Donald L. Fales

Died April 8, 2017


Donald L. Fales, born in Standish on Feb. 25, 1942, passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s of Michigan Saginaw on Saturday, April 8, 2017, with his loving family at his side following a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife, Ardith (nee Solomon); son, Dale; daughter, Karen (David Tyler); sisters, Veryl (LeRoy) Yenior, Cora (Mick) Hartman and Gaynol Fales; sisters-in-law, Kay (Harry) Fales, Clara (Robert) Fales, Joy (John) Heintskill and Leona (Al) Kern; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Jane; his two brothers, Harry and Bob; his infant daughter, Susan; parents-in-law, Dayton and Sylvia Solomon; and brother-in-law, David Solomon.

Don inherited his father’s talent for auto and mechanical repair and was the proud owner of his own auto body shop. In later years, he embarked on a new career with a map distributing company that allowed him to enjoy traveling all over Michigan. He especially treasured his trips to the Upper Peninsula.

He lived for a time in Lansing, Flint and Auburn, but returned to Standish, remaining there until his passing. A firm believer in community participation, Don held various elected and appointed positions for the city of Standish and Arenac County for many years, including president of the Lions Club, fire chief for the Standish Volunteer Fire Department, Arenac County road commissioner, Arenac County planning commissioner, city councilman for the city of Standish and a member of the Arenac County Parks Commission.

Don was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed camping with family and friends, and he dearly loved traveling with family and friends, spending his retirement enjoying more trips to the Upper Peninsula and exploring the United States from coast to coast.

Family will receive friends at the Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home Standish Chapel on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with funeral services following at 2 p.m. with Pastor James Payne presiding. Interment at a future time will take place at Clayton Township Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Friends of the Arenac Heritage Route Authority, P.O. Box 456, Standish, MI 48658.


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