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Don L. Vangilder

May 1, 1937 September 30, 2018
Don L. Vangilder
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Obituary for Don L. Vangilder

Don L. Vangilder, a resident of Milford, MI, died surrounded by his family on September 30, 2018. Don was 81 years old.

Don was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 1, 1937 to proud parents, Andrew and Lula Vangilder. He worked hard throughout his childhood in both his schooling and athletics and was accepted into Albion College, located in Southern Michigan, where he excelled in academics, playing baseball and his passion, football. Don received his Bachelor’s degree in 1959 and was inducted into the Albion College Athletic Hall Fame in 1993.  

Shortly after graduating, Don began his career with Michigan Bell, a telecommunications company where he met his wife, Nancy at a company party.  The two were married on May 16, 1964 and loved each other dearly.  The experience he gained with Michigan Bell, led him to accept a position with Ameritech, where he became Vice President and retired as Managing Director of Telecom New Zealand in 1995.

Don and Nancy enjoyed traveling the globe, from Switzerland to South Africa to a family cruise in Alaska.  They purchased a home in Prestwick Village, a golf community in Highland, Michigan where they had fun golfing and socializing with their friends during the summer months before heading to Florida for the winter season. Don was truly a one of a kind, loyal family man who loved his family with all his heart.  He will be forever missed.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, Nancy, Don is survived by his daughters, Andrea (Jim) Hoeft and Becky (Jim) Farrugia and son in law, Michael Parks. He also leaves behind his cherished grandchildren, Kenny, Nancy (Kevin), Jamie, Alexandra and Christian as well as extended family members and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Luanne Parks, (d. January, 2018).

A celebration of Don’s life & time of sharing will take place at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 3 PM, with gathering beginning at 1 PM.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to the Albion College Fund. Please visit https://secure.advance.albion.edu/s/1782/16/interior3.aspx?sid=1782&gid=2&pgid=733&cid=1486 Or mail a check to Albion College, Institutional Advancement Office, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224

For further information, please contact Lynch & Sons at 248-684-6645

Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

11

Oct

1:00 PM 10/11/2018 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 10/11/2018 3:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Thursday

11

Oct

3:00 PM 10/11/2018 3:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 10/11/2018 4:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Albion College Fund

611 E. Porter Street
Albion, MI 49224
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