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Darrell L. Bistodeau

December 30, 2022 | 14 comments

Darrell L. Bistodeau, 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Trempealeau on Friday, December 30, 2022. He was born on July 21, 1937, to Vernon H. and Delrose I. Bistodeau. He married Yvonne M. Strand on May 11, 1957, in Anoka, Minnesota and enjoyed 65 years together.

Darrell worked as a Boilermaker (welder) for the Boilermaker Local 107 out of Milwaukee, WI for 40 years, travelling along the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers and along the shores of Lake Michigan, building power plants. Eventually his two sons, Scott and David, joined the Boilermakers and worked alongside him.

Darrell and Yvonne raised their four boys in the big white house on the corner of First and State streets in Holmen for 42 years where many celebrations were enjoyed leaving many great memories. Darrell loved fishing and hunting for deer and duck with his sons on many happy occasions. He also enjoyed gardening and planted a large garden early every Spring, sharing produce with the entire neighborhood for years and supplying plenty for Yvonne to can and freeze the fruits of his labor. Darrell loved dogs and three dachshunds joined their family over the years: Patches, Sparky and Oakley.

Darrell is survived by wife, Yvonne, sons, Michael (Jo), Neil, David (Dana). Daughter-in-law, Trudy (Scott) Bartels. Grandchildren Sean (Joanna), and their children Jacob and Nora; Jamie, Jenna, Gavin, and Maggie. Preceded in death are his parents, Vernon and Delrose, son, Scott J. Bistodeau, his in-laws, Alvin and Yolanda Strand, and several uncles, aunts, and cousins.

The family would like to thank St Croix Hospice for their love and attention, which allowed Darrel to remain at home.

Services will be held January 7, 2023 at 11:00 with visitation from 10:00 – 11:00 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St. Onalaska, WI.



  1. Mike Faust

    Deepest sympathies to all his loves, may wonderful memories comfort.
    Mike is recalling many times as a boilermaker, ‘Big D’, was a mentor in this trade and enjoyed his time on sites with him. He will be fondly remembered by him and many others.
    Mike and Deb Faust

    • Mike and Jo Bistodeau

      Thank you Mike and Deb

  2. Marlene Benson

    David, Dana and family. Sorry for your sadness.

    • Carla Seeks

      Dear Yvonne.
      Was saddened to learn of “Big D’s” passing.
      You two were perfect together.
      We are in Arizona for the winter but I will be thinking
      of you and your family on the 7th.

      A friend from The Title Company days. Carla

  3. Judy LaFond

    So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    The LaFond family

  4. Dennis & Connie Connely

    So sorry for your loss. He was such a big part of the Holmen community the years we lived there.

    • Mike and Jo Bistodeau

      Dennis and Connie. Thank you

  5. Faye Goldsmith

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May all the wonderful memories help you all through this difficult time. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.
    Faye Goldsmith

  6. Dave & Kaye Benrud

    Sorry for your loss Dave & Dana & condolences to the entire Bistodeau Family. May he rest in peace.

  7. Leon Klinkenberg

    To Mike, your Mom and the remaining Bistodeau family, my condolences on the passing of your husband and Dad.

    • Mike and Jo Bistodeau

      Leon. Thank you.

  8. Diana Janisch

    Yvonne and family,
    My sympathies are with you.
    A Title Company co-worker many years ago.

  9. Jerry Brown

    Big D was one of the best old school Boilermakers i knew. He had the beer truck after work, when we got done with work building the power plant at Alma Wisconsin. He be sadly missed by all those who worked with him.One of my best memories is when he helped me when my Harley broke down south of Alma. Rest in Peace-brother Jerry Brown.

  10. Mary /Dick Wateski

    To Darrell s family;
    So sorry to have missed the services today.

    Many nice memories of him, working in the trades on projects over the years and also outdoor activities.
    He was a good man & it was our pleasure to have known him all these years.
    May these memories bring comfort to you.
    With sympathy
    Mary & Dick Wateski


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