restoring them to “good as new” condition.

Don never missed a Packer game; tailgating was a time he truly enjoyed.

Family Sheepshead was a Sunday ritual as well. He could be counted on to hold “Big Bertha” until the last trick.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday morning July 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Wisconsin Memorial Park in the Chapel of the Chimes in Brookfield. Rev. Lloyd Leo Luedeman will officiate and burial will follow at Wisconsin Memorial Park.

Visitation will be on Thursday morning July 28 from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Don’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

Don’s family appreciates the kind care he received from the professionals at Pine Haven Christian Home, Sharon S. Richardson Hospice, Dr. Kumar, Deb Brown and the entire staff at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center. Don also had a deep respect for the staff of Sheboygan Memorial Hospital, where he routinely spent every Thursday with the 2nd floor nursing staff, receiving blood transfusions.

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