Donald Neuenschwander

Obituary of Donald Ivan Neuenschwander

Donald was born May 2, 1946, in Shelton, Washington, to Stella (Ellison) and Ivan D. Neuenschwander. He died July 11, 2021, in Tumwater, Washington.


Don graduated from Shelton High School in 1964 and completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at Washington State University. After graduation, he taught English in Germany and Austria. Returning to the U.S., he taught German in Harrington, Washington, at Washington State University, Shelton High School, and in the Olympia School District, where he also taught Spanish.


In 1983, he married Carol Weaver and their friendship continued after their divorce in 2009. He loved playing the guitar and singing, riding his bike (including one trip “around the loop” on Highway 101), reading, and spending time with friends and family.


He is survived by his son, Ivan K. Neuenschwander of Olympia, Washington.  


The family suggests memorials be made to the Thurston County Humane Society, 3403 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502; or Lucky Paws, PO Box 44103, Tacoma, WA 98448.


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