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Donald 'Don' Valkama

 

April 10, 2021

SAXON, Wis. - Donald "Don" Valkama, age 75, of Saxon, went to the abundant hunting and fishing area in the sky on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, unexpectedly at his home.

Don was born on Feb. 8, 1945, to Ernest and Jennie Valkama of Saxon. He attended Saxon Public School and had training in welding after high school.

Don was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 and served during the Vietnam War when he was injured and awarded the Purple Heart. When he returned to the States he worked as a logger and timber-cruiser.

He loved the outdoors and wouldn't miss going deer or bear hunting. He loved fishing on Lake Superior and Lake Gogebic.

Don is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janice Marczak Valkama; daughter, Monica of Ironwood; son, Richie of Hurley; sister, Sandi (Larry) Hiller of Marathon City; grandchildren, Michael, Kaycey and Kodey Henning, and Teah and Zach Valkama; as well many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Gloria Jean.

Don will be sadly missed by his family, friends and many others, as he was a friend to all.

Cremation was entrusted to Hildebrand Funeral Home of Rhinelander. There will be a gathering of family and friends at Lakeview Cemetery in Saxon, on May 30 at 11 a.m., with full military honors. A reception will follow the ceremony at Sharon's Coffee Company in Hurley.


 
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