OBITUARY

Donald Joseph Fedewa

October 27, 1930March 14, 2021
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Donald Joseph Fedewa, of Bath, MI died peacefully at Hospice House in Lansing, surrounded by his children. He was born in Riley Township, MI, the second born of seven boys. He was known for his story telling and loved to inquire about the stories of others’ family origins and occupations. He grew up on a farm working its fields and at the age of 17 grew restless driving his “little Ford tractor” and formulated a plan to pursue academics. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. He joined Army ROTC and after graduating from college was sent to Germany where he was a First Lieutenant with the Army- serving as an Ammunition Operation Officer. He returned from Germany and met his wife of 63 years, Beverly. He worked for the USDA for 43 years and retired as the Director of the State of Michigan office. His work in the government lead to what he recalled as “five moves with six children.” He received a Distinguished Service Award in 1996 for his contribution to agricultural statistics from MSU. He lived a life full of work and was at his best during a project. He valued his education, family and Catholicism above all others.

Survived by his six children. Dr. Susan (Dr. Simon) Fedewa-Pullkat, Dr. David (Mary Jo) Fedewa, Jeffrey (Linda) Fedewa, Anne (Robert) Subrizi, John Fedewa and Lisa (Larry) Palmer; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Caleb), Lauren (Matt), Allison (Jimmy), Christopher (Mary), Katherine, Brian, Vincent, Samuel, Andrew and Matthew; great grandchildren, Daniel and Adeline. Survived by brothers Richard, Stanley, Thomas and Bernard and sisters-in-law Bernie, Clarita and Mary. As well as countless cousins. Preceded in death by his wife Beverly, parents Robert and Theresa (Sohn), brothers William and Robert Jr., sisters-in-law, Joan, Linda and Helene.

Celebration of the Funeral Mass will take place, Thursday, March 18, 2021, 11:00 AM at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with Rev. Matthew as celebrant. The family will receive relatives and friends, one hour prior to the service at the church. The family is being served by Gorsline Funeral Homes, Dewitt, MI where viewing will take place from 6-8 PM Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Donald would like any donations to be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.grdewitt.com.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 18, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, March 18, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Inurnment

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Jim Smith

March 23, 2021

Janet and I give our sincere condolences to all of Don's family. Mr Fedewa was my supervisor in the Michigan office. He had a saying that I appreciated: "We can disagree without being disagreeable". After a while of getting to know each other, we became friends. He was one of the few supervisors I had who would deal with problems. I appreciated that We went hunting on Bill's property and went fishing in lake Erie. We kept in touch after my transfer to DC. We saw each other when I visited Michigan or he came to DC to visit Tom. I will miss the phone conversations we had. Don was a wonderful man. He will be missed.

Jim and Janet Smith

Thomas Fedewa

March 16, 2021

Rest In Peace, Brother. From your brother, Tom and his children, Rachel and Nathaniel.

Jeanne Simon

March 15, 2021

Uncle Don laying on the couch at My Dads FL home , and nearly falling off in laughter! We got to laughing so hard about Uncle Bill's "run in" with olive oil!! I'll never forget how we laughed and laughed. Uncle Don, I will miss you!! I'm so happy you are with Aunt Bev, Dad, and Uncle Bill. Laugh away!! Rest in peace.

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Biography

Donald Joseph Fedewa, of Bath, MI died peacefully at Hospice House in Lansing, surrounded by his children.
He was born in Riley Township, MI, the second born of seven boys.
He was known for his story telling and loved to inquire about the stories of others’ family origins and occupations. He grew up on a farm working its fields and at the age of 17 grew restless driving his “little Ford tractor” and formulated a plan to pursue academics. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. He joined Army ROTC and after graduating from college was sent to Germany where he was a First Lieutenant with the Army- serving as an Ammunition Operation Officer. He returned from Germany and met his wife of 63 years, Beverly. He worked for the USDA for 43 years and retired as the Director of the State of Michigan office. His work in the government lead to what he recalled as “five moves with six children.” He received a Distinguished Service Award in 1996 for his contribution to agricultural statistics from MSU. He lived a life full of work and was at his best during a project. He valued his education, family and Catholicism above all others.