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Donald "Don" Gene McNier

February 6, 1930 November 20, 2018
Donald "Don" Gene McNier
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Donald Gene “Don” McNier, 88 of Freeland and former Midland resident, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the MidMichigan Medical Center. He was born February 6, 1930 in Merrill, son of the late Ernest and Irene (McDermitt) McNier. Don attended Merrill schools and graduated from Merrill High School. During his high school career, Don enjoyed playing basketball. His great mathematical skills caught the attention of the Dow Chemical Company who pursued him as a future employee. Once Don completed his education, he began his 34 year career as a laboratory technician. On August 11, 1950, he married the former Patricia Eastman in Breckenridge. Don took great pleasure in being able to help people and used this passion as a volunteer fire fighter for the Homer Township Fire Department in the 1960’s. After retirement, he spent the next 10 years helping take care of his parents, as well as gardening and woodworking. Once Pat retired, the two spent some time traveling and eventually built a home near Boyne Falls where they lived for nearly four years. Realizing that the winters were a little more than they preferred, Don and Pat moved into Boyne City and spent the next 14 years there until moving to Freeland. He will always be remembered as the most loving husband, father, and friend.

Don is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia McNier of Freeland; children Michele (Chris) Shafer of East Lansing, Brad (Lisa) McNier of Sycamore, IL, and Genee McNier of Freeland; grandchildren Mariah Shafer of East Lansing and Allison McNier of Sycamore, IL; great grandson Suan Piang-Shafer of East Lansing; brother and sister-in-law David and Judy Eastman; as well as two nieces and their families. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law Kim and Maureen (Tagg) McNier.

Memorial services for Don will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018 from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 West Wheeler Street, with Pastor David Saylor officiating. His family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 12 noon until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland or the United Ostomy Association of America. The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff on the fifth floor of MidMichigan Medical Center for their kindness and caring they gave Don.


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Visitation

Saturday

24

Nov

12:00 PM 11/24/2018 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 11/24/2018 1:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

24

Nov

1:00 PM 11/24/2018 1:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

MidMichigan Medical Center

United Ostomy Association of America

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