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Donald E. (Buckets) Painter

June 15, 1957 ~ March 11, 2022 (age 64)


Donald E. “Buckets” Painter passed away suddenly but peacefully on Friday, March 11, 2022, while on a business trip. He was the son of Keith and Jane Painter, born on June 15, 1957.
He was known as Buckets to those he loved, including his granddaughters.
Buckets loved his family and is survived by his wife and best friend of 41 years Rita, sons Brian (Rachel), Chris (Natalie), Shawn (Ashely), and "extra son" Adam Riehl (Diana). He leaves behind his favorite sister Sue (Gary Jacobs), and Brother and racing partner Rob (Lori), He also leaves behind his extended family who share so much with him, sisters in law Patricia (Keith Kuenzi), Ruth (Phil Quigley), Harv Wiberg, Rose (Mike Romans), Carol (Chuck Arndt), Cat (Jim Jascoe), brothers in law Herb Crawford (Jennifer), and Jim Crawford (Rachel), Josh Peters (Jeanette) nieces and nephews Travis, Jeremy Kuenzi (Bethany), Angela (Aaron May), Robbie Martin (Camila), Charlie, Christina, Angie, David, Scott, Michael, Mark, Joshua, Steven, Nick Neubert (Paige), Jordan (Clint Davis) Bella, Evie, Jackson and Holden, Great nieces and nephews Emily, Skyler, Cameron, Chloe, Karma, Eva, Mia, Camryn, Shannon, Rebecca, Luke, Clara, Ian, India, Ralph, Holly, Teagan, Layla, Michael, Anna, Sophia and Siefer and Great, Great nephew baby Oliver. The truest joy in Buckets' life was becoming a Grampa. He absolutely adored his granddaughters Charlee and Elsie (Shawn, Ashley) had hoped to meet granddaughter Shoshona (Brian, Rachel) and was eagerly planning a trip to meet his twin grand babies due in June, Beatriz, and Valentina (Chris, Natalie). One of Buckets' constant companions was his dog Tara, when he was home she went everywhere with him. 
He was preceded in death by his parents Keith and Jane Painter, and his Grandparents Robert and Elsie Painter.
There are so many people who loved and will miss Don that it would be impossible to list them all. He leaves behind extended work family, drag racing family, and friends.
Buckets enjoyed his job and was employed by Fives Landis Corporation throughout his work career, starting when it was known as Citco. We are grateful to Dan Siedel for sharing that in his last days Don was in his element, sharing his knowledge, and coming up with ideas.
Buckets was an Avid Browns fan, he raced at Thompson, enjoyed most outdoor activities, spending time with his sons working on cars and throwing an occasional tool and swear, and gambling once in a while. He kept a tidy lawn and garden and loved to tell stories and laugh and was a good dancer. We will be lost without him.
At his request there will be no service, but we hope as you get together on your own, you share your memories and stories.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the University of Wisconsin Children’s Foundation, American Family Children’s Hospital, UW Foundation, U.S. Bank Lockbox, Box 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807,, or to  We Defy Foundation, 4100 Eldorado Parkway Suite 100-375, McKinney, TX 75070. 

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American Family Children’s Hospital
UW Foundation, U.S. Bank Lockbox, Box 78807, Milwaukee WI 53278-0807

We Defy Foundation
4100 Eldorado Parkway Suite 100-375, McKinney TX 75070

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