Donald W. Ginter - 83
1/5/1935 - 4/14/2018
Donald W. Ginter, age 83, formerly of Beloit, WI, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Big Meadows Care Facility in Savanna, IL, surrounded by his wife and daughters. To celebrate his life, a service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com Don was born on January 5, 1935 in Trenton, NJ, the son of John and Kathryn (Stephens) Ginter. He married Eileen Brockelbank on June 16, 1956 in Hopewell, NJ. After receiving his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel Institute of Technology, Don was hired by Fairbanks Morse in Beloit, WI. He and Eileen moved across the country to Wisconsin to start a new life together, where he worked for Fairbanks for 38 years, retiring in 1997. Don’s love and passion for railroads led him to be part of a small group of like-minded individuals who formed Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, WI. He was named curator of the museum and served for more than 30 years. Among his many curatorial accomplishments, Don developed the first formal cataloging system for the museum’s archives. He also was instrumental in the formation of Lake States Railway Historical Association in Baraboo, WI, and served as a Trustee until his death. He was a loving husband and provider, as well as a dad who taught life skills to his daughters. During his life, he was an extremely hardworking man and enjoyed spending time in his workshop, gardening, and tending his yard and trees. Don is survived by his wife, Eileen; two daughters, Sue (Jed) Ginter Watson of Grayslake, IL and Julie (Michael) Dunn of Clinton, IA; three grandchildren, Ashley (Jalan), Erin, and Eric; two nieces, Tracy and Melanie; and his sister-in-law, Janice Ginter. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jack.
Celebration of Life:
Cremation rites have been accorded. To celebrate his life, a service will be held at a later date.