Donald M. Tatreau left us peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday 6/26/2019 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC at the age of 96. Don will be interred with military honors later at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
He joined the Marine Bombing Squadron (VMB 433) on 11/23/1942 and was eventually assigned as part of the Bismarck Archipelago operation to consolidate the Northern Solomon Islands in the Philippine campaign during WWII. He flew 55 missions as a turret gunner in a PBJ (B-25H) Mitchell, received an air medal and two gold stars and was honorably discharged on 11/15/1945 as an E7 gunnery sergeant. He participated in the 500th Blue Ridge Honor Flight to Washington DC 9/24/2016 where he was recognized for his service in WWII.
Don started his working career at Brandeis and Sons (large retail store) as a sales associate while attending high school at Omaha Tech. After high school, Don worked as a clerk at the Omaha National Bank (largest bank in Nebraska at the time). After WWII, he started at Orchard & Wilhelm (large home furnishing store) as the supervisor of wholesale sales. Don met his wife, D. Maxine Teninty while both were employed at Orchard & Wilhelm Company. In 1957, Don switched employers and began working for Western Electric; becoming Lucent Technologies, as a first line supervisor of the Financial-Credit Organization. Maxine started working there in 1969. In 1986 they both retired and enjoyed traveling around in their RV. Don completed his genealogy research back to the first Tatreau (Tetreau) who came to New France (Canada) in 1662, born in 1634 in France.
Don and Maxine were married 8/18/1949, in Omaha by the late Reverend Norman Temme who also retired in Hendersonville, NC with his wife, Marion. Maxine and Don moved to Middleton Place, Hendersonville, in October 1996. They have since relocated into the Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Village in Hendersonville on 9/24/2012. Maxine and Donald were charter members of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Omaha and attended services there for 35 years before joining Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Hendersonville.
Donald was preceded in death by: his parents Frank Edward and Minnie Tatreau, brother Frank Lloyd Tatreau, sister Lois George, sister-in-law Pearl, and brothers-in-law Samuel George and Wilbur Borgeson. Donald is survived by his wife, Maxine Tatreau of Hendersonville, sister Betty Borgeson of Long Grove, IL and three sons:
Douglas Tatreau (Connie) of Pueblo, CO, sons, Michael Tatreau of Westminster, CO and Christopher Tatreau (Tabitha), of Kiowa, CO.
Dean Tatreau (Margaret) of Judsonia, AR, sons Andrew Tatreau of Ocean Springs, MS, and Travis Feurt (Ariel) of Searcy, AR, and daughter, Amber Feurt of Judsonia, AR.
Kevin Tatreau (Joan) of St. Petersburg, FL, daughter Lindsay Lebowitz (David) of Orlando, FL.
There are 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to the Elizabeth House (a non-profit in-patient Hospice facility) in memory of Donald M. Tatreau. 581 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731, (828)-692-9633 or visit www.FourSeasonsFdn.org and designate the donation for Elizabeth House. For additional information, please visit www.FourSeasonsCfl.org/what-we-offer/elizabeth-house/.