Donald Thomas Check

Birth: October 3rd, 1936
Death: October 30th, 2017
Age: 81 years
Residence:East Lansing
Previous Residence(s):Saginaw

Donald Thomas Check

East Lansing

Formerly of Saginaw


   Born October 3, 1936 in Saginaw, MI, the son of late Paul and Katherine Check, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017 at age 81. Don grew up in Saginaw.  After Don’s father passed away, he was raised by his mother and step father Joseph Rakowski. Don graduated from Saginaw High School in 1954 and from the University of Michigan in 1960 with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. Don served in the United States Air Force and after returning home, he spent most of his career as a partner at Delta Steel Inc. in Saginaw.

   Don enjoyed being in the outdoors, fishing, golfing, and hunting. He was a member of the Fordney Club of Saginaw, Germania Town and Country Club, Trout Unlimited and Fly Fishing Federation.  Don was also a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Saginaw.

   The family wishes to thank the staff of Timber Ridge Assisted Living, where he received loving care.

   Don is preceded in death by his wife Carole in 2014, his brother Paul Check and his parents.

   Surviving are his children: Cindy Austin (Rick Coulter), Kim Austin-Miller (Larry), Brandie (Peter) Bertsch and Donald J. Check, 9 grandchildren: Samantha and Aaron Miller, Lauren, Tommy, Stevie and Bobby Bertsch, and Nathan, Molly and Brianna Check, siblings: John (Betty) Check, Judy Godi, Shirley (John) Karwat, Gary (Kathy) Rakowski and Joe (Kristi) Rakowski, and several loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

   The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 11:00AM at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Rd, East Lansing, with Monsignor Jerry Ploof presiding. A private family Rite of Committal will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday 5:00-8:00 PM at the Palmer Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel, 520 E. Mt. Hope Ave. Visitation continues Friday at 10:00AM at the church. Condolences can be made at



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