Donald L. Huyser

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Donald L. Huyser Lansing Donald L. Huyser, 86, died peacefully December 18, 2013. Born July 11, 1927 in Jackson, MI, the son of Cornelius and Cleo (Davis) Huyser, Don was a graduate of Lansing Eastern High School. After serving in the army in the Philippines at the end of WWII, he began a 65 year membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 665. From Apprentice to Master Electrician, he worked on such diverse projects as the Electrical Engineering (now Computer Center), Shaw Lane Power Plant, and Engineering buildings at Michigan State University; the National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) near Chicago; Oldsmobile, Fisher-Body plants and the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing; and power plants throughout Michigan and Montana. He was a life member of the American Legion, Post 0238; life member of Shriners International Elf Khurafeh Temple, Clio, where he led the Nomad's Oriental Band; life member Grand Ledge Lodge #179, Free & Accepted Masons; life member and Mark Master Mason of Grand Ledge Chapter #85, Royal Arch Masons; member Knights Templar Commandery No. 25 in Lansing; and a 32 degree Mason in Northern Masonic Jurisdiction Bay City. He was preceded in death by his parents; younger brother, Keith Huyser; sister-in-law, Pauline (Spratt) Olson; and son-in-law, Dan Brandon. Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, June (Spratt); children, Steven L. Huyser, Sue Brandon, and Sherry (Jeff) Holliday; grandchildren, Amie (Mike) Sullivan, Kelly (James) Harrington, Nicole (Mike) Thelen, Kari (Scott) Wurm, Tarin Fuller, and Cody (Alesia) Fuller; and 13 great grandchildren. He was also very close to the children of his brother: William (Sophie) Huyser, Robert Huyser, Jim Huyser, Nancy (Chris) Judd, and Tracey (Mike) Mihailoff; 9 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. He also treasured his relationships with a large number of other extended family members and friends, especially his good friend Bob Moody. A Masonic memorial service followed by a Celebration of Life will be held for Don on Saturday, January 4, 2014 2:00 pm at IBEW Local 665, 5205 S. Pennsylvania, Lansing. Don was ill his last thirteen months and treasured all the many visits from his family and friends. His favorite saying was, "Stop and smell the roses." In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.grlansing.com

Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 29, 2013
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