Donald McKivett
Reeb Funeral Home
5712 North Main Street
Sylvania, OH

Donald K. "Dr. Don" 1/31/1953

Don was the son of the late Rose and Milo McKivett. It was from his father that Don inherited his tremendous love of dance, cars, sports and acting. He was truly his fathers son. He took faithful care of his ailing mother and tended her every need until her final day. Don was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Kevin and Evan. He is survived by his sisters, Diane L. Mac Donald (Sturgeon Bay, WI), Denise M. Noboa, (Durham, NC); niece, Kathryn Rose Mac Donald, (Creedmoor, NC); nephew, Kevin P. Mac Donald, (Sturgeon Bay, WI); grandniece, Madalynn Rich (Creedmoor, NC); stepfather, Joseph Wikarski, and significant other, Nancy Plath.

Following high school Don became a deckhand on a Great Lakes freighter for Columbia Transportation. His time on those ships evoked many stories, which he told throughout his life. He then enrolled in Toledo University, for many, many, years, earning him the moniker, "Dr. Don", named by a friend for the length of time it took him to earn his degree. The name stuck with him for the rest of his life. While there he earned a degree in Arts and Science with a major in Performing Arts.

Don began his love of dance as a dance instructor for Arthur Murray and advanced his passion for movement at UT under legendary teacher, Elaine Valois, and for theatre and drama under Bernie Coyne. Don was a beloved favorite on the Toledo Dance scene, known for his elegant dress, style, and charm.

Don learned Tai Chi under the strict guidelines of Master Fong, Dr. Lee, and Gabriel Shin. Don taught Tai Chi at The University of Toledo and provided a free program at Swan Creek Metro Park. He was a prominent figure during the World Tai Chi Day events.

Don made a friend of everyone, never said a disparaging word about anyone. He remained a kid at heart throughout his life and it could be said that "Nobody could keep a Christmas like Don McKivett". He began shopping for gifts the year before and though Don never had much money, every gift was carefully chosen for that person. The gift-wrap was something else, often times consisting of paper bags or newspaper. Never let it be said that the Doc wasted a dime.

Sports were huge in Don's life and he never abandoned his beloved Indians or Browns, no matter their level of play. When a game was on TV, you might find him with the trio "Nick, Denny, and Don", drinking a craft beer, wildly cheering his team on, and loudly booing the opposition. Superstition played a major role in every game.

Don kept in great physical condition, playing pickle ball, riding miles on a bike, practicing Tai Chi, and dancing. He always took pride in his physical condition.

Don loved poetry and his poetry was described by his peers as "Cubist"; his mimicry was superb. A founding member of the Toledo Poet's Center, Don was a mainstay in the annual "Back to Jack" (Kerouac) program. Don was always "on", large arms, legs out front, and his face in yours, in a warm and kindhearted way though; Don totally dominated any room he walked into whether the people were friends or total strangers. Dr. Don; the perpetual performer.

Don was a large advocate for civil and human rights and decried the injustices wrought upon the poor, the disenfranchised, and the unfortunate. Don was a good and true friend and a sweeter soul you will never find. Don was dearly loved, always fun to be with and a bright and shining light in every day. He will be dearly missed by his many friends and family members.

Friends may call at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 North Main Street, Sylvania, Ohio Friday June 28, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. until funeral ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. Online condolences may be offered at

In lieu of flower donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
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Dr. Don, I miss you dearly. You have always been a great jokester. I laugh when I think of you.
June 23, 2019
I'm sorry to hear about Legato. I still miss Don.
Steve Jad
August 2, 2017
Doctor Don....I miss your laugh, wisdom. Are you behaving????
November 27, 2016
I still miss you, doctor. Dulcie joined you and Legato. I will see you again....
November 20, 2016
"Grab your coat and grab your hat cuz your an honorary Jadwisiak!.
I miss him.
Steve Jadwisiak
January 26, 2016
Still Missing you my friend .....

July 27, 2014
I will always remember us playing baseball and basketball when we were both teenagers in Dayton, Ohio. You had unbounded energy and gave it all to others.
Gary Yackley
July 17, 2014
I have held you in my arms for a while. I will hold you in my heart forever my dearest Don. Much love and respect, Nancy
July 26, 2013
Oh Don, you just can't be gone from us so soon! I never knew how much I took your presence for granted until now. I keep calling you by the shores of kealia beach. Let me know your spirit will be with us from time to time. We love you!!
Les and Elaine
Elaine Valois
July 13, 2013
So proud to be your little sister-you will be forever missed and always loved-we will keep your cheering alive for the Browns, unless the 49er's are playing

Denise and Alex
July 9, 2013
to my dear brother....May yours spirit live on forever. Love you always.
Diane MacDonald
July 6, 2013
Tears are flowing as I just found out this morning of the passing of my dear and crazy friend.

Oh, how I am going to miss your trips to Anna Maria.

R.I.P. Don - You were loved down here.

