Donald Elmer Tietz

Donald Elmer Tietz, 74, of Beaver Dam, left this earth peacefully to be with his Heavenly Father on February 23, 2020 at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

He was born to Elmer and Gertrude (nee Schwantes) Tietz on May 27, 1945 at Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in Beaver Dam. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lord at St. Paul’s Church in Neosho. Donald grew up in the Neosho area and graduated from Hartford Senior High School. He retired after 35 years at Woodland Foundry in Woodland. He enjoyed fishing and spending time outdoors with his chickens, pigeons, ducks, rabbits and geese. Donald was a lover of all animals especially the family’s fur babies. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He always enjoyed spending time with his family. Later in life, he enjoyed quiet times watching his favorite movies as well as NASCAR and wrestling.

Donald is survived by his sister, Shirley Holz of Hustisford; daughter, Dawn (Robert) Beske of Beaver Dam; son, David (Shana) Tietz of Beaver Dam; granddaughter, Kayla (fiancé Tony Cramer) Tietz; granddaughter, Stacie (Jordan Stalker) Beske; grandson, Preston Vande Slunt; great-granddaughter, Aerabella Tietz; great-grandson, Caleb Price; great-grandson, Brantley Cramer; nieces, Susan (Scott) Kuehl and Connie Holz; special friends, Deb Hubner of Fox Lake and very special friends of 55 years, Joe and Bonnie Thomas of Mayville. He was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Kenny; his parents and love of his life, Bonnie, in 2004.

Per his wishes, a gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Hafemeister Funeral Home with burial to follow at Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors and staff at Froedtert 9 North Tower, the staff of Hillside Home Care, UW Medical Clinic staff including Dr. Joel Miller and APN Julie Hajewski as well as to his son David for the care, compassion and love he provided for the past six years to his dad and our family.