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Donald A Fanetti

Donald A Fanetti

May 28, 2009

Dateline: Menomonie

Donald A. Fanetti age 67 of Menomonie,

Died: Thursday May 28, 2009 at his home in the Township of Red Cedar, rural Menomonie.

Don was born October 8, 1941 in Chippewa Falls but grew up in Bloomer. He was the son of Tony and Florence (Bohl) Fanetti. Don married Marilyn Hribar on December 28, 1985. Don was raised on a farm and loved driving his Allis Chalmers tractors, farming and trucking. At the age of 19 he moved to the Milwaukee area. Being a self motivated man, and having only a ninth grade education, Don had three of his own trucks by the age of 23. He hauled hot mix for a year. In 1964 Don served in the National Guard. Don owned and operated a specialized heavy hauling interstate trucking business called Structural Transport, Inc. for 45 years. His specialty was hauling 140,000 pound, 16 ft. high and 14ft. wide transformers into the Chicago Loop. Don’s true love was farming, after downsizing his company, in 2005 he moved to Menomonie to Rusk Prairie Farms. Don and Marilyn were the hosts of Farm Progress Days in Dunn County in 1998. Don loved his Allis Chalmers, Fords, racing his airplane and cars. Don won the ASA Stock Care Championship in 1995.

Don is survived by his wife, Marilyn and his beloved dogs, (his favorite dog, Jake.); a brother, Daryl (Joan) Fanetti of Bloomer; four sisters, twin sisters, Merlene (Thomas) Schwartz and Sherlene (Roger) Schroetter both of Chippewa Falls; Sr. Jenada Fanetti SDS of Mt. Calvary; Carol (Herb) Vahlenkemp of Bloomer; sister-in-law, Gin Fanetti of Bloomer; a brother-in-law, Jim Hilger of Custer; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Gene and Lamoyne (in infancy), and a sister, Roxanne Hilger.


Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday June 1, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Falls Cemetery, Township of Red Cedar, rural Menomonie, with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie where there will be a prayer service at 7:15 PM. Friends may also call one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Marilyn would like to thank Dr. Basu and the very caring Oncology nurses at Luther-Midelfort Clinic, Dr. Walker and Diane at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie, Tim, Pat and Jennifer from Northwest WI Homecare and all the family and friends that have helped them through this difficult journey over the past three years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Dunn County Humane Society (where one of his dogs came from and is a no-kill shelter), the Timothy Academy (which is a farm based Christian School), and St. Joseph Catholic Schools.