Donald D. Hewitt, 80, Waterford, died Jan. 31, 2013, at Memorial Hospital of Burlington. He was born in Mason City, Iowa, on April 6, 1932, to the late Charles E. and Olga J. (Nelson) Hewitt. He was a graduate of the Indian Hills Community College Business School of Ottumwa, Iowa.
On Oct. 27, 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia A. Jodan. The couple began their lives together in Clear Lake, Iowa.
He worked in the offices of the Great Lakes Pipeline Company, moving to various locations in the Midwest. After business school, he moved his family to Cherokee, Iowa, to be the general manager of a Rural Electric Cooperative, and further served on the board of the Cherokee County Museum. He was hired away and moved to Wisconsin to become the general manager of Southeast Telephone Company in 1979, from which he retired in 1996. During his tenure at Southeast Telephone, he was a fierce advocate of the company and its customers. He was an active member of the Waterford community for the past 33 years.
He enjoyed singing, pheasant hunting, and keeping up with current affairs. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Toastmasters International. He proudly supported his Waterford community by serving on the Village Board. He especially enjoyed his time on the Waterford Library Board, and took particular pride in its success. He was also an avid supporter of the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years; children, Perry (Dolores) Hewitt, Bixby, Okla., Scott (Diane) Hewitt, Shiloh, Ill., Denise (Ron) Pierce, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, Tim Hewitt, Rockton, Ill., Dan (Nicole) Hewitt, Wind Lake; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Ray V. Hewitt of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Robert (Bonnie) Hewitt of Minneapolis; other relatives and friends.
He was further preceded in death by his brother, Al.
A memorial gathering for family and friends is Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 3 to 6 p.m., with a brief service held at 6:30 p.m., at Mealy Funeral Home, 225 W. Main St., Waterford. Internment will take place at a later date in Mason City Memorial Park, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Wisconsin Humane Society of Racine or the Waterford Public Library are suggested.