RECEVEUR, DONALD WILLIAM JR., died peacefully at home on November 13, 2012 surrounded by loving family and friends.
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In his typical understated fashion, he summed up his life by saying, "I tried to be a stand up guy and help as many people as I could along the way." A man of uncommon insight, a teacher, a leader and a loyal friend, Don was born and raised in Louisville, KY. He graduated from Seneca High School, class of 1964 and received a B.A. in English from the University of Louisville in 1968.
He was drafted and served as an Army medic in Vietnam from January to December 1970. During his first two months in Vietnam, he wrote poems about his experiences. They have been published in multiple sources. He was awarded a bronze star.
After his service, Don earned a Masters Degree in English from the University of Louisville. He moved to Denver, CO, in 1980 and worked as a counselor for Vietnam veterans at the VA Vet Center. He earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. Don supervised other clinicians, taught classes at the DU and eventually became Deputy Regional Manager for the Vet Center. He counseled veterans at the opening of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.
In 1988, Don opened a private practice in clinical psychology. He specialized in evaluating and treating people with head injuries. He retired in 2010 after 25 years of dedicated service to his patients.
Don enjoyed the outdoors, traveling, collecting antiques, reading and all types of live music. He will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth (Betty) Receveur; and his father, Donald William Receveur.
He was a loving father to Gaven Receveur (Staci); step-father to Sarah Samson (Vladimir) and Ethan Samson (Lindsay); and grandfather to Wyatt, Lucie and Morgan Receveur, Meret and Lukas Pajkic and Ford Samson. He is also survived by his wife, Anne; and his brothers, Richard Receveur (Pam) and Brett Receveur (Susan); as well as, nephews, Matthew Receveur, Connor Receveur, Benjamin Receveur and Karen Hutti and Thomas Brown.
Visitation will be held at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY, from 2-7 p.m. on November 30, 2012. The funeral will be held there at 10 a.m. on December 1, 2012. Burial will follow at Cave Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Denver Hospice, 501 Cherry St., Suite 700, Denver, CO, 80246-1261, or to a
Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home
3800 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40218
Published in The Courier-Journal on Nov. 25, 2012