Donald J. “Diz” Draka age 81 of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, December 7, 2020 at the Gundersen Health Center in LaCrosse, WI. He was born May 3, 1939 in Prairie du Chien the son of Charles and Marie (Tesar) Draka. He served in the US Army stationed at Ft. Lewis WA in the tank division. He married Joan Vondrum on October 7, 1961 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glen Haven, WI. Don worked as a part of the family business, Knapp Inc. in Prairie du Chien as a floor installer. He retired after serving 23 years at 3M Company in Prairie du Chien. He then was self employed as a floor and tile installer for many years. Don was a member of the Campion Council Knights of Columbus. He loved fishing and being with his family. He was an excellent carpenter. His days were spent in his workshop building countless heirlooms for his family to cherish for generations to come. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joan his children, Kristine (Mark) Oehler, Lisa(Tom Wiemerslage) Draka, Denise (David) Wermund and Kevin (Misty) Draka, his brother Robert Draka, his sister Diane (Dwight) Boom, his grandchildren, Clarissa (Sean) Russell, Nathaniel(Tylar Howard), Tanner, Laura, Taylor, McKenzi, Kirsten, Lillian, Maya, Jack, Josiah and Layna. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Jean (Jerry) Crubel, a nephew Michael Draka, his sister-in-law Ruth Draka and a brother-in-law John Cornwell.
A Private Family Memorial Mass of Resurrection will be at St. John’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Msgr. Charles Stoetzel officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Calvary Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien.
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