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In Memory of Donald A. Dobis


6-7:30PM - Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the O’Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

Funeral Services

7:30PM - Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the O’Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

Donald A. Dobis, age 59, of Hudson, WI, died unexpectedly on October 20, 2015 at his home in Hudson, as a result of complications from lung cancer. 

Donald was born on February 24, 1956 to Andrew and Mary (Mullen) Dobis in St. Paul, MN. He graduated from Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, MN, the class of 1974. Following a brief time as a welder, he dedicated over thirty years to Metro Transit as a Bus Mechanic.

Everyone who knew Donald knew him to be a quiet man – enjoying the simple things in life. His biggest passion was hunting and spending time in the outdoors, whether that be maintaining his yard and forest surrounding his home, preparing and training his dogs for hunting season, or building forts in the yard with his nephew, Caleb. He was a proud supporter of the “Pheasants Forever” organization, and enjoyed fixing and riding his motorcycles, taking trips to Itasca State Park, Sturgis, the Four Corners, and other places out West. He frequently could be found watching the deer roam in his backyard, listening to country music, and he cherished quiet mornings sitting by his wood-burning stove, with a cup of coffee in hand and his dogs at his feet. 

Donald is survived by his brothers, Roger Frank and Keith (Shawna) Frank; sister, Marie (Dave Aliterto) Starr; and nieces and nephews: Angela Starr; Ryan and Dustin Frank, and Caleb, Kaitlyn and Trinity Frank. He is preceded in death by his father, Andrew Dobis; his mother, Mary Frank; and step-father, Harold Frank.

A Memorial Gathering for Donald will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI, followed by a service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Pheasants Forever. 

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    • I recently found out that Don passed away. I have so many fond memories of him. He was my aunt Jeannie’s boyfriend for many years. I remember him loving to listen to Don Williams the country singer and riding his motorcycle. We even picked up a pizza once on his gold Honda Goldwing. He was thought of fondly by so many in my family. I’m glad to have found this space to say a few words of remembrance of him. He was definitely one you consider to be truly “One of a Kind”.
      RIP Don (the gentle giant)

    • Turkey and Moose hunted with Don. Put together some fond memories.
      Thanks for the memories.


    • 10-25-2015
      To the Family
      I worked with Don @ Metro Transit South Garage Maintenance.
      He was a very easy-going person to work with and had a very positive attitude and outlook on life.

      One thing we had in common was that we both loved dogs and I enjoyed hearing how he trained his dogs for hunting and the way he talked about them, you knew that his dogs were given the best care and a lot love.
      R.I.P. – D O N !

    • To the family:
      My name is Diana and I am the President of St. Croix Animal Friends. I did not personally have the pleasure of knowing Don, but I am certain that he was a fine individual. He loved animals and that says a lot about a persons
      soul. I am so sorry for your loss and I will keep you in my prayers. Rest assure that his dogs are in good care with St. Croix Animal Friends and we will see to it that they find good, loving homes. May the love and peace of God surround all of you in the coming days ahead.
      Warm regards,
      Diana Neubarth

    • I first met don through work at metro transit. he was one of those guys that I could honestely say: I could hang out with this dude. give you the shirt off his back,help with anything,could fix anything, and had a very gentle good heart. he will be sorely missed. what a great person, put a smile on my face every time I saw him and would make me pee my pants he was so funny!!! I love you and miss you Donny..

    • I worked with him at Metro Transit, he was truly a great guy, Great mechanic, funny, always had a smile on his face. he will truly be missed! RIP Don