Donald H. Abbott

Died Aug. 18, 2017


Donald Harvey Abbott, 85, of Cherokee, Ala., departed this earth Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born Aug. 21, 1931, to Inez and Hollis Abbott in Flint, and shared his childhood between Burton and South Branch. He followed his brother Morris “Joe” into the Army as a young man, and served a tour of duty in Germany. He ever after had a love for German engineering. Then he again followed his brother Joe, this time into the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE 201). He traveled the country seeing the best music and theater for many years and developed a love for classical music that would drive young people crazy when they had to listen to it in his car.

He returned to the family home in South Branch in 1962 with his wife and became a gentleman farmer. He was known as a straight shooter, and his word was respected in his community. His dry sense of humor and smirk was known in all the local coffee shops and other social outlets. He spent most of his days on a tractor, fixing a tractor or fixing equipment. He loved his family, the land, classical music and birds. Young men and women learned a lot from Don over the years. You learned with Don that there were such things as stupid questions, and to be quiet when the weather report came on. You learned to work hard and give your all.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean (Mann); and brother, Roland Becker.

He is survived by his brothers Morris “Joe” of Burton and Raymond (Beatrice) of Tawas City; three daughters, Beth (Matthew) Talbot of Milan, Carol (Michael) McGee of Cherokee, Ala., and Nicole (Keith) Killian of Selma, N.C.; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many nephews and nieces.

Interment will occur at a later time in South Branch.


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