Donald  Pietrzak
Donald "Big Kahuna" Michael Pietrzak, 89, of Navarre, FL, passed peacefully away Sunday, November 10, 2019, surrounded by loved ones on a beautiful and sunny Florida morning.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, the son of Hattie and Maciej Pietrzak. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, was a police officer in Washington, DC, and a plant manager for Bagcraft in Joplin, MO, which later relocated to Baxter Springs, KS. During the course of his life he made many friends in Chicago, Neosho, MO, and Joplin, and the surrounding areas.
Don enjoyed ranching, farming, and watching his favorite teams, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears, compete. He was a fountain of wisdom and always had advice for those in need of it.
He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy; son, David; sister, Arlene Smid; and brothers, Bob Pietrzak and Chester Golofit.
Survivors include his sons, John (Nancy), of Joplin, and Michael (Mabel), of Hidalgo, TX; 10 grandchildren: Holly (Shane), Aaron (Erin), Joy (Touzong), James, Isaac (Emily), Mike, Thomas, Jeremy, Joshua, Meagan; and many loving great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m., with funeral immediately following on Saturday, November 16, at Mason-Woodard Mortuary, in Joplin, with interment at Mount Hope Cemetery, next to his wife.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kiwanis, which he was active member of for years.
Published on November 13, 2019


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Colter williams
Nov 16, 2019
Tammy Williams
Nov 16, 2019
Erika Clark
Nov 14, 2019
America the Beautiful was purchased for the family of Donald Pietrzak by Erika Clark.  Send flowers
Nov 13, 2019
I'm going to miss you done all of our talks are gin and tonics and hanging out in the man cave I'm going to miss you with all my heart see you on the other side
Gwenn Smith
Nov 13, 2019
If you measure success by the people you have helped in life Don was the most successful man I have ever known.
Tim Easley
Nov 13, 2019
One of the Best. A great that I will never forget.
Paul Smid
Nov 13, 2019
My Dad and Uncle Don were best buds in High School. It was Uncle Don who introduced my parents to each other. I OWE him a lot......I will always remember his kindness and awesomely wicked sense of humor. Love, Paul