Donald G. Rhude, 80, of Marinette passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Rennes East. He was born on November 14, 1933, to the late John and Alice (Sorenson) Rhude in Elk Mound, Wis.
He graduated high school in Elk Mound, Wis., and had joined the National Guard. On February 21, 1953, Donald married Yvonne Stokes in Elk Mound, Wis.  Donald had worked at Uni Royal Tire Company, and in 1974 moved to Marinette to work with his brother at Sentinel Structures. Then for several years he worked the construction industry, eventually owning and operating Viking Builders for 20 years, building several beautiful homes in the area. After retiring they moved to Eau Claire, Wis., so Donald could enjoy hunting and fishing. He loved his dogs.
Donald is survived by his wife, Yvonne; two daughters: Jane (Jan) DeGayner of Marinette and Cynthia (Mike) Mildbrand of Alaska; brother, Maurice (Margaret) Rhude of Marinette; sister, Evelyn Krigsvold of Eau Claire; grandson, Joe DeGayner of Marinette; and great-grandson, Austin DeGayner of Menominee. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Nona.
In keeping with his wishes, no services will be held. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Thielen Funeral Home, 1403 Newberry Ave. Marinette, Wis., 54143.
Donald's family would like to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff at Rennes Health Center East and Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care.