Don Draxler of Loveland, Colorado passed away on Thursday morning, June 19th, surrounded by his family. He was born on July 6, 1923 in Glenwood City, Wisconsin. He was the son of Louis and Jennie Draxler. He graduated from Glenwood City High School in 1941, and entered the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he majored in Agricultural Economics and ROTC.
He enlisted in the army in February 1942, following the beginning of WW II, on December 7, 1941. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in October 1942, and was sent to the Central Pacific theatre headquarters in Hawaii. Don saw action in Kwajelien, Enewetok, and was seriously wounded by a sniper in Saipan on June 1944. He was discharged a 1st Lieutenant from service in July 1946 after two years recovering from his injuries. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Oak Leaf Cluster, among several other service decorations. Don attended the University of Minnesota following his discharge in 1946.
Don married his high school sweetheart, Ilene Olson in 1944. In 1949, Don and Ilene opened THE DRAXLER FARM STORE, in Glenwood City, Wisconsin. They had a grist mill and sold seed, feed, and fertilizer. In 1953, they sold their feed store and home, and moved to Fresno, California because of family special education needs, at which time Don entered the Life and Health insurance field as a salesman. In 1957, Don became a General Agent for Bankers Life Insurance in the Rocky Mountain region. In the next twenty years he had over 100 salesmen in the four-state area. In 1977, Don and Ilene entered the Real Estate field in Loveland, and purchased a Century 21 franchise known as the D & B Reality. They also had Draxler Enterprises, a management company that Ilene managed. They developed residential building lots in Southwest Loveland area over the next 20 years. Don decided to retire at the age of 75. Don enjoyed fishing in local lakes and big game hunting near the Elk River in Northern Colorado.
Don is survived by his wife Ilene of 70 years and his five children; Diane Nanovich of Thornton; Patty (Bill) Krohn of Thornton; Dave (Cassandra) of Shingle Springs, California; Jim, of San Francisco; and Doni (Mike) Ellis of Broomfield, as well as nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Dorothy Mitch, Jo Hawkins, and Jack.
Don was a Life Member of the Loveland Elks Lodge, the American Legion, and the Disabled Veterans of America.
Cremation has been completed. A memorial service was held at the Spiritual Life Center at Good Samaritan Retirement Village (2101 S. Garfield Avenue, Loveland) on Saturday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m. A reception followed the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.