Donald T. Gavin

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Feb. 16, 1929 - Oct. 8, 2013
SOUTH BEND - Donald T. Gavin, 84, of South Bend, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at Golden Living Center, Fountainview, Mishawaka. Donald was born February 16, 1929, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to the late Thomas and Gertrude (Despins) Gavin. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Tom Gavin, Jean Gavin, Lois Gellin, Sally Anne Huempfner, and Rev. Phil Gavin. On May 22, 1954, in Green Bay, WI, Donald married Janice Marie (Berendsen), who survives. Also surviving are his daughters, Karen (Brian) Sharp of Granger, Julie (Todd) Putman of Columbia City, IN, and Deanna (Mike) Eberly of Osceola; one son, Larry (Therese) Gavin of Buffalo, New York; twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Donald proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He retired in 1994 as a salesman from A B Dick. He also worked as a courtesy driver for Gates Chevrolet. He was a member of St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, and baked Eucharist bread for the church. Donald loved life and his family. He was always on the go, whether it was vacationing with his family, going to work, taking whichever dog he had at the time for a walk (dogs names in order of time frame - Muffett, Ginger, Bayber, Sydney, or Molly). He had a very gentle soul. He would help anyone in need. He was a dad that you could count on no matter how bad the problem was. His hobbies included camping, cheering for his favorite teams, the Green Bay Packers or Notre Dame, and traveling to Cancun, Puerto Rico, Germany and Paris, as well as many of his favorite state parks. Some of his many favorite sayings were "peace be with you, not on you," and "fastest eater gets the most." Most of all, his family was MOST important. He had the most off-the-wall sense of humor. Everyone who knew Don will miss him dearly. We love you wonderful husband, daddy, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 17033 Cleveland Rd., with Rev. Thomas Shoemaker officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family 4 until 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home where a vigil service will be held at 6:30. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, 54191 N. Ironwood, South Bend, IN 46635; or Humane Society of St. Joseph County, 2606 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at
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Welsheimer Funeral Home North
17033 Cleveland Rd South Bend, IN 46635
(574) 272-2244
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Oct. 10, 2013
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