Donald D. De Cleene, 86, Green Bay resident, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 29, 2022. He was born on August 26, 1935, in Green Bay to the late Harvey and Laura (Glime) De Cleene. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Green Bay. Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1954 until his honorable discharge in 1957. After his military service, he attended UW-Madison earning a degree in business. While attending college, he married the love of his life, Dori Anderson in Green Bay. Don worked for Green Bay Packaging and drove part-time for Bulk Transport and in 1969 he purchased a franchise of Bulk Transport. He began a new chapter in his life in 1980, continuing full-time operation of De Cleene Truck Repair. In 1984, he acquired the Carrier Transicold dealership. Don built a new building in De Pere and moved the business there in 1994 and retired in 1996. He and Dori looked forward to their annual trip to Montana with Bill and Nancy Brakebush. They also liked to go up north, spending time in the woods. Don enjoyed cutting wood and eventually managed his own woodland tree farm. He was a tremendously gifted athlete, he excelled at various levels of baseball and bowling, where he was a member of the 300 club. Don spent a lot of time at the YMCA and played many hours of racquetball and various other activities. He and Dori were active members of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Don’s faith was very important to him, and nothing would deter him from attending Mass. He had a fun hearted and caring spirit to him. Don would do anything to help out his family, friends or complete strangers. His family will miss his loving presence that he gave to them each and everyday.
He is survived by his wife, Dori De Cleene; children, Michael (Jeanine Edwards) De Cleene, Julie (Dave) Giese, Craig (Michelle) De Cleene and Mark (Susan) De Cleene; grandchildren, Marshall (Jenna) De Cleene, Jeff, Brian and Kevin Vande Hei; Nelson (Racheal), Hayden, Isabella, Gavin and Gabrielle De Cleene, Dante, Sawyer, Gunnar and Samara De Cleene; great grandchildren, Rianna and McCoy; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Delores “Dee” Bedore.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 3425 Willow Rd., from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Funeral Mass 12:00 noon Saturday, May 14, 2022, with Rev. Dennis Ryan officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com. To view the livestream, visit the Prince of Peace Catholic Community Facebook page (popgb54311) on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 12 noon.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund will be established.