Donald Carl Keinath


Birth: October 24th, 1924
Death: April 18th, 2017
Age: 92 years
Residence:Caro
High School:Vassar High School - 1942
College:Michigan State University -
Survived By: Don is survived by his loving wife of sixty-nine years, Dorothy Keinath of Caro; his children, Karen Keinath of Frankenmuth, Dr. Russell & Mary Keinath of Dexter; four grandchildren and their spouses, Natalie & Nicholas Nahorski of Dexter, Anne & Aaron Shinn of Dexter, Joseph & Alicia Keinath of Kalamazoo, Julia Keinath and her fiancÚ, Andrew Gebhard, of South Bend, Indiana; great-grandchildren, Abigail and Henry Nahorski, Elijah, Thomas and Andrew Shinn, Jack and Madeline Keinath; sister-in-law, Arlene Keinath; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence Keinath and his wife, Mildred, Raymond Keinath and his wife, Gertrude, and Ruben Keinath.
Affiliations: Don worked in agriculture all of his life, raising Michigan Certified Seed for fifty years. Don was a member of the Michigan Certified Seed Association, Michigan Bean Commission, Caro Sugar Beet Growers Association for thirty years, with part of these on the American Sugar Beet Growers Board. He was also a member of a large hog production facility in Pigeon, Tuscola County Farm Bureau, Humes School Board, St. Paul Lutheran Church, serving as Sunday School teacher, trustee, chairman of congregation for eighteen years, and chairman of the Building Committee for the new church dedicated in 1985.
 
Served In: Marines
Years Served: 1945 - 1946
 

Donald Carl Keinath of Caro, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Heritage Hill Assisted Living in Caro.  Don was born October 24, 1924 in Reese, the son of the late Carl and Selma (Loesel) Keinath.  He attended St. Michael Lutheran School in Richville, graduated from Vassar High School with the Class of 1942, and went on to study agriculture at Michigan State University.  Don entered the U.S. Marines on July 28, 1945 where he was trained to be a machine gunner for the invasion of Japan. He was honorably discharged on August 28, 1946.  On December 20, 1947, Don was united in marriage with the former Dorothy Brinkman at the home of her parents, William and Bertha Brinkman.  Don worked in agriculture all of his life, raising Michigan Certified Seed for fifty years.  Don was a member of the Michigan Certified Seed Association, Michigan Bean Commission, Caro Sugar Beet Growers Association for thirty years, with part of these on the American Sugar Beet Growers Board.  He was also a member of a large hog production facility in Pigeon, Tuscola County Farm Bureau, Humes School Board, St. Paul Lutheran Church, serving as Sunday School teacher, trustee, chairman of congregation for eighteen years, and chairman of the Building Committee for the new church dedicated in 1985.  Don traveled extensively on agriculture trips to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and many states.  He enjoyed entertaining family and friends at the Keinath family cottage in Caseville, and especially the times spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Don is survived by his loving wife of sixty-nine years, Dorothy Keinath of Caro; his children, Karen Keinath of Frankenmuth, Dr. Russell & Mary Keinath of Dexter; four grandchildren and their spouses, Natalie & Nicholas Nahorski of Dexter, Anne & Aaron Shinn of Dexter, Joseph & Alicia Keinath of Kalamazoo, Julia Keinath and her fiancé, Andrew Gebhard, of South Bend, Indiana; great-grandchildren, Abigail and Henry Nahorski, Elijah, Thomas and Andrew Shinn, Jack and Madeline Keinath; sister-in-law, Arlene Keinath; and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence Keinath and his wife, Mildred, Raymond Keinath and his wife, Gertrude, and Ruben Keinath.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Caro with Rev. Cameron Steele officiating.  Burial will follow at the Almer Township Cemetery with military honors afforded by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Caro American Legion Post #7.  The family will be present to receive friends at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Endowment Fund or the Donor’s favorite charity.  The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro.  Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.



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