In memory of
Donald Karl Reisig
Donald Karl Reisig, 79, passed away after a long, courageous battle with diabetic vascular disease and dementia at home with his loving family at his side Oct. 11, 2016. He was born the first son of six boys to Karl and Maxine (Putnam) Reisig in Saginaw, March 28, 1937. Don graduated from Midland High School in June 1955. He was active in the U.S. Navy Reserve until he joined the U.S. Army in July 1955. Don received an honorable discharge from the 3rd Armored Division as SP4 in July 1957. After his service time, he married his high school sweetheart Marjorie (Midge) Cadman, Sept. 28, 1957. They celebrated 59 years as husband and wife. He worked as a carpenter/laborer in Saginaw for six years and in 1963 went to work for the Midland Public School system. He retired from the maintenance department of MPS in 1994. Don was a very active carpenter, electrician and plumber. He enjoyed woodworking in his garage and built many beautiful pieces of furniture, not only for his home but also for his three daughters' homes. He built his first home in Hemlock, and he and Midge lived there for 13 years to be near his mother to assist in the care of his dad who had ALS. After that they moved to Midland and resided there until his death. Don is survived by his wife, Midge; and two daughters, Shonda Reisig of Holland, Mich. and Lori Kelly of Nashville, Tenn.; three brothers, Gary Reisig, Alan Reisig and Gene (Cindy) Reisig; a son-in-law, Steve Lager; and sisters-in-law, Janet Reisig and Janis Archer. He leaves seven grandchildren, Melissa (Polo) Zavala, Stacy Kuchek, Jacob Scholten, Jenna Vargo, Jasmine, Maleah and William Kelly; and six great-grandchildren who will miss their grandpa and great-grandpa very much; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a beloved daughter, Kimberly Reisig-Lager; two brothers, Leland and Kenneth Reisig; sister-in-law, Linda Reisig; brother-in-law, Terry Slabic; and young niece, Kari Lynn Reisig. Don spent the last two years of his life at Medilodge of Midland. We wish to thank all the doctors, nurses, therapists and nurse-aides that cared for him with love and patience, as well as Mid-Michigan Hospice who provided end of life care. As per Don's wishes, he has been cremated. A memorial of his life will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church. Visitation with the family will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service. A light lunch will be served at St. John's following the memorial. A private burial will be held at Midland Cemetery. Memorials in Don's memory may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or Medilodge of Midland. Online condolences can be left at smithminer.com
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