Errol Phillips
Anna Maria, FL
July 4, 2013
I first met Don in the early 1980's via University of Toledo
and Writers Resource Center of Toledo and regularly saw
him at poetry readings, dance and theatre performances
and countless parties, festivals and events until about the
mid 1990's.
Don was always fun to be around, very engaging to talk
to, but most of all, naturally positive and encouraging and
A most reliable friend and comrade from a favorite point
of my life, I am thankful for knowing Don and sharing
the best of times. May God Bless his cheerful soul.
Paul Vargo
July 4, 2013
You'll be be sorely missed on your trips down to Anna Maria Island. I loved your visits. RIP
July 2, 2013
"And, one more thing..."
Chuck & Patti Schmitt
July 1, 2013
A classmate at UT, we spent a lot of time together in those days. He will be missed.
jerry jaffe
June 30, 2013
Don's passing makes me wish I had known him even better than I did.
Dennis Noward
June 29, 2013
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Knew him from the dances. He always stood out on the dance floor. You could see his passion in every move. He will be missed.
Pam & Deny Lumbrezer
June 29, 2013
Don was so friendly & welcoming to a novice Pickleball player! I always enjoyed being around him. Peace to all those he leaves behind. Diane
June 28, 2013
June 28, 2013
I loved Don's artistic,expressive nature. He was his father's son. Both a joy to be around. He will be missed by all that loved him.
Julie Feeley
June 28, 2013
Once in a workshop Don led me blindfolded through a garden. I felt I was in such loving, trustworthy hands. It was a wonderful experience. And after that I'd walk into Sufficient Grounds and be greeted with a hug and a twirl by Don sweet, so fun.
Leslie Woldenberg
June 28, 2013
Many lives were made more meaningful& happy simply by Dr. Don's friendship. Never to be forgotten. Condolences to the family and many,many friends during this journey of grief.
Mass & Casey Keta
June 28, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was such a fun person to be around. Enjoyed dancing with him at the dances on Friday nights. He always livened up the crowd. Will miss him. Bernie Fritz
June 28, 2013
Dr. Don always knew how to brighten up a room. He was an integral reason why I developed the ability to be more open and self-assured with my writing.
Nicki Norman
June 28, 2013
Dr. Don was a meaningful mentor to me as a young poet and became a cherished friend whose face I already miss.
Caroline Gauger
June 28, 2013
We knew Don from "Any Wednesday". He always added a lot of life to the evening and made all feel welcome. We will miss him but know he will be there in spirit. Our sincere condolences to his family.
Judy & Ken Pfaff
Judy Pfaff
June 28, 2013
Don was so gracious , slowly showing and teaching Ti Chi, at Swan Creek, Come one come all. He made pros out of each of us. He knew of my neck and back problems .Don Told mentioned Inverter table at Costco . We went right over and got the last two. I think of him so often He truly cared about all of us. Blessings to our Friend Don's Family and friends. He was so special. It just won't be the same without Dear Don. Susan Langendorfer Holland Ohio.
Susan Langendorfer
June 27, 2013
Don was a great guy! He had a wonderful sense of humor and always had a smile on his faced. He will be missed.
Joe Sparks
June 27, 2013
My father and family were dear and long time friends of Dr. Don. Dr. Don nicknamed my father the Garagefather and wrote a poem in his honor that was published in The Glass Will. As my father welcomes Don into the afterlife, the rest of the Garagefather's family will miss him until our day comes.
Chris Masters
June 27, 2013
I can't find words to express my sadness. The Doctor was my best buddy especially when we sparred about the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers (I'm a Pittsburghler!). We also shared our love of cats (Gato) and poetry. A part of me is gone too.
June 27, 2013
What a loss to this world! Don will be missed.
Kathy Latta-Okuley
June 27, 2013
Only new him from watching his dancing. Love to watch him on the floor. My condolences to his family and friends.
Betty Wodarski
June 27, 2013
I will miss those post Browns games tirades from a solid fan. You will be missed Doctor Don
John Jacobson
June 27, 2013
So sorry family & Nancy! Such a loss we endure! Don was a one-of-a-kind gem! Treasured by all who's lives he you Dr. Don! Thank you. Peace, Janice Rogacki Born & Wade Born
Janice Rogacki Born
June 27, 2013
Enjoyed his love for the browns and his coolness
John Rockwood
June 27, 2013
Don was one of the most lovable people you could ever meet. I will miss our times at Swan Creek doing Tai Chi in the wide open spaces. I will miss his stories with all the gestures, accents and performances worthy of an Academy Award. Heaven will be brighter with Master Don there.
June 27, 2013
My sincere condolences to your family. I truly hope that that God of Comfort gives you the strength you need to endure this difficult time.
A. Moye
June 27, 2013
So sorry for your loss, Diane, Ken, Katy, Kevin, Jay, & Maddy. Don was such a memorable, positive, and funny man. My thoughts are with you all.
June 27, 2013
Jan and Tom Moore are really sorry to hear about Don's passing. He was a great guy. Our condolences go out to the family and Nancy ( our neighbor ).
Tom Moore
June 27, 2013
Sorry to hear about cousin Donny. He is in good company though. Miss the younger years when we all used to gather at Aunt Rose's...
Eve Gimple
June 27, 2013
I was sorry to hear that Don passed Diane. Family friend Gary Ryan 8603 18Th Ave Kenosha Wisconsin 53143
June 27, 2013
We will miss that smile and sense of humor!
Kay & Bill
June 27, 2013
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