Donald Maxwell Forkner, age 81 of Green Valley, Ariz., passed away at home on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, with his family by his side.
He was born on March 14, 1936, in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of Frederick and Maxine Forkner. Donald married Bonny Gold on July 29, 2001, in Madison, Wis.
Donald graduated from East High School in Rockford, Ill., in 1954. He attended Rockford Collage and Illinois Wesleyan.
Donald served in the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves from 1959-1965. He moved to Madison in 1969, and began working for WISCO Industries in Oregon, Wis. He retired as Sales and Marketing VP from WISCO after being with the company 41 years.
Donald was a long-time member of Midvale Community Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir. He was active in and President of Sales and Market Executives.
Don was a member of Nakoma Golf Club for 35+ years. He was a member of Zor Shrine, and the Royal Order of Jesters. In the Masonic Organizations he served on a number of Boards and Foundations. Throughout Don’s life he enjoyed reading and learning, photography, music, dancing, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. In 2013, he and Bonny retired to Green Valley, Ariz., where they enjoyed the sunshine, mountain views, bird watching, a more relaxed lifestyle, and the many wonderful new friends that they made. He joined a very welcoming golf group, the BRAVO’S and spent many enjoyable days on the links with this special group of friends.
Donald is survived by his wife, Bonny; son, Mark Forkner; step-daughters, Diane (Jerry) Gurtner, Heather (James Ledin), Melissa Sacco and Amy Gold; grandchildren, Maggie and Max Forkner, Alissa and Justin Gurtner, Meghan and Collin Ledin and Bryanna and MacKenzie Sacco; and brother, Steve Dahlberg. He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Forkner, mother, Maxine Dahlberg; step-father, Bill Dahlberg; brother, William Forkner; and mother of Mark and Diane, Margaret Forkner.
Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON FITCHBURG FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 2950 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, with the Rev. Blake Rohrer presiding. A luncheon will follow at TUSCANY GRILL (Wyndam Garden Hotel), 2969 Cahill Main Street, Fitchburg. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, with a masonic ceremony at 5:30 p.m. A private burial will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Children’s Dyslexia Center, 301 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison WI 53703 or National Stroke Association, 9707 East Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112.
Don courageously fought lymphoma for over 3 years and since February of 2017 the effects of a stroke. All through his illness and even up to the end he had a kind and uncomplaining attitude. He was always grateful for what he had and for what others did for him. Don was smart, soft spoken, always had a warm welcoming smile, and was a true gentleman in every sense of the word.
A special thanks to the staff at Hospice Family Care in Green Valley, and particularly his nurse, Maureen Matto, for all the excellent and compassionate care they provided to us towards the end of Don’s Life. We knew little that morning,God was going to call your name.In life we loved you dearly,In death we do the same.It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone;for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.You left us beautiful memories,your love is still our guide,and although we cannot see you,you are always by our side.Our family chain is broken,and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one,the chain will link again.Your loving wife Bonny and family.
Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com
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