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Entered into eternal life on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Ava. Cherished father of Terry (Kim Prock) Moon, Lisa (Jon) Jansen, Shelly Williamson, Suzy (Joe) Olson. Loving Poppy of Kyle Williamson, Lauren (Steven) Chojnacki, Ben Williamson, Christopher Jansen, Alex Olson, Nick Olson, Emma (Steven) Mulvey, Megan Olson. Loving brother of Dick. Also survived by spirited puppy Freddy and many other family and friends. Preceded in death by mother Emma, brother Kenny and sister Cheryl. Dedicated employee for 41 years at Briggs and Stratton.
Danny was an outdoorsman, an athlete, and a sports enthusiast. In high school as a Maquoketa (Iowa) Cardinal, Danny wrestled as a heavy-weight while weighing only 165lbs. Most of his adversaries quickly learned just how tough he was. There, at age 16 he met Ava, his wife of 60 years.
Danny loved fishing and couldn’t be more proud of his catch on a black silver spoon buck tail (with 8lb test line); a 50″ thirty-four pound muskie on South Placid lake in Vilas County. It took over an hour to land and narrowly missed the state record that year.
Danny was an avid golfer, slalom water skier, and went on to play racquetball most of his adult life and was always very competitive. It didn’t matter whether his opponents were old or young; he wanted to beat them (and usually did). Simply put, he hated losing more than he loved winning. Danny loved his Packers, Badgers, Brewers and Bucks. More importantly, he loved his (Brookfield) Lancers, (Pewaukee) Pirates, and (Arrowhead) Warhawks.
Danny started his career at Briggs & Stratton shoveling green sand in the basement at the foundry in West Allis, Wisconsin while attending trade school and working other part-time jobs to support his family. Building on his foundation at Briggs, Danny went on to a machine repair role before quickly finding his stride and advancing to die-cast foreman. During this time, Briggs produced 50,000 engines in a single day, at a single facility. Danny advanced to the position of plant manager and eventually operations manager overseeing 3,500 employees who held a high level of respect and admiration for him.
Danny loved taking trips to his Naples home with friends and family where he enjoyed spending time on the Naples Pier watching fisherman and sunsets while never refusing a healthy serving of key-lime pie. He loved spending Wisconsin summers in Minocqua water skiing, fishing, and swimming laps around the lake. Danny loved to meticulously mow his lawn for over 30-years at his Pewaukee home. He loved mowing his lawn so much, that he would sometimes even mow others’. There was nothing better than a story told around the bonfire on the patio at Poppy’s.
Danny’s legacy lives on though his four children and eight grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all those who had the honor of knowing him.
In lieu of flowers memorials appreciated to the family
to distribute to his grandchildren’s former high school athletic facilities.
Visitation at Krause Funeral Home, 21600 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Celebration of Life 6:15 PM.