Gregg Donald Darton

June 7, 1948 - January 1, 2021
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Gregg Donald Darton, age 72, passed away after a lengthy illness on January 1, 2021.  He was born on June 7, 1948, in Phelps, WI to LaVerne (nee Fiedler) and Gordon Darton.  Gregg graduated from Greenfield High School in Greenfield, WI in 1966 and he was a member of the diving team.  In 1963, he met the love of his life, Christine (nee Wisniewski), and in April 2020, they celebrated 52 years of marriage.

Gregg enlisted in the US Marine Corp in 1967, and served in Vietnam from 1968-1969.  He was stationed at Quang Tri and a member of the VMO-6 squadron until he was injured and honorably discharged/retired from the military.  After his six month recovery at Great Lakes Naval Hospital, he returned home to Greenfield and attended mortuary school at Milwaukee Area Technical College.  The family moved to Rhinelander, WI in 1974, where they lived until 2013.  Gregg was a funeral director for 32 years and co-owned Hildebrand-Darton-Russ Funeral Home.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW, Disabled American Veterans and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Gregg and Chris retired in 2001, enjoying time at their homes in Nokomis, FL and on North Twin Lake in Phelps, WI.   Along with spending many summers in Ontario, Canada walleye fishing, where he lost many “biggest fish” bets to Chris, Gregg also loved spending time traveling, hunting with the guys at the cabin in Conover, and elk and mule deer hunting in Colorado and Wyoming.  You could also find him enjoying his morning coffee with multiple coffee klatches catching up on the local “news.”

Gregg was known to be the first on the dance floor, bartender on-call, Mr. Fix-it and, if you were at the receiving end of his sarcastic charm, you knew you were a friend to him.

He is survived by his wife, Christine; daughters Jennifer (Paul) Secor, Carrie Darton (Tyler Johnson); granddaughter, Kyra Secor; Brother, Garth (Lisa) Darton; mother-in-law, Rita Wisniewski; sisters-in-law, Paula (Tom) Lynn, Deb (Mark) Unger, Mary Wisniewski, Claudia (Matt) Graf, Mary (Mike) Lauenstein; brothers-in-law, Mark (Julie) Wisniewski, Tom (Mary) Wisniewski, Jerry (Lara) Wisniewski, and Andrew Wisniewski; 27 nieces and nephews; and his cat, Willow.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, LaVerne and Gordon Darton; infant daughter, Jean Marie; father-in-law, Dr. Peter P. Wisniewski; and brother-in-law, Peter Wisniewski.

A Remembrance of Life will be held this summer in Wisconsin for family and friends.

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Born: June 7, 1948
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Lynn Weber (Stanecki) posted on 1/12/21

Chris I am sending sincere condolences. I am so very sorry to hear this. I remember when you and Greg were first dating ❤️ I am glad to hear that you had 52 years of your beautiful love life together.

 

Don McInnes posted on 1/10/21

Chris and family. Carol and I send our deepest condolences on the passing of Gregg. Growing up in our large family meant knowing many people and we had plenty of cousins aunts and uncles which meant lots of memories. I always looked up to Gregg and thought he really had his act together. Upon reading his obituary I see that he was a KC so I get to call him Brother since I am a 4th degree sir knight and am the current Grand Knight with our Menomonee Falls Council I will make sure he is kept in our councils prayers. I absolutely know that he is in a better place with your dad and brother and smiling down. God bless and God Speed

 

T J Dunn posted on 1/10/21

Chris, I am sending my condolences for you during this troublesome time. I always was energized whenever I interacted with Gregg. He had a palpable aliveness to him. You and your family have my sympathy and best wishes and am certain you will have many happy memories. T J Dunn Rhinelander

 

Sherrie Williamson posted on 1/7/21

Chris - So sorry to hear about this. Gregg was always so much fun, lots of good memories. He brought us bloody mary's when the plane was late, what a guy. You two had so many good times. Take care of yourself.

