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In Memory of Donald Brenizer


April 5, 1930 - May 29, 2019

Donald (Grandpa) Brenizer, age 89, of Grantsburg, WI, left his family and many friends to be with his wife, Dorothy, for eternity on May 29, 2019. Don was born April 5, 1930 to Earl and Mabel (Leggitt) Brenizer at the home on the family farm in Grantsburg.

Donald was the second born of 11 brothers and 4 sisters. He graduated from Grantsburg High School on May 17, 1948 and joined the U.S. Air Force where he was an airplane engine mechanic. After his tour of duty, he came home where he farmed and worked at Branstad Feed Mill.

After leaving the feed mill, Don started working with Sammy Nelson buying and selling cattle at auctions. He continued buying and selling cattle until 2 years ago when he sold his cattle truck and trailer to Four Cubs Farm who considered him a part of their farming family.

Don and Dorothy were married July 3, 1959. Don became the father to Dorothy’s four young children, Dennis (Kathy) Leffelman, Harold Leffelman (aka Bink), Sandy (Allen) Lindley and Rick Leffelman. Don and Dorothy then had a son together, Steven (Sue) Brenizer (aka Styx).

Don enjoyed hunting, going to the casinos, Friday night meat raffles at Hummer’s and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed trips with his sons, Rick and Steven, to Alaska, Vegas and North Carolina. He loved watching the ducks and geese in the pond in front of his house.

He is survived by his children; grandchildren: Mike (Lisa), Jolene (Cory), Aaron, Jeremiah, Nicole, Dillon, Devon, Dustin; and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: LeRoy (Phyllis), Charles (Linda), Kathy (Don) Wistrom, DelRoy (Linda), Richard, Shirley Baker, Dale (Linda); and sister-in-law, Sandy.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy of 53 years; his parents, Earl and Mable; sisters, Darlene Welsh, Violet (Arvid) Fossum; brothers, Earl Jr., Bill (Marilyn) and Russell; grandchildren Derick and Tessa; and daughter, Baby Girl Brenizer.

The Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 5-7pm at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Grantsburg. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 11:00am (visitation from 10-11:00am) also at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Wolf Creek Cemetery with full military honors commencing at the gravesite. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Grantsburg.


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