Donald W. Garthe

Donald W. Garthe
Donald W. “Don” Garthe of Plainwell, MI went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 31, 2008 at his home, with his family at his side. Don was born on June 9, 1939 in Detroit and was raised there by his loving parents Paul and Helen (Yambor) Garthe until they moved to Kalamazoo when Don was a High School senior. In 1960 he began working at Peterson Spring where he eventually became a manager. Don worked at Peterson Spring until 1990, he opened D and D Spring in Portage in 1991 which he owned and ran until his retirement in 2001. Don was a loving husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed ham radio, gardening, woodworking, golf and camping. In 1974 in Kalamazoo, he married Margaret McSpadden, who survives. Also surviving are his 2 children, Walker (Terry) Toddy of Plainwell and La Donna (Mark) Edick of Schoolcraft; his grandchildren, Olivia Toddy, Hunter Toddy, Jonathon Edick, Charles Edick, Monica Edick, Kevin (Tara) Richter, Jamie (Rick) Moore; 1 great-granddaughter, Riley Jean Moore; his sister-in-law, Erma (Bill) Evans; his brother-in-law, John (Chris) McSpadden; and his brother, Jerry Kinney. He was preceded in death by his parents. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and gathering of family and friends will be held at the Gun Plain Township Hall on 8th St. in Plainwell on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 2p.m. with Kenneth Terry Jr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial contributions to Hospice Care of SW Michigan.
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