Donald R. Eickert, age 88, went to the loving arms of his Father in Heaven on the morning of Sunday, July 31, 2022. He fell asleep peacefully with the presence of Pastor Azor and his loving and caring wife, Carol. Don was born on December 28th, 1933, son of the late Norman and Mellon Eickert. Don always greeted everyone with a big smile and was a very hardworking, caring, and loving person. He was very dedicated to his faith and was always ready to give someone a helping hand if needed. His family meant everything to him and he loved to spoil the grandkids and great-granddaughters. Don met the love of his life, Carol Albers, at the 4th of July picnic in Hilbert, when she was a sophomore in high school. In the fall of 1954, he enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1956. After basic training, the Major lined up 20 fellows and was about to choose one of them as his chauffeur for the duration of their duty in the Army. Well, Don was the lucky one and was the Major’s buddy for two years. At the end of his time in the Army, he was presented with a Special Recognition Award by the Major. \n\nDon attended a one-room school in the country for some of his early school years. He then attended Trinity Lutheran School in Brillion. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church on the 23rd of January, 1934, and confirmed at Trinity in 8th grade. He attended Brillion High School. He worked at the Brillion Canning Company before entering the Army. When he returned home from the Army, he was hoping his “Sweetie” was still waiting for him. Don and Carol were married on August 24th, 1957, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Hilbert by Pastor Schneider. They enjoyed 64 years of much happiness together. August 24th of this year would have been 65 years. They were blessed with three wonderful children. Throughout his life, Don’s faith was important to him, and he was a member at Zion Lutheran Church in New Holstein for 52 years. He was also a member of the New Holstein American Legion. \n\nDon was an avid hunter and fisherman, especially ice fishing. He always enjoyed his hunting at Eagle River for almost 50 years. He always said he was so happy he could spend his last couple of years hunting with his son, Gary, and grandson, Jonah, as he got to see Jonah shoot his first deer. Lake Winnebago could never freeze over fast enough for Don, as he would be out there every chance he could.\n\nDon and Carol were fortunate to do all the traveling they did, as they made great memories being able to have their children along on a month long trip in 1972. They traveled 8,000 miles seeing all of the midwest and southwest. They also had great memories of their Alaska trip in 1980 and many other bus trips to the east and agin to the southwest. They also traveled many years to Texas, as their daughter, Cheryl, and family were living there. They drove to Branson seven times and always enjoyed the entertainment there.\n\nDon and David attended many stock car races together every week, tractor shows, and antique shows. They also spent a lot of time together doing wood projects. Dave missed his buddy, Dad, as the past couple of years Don was not able to do those things anymore.\n\nDon’s working years were doing what he enjoyed so much - driving semi. He hauled steel for Chilton Metal Products for 30 years, proud that he never had an accident or speeding ticket. Retirement did not last long as he received a call to drive for Transpersonnel, which he did for another four years. Don and Carol worked together at the Plymouth Walmart for three years, and he delivered parts for NAPA in New Holstein part-time. He was not one to sit around, and he always had to be busy. He loved his yard and keeping it looking neat and working in his garden. He was always ready to help Carol with anything that needed to be done. In 2017, Don and Carol sold their home in New Holstein and moved to Uptown Commons in Chilton. It was a wonderful move and they loved their new neighbors.\n\nDon will be dearly missed by his wife, Carol; his children: Gary (Sue) of Cecil, and grandson, Jonah; Cheryl (Dennis) Bauch of Raeford, NC, grandsons, Nathan and Brandon (Morgan), and great-granddaughters, Liliana, Sophie, Adi, and Gracie; and son, David. Other survivors include: Terry (Lydia) Eickert, James (Judy) Eickert, Mary Eickert, Pat Eickert; sisters: Gloria Schmahl and Lois Cmejla; nieces, nephews, and many great friends.\n\nDon was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Arno and Olga Albers; brothers: Wayne, Norman, Jr., and Keith Eickert.\n\nCarol and his family would like to thank the Calumet County Hospice staff, Nurse Nicole, and Aide Amanda, for the wonderful care and comfort they gave Don during his last days. Also, a big thank you to the Home Healthcare staff that came to the apartment this past year to take care of his needs. All of you were a blessing. Also, how can we say thank you enough to Sharon Kaplon, NP, Nurse Rachel S., and all of the staff at Calumet medical Clinic, including Dr. Dellaria and Dr. Beine? All of the comfort and compassion always given to Don was so appreciated!\n\nAnother big thank you goes to Pastor Azor. Don and Carol always enjoyed his faithful visits and messages so much. We know the Lord guided Pastor to be with Don, David, and me on Sunday morning. It was such a blessing and comfort to have him there. Also, thank you from Don to Carol’s cousin, Sandy Nuss, as she was always there to help Carol if it was needed, and that always made him feel good.\n\nA funeral service will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, August 12, 2022, at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton. Friends may call from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the funeral home on the day of service. \n\nIn lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Zion Lutheran Church of New Holstein or Calumet County Hospice Services.