OBITUARY

Francis Donald Halm

February 1, 1925July 1, 2013

Francis Donald "Don" Halm Okemos, Michigan

Age 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 1, 2013. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan on February 1, 1925 to George Theodore Halm and Amalia Stier Halm.

Don attended Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Saginaw where he played football. Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy to serve his country during World War II at the same time as his brothers Bob, Bill and Jack. Don was honorably discharged after serving as a radioman in the Asian Pacific Theater Campaign on the U.S.S. Shellbark.

Don attended Michigan State University on the GI Bill. After graduating in business, Don sold pharmaceuticals for Wyeth and McNeil for more than 40 years. Throughout his life, Don pursued a lifelong passion of gardening, backyard bird feeding, art and movie appreciation, politics, and building and enjoying an extensive jazz music library. Upon retirement, he volunteered for the McRee Guest House, the State of Michigan Historical Museum, Meridian Senior Center, and Lifeline Emergency Response Service.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and ex-wife, Marian Kandler. He is survived by his children, Jim (Carol) of Okemos, Mary Dean of Los Angeles, Tom Halm of Walled Lake, Ted Halm of Big Rapids, Rick Halm of Flushing, Ann (Eric) Kammerer of East Lansing, Jacki Halm of East Lansing; daughter-in-law, Debbie Gibbs-Halm of Grand Blanc; 10 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Burcham Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation for their kind and respectful care of their father.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Rd, East Lansing, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Don’s memory may be made to the McRee Guest House, 2721 S. Washington Ave., Lansing, MI 48910. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. Online condolences may be made at: www.greastlansing.com.

Services

  • Memorial Mass Saturday, July 6, 2013
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Liz Dean

July 12, 2013

My Grandpa was one of the most amazing people I knew. He was such a kind and loving man, and truly cared for others. Every time he walked in the room it would light up. His smile and beautiful blue eyes always put a smile on everyones face including my own. He would always ask how I was doing and was genuinely interested in other people. I will miss my annual visits to go see him and will always cherish the many fond memories I have of him. I remember he would always be mowing his lawn and gardening and feeding the birds. He loved to do that. He was so full of life, loved nature, and was very selfless and had such a big heart. He taught me so much and I will miss him deeply and am glad I have all of our wonderful memories together from when I was little until now.

July 11, 2013

My sympathy Jackie.

Jacki Halm

July 11, 2013

My Dad was a true servent of God. Always volunteer work and helping others and His family when in need. He will be missed greatly