Obituary: Donald Presern, 79, of Custer.

August 7, 2020

Donald Presern

Obituary: Donald Presern, 79, of Custer.

Donald Joseph Presern died in his home on Tuesday August 4, 2020 in Custer. He was 79.

Don was born on January 6, 1941 in Oak Park, Ill. to his parents, Otto and Marion Presern. 

He played football at the University of Nebraska and graduated 1968, eventually earning his master’s degree. He married Linda Presern (nee Krogh) in 1968. 

The Preserns moved to Western Springs, Ill. where Don worked as a teacher, head football coach, and head wrestling coach at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Ill. for 25 years. Upon his retirement in 1994, he was the winningest coach in Maine East history. After his retirement, the Preserns moved to northern Michigan and Don dedicated his remaining time to fishing, hunting and caring for his grandchildren. 

Don was a patient and supportive father, coach, husband, and grandfather. He had a passion for the outdoors, a fierce love for his country and was an amazing story-teller.  

Donald J Presern is survived by his wife Linda;, daughters Kristen and Kimberly; sons Ryan and Brandon; daughters-in-law Kristina and Amanda; son-in-law Michael; and grandchildren Avery, Cash and Paige. 

 Don will be cremated and a private family memorial will take place at a later date. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, www.oakgroveludington.com.

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