Passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on February 13, 2021 at age 90.
Preceded in death in February 2018 by his beloved wife of 61 years, Kathleen “Katy”. Loving father of Terese (Keith) Baisden, Mary Pat (Tom) Boston, Timothy (Karen), Kathleen (Robert) McNamara, Ann (Timothy) Reardon, Michael (Scott Rambo), Patrick (Elizabeth) and Jennifer (William) Kouvoukliotis. Proud grandpa of Peter and Matthew Baisden; Timothy (Kristin), James (Tyler Stanley), John (Annie) Boston, and Anna (David) Tuomi; Emily, Jacob and Matthew Horning; Christopher (Elise), Connor (Michelle) and Clare McNamara; Patrick (fiancée Allison Haslee), Megan, Michael (Joanne) and Kevin Reardon; Jack Horning; and Theresa, Nicholas, Mary, George and Philip Kouvoukliotis. Loving great grandpa of Rose Boston and Michael Boston, Margaret McNamara and Harriet McNamara, and Claire Reardon. Survived by his sister Elizabeth Stefaniak. Preceded in death by his parents Edward and Theresa Horning, brothers Robert and James and sister Sr. Mariann R.S.M. Further survived by many nieces and nephews and longtime friends.
Don proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951-1953. He joined Wauwatosa Realty Company (now Shorewest Realtors) in 1954 and retired in 2016 after 62 years of dedicated service. Don was promoted to Manager of the Closing Department in 1957, was elected to the Board of Directors and as Corporate Secretary in 1961, became Executive Vice President in 1976, President in 1999 and Chairman of the Board in 2003. He was proud to be part of the team that grew Shorewest Realtors from less than 100 employees to over 1200 employees during his career.
Don was a member of the Milwaukee Board of Realtors and Wisconsin Realtors Association. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Milwaukee Board of Realtors in 2005. He served as a trustee of Cardinal Stritch University from 2001 to 2010. Don also served on the Senate and Board of Directors of the Marquette University Parents Association.
Don enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He and Katy were loyal Marquette University basketball season ticketholders for over 50 years. Don was an avid gardener and spent many weekends working in his yard. He touched many lives by writing thousands of personal notes over the years recognizing the accomplishments of his colleagues, children and grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Don’s caregivers at Touching Hearts and Seasons Hospice.
Visitation will be held at St. John Vianney Parish, 1755 N Calhoun Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045, from 9:45AM to 10:45AM on Saturday, February 27, 2021. The Mass of Christian Burial, which will be held at 11:00AM, will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. John Vianney Church, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School or Marquette University High School would be appreciated by the family.
Don will be remembered best as a loving husband, father and grandfather. His wit, gentle personality and integrity will be missed by all who knew him.
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