Donald Poortenga

Date of Death: May 18, 2012
Donald Poortenga
[highlight_text] (1943 – 2012) [/highlight_text] Donald R. “Bob” Poortenga, 68, of Waupun, passed away after a battle with cancer on Friday, May 18, 2012 at Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac surrounded by his loving family.


[leftcolumn] Bob was born December 11, 1943 in Sioux City, Iowa the son of Donald H. and Betty Elzinga Poortenga. Bob spent his youth in Hudsonville, MI and moved with his family to Brandon in 1955. He attended Brandon schools and graduated in 1962. After graduation he worked at Speed Queen in Ripon until he was drafted into the Army in 1965. Upon his return, he was hired as a correctional officer at Waupun Correctional Institute where he retired in 1999. All who knew him could tell you he was an avid golfer and a voracious reader. For many years he loved deer hunting and gardening.

Bob is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carolyn (Ostwald); a son, Ryan of Milwaukee; a daughter, Rhonda Roedl of Beaver Dam; two granddaughters, Cassidy and Audrey Roedl; one great-granddaughter, Kairi Mae of Beaver Dam; four brothers, Gene (Christine) of Green Lake, David (Donna) of Brandon, Douglas (Carla) of Fairwater, and Daniel of Berlin; two nephews, Jason and Jeff; and stepmother, Dixie Poortenga of Jenison, MI.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Special thanks to Martin Van Ess, Jim and Nancy White, and Ken Perry for supporting Bob during his illness.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held Wednesday, May 23, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun.[rightcolumn] [rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] A private interment service will be held at a later date[rightcolumn] [/rightcolumn]


  1. Margot Brand and David Ostwald Says: May 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Carolyn and family,
    Our tears of both sorrow and relief ,in that the battle is over and now peace abides, are flowing out to you and yours. The hugs, love and support remain here for you always.

  2. Alan Syens Says: May 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm


    Sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. I did get to golf with you and him a couple of times and enjoyed it. Take care.

    Al Syens

  3. John & Marilyn Vander Sanden Says: May 22, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Carolyn our thought and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficutl time.

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