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Donald D. London

March 18, 1932 November 27, 2010
Donald D. London
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Donald D. London

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Born in Redford Twp., Don was a graduate of Holly High School, where he played clarinet and conducted the marching band. Music was a lifelong passion, from the symphonies of Beethoven to the big band dance music of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, to the regimental bagpiping of the Edinburgh Tatoo, to the hymns he would hear at church, his eyes would always brighten to the sound of music. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and after returning he went to work with Fisher Body at the Coldwater Road facility in Flint.
After he lost his first wife, Joanne, in 1986 to cancer, he met Nancy Colegrove on a blind date and they married in 1995 enjoying 17 years in Tennessee where they made their retirement home. He loved the out-of-doors and the change of seasons. He was an avid fisherman who never divulged his favorite fishing holes and a civil war buff and amateur historian. He was a bird-watcher, an airplane gazer, a model train hobbyist and a long walker who saw life as a sort of pilgrimage -- a gift he never took for granted. In the last year, as dementia made his life more and more challenging, he and Nancy moved home to be near his family. His sense of humor and abiding faith, long nurtured by the Pimona Methodist Church in Crossville, TN, stood him in good stead till the very end.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, he is survived by daughters, Sue (Clyde) Wright of Fenton, Julie (Mike) Griffith of Waterford; sons, Kenny London of TN, Gilbert London of Wixom, Gene Tamlyn of Highland, Michael (Kim) Taylor of Chicago; thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren; a sister, Judy (George) Bowren of Holly and many dear friends who join with his family in mourning the death of a good man and giving thanks to God for his life among them. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert London, and a sister, Joyce.
Funeral services and Military Honors will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Wednesday, December 1, at 11AM. Cremation will follow. Friends may visit Tuesday 3-9PM. Memorials may be made in his name to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Milford American Legion Post 216, or to the Huron Valley AmVets Post 2006. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.


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