Donald George Estebo, 89, of Menominee, Mich. passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Donald was born on March 14, 1924 in St. Paul, Minn.
He joined the United States Army when he was 18 to serve his country in World War II. He met his future wife Corinne Yetter on a blind date in California while attending Stanford University and was married to her at the Stanford chapel in 1946. Don attended the University of Minnesota where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After his schooling Don worked as an engineer and manager at many different locations across the country. He worked for the Mead Corporation in Escanaba, Mich.; Leominster, Mass.; Harriman, Tenn.; Lynchburg, Va.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Denver, Colo. He worked for Alton Box Board Company in Alton, Ill., and then moved back to Michigan to work at the Menominee Paper Company. With four other partners Don procured funding and formed the startup company Great Lakes Pulp and Fiber where he worked as a Consultant and CEO. In his retirement Don received a teaching degree from Northern Michigan University and taught at NWTC and many area grade and high schools.
Don loved his life and had many interests. He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He enjoyed taking yearly family fishing trips to Lake Pokegama in Minnesota where the family cabin was established in 1942 that he, his brother and father built and is still part of the family today. He also enjoyed his fishing trips to Canada and Alaska. He was a member of the M&M Great Lakes Sports Fisherman's Club and he and his son fished multiple times weekly on Lake Michigan. He retired in Menominee where he loved and enjoyed all the activities in the area. He was an avid bridge player and managed to play bridge with friends of many years four times a week. He had a large garden and loved to watch things grow. He had multiple feeders in his yard where he enjoyed watching the squirrels and birds. He loved photography and was proud of the pictures he took, edited and printed himself. Daily Don exercised his brain by working the newspaper crossword puzzle and Sudoku puzzles and this was a key factor in keeping his mind sharp...so he thought. He enjoyed reading, writing and reciting poetry. He watched the Brewers play almost every day in the summer and could be found glued to the TV when the Packers played in the fall. Yearly Don would have a family day at Lambeau Field usually in the dead of winter and enjoy a great Packer Football game. He played golf and bowled up until his 80's. He was a faithful and active member of the Menominee First Presbyterian Church. Don was a member of Rotary International and enjoyed its activities. Don contributed his time and money to the M&M Foundation, where he established the Estebo scholarship fund for promising high school students. He was a board member of many hospitals, banks, and schools in the area. Don's greatest joy was watching his great-grandchildren flourish and grow. He would have loved seeing them go to school and start families of their own. Don will be missed by all his progeny but is now spiritually joined with his wife of 56 years Corinne, whom he dearly loved.
Don is survived by his four children: Kristina Estebo, Richard (Alice) Estebo, Janet (Hank) Estebo and Theresa (Allan Burns) Estebo. Don has 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Don had a special friend, Molly, his golden retriever that dearly loved him. He is preceded in death by his wife, Corinne; his brother, William and his parents.
Family and friends may call at the Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home on Friday, August 2, 2013, from 2 p.m. until time of Service at 6 p.m. Pastor John Nelson will be officiating.
Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Menominee, Mich.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Don's name any expressions of sympathy may be directed to a family member.
Don was a teacher to many and a friend to all. Don will be missed but never forgotten.