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Donald Muenchow, 83, Juneau

May 2, 2019

Donald “Hooks” Muenchow, 83, Juneau, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019, peacefully at home surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer.

Hooks was born Aug. 30, 1935, in Juneau, to Hugo and Linda (Bauer) Muenchow. He attended Juneau High School and in January 1954, he entered the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion. Hooks married Carol Lynn Schmidt on Sept. 28, 1963, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Juneau, where he was a member. After his military service, Hooks was employed by the Dodge County Highway Department until his retirement in January 1998. Hooks always had fun, loved to travel, watching Wisconsin sports and listening to polka music. During his life, he also loved bowling and playing softball. Hooks enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.

Hooks is survived by his loving wife, Carol; daughter, Lynn Muenchow; son, David (Keri) Muenchow; grandchildren, Nicholas Muenchow and Noelle Muenchow; brother, Ralph (Joan) Muenchow; brother-in-law, Richard (Barbara) Schmidt; sisters-in-law, Betty Schultz, Bonnie Gassner, Roseann (Floyd) Schraufnagel, Shirley Finke, Sherry (Bill Kolitz) Ball, Kathy (Marvin) Giese. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Hooks was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Earl and Evelyn Schmidt; brothers-in-law, Robert Schultz, Roman Gassner and Ronald Finke; nephews, Jeffrey Schultz and John Finke.

The family thanks the Rev. David Brandt at St John’s and congregation members who visited, the staff at Beaver Dam Community Hospital and emergency room, the staff at Hillside Hospice, Dr. Rory and staff at Dean Care and family, friends and neighbors who supported them.

Visitation will be held at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Juneau, on Friday, May 3, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 6 p.m. The Rev. David Brandt is officiating. Private interment.

Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home of Juneau is serving the family. Condolences may be shared at berndt-ledesma.com.