Donald J. Kornhaas, 85, of Danbury, died Nov. 2, 2010, in Danbury.

Mr. Kornhaas was born Feb. 26, 1925, in Danbury, son of the late Martin and Anna (Keane) Kornhaas.He graduated from Danbury High School.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the 5th Division during World War II. He was deployed to the South Pacific, where he fought on Iwo Jima.

Consequently, he was presented the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy.

After the war, Mr. Kornhaas returned to Danbury to become a union carpenter and went on to work as a self-employed building contractor until his retirement.

Always active in the Catholic church, Mr. Kornhaas donated his time and skills to a number of causes, including serving as president of the Legion of Mary.

Over the years, he enjoyed traveling between Prince Edward Isle and Oklahoma, where he spent time with his close friends and family.

He was happiest outdoors riding horses, fishing or in the vegetable garden.

Mr. Kornhaas is survived by five children, Marcia Carraciolo, of Florida, Mark Kornhaas, and his wife, Donna, of Danbury, Sharon Kornhaas, of Florida, Peter, and his wife, Jeanne, of New Milford and Matthew, and his wife, Dawne, of Newtown; his former wife, Joan M. Kornhaas, of Florida; eight grandchildren, Mark Kornhaas Jr., and his wife, Kimberly, of Waterbury, Stephanie Orser and Britney Kornhaas, of Danbury, Kristen and Brett Kornhaas, of New Milford, Matthew, Daniel and Erin Kornhaas, of Newtown; a great-granddaughter, Lauren Kornhaas, of Waterbury; three brothers, Martin, of Oklahoma, Robert, and his wife, Marie, of Danbury, and William Kornhaas, of Danbury; three sisters, Ruth Coyle, of Clinton, Sally Duguay, of Norwalk, and Betty Kennan, and her husband, Donald, of Danbury, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Helen Kornhaas and Catherine Titus.

Funeral services will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Church, Main Street, Danbury. Burial with military honors will take place immediately afterwards in St. Peter's Cemetery.

There are no calling hours.

Green Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to AMVETS National Service Foundation, 4647 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706.