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Don Wesley Grundel, age 90, of Elk Rapids, passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Munson Medical Center. He was born April 24, 1926 in Elkhart, Indiana, to Alfred and Gene (Ziegler) Grundel.
Don graduated from Traverse City High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served his country for two years before returning home.
Don married the late Merris Matteson in 1946 and the late Elizabeth (Converse) Barnes in 1972.
Don spent most of his working life as a tool and die maker, but he was a jack of all trades. He worked in several different businesses doing anything from handyman work to metal work and everything in between.
Don played the clarinet since he was a young boy. He played with many groups over the years, and it was a real passion for him. He also enjoyed woodworking, racing cars and tinkering with cars or anything that needed to be fixed.
Don will be greatly missed by his children, Dennis (Elaine) Grundel, of Rapid City, and Shawn (Robert) Davis, of Big Rapids; stepchildren, John (Kim) Barnes and Cheryl Barnes-Dunham; grandchildren, Michael Grundel, Laura Moser, Schatzie (David) Shephard, Angela Pattison, Randy (Val) Pattison, Matthew (Ashley) Davis and Kylie Davis; step grandchildren, Jennifer, Susan, Bobbie, Jessica and Chrissy; very special friends and neighbors, Denny and Rachel Bezile; and beloved dogs, Cubby and Spike.
Besides his parents, Don was preceded in death by both wives, Merris and Elizabeth; a daughter, Ann Murray; a half brother, Arvid Grundel; stepson, Richard Barnes; and step grandson, Ricky.
A visitation will be held Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids. A funeral will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home. Don will be laid to rest at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Don's name may be directed to the Elk Rapids AmVets or the Elk Rapids Band Boosters.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.
Published on February 25, 2017
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