Dr. Donald J. Arshem passed away unexpectedly on February, 7, 2017
at the age of 76.
Don was born in Geddes, South Dakota on September 16, 1940, the son of James and Vivian Arshem. He married Elaine (Kowalczyk) Arshem in March 1963. After farming for a few drought-ridden years in South Dakota, Don and Elaine decided to go back to college to further their education. Don graduated from South Dakota State University in 1971 with a PhD in Animal Science. Don and Elaine with their family lived in Forreston and Freeport Illinois for most of their married life. Don was a pioneer in the development of computer programs used to formulate and balance animal nutrition formulas based on the testing of the feed ingredients. He was also a pioneer in the development of inventory and accounting programs for use on PCs. He wrote multi-fund governmental software programs that are still being used in many communities across northern Illinois.
Two years ago, Don and Elaine moved to Hartford Wisconsin to be closer to their children. He is survived by his wife Elaine, daughter Andrea (Bill) Aberman of Sussex, WI, his sons, Jim (Linda) Arshem of Merton, WI, John (Stacey) Arshem of DePere, WI, and Jerry Arshem of Danville, CA. and his grandchildren AJ (Stephanie) Arshem, Austin Arshem, Oliver Arshem, Greta Arshem, Max Aberman and step-grandchildren Kerry (Jim) Stapley, and Jordan Aberman and his sister Janyce Bouza of Mitchell SD. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters in law.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Vivian Arshem and his sister Beverly Knorr and four brothers in law.
Don enjoyed working with wood recently completing cabinets in his garage. He was an avid reader and loved theatre, particularly Broadway musicals. He dearly loved Friday Night Fish Fry with his children and Monday Morning Breakfast Club with his new friends in Hartford. He followed the Chicago Cubs and was especially happy with their World Series win in 2016.
Don was a member of the Lions Club for many decades and was a trustee on the Forreston Fire Department and because of his love of books and reading was a member of the Friends of the Hartford Library.
The Evert-Luko Funeral Home of Hartland, WI assisted the family. Visitation will be held from 9-11 with Service at 11 on Saturday, February 11 at Our Savior’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland, WI