THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Donald G. Estebo
Issue Date: July 31, 2013
Donald George Estebo, 89, of Menominee passed away at his home on Sunday, July 28.
Born on March 14, 1924 in St. Paul, Minn., he joined the United States Army at age 18 to serve in World War II. He met his future wife, Corinne Yetter on a blind date in California while attending Stanford University and they were married at the Stanford chapel in 1946.
He attended the University of Minnesota where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and then worked as an engineer and manager at many different locations across the country, including Mead Corporation in Escanaba, Mi.; Leominster, Ma.; Harriman, Tn.; Lynchburg, Va.; Cincinnati, Oh. and Denver, Colo.
He also worked for Alton Box Board Company in Alton, Ill. and then returned to Michigan to work at the Menominee Paper Company. With four other partners he procured funding and formed the startup company Great Lakes Pulp and Fiber where he worked as a Consultant and CEO. In his retirement he received a teaching degree from Northern Michigan University at Marquette and taught at NWTC and many area grade and high schools.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting, taking yearly family fishing trips to Lake Pokegama in Minnesota and also to Canada and Alaska. A member of the M&M Great Lakes Sports Fishermans Club, he and his son fished multiple times weekly on Lake Michigan. He retired in Menominee and was an avid bridge player. He enjoyed gardening, feeding and watching the birds and squirrels, photography, crossword and sudoku puzzles and reading, writing and reciting poetry. He was an avid Brewers and Packers fan, played golf and bowled up until his 80s.
He was a faithful and active member of the Menominee First Presbyterian Church, a member of Rotary International, contributed time and money to the M and M Foundation, where he established the Estebo scholarship fund for promising high school students. He was a board member of many hospitals, banks and schools in the area.
He is survived by four children, Kristina Estebo, Richard (Alice) Estebo, Janet (Hank) Estebo and Theresa (Allan Burns) Estebo; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Corinne, his brother William and his parents.
Family and friends may call at the Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home on Friday, Aug. 2 from 2 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m. with Pastor John Nelson officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Menominee. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to a family member.