of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, age 90 passed away Wednesday, February 3rd at his home. He was born December 6, 1930, in Marshall County, Indiana to Esta E. and Flossie Marie (Walterhouse) Van Gilder. On September 6th, 1952, Donald married Margie Jean Connon and she survives. He is also survived by sons, Terry (Thresa) Van Gilder of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Daniel (Brenda) Van Gilder of Leo, Indiana, and daughter, Lori (Brad) Critchfield of Grass Lake, Michigan. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In addition, his brothers, Richard Van Gilder and Larry Van Gilder survive.

Don worked as an engineer and designer in the Tool and Die Industry his entire career. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed time at their trailer on a lake in northern Indiana fishing. They always had a beautiful yard and flower beds. Don was often caught with a pair of pruners or a hose in his hand. He especially loved his yellow roses. He also loved feeding his birds and squirrels. He would often laugh about his fat squirrels and deer trying to empty his bird feeders. In 2017, they moved to Chelsea, Michigan.

A private burial took place in Bremen, Indiana, with arrangements made by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, Michigan.

 


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