Shorewood – Donald “Don” Levy found peace on February 27th, 2023. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 26th, 1933, to parents Thomas and Fannie Levy. His final days were spent surrounded by the love of family and close friends. He lived a long and fulfilled life that touched the hearts of many.
Don attended Roosevelt Junior High School and Lincoln High School. He served in the U.S. Army and Marines and received an honorable discharge in the early 1950s. In the late 1960s, he began working at the United States Post Office as a machine operations clerk and then as a shift supervisor. He retired after 33 years of service.
Growing up, he attended Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on 2nd and Garfield, where he enjoyed participating in the church choir. His accomplished vocal techniques gave him the reputation of being one of the most well-known tenors in the Milwaukee and Illinois church community. In 1973 he chose a different spiritual path and became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses until the day he passed away.
In 1956 he met a beautiful young lady named Jeanette Moses; in 1958, they would have a son, Claude T. Levy Moses, and later happily became proud grandparents to seven grandchildren: Thomas Wills, Theresa Moses, Tracina Johnson, Tamela Johnson, Claude Moses Jr., Ashley Moses, and Hope Moses; 11 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
He married his beloved wife of 58 years, Dora Lee McCorkle, on November 24th, 1962, and together, they had one daughter, Jeannine (Bruce) Levy Rivers Colburn, and a cherished granddaughter, Keosha Rivers. Dora had two children from a previous marriage: Jackie and Donna. Don became a grandparent to their children: Shanda Stribling, Demitri Holifield, and Murad Ellis, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, all of whom Don raised as his own.
Don is preceded in death by his wife, Dora Lee Levy; and parents, Fannie and Thomas Levy; Grandparents, Henry Yancy and Susie Reese /Francis Brownlee and Stepfather Samuel Levy; plus a host of cherished aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is further survived by his devoted children Claude and Jeannine (Bruce). 8 grandchildren; 11 precious great-grandchildren; three adorable great-great grandchildren, and a talented and loving brother and sister, Raymond A. Levy and Jeannine J. Levy Lewis; plus a host of fantastic family and friends.
Don will be remembered for his outspoken and commanding presence. He will also be remembered for being courageous, determined, a great comic with a hearty laugh, eating lots of oatmeal, loving wine, listening to music, watching lifetime movies all day, drinking a pot of coffee a day, his faith, being generous to those in need and, finally, being a stern yet loving father and grandfather.
The family would like to thank his healthcare heroes at Deerwood Crossing Assisted Living and Aurora at Home Hospice. A very special thank you to Evelyn Ish-Shalom of My Choice Family Care. Our dad adored you! Thank you for putting a smile on his face and treating him with loving kindness.
We would also like to extend an extra special thank you to Don’s niece Dr. Melanie Gray; the come-to-Jesus moments, love visits, and emotional support you gave were golden and will never be forgotten.
Dad, I Love you. Rest in peace. I will see you on the other side ~ signed Claude.
Dad, I will always be your little girl- moo-moo. See you on the other side ~ signed Jeannine.
I’ll talk to you later. I have to watch the news and get a cup of coffee with my donut. OVER & OUT. ~ signed DON (papa).
Don died of Malnutrition and a lack of protein because he had a hard time eating. In his last days, he cried due to hunger, so
instead of flowers, we ask that you donate to the Hunger Task Force in honor of our father, Don Levy.
Join us for an Open House as we Celebrate the Life of Donald and Dora Levy with music featuring the Marcya Daneille Quartet.
Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 1 -4 pm
NORTHSHORE Funeral Home in Shorewood, 3601 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood, WI 53211
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