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“Don has been a real friend for 65 years. We met at GMI in the Fall of 1951 and roomed together for most of 4 years. He was always a true friend and...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Ken Lauck - Canton, OH - Friend

“Don changed my life. He was the man that allowed me to do what I loved to do and that was to be creative in all I did. He hired me and that started...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: David Pinkston - Novi, MI

“Shirley, there are a few of us left at Masco R&D that still miss working with Don. He built this place as a family not just a job and we loose sight...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: John Finch - Taylor, MI

“Dear Shirley -There are so many of us that are very grateful for the opportunities and guidance that Don provided while Director at Masco. Under...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Dennis Dust - MI

“ShirleyThe miles between MI and FL do not diminish our found memories of the times we spent with you and Don on Grosse Ile. Those memories are...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Irene & Tim Pellegrino - Naples, FL

“Dear Shirley, I'm very sorry for your loss. I worked with Don at Masco and we were on the board of Comfortex in Albany for 13 years together. He was...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Gerry Boylan - Royal Oak, MI

“Many great memories of Don during our Masco days. He took a chance when he hired me into the business world and I never looked back. RIP Don, you...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Tom & Kathy Kaul - Wyandotte, MI

“So sorry to hear of Don's death. He leaves many good memories for us all. He was a man who warranted the greatest respect from all of us who worked...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Mike Campbell

“Dear Shirley, May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences. I worked with Don...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Cheryl Phillips - Northville, MI

“Dear Shirley, My deepest sympathy on Don's passing---Good memories last forever.Sincerely, Georgette ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Georgette Noory - MI - Friend

“My sincere condolences to Shirley and family on the passing of your beloved Don. His kind heart and gentle soul will be sorely missed. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Ed Nykiel - Grosse Ile, MI


Donald was born on January 15, 1933 in Lockport, New York and died at his home on February 14, 2017 at the age of 84. Beloved husband of 60 years to Shirley. Dearest brother of Althea Wheatley. Also survived by other loving family and friends. Donald was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Cecelia (nee: Schifert), one brother and two sisters. A memorial gathering will be on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 10:30 am until the memorial mass which will be at 11 am both at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Grosse Ile.

Upcoming Funeral Services

Monday, February 20
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM    3427592 3525695 20170220T103000 20170220T110000

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

21599 Parke Lane Grosse Ile, MI 48138
(734) 676-1377


Monday, February 20
11:00 AM    3427593 3525696 20170220T110000

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

21599 Parke Lane Grosse Ile, MI 48138
(734) 676-1377