US Navy

Donald Francis Reau

July 5, 1927 ~ December 19, 2019 (age 92)

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Donald Francis Reau, age 92 of West Olive, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at his home. Don was born on July 5, 1927 in Erie, MI to the late Roy and Rhoda (Miller) Reau. He married Kathleen Ellis on September 11, 1948 in Erie, MI.

Don served his country in the US Navy from 1945 to 1952, during both WWII and then the Korean Conflict. He worked for Consumers Energy until his retirement in 1987. Don’s many hobbies included: traveling, camping, fishing, pheasant and duck hunting, gardening, wood-working, and spending time with family and friends. He was also a long-time member of the Rod and Gun Club. Don will be remembered most for his infectious laugh and great sense of humor.

Don is survived by his wife of 71 years, Kathleen; two daughters, Michele (David) Kozicki of Ludington, and Danielle (Norm) Palmquist of Grand Haven; son, Michael (Mary) Reau of Grand Haven; 6 grandchildren: Adam (Beth Ann) Kozicki, Joshua (Amanda) Kozicki, Laurie (Tony) Pease, Sara (Ryan) Wasson, Carson (Allie) Reau, Parker Reau; 4 great-grandchildren: Haleigh, Cameron, Max, and Emryee; brother, Kenneth (Susan) Reau of Toledo, OH; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Micah Kozicki.

Private family services for Don will be held at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of North Ottawa Community or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

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Hospice of North Ottawa Community
1309 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven MI 49417
Tel: 1-616-846-2015

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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