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Donald L. 'Don' Musil

Published On: Jun 29 2013 05:03:51 PM CDT

Donald L. 'Don' Musil passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the Columbus Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Columbus at the age of 80 years, 5 months and 13 days.

He was born to Jerry and Marie (Svoboda) Musil on January 12, 1933 in Oak Park, IL. He attended Spaulding School for Crippled Children in Chicago until he was 17 years old.

Don was a strong advocate for people with disabilities and attended many meetings for their cause.

Despite his own disabilities, Don did not let them control his life. His years were filled with interests and hobbies. Some of these included current affairs, music, travel and collections. He loved music, especially Polkas. He rarely missed a concert, play, or Polka Fest. A life-long hobby of his was recording old-time radio programs on cassette tapes.

Don was such an avid collector of various objects that we often said, if there were more than one of anything, he started a collection of it. Amongst his many collections were post cards, which filled stacks of scrapbooks.

Above all, Don was best known for his artwork. His artistic ability was evident at a young age and continued into his 60’s. One of Don’s pastel winter scenes was selected for the Communications Building at the University of Wisconsin. Other award winning pictures can be seen in buildings throughout Wisconsin. We have only hit the tip of the iceberg regarding his numerous interests.

He was a very special brother to his surviving twin sisters, Delphine (Harold) Schaefer and Darlene (John) Gaska both of Columbus.

Visitation for friends will be from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Monday, July 1, 2013 at the CROSS OF CHRIST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH at the corner of Hamilton and E. Slifer Streets in Portage. A private family service will follow. Inurnment will be in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago, IL. If you wish, memorial gifts may be made to Cross of Christ Lutheran Church.

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