 

Pete Centner posted on 1/7/21

Chris and family, So sorry to get this news. I remember the last time I saw him at Ray's Butcher Block in Greenfield where he was picking up some choice ribeyes. We had quite a laugh at bumping into each other there. I'm saddened to learn that he was dealing with health issues, but I am willing to assume that he never lost his sense of humor and good ribbing. Peace to all of you.

 

Jan Sarkauskas posted on 1/6/21

I’m so sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed talking with Gregg. I loved his sense of humor. He made me laugh.

 

Rosaria Upchurch posted on 1/6/21

I sent my love, thoughts, and prayers.

 

Richard & Christi Foster posted on 1/6/21

Our Deepest sympathy to Gregg's family, especially you Chris. Gregg may be gone, but the memories with you two will last a lifetime. Just some of the good times to always remember include a lot of great dinners and cocktails, dancing, parties at Tasmania, weekends at the A frame (how many gallons of water in Lake Michigan?), snowmobiling, boating on the Boom Lake Chain, Jen's wedding at Coco Beach, and staying with us in Key West. We sure had fun. Our prayers are with you. Love, Rich & Christi

 

Chris darton posted on 1/6/21

Want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and support. Gregg will be missed by many friends and family.

 

Wanda Ross posted on 1/5/21

Chris and Family So very sorry for your loss! Gregg was a one of a kind of guy. His humor and fun loving personality will be missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him. My sincere sympathy to all. Wanda Ross

 

Lori & Pete Lewis posted on 1/5/21

I'm so sorry to hear this. I worked at First National Bank in Rhinelander back in the good old days and Gregg was a bright spot! Between business and bs after work at the Pub, it was always great to great to see you both. Our prayers are with you.

 

Kevin Wisniewski posted on 1/5/21

Gregg was always an inspiration. His sense of humor always made me laugh and Gregg was always genuinely interested in how you were doing and feeling. He was a good loving person and a great human being. I'm 100% certain he and Peter will be getting into a lot of mischief in heaven!

 

Ellie Hansen posted on 1/4/21

Chris and family. Our sincere condolences for your loss. We were not aware of Gregg's ill health and are so sorry to hear of his passing. We had a lot of good times and lots of memories of all the fun we had during the Schiek Clinic era. Deepest sympathy. Norm and Ellie Hansen

 

Helen Hayhurst posted on 1/4/21

I'm so sorry you lost your husband. I only met Gregg once at Jackies golf party last summer. My husband has been gone for 21 years, but it's still tough to deal with at times. Please accept my sincere condolences.

 

Bliss & Richard Jennejohn posted on 1/4/21

So very sorry for you loss Chris and family, prayers and thoughts of sympathy to you at this difficult time Bliss and Dick Jennejohn

 

Dean Funk posted on 1/4/21

Darton Family, So sorry to hear about Gregg passing. Our deepest sympathies. Jill & Den Funk

 

Lu Griswold (Tesky) posted on 1/3/21

Chris, Carrie and Jenny ... I am so sorry to hear of Gregg's passing. It came as quite a shock since I wasn't aware of his ill health. It has been quite a while since I've seen you but I have many memories from our daughters friendship and mine and Gregg's occupations. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. Gregg will be missed by so very many people ...I think he knew just about everyone in Rhinelander! Peace. Lu Griswold (Tesky)

 

Joan Mckernan Schiek Farca posted on 1/3/21

God bless you Greg and your entire family. Greg was the greatest guy and loved his family tremendously. Till we all meet again, blessings.

 

Lois Smith posted on 1/3/21

So sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. His smile and wit will be missed. We remember all the good times we shared with you guys and hope to see you when you return home this summer. Love to all!!! Al and Lois Smith

 

Julie Hoberg posted on 1/3/21

Sincere condolences to the Darton and Wisniewski families on the loss of uncle Greg. I will never forget his charming yet mischievous smile and as you call it his sarcastic charm. We shared many laughs and good times over the years at the wisniewski residence on mallard circle and at other family functions and weddings. My thoughts and prayers are with you aunt Chris, Jenny and Carrie and kyra. I am glad to hear he held on through Christmas and is no longer in pain. He shall be missed dearly,

 

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