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Donald J. Sojka PDF Print E-mail

Donald J. Sojka, age 70, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., since 1973, formerly of Tinley Park, Ill., died Monday, June 9, 2014, in Eagle River.

He was born June 10, 1943, in Chicago, Ill., to Michael and Agnes Sojka.

He was raised in Tinley Park and graduated from Tinley Park High School.

Don owned and operated Cloverland Construction since the early ’70s.

Of Don’s many achievements, he was most proud of his development of Eagle River Inn and Restaurant and Birchwood Estates, the first manufactured-home park in Eagle River.  He co-developed Sherburn Manor 1 and 2 (the first senior housing in Eagle River), and assisted in the development of The Willows and Millstreet Apartments. He was a driving force for low-income housing for the elderly.

He was responsible for the transformation of the Top Motel to Vilas Village Court.  He also owned and operated the first mini-storage in Vilas County.

He shared his love of music by entertaining at various events as “Don Cloverland and His Magic Organ.”

He loved spending his winters in Pensacola, Fla., boating and deep-sea fishing.

Don also was a founding member of the Kiwanis Club in Eagle River.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Richard and Edmund.

He is survived by his significant other, Ruth “Skip” Ford; daughters, Christine Smurawa of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Carol (Ed) Gilomen of Eagle River, and Michele Sojka of Cocoa, Fla.; brother, Michael (Helen) Sojka of Dexter, Mich.; grandchildren,: Grant, Abbey, Grayson, Lacey, Jayden, Kieryn and Reilyn; many nieces; other family and many friends.

Memorial services for Don will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday June 19, 2014, at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River.  Visitation will be held from 1-3 the day of the service.

Memorials in Don’s name are appreciated to the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life of the Northwoods.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:59 AM

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