Donald J. Cipra

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Donald J. Cipra, 85, of Prairie du Chien, died as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile-pedestrian accident on Thursday, May 16, 2019. 

He was born March 10, 1934, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Frank and Esther (Berntgen) Cipra. 

Don served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. He married Shirley Carl on Nov. 24, 1957, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Don worked as a sawyer for Hiram Walker in Prairie du Chien and later as a machinist for Wolf Machine Shop for many years. Wherever he worked, he was a hard and dedicated worker and a “jack of all trades.” Don was a faithful member of St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish. He was an active member of the Campion Council Knights of Columbus, serving for many years as financial secretary. He was fondly known as “Mr. Tootsie Roll.” 

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley of Prairie du Chien; his daughters, Tammy (Dale) Dillard of Denver, Colo., Michelle (Van) Dack of Elko, Nev. and Brenda (Mark) Warren of La Crosse; his brother Dale (Donna), of Prairie du Chien; his sisters, Delores (Gary) Walz of Dodgeville, Jeanette Clark of Prairie du Chien and Teresa (Jim) Tichenor of Kirksville, Mo.; his grandchildren, Christina, Lucas, Casey Jo and Kyle along with his great-grandchildren, Ava, Max and Zoe. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Michael; and his brothers Frank and Jim.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Rev. James Weighner officiating, with burial in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. Military honors were accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard. 

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