Donald H. Horstmann

Date of Death: Jun 05, 2017
Donald H. Horstmann

1945 - 2017

Donald H. Horstmann, 71, born July 18, 1945, went to meet his heavenly father on June 5, 2017 after a battle with cancer.

An outgoing man who was always quick with a joke, he made friends easily. He loved those he knew and to know him was to love him. Don began his adult career by serving in the Army where he acquired the nickname “Sarge” which stayed with him for the rest of his life. He spent the last portion of his military career as a recruiter, a position he took to re-establish his roots in Beaver Dam for himself and his family. A man who was happiest when he was busy, he established an arcade called Tables Towers & Games before moving on to manage the VFW tavern & later another tavern known as the Dew Drop Inn in Beaver Dam. In 1984 he began his career as a correctional officer at Fox Lake & Dodge Correctional where he retired in 2007. Don enjoyed cheering for the Packers to a point of exhaustion, helping others in need and gambling when time permitted. He made connections beyond the scope of our comprehension and will be greatly missed by many.

Married to his beloved wife, his angel, Karen A. (Ascherien) Horstmann for 47 years. They had two children: Donald F. Horstmann and Heather (Joseph) Jarden; as well as his daughter, Danyel (Clyde) Geimer from a previous marriage. Donald was a proud grandfather of Dominick Jarden, Payton Jarden, Shannon Roost, Alan Geimer, Nicholas Geimer, Aleta Geimer and a great-grandfather of Dean Roost. He will be missed by his siblings: Richard (Mary) Horstmann, Francis Yuenger, and William (Chris) Horstmann.

He was preceded in death by his siblings: Roger Horstmann and Alana (Leon) Westenmeyer; and parents, Hazel and Fred Horstmann.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Donald Horstmann will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Rev. Mike Giebink officiating.

The Call, By Heather Jarden

When your country was in need,
you stood at attention & answered the call.
Knowing there was still more to do,
you set out on the venture to make the next haul.
For every friend in need,
was your caring hand to help from the fall.
Without hesitation, complaint or fail
you were there in an instant,
you answered the call.
Celebrations and joyous occasions,
you were there for it all.
No matter how big or small,
you answered the call.
A life on this earth filled with love,
laughter & enthrall
You knew it was time, you answered God’s call.



  1. Carl Rabehl Says: June 7, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    To all of Sarge’s family, my deepest and sincerest condolences go out to you. His loss is and will be felt by many for quite some time. Heather, very nice segment in the obit; got me… Thursday morning Early Bird League will NOT be the same without him. Godspeed Sarge. See you on the other side.

  2. Heather,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.


  3. Dennis Walker Says: June 7, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    To the Donald Horstman family, You have my deepest sympathy. I worked with Don at both FLCI and DCI. He was an awesome man and friend. We kept in contact through facebook as some of you may know. I always considered Don a good friend and co-worker and he will be missed by many. Just know that he is in a better place and now pain free.

  4. Gary ballweg Says: June 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Sorry for your loss son was a good man and the wharf will miss him

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