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Donald Augustine

Donald Augustine

Thursday, August 12th, 1926 - Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
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Obituary

Donald C. Augustine, age 93, of Janesville, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at Cedar Crest, Janesville. He was born in South Bend, IN on August 12, 1926, the son of Jennis O. and Eleanor M. (McDonald) Augustine. He was a 1944 graduate of Janesville High School. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy and served in 3 branches of the Armed Forces (U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1947, U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1950 and the Army from 1950 to 1957) during both WWII and Korea as a Medic. He served on the USS Fulton and the USS Midway during his enlistment. Donald married Mary Ann (MacDonald) Moe in 1958, but the couple later divorced. He later married Olive “Ruthie”. He worked as a Postmaster for the Milwaukee Post Office until his retirement in 1981. He was a huge chess player, known to many as the “Chess King” even playing on-line in his later years. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed music, movies and telling jokes to anyone who would listen.

Don is survived by his daughter, Maggie (Heath) Chapman of Edgerton; step-son, Mike (Joan) Moe of Janesville; 4 grandchildren: Addison (Jamie) and Austin (Allison) Chapman, Jennifer (Ryan) Steinke and Jeremy (Kristi) Moe; 5 great grandchildren: Hazel and Dawson Chapman, Tyler and Matthew Steinke and Katelyn Moe; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Mary Ann and Ruthie; and 2 brothers; Jerome and Eugene Augustine.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 at the Chapel of Oak Hill Cemetery. Burial will follow with full military honors. WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 21 S. Austin Rd. Janesville is assisting the family. For on-line registry and condolences: www.whitcomb-lynch.com

Special thanks to nurses Kevin Peters for going above and beyond for my father and our family, and to Cheryl LaBarge for taking such great care of her “prince charming”. Also, thanks to Betsy, Jan and all of the Cedar Crest employees for their wonderful care for our father.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, August 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Oak Hill Cemetery
    Address
    1725 N. Washington St.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53548
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    Notes
    Gathering will take place at the Cemetery Chapel just inside the entrance of the Oak Hill St. gate
  • Interment

    Location
    Oak Hill Cemetery
    Address
    1725 N. Washington St.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53548
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Sherry Wilde

Posted at 08:49pm
I am glad that I had the pleasure of getting to know Don while I have been working at Cedar Crest. He made many of my days so much better for having met him. He was such a sweet guy and he made me smile and laugh a lot. He will be greatly missed.
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Susan Piette

Posted at 12:12am
I had the pleasure of meeting Don through our weekly Tuesday night Hymn Sings at Cedar Crest. He had the best (and corniest at times) jokes ever! He will forever be missed! I send my condolences to his entire family.
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Posted at 03:10pm
Don will be greatly missed by all as you will to Maggie will probably not see you as much as we used to Mike and I send our love and prayer
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Merry Alice

Posted at 11:41pm
My dear Uncle Donald. So many memories. Although not biologically related, he treated me like his own family. Some of my best memories were driving to Milwaukee to see him, walking up 7 stories I swear in blistering heat and going to the State Fair. And then when we got back, he would break out the projector and we would watch all the old funny movies from the 40's, WC Fields and Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers. He would laugh always. And point. He always pointed. His joy was infectious. He adored his daughter, Mags. He was kind, respectful and never had a cross word for anyone. And the best hair. He had the absolute best hair! RIP Uncle Donald. Give Genie my love.
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Posted at 10:43pm
Sent with love and remembrance of your dad. Much love & prayers for peace & comfort during this difficult time. Love, The Castillo Family
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