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Donald "Glenn" Neihardt, formerly of Traverse City, peacefully passed away on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. His wife, Kathy, was by his side.
He was born Jan. 13, 1934 to Julia Mabel (Hart) and Samuel Emmett Neihardt. He grew up in South Boardman and Traverse City, the youngest of nine children.
As a young man he worked on the Alaska Railroad and then joined the U.S. Army.
He married Margo Diane (Bell) on Dec. 15, 1957; they had two children, Michelle Diane and Donald Glenn.
Glenn worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 33 years, retiring in 1996.
Margo passed away in April of 2000. Glenn was blessed to have had two great loves in his life and married Katherine (Goodheart) Renaud on Oct. 25, 2003.
After retirement Glenn enjoyed part-time contract driving and volunteer projects. He had a loving concern for disadvantaged people, especially hungry children.
He loved to make car trips and to collect mugs (and shot glasses) from places he visited. He also collected hats and message pins; crossword puzzles were his passion. He loved to play Santa Claus to Margo's day care children and of course, his beard made him look very authentic!
He deeply loved and was loved by his extensive family and many friends, especially at First Christian Church in Traverse City. His son especially remembers him as a great role model for being a father.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Margo; brothers, Sam and Carol Neihardt; sisters, Barbara (Husk), Jean (Gassel) and Joanne (Kennedy); stepdaughter, Juanita Renaud; and daughter, Joy in 1957.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine Neihardt; children, Michelle (Don) Takehara and Donald Neihardt; stepdaughter, Sara (Johan Bracko) Hornick; and former daughter-in-law, Denise Neihardt; and also by grandchildren, Brittany Neihardt, Margo Takehara, Jeremy Takehara, Brian Flanagin, Steven Flanagin, Jessica Renaud, Michelle Bridges, Alex Hornick and Christopher Hornick.
Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at First Christian Church in Traverse City on Monday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be directed to First Christian Church.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to sign Glenn's online guestbook and to share your memories with the family.
Published on December 16, 2017
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