Donald Sheldon Orthner

August 28, 1928July 3, 2018

Donald S. Orthner, born September 28, 1928 to Philip and Bertha Orthner of Fenton, Michigan, went home to be with the Lord on July 3, 2018. Don was preceded in death by his wife, Elinor; his parents and brother, Wilbur. Don grew up in Fenton, Michigan. He attended Fenton High School, where he later was inducted into the Fenton Hall of Fame for athletics. He attended Bob Jones University (1950) and Michigan State University where he earned degrees in education, BA (1956) and Masters (1958). Don worked as an educator, counselor and administrator for the Lansing School District (1956-1987). Don also served his country in the armed forces. Anyone who knew Don knows how much he loved sports, especially basketball, baseball, and tennis. Don excelled at each of these sports and continued to play competitive sports into his early 70’s. As much as Don loved sports, he loved his Lord and Savior even more. He faithfully served his local church in many ways, supported missionaries around the world, and even in his later years, Don brought joy to so many around him. We praise God for having Don in our lives and his Heavenly home! A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 621 S. Jefferson St., Mason, MI 48854. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memories and online condolences may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 9, 2018

Donald Sheldon Orthner

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Mike Whipple

October 8, 2018

I just learned of Don's passing. Amy (my wife) and I wanted to let anyone who sees this to know what a blessing Don was to our lives. We attended Trinity Church in East Lansing and attended the same Sunday school class as Don and Elinor. We were on staff with Campus Crusade (now Cru) at Michigan State University and Don and Elinor (before she passed) supported us in our ministry - and Don continued to do so right up through this past year. His generous giving helped us reach out to college students all over the world.

It was a privilege and honor to have Don on our ministry partner team and we will miss him.

Mike and Amy Whipple