Donald Norman Retchlag, age 87, of Elgin, passed away on February 1, 2021. He was born April 29, 1933 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents, Norman and Mettie Retchlag (née Loubsky).

Donald joined the Army in 1953, serving two years. He reached the rank of Corporal and earned both a Good Conduct Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. When released in 1955, he joined the Army Reserve, where he served for eight years.

Donald earned a Bachelor Degree at DePaul University.

Donald met and married his wife, Krystyna, in his 80’s. This finally brought his lifelong dream to reality … a daughter and grandchildren to enjoy. A complete family that he loved and who dearly loved him in return. He also loved to travel, and found it was more fun doing so with a wonderful wife by his side.

Donald was the president of the Alaskan Veterans, and organized their annual reunions for many years. He also enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Loved ones will remember him as kind, strong willed, determined, motivated, and organized. He was a loving, brave, and faithful gentleman, who was very patriotic, ever loyal to his beloved country.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Virginia Retchlag (née Bollig); and several aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife, Eugenia Krystyna Retchlag; daughter, Ewa (Jas) Brar; and grandchildren, Zosia, Konrad, and Darian.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood, IL 60421. Fr. Joji Thanugundla will be officiating.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

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