Donald Earl "Don" GetzenMay 15, 1928 ~ July 8, 2017 (age 89)
Born Donald Earl Getzen to the late Tony and Leora (Hartwell) Getzen on May 15th, 1928 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Don graduated from Elkhorn High School in 1946 and continued his education in Military sponsored college courses. On March 23rd, 1961 Donald was united in marriage to Jacquelyn Fox in Elmwood Park, Illinois.
Don served in the music industry for 50 years. In servitude and management at the original Getzen Musical Instrument Company in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Don formed his own company, DEG Music Products, Ind., of Lake Geneva in 1965. Don served several years as an officer and director of the National Association of Band Instrument Manufactures. Don has held three patents covering musical products. Don started King Travel Agency in April of 1972 in Lake Geneva and later Music Maket Products, Inc. and the Hartwell Brass Warehouse LLC. Don had a proud musical heritage, and devoted his life to servicing the music industry in the tradition of the Getzen family. Don was a director of the Wisconsin Southern Gas Company and Citizens National Bank of Lake Geneva. Don was an Alderman and on the Planning Commission for the City of Lake Geneva. Don was a member of the Lake Geneva Manor board and was also, along with Sturg Taggert, a founding member of the Lake Geneva Jaycees. Don served four years in the United States Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Luzon. Don’s military honors include the Korean War, Japanese Occupation, and Presidential Unit Citation.
Don’s wife of 56 years, Jacquelyn, survives him. 2 children: Tracey (Rick) Gossman of Antioch, Illinois and Dan Getzen of Lake Geneva both survive him. 2 grandchildren: John and Abby Gossman of Antioch, Illinois and a brother Bill (Ruth) Getzen of Sarasota, Florida along with nieces and nephews all survive Don. Don was proceeded in death by his brother Robert, his sister Carol and his parents.
Service for Don will be held on Tuesday July 18th, 2017 at 2:00pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lake Geneva. Visitation will be held on Monday July 17th, 2017 from 5:00pm till 8:00pm in the main chapel of Derrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Lake Geneva. Burial will be private and done at a later date.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy the a family has asked that you make a donation in Don’s name to the Lake Geneva YMCA and to the Badger High School Band.
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