Van Curler, Donald E. Ann Arbor, MI
Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, mentor and friend, age 78, of Ann Arbor, died April 4, 2010, surrounded by his loving family and is now with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born the son of Ray and Cornelia (Vanderzyl) Van Curler on April 13, 1931 in Pontiac, MI. Don is survived by his wife Carol of 20 years, his daughter Claudine Etter, sister Doris (Van Curler) Gostling, brother Carl Van Curler and his wife Maureen. In addition nephew Dean Gostling, his wife Tina and his children Kevin and Megan; niece Diane (Gostling) Bigler, her husband Dean and son Dustin; niece Dawn (Gostling) Pruitt, her husband Michael and children Destiny, Austen and Taylor; niece Kimberly (Van Curler) Paglia and her husband John; niece Tamara (Van Curler) Jaros, her husband Bryan and children Alexis and Alivia. Don is also survived by brother-in-law Dennis Wozniak, his wife Diane and children Natalie, John and Anna. Don honorably and proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 and was stationed in Germany during its post-WWII rebuilding efforts. Don was a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Architecture, established Van Curler & Associates, AIA in 1960 which has operated continuously for 50 years. In addition, Don established Flying Dutchman Management, Inc. and Flying Dutchman Construction, Inc. As a result Don was able to design, construct and manage numerous projects and properties throughout Michigan. First and foremost Don was a bold and faithful servant of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was not ashamed of the Gospel, was committed to sharing his first love of Jesus Christ and took every opportunity to witness his faith to someone new each day so all could spend eternity with our Father God in Heaven. Don's family will receive friends from 2 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 and again on Thursday, April 8th from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 at the Nie Family Funeral Home, Carpenter Road Chapel, 2400 Carpenter Rd., Ann Arbor. Pastor Marc Monte officiating. Interment to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor. Don faithfully and humbly served as a board member of Coral Ridge Ministries Media, Inc. which was formed by his dear friend and mentor the late Dr. D. James Kennedy. Memorial contributions may be made to Coral Ridge Ministries Media, Inc. P.O. Box 1600, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33302.
Published in Ann Arbor News on Apr. 6, 2010.