Donald E. Van Curler
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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.

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Published in Ann Arbor News on Apr. 6, 2010.
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May 25, 2017
Dear Carol,
It is now May 24, 2017. I just read of the passing of your dear Don.

I was employed by Don in 1966. What a remarkable man! A true example of a Gentleman and Christian. It soon became apparent that I didn' have the 'secretarial' skills needed for the position,
so Don, very kindly and, of course, diplomatically,
'let me go', assuring me that he would pay my full salary until I found employment. Don was the true embodiment of a Christian, I found employment soon. It was with Ulrich Wolfgang Stoll, and you may know him, or of him. He was the Political antithesis of your Don, being an extremely liberal Democrat! He, of course, spoke very highly of Don.

My prayers are with you and Charlotte, whom I met just once.

Suzanne Swanson
July 18, 2014
At a 2008 CUFI dinner I was seated beside a stately gentlemen and his lovely wife. This gentlemen introduced himself as Don Van Curler. Don was kind enough to give some books to me that night, with his signature card, with Matthew 6:33 written out. Don had signed it as Don + Carol.

I am embarrassed to say that I failed to send a written thank you to Don for his generosity. Just today I went to send a note of thanks to Don, only to find out he's now home with the Lord.

I'll keep the business card, showing Don's main business was telling people about our Lord Jesus Christ, bringing them into the Kingdom whenever possible.
Hubert Gardner
October 22, 2011
June 16, 2010
Dear Sister Carol, Your husband had meant so much to my co-workers & staff, the minute he came to Bob Evans, without him, there wouldn't have been such "double pleasure," expanding all the Bob Evans customers, that he spreaded throughout his tenure. He enjoyed me & my friends' company - I'm sure thankful he was like a good friend next to my radio idol [Jim Beall] and my late aunt, Parthina.
Gary Collins II
June 2, 2010
I just recently heard of Don VanCurler's death and would like to say to the family that I am sorry for their loss. Don made it possible for the West Branch Library to be located in the Westgate shopping mall in the early 80's. He gave me and my library colleagues great support in making it a fine place to work. It became,as he clearly saw, a drawing card for the community as well as the many other fine retail places that he brought into the mall. He was known to have great respect for libraries. Marilyn Heers Larson
Marilyn Heers Larson
April 9, 2010
I knew Don as a fellow architect in Ann Arbor. I appreciated his generous and sincere collegiality. Kind regards and condolences to his family
James Wong
April 8, 2010
I worked for Don and Carl in the 80's. He was a great man and a great mentor to many who came through his businesses. I will never forget the time he took to teach those around him so that they could reach their potential and move on to greater things as he had. That job has been a blessing in my life.
Suzanne Freel Pomrehn
April 8, 2010
Praying for you during this difficlut time. Don was greatly loved by many and will be so missed here on earth.
Looking forward to that great reunion. For the Christian, the best is yet to come.
Elaine and Wilson Rivera
Elaine Rivera
April 7, 2010
Dear Carol – Although we have not been in Core Group recently and I will be unable to attend the Memorial Service, I wanted you to know that I was saddened to hear that your dear husband has died. How fitting that he went to see Jesus on Easter Day! Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers over these next days.
Nancy Murphy
April 6, 2010
Carol- Your family here in Minnesota was so sad to hear about Don passing. We will always remember all our family reunions and some game nights at our house when we lived in Michigan, even tho they were few they were always so much fun. Wish we could be with all of you this week, but know that you will all be in our prayers.
Rich and Barb Van Curler
April 6, 2010
Carol ~ We were saddened to hear of Don's passing. Don was always so kind to us. We will always remember his smile when he saw us. We know how much he loved you it truly showed when we saw the two of you together. We are thinking of you and your extended family at this time. God bless all.
Bill & Bev VanCurler
April 6, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Don was very instrumental in helping us get established in Ann Arbor with our school and National Taekwondo Association. We were blessed to know him not only as a student, but as a friend.
Edward & Brenda Sell
April 6, 2010
Just to let you know that you are in our thoughts and
prayers. May God calm your heart and spirit and may
you truly feel His presence. Don lived his life to it's
fullest, not only for all of you, but also for God. Love you.

Roger and Wilma
Roger & Wilma Luurtsema
April 6, 2010
Through working with Don for decades we became friends and I have enormous respect for his integrity and his skills. His absence will leave a huge hole in his family and in his community.
My condolences go out especially to Carol whom I have also known for decades.
Dave Solomon
Dave Solomon
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