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Donald J. Gaetzke , Age 74

March 09, 1948 --June 29, 2022

Donald J Gaetzke, 74, of Baraboo, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at his home.

Donald was born on March 9, 1948 to Erwin and Marcella (Brilliott) Gaetzke. He was united in marriage to Kathy Ender on May 28, 1977.

Upon graduating from Baraboo High School, Don went on to a technical college, where he trained as a tool and die machinist and mold maker. The fabrication and repairing of machines became his lifelong career.

Don was a lifelong member of the North Freedom Baptist Church where he served many years as an usher.

During the summers, Don would often be camping at Rendezvous reenactments around the state. He enjoyed stepping back into the pre-1840s fur trade era and educating the public about that time in history. He acquired many lifelong friends through his time at the Rendezvous.

Don assisted for many years with local hunters safety programs. He enjoyed demonstrating and teaching the students about blackpowder muzzleloaders.

Don is survived by his wife, Kathy Gaetzke of Baraboo and his daughter, Kristina (Ryan) Granger of La Crosse. He is further survived by cousins, family and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents.

No services will be held per request of the family.


Shawn Higgins July 01, 2022

Friend Reedsburg , Wisconsin

My condolences to the family. Don was a very special person. Over the last several years i got to know Don though his work. He was extremely talented in his craft. More so i enjoyed conversing with him about home life, his interaction with his hobbies, his pistols, his family. You could tell from that dialog that he truly cared for those close to him. I also held Don's unique sense of humor in high regards. Don will be missed.

Penny Snyder July 01, 2022

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Thinking of you during this difficult time. May our Lord be with you. Penny White Snyder

Kristin Ellis July 03, 2022

Friend of his NIECE Missy Baraboo , Wisconsin

I am sorry to hear about your your husband, Kristi’s dad. Remember him with love and laugher that’s how he will remember you all.