Salmon, Donald

Donald J. Salmon, 90, of Waldron, Mich., died March 26, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Culver, Ind., surrounded by his family.  

He was born May 7, 1923, in Austin, Mich., the son of Walter Henry and Vina Bell (Southwell) Salmon.  He married Doris C. Rutledge on Feb. 13, 1943,  in Pioneer, Ohio, and she preceded him in death Sept. 27, 2013.

 Don was a life-long Waldron area resident and a 1941 graduate of Camden High School. He previously lived with his daughter Treasure in Winona Lake, Ind., and most recently with his daughter Ramona in Culver, Ind.

Don was employed with Hillsdale Tool for more than 35 years, and he had a life-long passion for farming. He was a lifetime Mason and an avid euchre player. He was recognized by the Red Cross for donating gallons of blood. Don was a member of the Waldron Wesleyan Church.

 Don is survived by two daughters, Treasure (and James) Gilmer of Winona Lake, Ind., and Ramona (and Randy) Lichtenbarger of Culver, Ind.; one son, Darcie (and Bettie) Salmon of Wasilla, Alaska; one sister, Thelma Burgess of Ortonville, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He  was preceded in death by his parents, wife; two sisters, Viola Weston and Ramona Salmon; one brother, Farn Salmon; one daughter-in-law, Theresa Salmon; one grandson, Jason Donavon Gilmer; and one step-great-grandson, Casey Ochs. 

 Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Waldron Wesleyan Church, with Rev. Tom Brodbeck and Pastor James Gilmer officiating. Military interment by the Hudson American Legion Hannan Colvin Post #180 will follow in Waldron Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at  Waldron Wesleyan Church. Arrangements were made by Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Waldron Wesleyan Church or the charity of donor’s choice.