Donald Lee Meade passed away at his home in Wausau, on Thursday, July 7, 2022, following a brave battle with cancer. Don died peacefully with his loved ones by his side. He was 67 years old.
Donald Lee Meade was born Aug. 9, 1954, in Bluffton, Ind. to Ralph & Anita (Mosure) Meade. Don attended grade school at Petroleum Grade school, (Petroleum, Ind.). Don had fond memories of his life on the family farm prior to moving to Wisconsin in August 1968. Don attended Lakeland Union High School until he enlisted in the US Army in January 1972. He was stationed at Fort Collins, Colo. and later served in Korea.
After his return from the US Army, Don became a valued member of his family’s heating and electrical businesses.
Don later moved to Wausau, where he continued his work as an electrician, a cable technician and maintenance manager.
Don is survived by the mother of his children, Jane Frances Glatzel whom he married on Aug. 11, 1979. Together, they had 4 children whom he loved dearly: Dawn (Erik) Foat (Appleton), Jenna Compton (Appleton), David Meade (Stevens Point), and Jarred (Abby) Meade (Appleton).
While living in Wausau, he met and married Jody Stevens, whom he spent the past 25 years with. Together they raised two additional children: Dylan (Sara) Stevens (Wausau), Ashtin (Jake) Holz (Wausau).
Blood doesn’t make you a dad. Being a dad comes from the heart. It was always easy to see that his heart was full of love!
Don is also survived by his grandchildren, Rylee Jayne, Brady, Ethan, Noah, Brycyn, & Braxtyn.
In addition, Don leaves behind his siblings: Mike (Carole) Meade (Woodruff), Steve (Carol) Meade (Arbor Vitae), Dave (Stacy) Meade (Pinehurst, N.C.), and Deb (Jim) Straus (Rhinelander).
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Anita & Ralph Meade as well as his sister, Cathie Sue (Meade) Trapp.
Full military honors will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at 9 a.m. at Restlawn Memorial Park-Veterans Cemetery, Wausau. Immediately following full military honors we will reminisce about our favorite memories of Donny over a bowl of his favorite chili at Nine Mile Recreation Area Chalet in Wausau, until 3 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to DaVita Dialysis Center or US Army Veterans. 
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.