David T. Jaeger
IXONIA -- David “Hawk” Theodore Jaeger joined his heavenly Father on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, with peace and grace in the arms of his daughter, son and loving wife of 23 years. Dave was born in the town of Lebanon, Dodge County, on Aug. 7, 1939.
Even near death, Dave flashed his warm smile as he greeted family and friends who came to visit at LifeCare, Pewaukee. His life and pain has ended, but Dave left cherished memories as a husband, father, Papa and G-Papa. He is survived by his wife Sandy (nee Jackl); daughter Deb (John) Meunier; sons Craig (Nan) Jaeger, Jason (Julie) Brown and Chad (Neelye) Brown; grandchildren Lindsey (Mike) Luciani, Lauren (Jon) Nowak, Jack Meunier, Jake Jaeger, Jillian, Joey, Cordtsen, Della and Whitley Brown; and great-grandchildren Olive and Hudson Luciani.
Dave is further survived by his siblings: brothers Dennis (Barb), Bill, Roger (Vicky) and his sister Dorothy (Steve) Salzman, and sister-in-law Muriel, plus many relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, Gerold and Malinda (nee Schuett), brother Everett, nephew Randy and sister-in-law Bernice.
Dave worked with his hands his entire life. He was a house builder with his brother Dennis for 24 years and while driving around the greater Oconomowoc area, would frequently point to a home and say, “I built that house once” with a great deal of humble pride. When the wall was up on a new home construction and it was time to lay the beams, they would call for the “hawkeye” to make sure the wall was straight and true. Using just his eyes, he could tell if the wall was perfectly straight. Later, checking with a tape, the crew could verify for themselves that indeed “Hawk” had it right.
His love and talent for the game of baseball earned Dave’s induction into the Rock River Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, an honor he cherished.
He started a second career for the Oconomowoc Area School District as their sole district carpenter before retiring 25 years later. Dave was known to many as their “go-to guy” if they ever had a construction/building/repair question. It almost became a “WWDD” ritual ... slightly changing the popular question of “What Would Jesus Do,” to “what would Dave do” to fix a problem. He loved being called on for help! Dave could fix anything, well almost, until it came to a glass bowl that a young grandchild broke into little pieces.
A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, N557 Main St., Ashippun, on Saturday. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., followed at noon by a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Zion Lutheran Church, HealthWell Foundation (which provided financial support for chemotherapy) or a charity of your choice.
Well done good and faithful servant.
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