Daniel Guy Pawelczyk

November 18, 2019

Daniel Guy Pawelczyk, 67, passed away Monday, November 18th, 2019 at his home in Fort Myers, Florida. His passing ended a nearly seven-year battle with lung cancer. 

Dan was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on February 18th, 1952, the youngest of four sons born to Adam and Regina (Zima) Pawelczyk. He lived his entire childhood in Krakow, Wisconsin. He was a 1970 graduate of Pulaski High School. Dan then served in the United States Coast Guard from October 1970 to October 1974. 

In 1978 Dan began his nearly forty-year truck driving career. He drove for a number of Green Bay area companies as an over-the-road driver until 1999. He then drove for Mills Fleet Farm in Appleton until his retirement in 2017. He greatly enjoyed his life’s work, the freedom of the highway and the peace and pleasure of viewing the beauty of God’s creation, all from his cab. Dan become a believer of the true gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ over 20 years ago.

Dan enjoyed Major League Baseball.  He said baseball is a game much like life itself in that being humble in victory and gracious in defeat will bring great gain. He loved Wisconsin for its natural beauty and its generous share of Polish culture.

Dan was preceded in death by his late wife, Susan (Karcz) Pawelczyk; parents, Adam and Regina (Zima) Pawelczyk; son, Kyle; brother, Gerald; as well as many dear aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Dan is survived by his loving wife, Diana Pawelczyk of Fort Myers, FL; son, Ryan Pawelczyk of Richmond, MO; two daughters, Jill Carlson (Tony) of Waukesha, WI and Dana Cleveland of Green Bay, WI; stepdaughter, Jessica Fletcher of Windsor Lock, CT;  two brothers, Thomas Powell (Connie) of Bayfield, WI, and Michael Pawelczyk, (Bernie) of Hortonville, WI; his sister-in-law, Pat Gwidt as well as eight grandchildren; Ava, Redd, Judd and Penn Cleveland; Abby, Blake and Brady Carlson and Scarlett Campbell.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 AM with services and lunch to follow on December 7, 2019 at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 N. 10th Street, DePere, WI  54115.  

Condolences and monetary contributions in memory of Daniel Guy Pawelczyk are suggested Diana Pawelczyk, c/o Mullins Memorial, 1056 NE 7th Ter, Cape Coral, FL 33909. 

 Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Evelyn & Richard Brega Nov 20, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Dan was a true gentleman who was on our “Train of Life” for a short time, but one who made a permanent imprint in our hearts forever.❤️ We have been so blessed to get to know both Dan & Diana here in Florida.
    Dan & my husband Richard had a very special friendship and admiration for each other. Richard is really going to miss his newfound friend. They will one day be reunited again in the Kingdom of Heaven.🙏
    Until we meet again Dan, we want your family to know how proud we were to become your friend.

  2. Alice Hagerty Nov 20, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Sweet Diana,
    So very sorry
    for your loss…!!!
    You and Jess
    are in my thoughts
    and prayers.

  3. Jean Pautz Nov 21, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Another classmate moving on to his eternal reward. Prayers to your family.

  4. Dee Zampiceni Nov 21, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    A great and loving man, God is lucky to have him back. Thank you Lord for sharing, Dan has been a wonderful friend to all who got to spend time with him. UM just thinking did anyone send up the order for pickled herring?🙏🙏🙏😇😇😇💑

  5. Judy Hopkins Nov 21, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    It’s comforting to know that Dan, a humble, caring, peaceful gentleman, is now at rest with our Lord Jesus in his new home in Heaven.
    May the Lord make His face shine upon you, Diana, and give you peace.

  6. Carol Weaver Nov 21, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    I am do sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for you and your family.

  7. Diana Rehbein Nov 21, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    So beautifully written about Dan. I can hear his voice as he talked about baseball with my husband. A wonderful man married to an equally wonderful woman. So glad you both were able to move to FL. I miss seeing you, Diana, my eternal friend. Praying that God comforts you deeply as you grieve the loss of Dan. All my love,

  8. Brenda and Mark Enright Nov 22, 2019 at 10:13 am

    We only knew Dan for a short time but will always remember each time we bumped into him and Diana, he always offered a warm smile greeting, firm handshake, and wonderful kind conversation. Diana our prayers are for you and we hope you have peace in the memories of your life together, and in knowing Dan has started his real living in the presence of Jesus.

  9. Shirley Quella Nov 22, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Dear Diana and family,
    Is there a cooler guy than Dan? He had such a kind and clever personality weighing his words carefully, and then thoughtfully adding wise comments to any topic. His beautiful, warm smile and obvious love for his family and glowing love for Diana. was heartearming. But what stands out, is Dan’s chivalry in being a warrior for Christ!!
    All of us from Calvary will miss him so much., I’m so thankful for the many years in bible studies, and the chance to be affected by His Infectious faith. Thanks Diana for being His Best Friend in all your actions and constant care for him, and for trusting God when not all makes sense until we meet again.
    Love you!

  10. Carol Riley Nov 25, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    A life well lived.

    Our sincere sympathies,
    Bob and Carol Riley

  11. Mike Harrison Nov 30, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Rest in piece Dan! I will always remember the
    Days we spent following our daughters around.
    Always cheering them on to the next game!
    Prayer for you!

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