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“Donna and Family: We are holding you and the rest of the family in our prayers in the loss of Don. He was such a kind and gentle man and I always...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Leigh Kuehl-Stormer

“Dear Donna and Family Donna, I know it has been a long time since St. Edward days for you... I saw your husband's obituary in the paper. My deepest...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Dorn

“Donna - my condolences to you and your family. May he R.I.P. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Curt Esser

“Donna, With deepest sympathy! Csthy Houst & Johhny & Charly ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Cathy Houst

“Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. i remember with great fondness how both you and Don took Danny on his walks.The Lingelbach family appreciated...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Anne Lingelbach - Appleton, WI


6 of 9 | Posted by: Anne Lingelbach - Appleton, WI

“I worked with Don at Appleton Papers but never really got to know him until he came back as a consultant. He was such a nice guy, always called...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Diane Williamson - Kaukauna, WI

“Donna and Family, We send our sincere sympathy to each of you on the loss of Don. We have fond memories of the years Jenny and Cindy were involved...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: John and Mary Jo Pohl

“So sorry for your loss. He was a great friend and will be missed. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Sheila and Earl Porter


Donald E. Hayford, 85, died May 15, 2017. He was born September 6, 1931, in Dunkirk, New York, to Arthur W. and Mona (Burns) Hayford. While growing up, he attended public schools in Westfield, New Jersey, Dunkirk and Syracuse, New York, and Hopewell, Virginia, graduating from Hopewell High School in 1949. He attended Virginia Tech and Duke University, receiving a BS degree in chemistry from Virginia Tech in 1954. After graduation he was employed as an industrial research chemist in Texas, Virginia, and Ohio, with time out for military service in Heidelberg, Germany 1956-7. In 1972 he joined Appleton Papers and worked there until retiring in 1996. After retirement he was involved in volunteer work and chemical consulting. He enjoyed family activities and reading. On December 24, 1965, he married Donna L. Anderson in Richmond, Virginia. This marriage was blessed with three daughters, Kara, Lyn and Cynthia, and eight grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Donna, daughters Kara (Ben), Lyn (Brian) and Cindy (Erich); granddaughters Natalie Finman, Mei Phillips and Jia Phillips; grandsons Edward Finman, Henry Finman, Abbott Hayford, George Phillips, and Flynn Hayford. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David A. Hayford. Don and his family would like to thank the staff of ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton for the thoughtful and compassionate care he received. His family continues to be inspired by Don's journey down the road less traveled, his generous actions, his scientific enquiry, and his respect for all opinions. A memorial service is planned for the near future. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established at Homeless Connections at 400 N. Division Street Appleton, Wisconsin, 54911. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wichmannfargo.com.