OBITUARY

Donald Robert Jaeger

November 9, 1943November 22, 2021
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Donald Robert Jaeger (78) passed away suddenly at home on November 22, 2021. Don was the son of Peter and Sylvia (Reske) Jaeger. Born in Detroit on November 9, 1943.

Don grew up on Detroit’s east side, spending many happy-filled childhood summers in Stoney Point, Ontario. Don graduated from DeLaSalle Collegiate High School ‘61 and attended University of Detroit. He served with the US Marines.

He married Diana Marks in 1964 and would have celebrated 57 years of marriage on November 27, 2021, together they had 4 children. They lived in Grosse Pointe Woods and were members of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish.

Don started as a tool and die maker and became a successful entrepreneur. Always able to read the market, he would adjust his many business courses successfully. He happily retired at age 52, bought a cottage on Harsens Island, and truly enjoyed his retirement years.

Don was generous, kind, loving, faithful, and funny. He always had a joke and smile ready to brighten everyone’s day. There was never a family member or friend that asked for his help that didn’t receive it. He lived his life believing that if you could help someone else you should and he did. He was a true Christian & Patriot.

Don was a Hockey Enthusiast all his life, even playing for the Junior Red Wings at 16 years old. He went on to coach many hockey teams over the years and took pride knowing he had influenced his players in a positive manner. His proudest moments were coaching his son Donnie's hockey teams. He won the All Ontario Championship “Sutherland Cup” both as a player for the Detroit Jr. Wings in 62’ and as team owner of the Sarnia Blast in ‘02. He and his wife, Diana, travelled to New York nearly every weekend during their son’s collegiate hockey career and brought home-cooked meals for the entire team after Friday night home games.

Watching his grandchildren play hockey, various other sports and performing in the arts also gave him great joy. He tried to make every event he possibly could. Fishing with friends and cooking were other passions. He felt that time spent fishing and cooking were never wasted. Big family dinners were his favorite. His signature dishes and family meals will be cherished by his family and they will miss his presence immensely. He passed both passions on to his children and grandchildren. In his later years, Don enjoyed spending his mornings having breakfast and discussing politics with his friends (RIMEOs) at local restaurants.

Don was a great father, encouraging and supporting his children in their dreams and passions. The only people he loved more than his children were his grandchildren. He loved nothing more than to spend time with his grandchildren and he was extremely proud of them all. He was definitely a family man.

Don leaves behind his wife Diana, three daughters, Colleen (John) Haubert, Heidi (Barry) Brookes, Susan (John) Blake and son, Don (Katie), 7 grandchildren, Andrew (Becca) Haubert, Douglas Haubert, Melissa Haubert, Gretchen Brookes, Johnny Blake, Nora and Bryce Jaeger and 1 great grandchild, Jackson Haubert. Sisters, Jacqueline (the late Jerome) Schiltges and Sylvia (Jerry) Koeningbauer. Don will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 3-9 PM on Wednesday December 1st at A.H. Peters Funeral Home 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236. A Rosary service will be at 7 PM.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday December 2nd at 10 AM at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 468 Fairford Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods.

Donations can be made in his name to: St. Jude’s Children Hospital, https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=header-btn-donate-now

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, December 2, 2021

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Thomas Lodari

December 1, 2021

Don and I grew up as next door neighbor’s at the age of 5. He was Butch and I was Tommy. We remained buddies all these years. He was a big influence on my life. We played together all the time, whether it be riding bikes, playing football on the church lawn, playing hockey in his backyard when Mr. Jaeger(Pete) would freeze it over with water in the winter, or baseball in the street.
Later as adults we shared the love of the machine tool business buying and selling metal working machinery.
Don was up on political issues and world events and was great at expressing his views.
He was a Christian and loved his family.
I’m going to miss him dearly. RIP buddy

David Boutrous

November 30, 2021

I had the privilege of knowing Mr. Jaeger since childhood as I have always been close friends with his son, Don. Mr. Jaeger's rare combination of intellect, wit, humor, and humility left an indelible impression. His willingness to offer incisive opinions on political, economic, and cultural trends was matched only by his genuine compassion for others. For many years, Mr. Jaeger, Don, and myself would share opinions about the world's developments, and I would leave each exchange more knowledgeable thanks to Mr. Jaeger's insights. Above all else, Mr. Jaeger had an innate ability to make those around him feel special. He was an amazing man and will be missed. God Bless.

Jackie Cadieux

November 29, 2021

Uncle Don was always a wonderful human being. I remember one Holiday we spent at Aunt Diane and Uncle Don’s house. All us kids were playing video games just having a ball. Anytime someone tried to get us to socialize with the grown-ups he would say “leave them be they’re kids who are having fun!” I wouldn’t see them again until I was 15. We took a trip to Michigan from our home in Florida to visit everyone. Uncle Don asked us to come out to the cottage. We had just met Katie and Donnie had some buddies over from college. It was just a great gathering! If I wasn’t getting into shenanigans with Susan you could find me by Uncle Don’s side. I was always kind of a misfit teen who was finding her way and Uncle Don just understood me. He just did. It breaks my heart that I haven’t seen him since then but I will forever be great full of all the memories that I have of Uncle Don. He loved life. He was a proud family man who loved his family endlessly and cherished them, always and in all ways. I will miss him dearly and all the stories he had for me.

Sylvia Koenigbauer

November 29, 2021

I can hardly say the words… it doesn’t seem possible. But, my big brother is gone and I miss him tremendously. And yet, I know he lives on. I see his love in the faces of his children and grandchildren. I witness his extreme generosity throughout our family….sisters, nieces and nephews, friends that he has helped to become who they are. And most importantly, I feel his presence filling this huge hole in my heart and it’s there that he will remain. Know this Don, your little Sis loves you and that will never end. Hug Mom and Dad for me until I see you on the other side.

Cathy Luibrand

November 23, 2021

My Uncle Don loved his cottage. Better yet, he loved to share his cottage with all of us. I remember my son, Nate, was bringing a girl up from Ohio for 4 days and we had no clue what to do with her! My Uncle Don said, “Bring her to Harsen’s Island!!!” We did, and it was such a blast. Everyone was always welcome there. You were well fed and too tired to do anything the next day from all the lake activities. My dad and mom spent numerous summer days there and always hated to see summer come to a close. I never look at life as doors closing. If one door closes, another opens. My Uncle Don is just opening another door of his life right now. He will be rewarded big time by the big guy upstairs. He was a very loving uncle and shared everything he had (and more) with others. Love you, Uncle Don, and may you find your deserved place in heaven.

Jackie Schiltges

November 23, 2021

I never think of him without a smile ~ And that’s a rather splendid thing to say ~ What better legacy could one bequeath ~ Than smiles to brighten up a loved one’s day! I miss him, but I find when teardrops start~ And when I’m feeling lonely and upset ~ just thinking of him starts me smiling too~ At all the happy memories he left! Dear brother : On angels wings you were taken, But in my heart you’ll stay And in God’s light you will rest Until we meet again some day. Always your loving Sister Jackie! Rest In Peace !

Walt and Mary Kay Nikesch

November 23, 2021

Neighbor,Friend and hockey mentor and Coach,
Best man ever, you will be fondly remembered and very missed !
We lived next door and very soon put in a gate. You and your lovely family will always have a gate to my family’s heart.
Best memory was when we were tearing down the wall to expand the room and you and Walt said it was weight bearing wall,I Wanted it open I looked up there I had no idea what I was looking at but assured both of you it wasn’t weight bearing! I was really relieved when it didn’t crush both of you! RIP with love🙏🏻😍😍

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