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Donald McKenzie Obituary
McKENZIE, DONALD; of Jackson, Michigan, and Punta Gorda, Florida; lost his battle with cancer on September 25, 2011. He was born March 15, 1935 in Detroit, MI to Donald A. and Violet McKenzie. They preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Doris (Ritter) McKenzie; three children, Donald Michael McKenzie of Little Torch Key, Florida, Sally (Charles) Suchodolski of Bay City, Michigan, Jeannie (Rick) Jackson of Moore Park, California; six grandsons, one granddaughter, and one sister, Victoria Diane (Francis James) Buckley of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; he is also survived by four aunts, an uncle, and several cousins, all of Ontario, Canada. Donald graduated from high school in Garden City, MI, and attended the University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University where he received a degree in business administration. He was mechanically talented and began his automotive engineering career with Ford Motor Company, in Dearborn, as an engineering trainee. In 1957 he joined Chrysler Chelsea Proving Ground as a technician in the truck group. When Chrysler quit building medium and heavy duty trucks, the Test Department was downsized and Don was transferred to the passenger car engineering area where he held a variety of positions. He retired after 32 plus years as an engineering supervisor. After retirement Donald became interested in genealogy and traced his ancestry back to the early 1800's. This interest was developed after he inherited a Victoria Cross won by his great uncle Albert McKenzie during World War I in the battle of Zeebrugge. Don donated the cross to the Imperial War Museum, London England, in 2000. In 1999 he begun spending his winters in Punta Gorda, Florida, and became interested in the history of Charlotte County. He was a member of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) and enjoyed volunteering as a narrator on the Peace River ecological sight seeing excursions. Cremation has taken place, and a Memorial Service will be held at the WATSON FUNERAL CHAPEL, Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 2 p.m., Michael D. Mason officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Allegiance Hospice, One Jackson Square, 4th floor, Jackson, MI 49201 or Jackson County Genealogical Society, 211 W. Ganson Street, Jackson, MI 49201.
Published in Heritage on Oct. 6, 2011
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