PRINCETON — Donald Martin Podolak, 66, of Princeton passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at home.
He was born on Jan. 7, 1947, in Berwyn to Martin Joseph and Esther Minnie (Nissen) Podolak. He married Diane Dowling on Jan. 22, 1972. in Hinsdale. He graduated from LaGrange Township High School in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam from 1965 to 1968. He received a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Don was an operating engineer in the Local 150. He retired in 1990. He was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Peru. Don was very interested in railroad memorabilia, antique construction equipment and tractors and was a member of Military Vehicle Preservation. He was also involved in the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Diane Podolak of Princeton; one sister, Dori (Paul) Arena of Ferryville, Wis.; one niece, Michele (Aaron) Hayes of North Aurora; two nephews, Casey (Jenny) Hanson and their children Chandler and Riley, all of Brookings, S.D. and Skylar (Cassie Gunderson) Hanson and their son Liam of Lakeville, Minn.; one sister-in-law, Dolly Hanson of Lakeville, Minn.; his father-in-law, Red Dowling of Sarasota, Fla.; and four cousins, Bill (Kris) Podolak, Deanna (Jim) Bisley, and John (Sue) Whanger, all of Wisconsin and Anne Schmidt of LaGrange.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, James Hanson.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Peru, Pastor Timothy Kenyon officiating. Burial will be private and at a later date.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Peru.
Memorials may be directed to Wounded Warriors or St. John's Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.