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Donald H. Kolpanen
  • August 08, 1935
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  • March 23, 2022

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Donald H. Kolpanen of Fort Myers, passed away unexpectedly March 23, 2022, at age 86.

Don enjoyed owning an American Motors/Jeep dealership in Oconomowoc, WI and owning/operating the Green Gables restaurant in Okauchee, WI with his wife. He moved to Alva, FL in 1986 where he was responsible for maintenance at Oak Park Mobile Home Village. He later moved to Fort Myers Shores and sold cars for National Car Rental, RV/Park models for RV Kountry, and finally owned/managed several rental properties.

Survived by his wife of 46 years Judith; son Douglas and wife Sherryl; granddaughter Kristi of Fort Worth, TX; and brother Dennis and wife Liz of Greeley, PA.
Further survived by many great neighbors and friends. Preceded in death by parents Roy and Leona Kolpanen and son David Kolpanen.

Family and friends may leave a condolence message or sign the guest register by visiting www.baldwincremation.com.

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  1. Joan (Kolpanen) Swinney says:
    03 May 2022
    Dear Judy and family of Don: I always smile when I think of Don and what a wonderful cousin he was to my sister and I. We enjoyed the week long stays at his lake home on Lake Nagawicka. So many good memories! During one of my visits, he loaned me a pretty little red Javelin from his dealership and got me hooked. When I bought my first car, it was a beautiful 1972 Javelin SST that I just loved.

    Don will continue to live in your memories, thoughts and acts where you will find peace and comfort in having shared your lives. My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief. May God give you peace in the days ahead during your time of sorrow.

  2. Scott Lannewehr says:
    30 Apr 2022
    Just saw that Uncle Don has passed. I am so glad that I drove down to him and Aunt Judy just before Christmas. I also enjoyed working with him when he owned the dealership. I bought my first car there too. So many memories to list here.

  3. Traci Lannewehr Aspel says:
    30 Apr 2022
    Uncle Don! You have been on my mind lately, and now I know why. I have such fond memories of the lake house. You will be missed.

  4. Dennis says:
    28 Mar 2022
    Don - you were always great as a big brother. RIP

  5. Doug says:
    28 Mar 2022
    Dad - you will be missed! Thank you for everything you have done for us.

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