TRAVERSE CITY — Donald Edwin Waisanen, 79, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2014, at Bortz Health Care of Traverse.
Donald was born in Detroit on June 5, 1934, to the late Edwin and Martha (Lakso) Waisanen. He married Phyllis Barbara Jacobson in Detroit on Jan. 26, 1957, and the couple raised four children together.
Donald attended the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting. He became a Certified Public Accountant. After working downstate for many years he and Phyllis moved permanently to Traverse City in 1973 and Don opened his own CPA practice.
Donald was involved in many community and social organizations including Kiwanis Noon Club, the TC Elks Club, the Osteopathic Hospital Board, the Emmaus Community of Traverse City and was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and then the First Congregational Church. He was active in the Amway business and he and Phyllis took many great trips associated with this business and with the Kiwanis Club.
Donald enjoyed bowling at the old Timberlanes in Traverse City, playing golf whenever he could and singing in the choir at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He was also very active in the lives of his children, taking them to church potlucks, Boy Scout meetings, Indian guide functions and providing support and transportation to his son, Dennis, during his years of illness in the early 1990s. He also became a full-time caregiver to his mother-in-law until her death from cancer in 1990.
Donald was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family and those whom he knew and served in this community. We take comfort in knowing that Don is with his Savior now and is relieved from his earthly existence with Alzheimer’s disease.
Donald is survived by his wife, Phyllis; their four children, daughter, Lynne (Craig) McClure, of Waterford; sons, Dennis (Cheryl) Waisanen, of Traverse City, Kenneth Waisanen and Glenn Waisanen, both of Waterford; and five grandchildren, Bryan (Heather) McClure, of Waterford, Caitlin McClure (fiancé, Ted Clark), of Warren, Devin McClure, of Waterford, Sara (Colin) Waisanen Smith, of Traverse City, and Michael (Allie) Waisanen, of Whitmore Lake. Donald also has two great-grandchildren, Madison and Matthew Smith, of Traverse City. He also leaves behind his beloved miniature schnauzer, Radar.