BENZONIA — Donald Sevick, 84, of Benzonia, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at Bortz Health Care in Traverse City. He was born June 10, 1929, in Flint, the son of Frank and Bessie (Svarc) Sevick Sr.
Don graduated from Mary Crapo, in Swartz Creek, Mich. in 1946. He went on to serve his country in the United States Air Force and was a proud veteran of the Korean War Mosquito Unit. Following his time in the service, Don completed his bachelor’s degree in business at Michigan State University in 1955.
Don owned and operated Sevick Sign, a company that was founded by his father. He established and co-owned Torri-Hill Lounge in 1970. Don also held various positions, including court bailiff, Benzonia County commissioner, and Inland Township zoning administrator. He also worked in real estate and as a sign painter.
Don was a member of the Masons for over 50 years. In 2001, he became a 33rd Degree Mason. He was involved in the Scottish Rite and the Shriners.
In his spare time, Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, restoring old cars, and sports, especially cheering on the Michigan State Spartans and the Detroit Tigers.
In 1954, Don married Patricia Louise Mitchell who survives him. Together they enjoyed 59 years of marriage. Don is also survived by his daughters, Janet (Dan) Sevick Walton of Traverse City and Marilyn (Ron) Sevick Barber of Traverse City; his granddaughter, Melissa (Jonathan) Basler of Traverse City; his adopted son, Brad (Pam) Lentz of Beulah; and his special family friends, Norm and Pat Gidcumb of Thompsonville.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Bessie Sevick and his brothers, Charles and Frank Sevick.
Masonic funeral services will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at the Benzie Area Lodge No. 444 in Honor.
Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, in Beulah, with Pastor Dan Ingersoll officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until time of services at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Activity Fund at The Maples, to the Activity Fund at Bortz Health Care, or to Hospice of Michigan.
The Sevick Family wishes to thank Don’s caregivers at The Maples and at Bortz Healthcare for their kindness and compassion.
The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, in Beulah, is in charge of arrangements. www.bennett-barzfuneralhome.com