Donald Duane Detzler, age 90, of Gaylord, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2022.
He was born to Joseph and Gladys (Kunath) Detzler on October 9, 1931, in Vanderbilt, Michigan.
Don worked at Standard Products for 40 ½ years as a press set-up man and served as the steward, vice-president, and president of the Union. In his early years, he was an avid baseball player, bowler, and hunter. He served on the Vanderbilt School Board and was an Eagle member. Over the years, Don enjoyed woodworking and had built more than 10 homes with his boys.
During the 26 years after retiring, Don and his wife, Ruth, spent the winter months in Sarasota, FL, where Don remodeled coaches and participated in fundraising events for the park they lived in. He also enjoyed park activities such as shuffleboard, hootenannies, and games of Texas Hold ‘em.
Most importantly, Don loved the holidays, spending time with all of his family, and the Detroit Tigers.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 40 years, Freida (Guerin) in 1988; his granddaughter, Dena; his great-granddaughter, Samantha; and his great-grandson, Zachary.
He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Ruth (Kalchik); children, Donald Detzler of Gaylord, MI, Darrel (Linda) Detzler of Kaleva, MI, Duane (Dawn) Detzler of Gaylord, MI, and Deb (Dan) Winowiecki of Gaylord, MI; stepdaughter, Pat Hart of Red Hook, NY; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Cathedral, American Heart Association, or the ALS Foundation, through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home, 135 N. Center Ave., Gaylord, MI 49735. Visitation will begin on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.
The service will be live-streamed through the Nelson Funeral Home Facebook page and can be located by following the link provided below Don’s picture.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.