TRAVERSE CITY — Mitchell “Mickey” R. Doner, 70, went to be with his Lord, Jesus, Aug. 12, 2013, at Ritters Adult Foster Care, after an extended illness. Mickey was born Dec. 31, 1942, in Cheboygan, the forth child of Alfred and Beatrice Doner.
Mickey grew up and lived most of his life in Mackinaw City, graduating with the class of 1960.
He was a kind-hearted, generous man who loved animals. Mickey took great pleasure in telling the stories of his youthful escapades with his many Mackinaw friends.
He served his country in Vietnam operating a landing craft delivering supplies to the troops on shore.
Mickey worked on the ferries as a diesel mechanic in the Straits area, retiring from Arnold Transit in 2005 after many years of service.
In 2005 Mickey moved to Lake Ann to be close to family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Stephen Cosens; sister, Vonda (Bill) Bettie; and brother, Stevie.
He is survived by brothers, Alfred (Carol) Doner, of Wasilla, Alaska, and Randall (Martha) Cosens, of Lake Ann; stepsisters, Veronica Alexander, of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Rochelle (Fred) Zapfe, of Cheboygan; and many nieces and nephews.
The family thanks Mickey’s caregivers at Ritters Adult Foster Care, where he resided the last four years, and his expert team from Munson Home Health and Hospice of Michigan.
A memorial service will be held at Lake Ann United Methodist Church in the village Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., and in Mackinaw City at a later date.
Gifts of remembrance can be directed to Mickey’s favorite mission, Map International through www.map.org or by calling C.G. at (912) 280-6633.
Kalkaska Funeral Home is serving the family.