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Lt. Col Donald L. Abbott

November 23, 1932 October 16, 2017
Lt. Col Donald L. Abbott
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Born November 23, 1932 to Gerald L. and Bertha M. (Roberts) Abbott of Maple Rapids, he passed away at home on October 16, 2017.
Inducted into the air force at Ft Wayne, Detroit, he served as a decorated fighter pilot in the US Air Force actively for over 20 years before his retirement in 1977. He was member and sometimes president of many military organizations including the Air Force Association, the Military Officers Association of America, the Military Officers of Foreign Wars, the F86 Fighter Pilots Association, The Super Sabre Society (F100), and the 54F Pilot Training Class. He loved reunions with his flying buddies and managed to keep military time his whole life.
He graduated from Michigan State University with both B.S. and M.S. degrees and served as a Lecturer at the MSU School of Packaging where he taught the Introduction to Packaging Course. He is remembered by his students for his many jokes, examples, and stories in class some of which featured the foibles of his children. He was an avid State fan who enjoyed both basketball and football, but mostly football.
He maintained an extensive network of friends through his involvement in military organizations, the First United Methodist Church of Grand Ledge, many church groups, and the Masonic Lodge of Carson City.
Don was a partner in an equal opportunity kitchen and widely known for his beef barley soup, baked beans, homemade bread, and monster oatmeal cookies which he was always willing to share. He was a gentleman farmer who provided Thanksgiving turkeys each year. He enjoyed quietly entertaining everyone with his jokes and stories. In later life, he printed business cards that read: “Air wars fought, War stories fabricated, Professional packaging faked.” Pleasant, kind, loving, inspiring, warm, and loyal; he championed others and inspired many.
Don is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years Marjorie A. (Gilger) Abbott; two sons, Dr. Kenneth L. (Shirley) Abbott and Gary S. (Ruth) Abbott, and one daughter Cathleen A. Abbott; two grandsons, Christopher M. Abbott and Stephen M. Abbott; one sister, Lucille Paine; and one brother, Richard Abbott.
He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers Leslie and Rodney and two sisters Paulene Lowe and Doris Abbott.
A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday, October 23, 2017, at Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church, 411 Harrison St., Grand Ledge, MI 48837. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors or to Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church in memory of Donald. Online condolences may be shared at www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com.

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Visitation

Monday

23

Oct

10:00 AM 10/23/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/23/2017 11:00:00 AM
Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church

411 Harrison Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church
411 Harrison Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

Service

Monday

23

Oct

11:00 AM 10/23/2017 11:00:00 AM
Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church

411 Harrison Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church
411 Harrison Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Fort Custer National Cemetery Final Resting Place

15501 Dickman Road
Augusta, MI 49012

15501 Dickman Road Augusta 49012 MI
United States
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