Donald “Pix” John Allard Sr., 90, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.
He was born to Mildred (Hunt) and Paul Allard Jan. 27, 1927, the third of seven children. He was raised in Holcombe. As many young men did back then, he left school early and went right to work. In his early years Don was a farmhand, gravel hauler, and logger. He then joined the Navy in Dec. 1944. He served as a Painter Third Class assigned to the USS Altamaha during World War II. At the end of the war he returned home and continued working.
On Sept. 11, 1947, he married Iris Laura Ann Studley. They enjoyed 59 years of marriage before she passed away in 2006. Don and Iris had eight children and raised them primarily in the Cornell area, although there were times when the family lived in Southern Wisconsin or Northern Illinois. Don worked hard to support his growing family and was always involved in the construction industry and logged in the off season.
In 1953, Don joined the Operating Engineers Union and was a member of Local 139 for 65 years. In his work with the union he ran various heavy equipment machines over the years because he could just jump in and figure out how to make them go, but mostly he operated cranes. He assisted in the construction of many buildings, bridges, tunnels, and dams, including both the Holcombe Dam and the Jim Falls Dam.
Don was a very loving and devoted husband and father. He loved spending time with his family and took great joy in watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow and learn. He often expressed his pride in all of them. Don loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and working in the woods. He reveled in sharing many stories about his family, work, the woods, and of course some hunting and fishing escapades. He often regaled them over and over, always with the same great animation and entertainment every single time. No one ever tired of listening to them! It was obvious to all who knew him that he loved life and sharing it with others. Don also loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church in Cornell.
Donald was survived by his brother, Chet Allard of Arizona; and his children, Linda (Robert) Queen of Cornell, Susan Allard of Cornell, Donald Allard, Jr. of Holcombe, Paul Allard of Kasson, Minn., Julie O-Neil of Kasson, Sandra Allard of Chippewa Falls, Phillip (Sue) Allard of Cornell, and Joel (Judy) Allard of Holcombe. He is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Clayton Allard, Jack Allard, Nina Conry, Dick Allard, and Tommy Allard; his wife; and his great-grandson, Zane Donald Mathew Allard.
Don spent the last several years at the Cornell Care Center and the family would like to thank them as well as the St. Croix Hospice for the tender care and concern they showed Don.
Friends are asked to call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Borton-Leiser funeral home in Cornell and also one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church in Sheldon.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Sheldon Full Gospel Church, Sheldon, Wis., officiated by Pastor Mark Williams of Faith Baptist Church, Cornell. Interment will be in the Cornell Cemetery following the services.
Express online condolences at www.leiserbortonfuneralhome.com.