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Donald W. Southard, Sr.
May 4, 1938 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old
Donald Wesley Southard Sr. made his journey to heaven on Friday, January 26, 2024 at the age of 85. He was born on May 4, 1938 in Marshfield WI, and grew up in Rice Lake, WI with his 5 siblings. Don married his UWEC college love Sharon Tubbs in 1960.
Don worked for Phoenix Film processing, and then went to General Adjustment Bureau as an insurance adjuster focusing on storm damage throughout the Midwest. In 1965 when his brother Bob Southard passed away, Don and Sherrie purchased Bob’s house and business, Southard Insurance Agency. Don worked in the business until the age of 84 with his son, Don Jr. and grandson Taylor.
Don served on the Eau Claire County Board, was Past President of Career Development Center and worked with many other local boards. He coached YMCA basketball teams, was an avid golfer and loved fishing. His favorite place to be was his lake home on Popple Lake where he spent 43 years whenever he was not in the office.
Don will be remembered by his wife of 63 years, Sharon; his son Donald W. Southard Jr (Kristin); and daughter Gwen Southard; his grandchildren Kacie Helgeson (David), Taylor Southard (Jessica Greuel), Samuel Schuppel, and Sydney Schuppel; and great grandson Tucker Helgeson; his sister Susan Bridger (Foster) and his nephew Brian Tubbs, who spent many hours with him on Popple Lake. Don is preceded in death by his sister Jean Southard; oldest brother Bill Southard; identical twin brothers Bob Southard and James Southard, and his identical twin brother Dale Southard. He will also be in the memories of the hundreds of clients he serviced in his 58 years at Southard Insurance.
Visitation will take place Thursday, February 1, 2024 at Hulke Family Funeral Home from 4-7 pm. A memorial service will take place the next day (Friday) at 11 am at Lake Street United Methodist Church, 337 Lake St, Eau Claire, WI 54703. Pastor Jerry Morris will officiate. There will be NO visitation at church prior to the service on Friday. Family inurnment will take place at a later date in the Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire.
Family asks that donations be made to either the Robert Southard Memorial Scholarship at the University of Eau Claire-Foundation Scholarships for handicapped university students; or Lake Street United Methodist Church.
A private burial will be held on May 4th to celebrate the birthdays of Donald Sr, Dale, and Donald Jr.
Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.
Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.