Donald Himelrick

Donald Himelrick

Donald C. Himelrick, Sr. of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013, in Allegan. Mr. Himelrick was born August 4, 1930, to Earl and Lillian (Chalmers) Himelrick.

Don graduated from Northeastern University and Burdett College, both in Massachusetts. For many years he was employed as comptroller/treasurer, first with Cabot, Cabot and Forbes in Boston, MA, and later with Meyer C. Weiner of Kalamazoo. Don loved his family. In his leisure time he enjoyed photography, cooking, camping, fishing, swimming and collecting toy trains. He had helped to establish the Kalamazoo Toy Train Co. Don was a member of the Assembly of God, Plainwell, where he served as church treasurer and director of the church’s homeless shelter.

On May 8, 1955 in Middleton, MA he married Loretta Luzinski, who survives. Also surviving are three daughters and a son, Joyce (John) Davis of Otsego, Sharon Dolfin of Bloomingdale, Lauren (Mark) Witsaman of Grand Rapids and Donald Chalmers (Bernadette) Himelrick, Jr. of Plainwell; 11 grandchildren, Michael, Angela, Danita, Nathaniel, Casey, Catherine, Donald III, Lillian, Blaise, Mara and Conrad; siblings, Robert (Carolyne) Himelrick of Florida, David Himelrick and Gail (Peter) Smith, both of Massachusetts; several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place . A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at the Plainwell Assembly of God Church, 202 S. Sherwood Ave., Plainwell, Michigan. Don’s family will receive friends prior to the service from 10 to 11 A.M.  A luncheon immediately following the service will be at the Plainwell Community Center.

Contributions in memory of Don may be made to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

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  1. Sandy Young says:

    Sharon and Loretta and family, so sad to see this. Don was always a second dad to me. Helped with my homework, helped me learn to drive. He will always have a special place in my heart.
    Sandy Earle Young

  2. Tracy (Smith) Johnson says:

    Aunt Loretta & all my cousins – I am so sorry for your loss. I always felt I had a special bond with Uncle Don and will miss his “Hello Kiddo” phone calls. He will be missed greatly!

    I Love You All!

  3. Penny Smith says:

    Aunt Loretta and everyone – I was so sad to hear about this loss. You are all all in my prayers during this difficult time.

  4. Nancy (Himelrick) Stangel says:

    Dear Aunt Loretta and Family,

    So sorry to hear about Uncle Don’s passing. Prayers to you all.
    I will always remember the Revere Rd years and how Uncle Don was a big old Teddy Bear uncle. Sending love and hugs,
    Nancy and family

  5. Lisa DeNardo says:

    Aunt Loretta and cousins- I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Don’s passing. I will always remember him full of life and the good times we all shared when visiting. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.



  6. Bill Beckerle says:

    Rest in Peace, Don. The good old days at KTTW. The “King of the Bimps” and all that went along with. Sweet days, Don, and you were so much a part of them. We had magic moments there in the road of life, fun, good times, and fellowship. You will be missed. You made it fun. You were are Good Friend. Blessings and Thank-you.

  7. Loretta Himelrick says:

    Thank you to everyone for the kind words and condolences.
    All the love and support has helped, and continues to help our family through this difficult time. Loretta and family

    There is a planned memorial for Don on Saturday September 28.
    Location: Plainwell Assembly of God Church
    202 S. Sherwood Ave
    Plainwell, MI 49080 (just south of the library)
    Visitation with family: 10::00 am – 11:00 am
    Memorial service: 11:00 am
    Luncheon: immediately following at Plainwell Community Center

  8. Elaine Rich says:

    Dear Loretta,

    I am sorry to bother you. But at one time did you and Don live in Weymouth, MA on Lambert Avenue. Did you husband work at
    Cambridge Seven Associates as there Accountant in the 70,s. If so he hired me and taught me my profession as an accounting and I will always be grateful. If not I am sorry for your loss and the coincidence.

    Elaine Scagnoli Rich

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