Donald Karraker

September 1, 1935 ~ November 7, 2020 (age 85)


Don Karraker passed away unexpectedly on November 7, 2020 at the American Center in Madison Wisconsin. He was born in 1935 in Sandusky Wisconsin to Francis (Frank) and Mary (McMahan) Karraker. He grew up in Madison, attended Sherman School and graduated from East High School, and then moved to DeForest and has resided there since 1964. He married Cynthia Knoche, February 13, 1954 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Madison Wisconsin. He worked 35 years for Wisconsin Bell, retiring in 1991. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed time at his cabin in the north woods. He loved playing sports including bowling, slow-pitch softball and golf with one hole in one and watching the Green Bay packers and UW sports team. He enjoyed playing cards, especially playing cribbage.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Cindy) Karraker, 2 sons, Don Karraker and Doug (Barb) Karraker, 6 grandchildren, Thomas (Jen) Karraker, Nathan (Ashley) Karraker, Anna (Kyle) Polzin, Sara (Jon) Karraker, Mike Karraker, Jamie (Brett) Holliday, and 6 great grandchildren. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other family and friends.  

Preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Francis, John and Dean, and daughter-in-law, Carol.

There will be no visitation or service per his request.  

The family would like to thank the DeForest EMT’s and Chartwell Home Health for their kindness and support the last couple of months.

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