Donald Henry Schleicher

East Tawas, Michigan
August 18, 1923 - November 2, 2018

Service Location

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses


A celebration of life will be held on
Satuday, November 24, 2018 @ 1:00 PM.

Obituary Notice

Donald Henry Schleicher
Age 95, of East Tawas, Michigan and former resident of Washington Township, Michigan died under the loving care of hospice and his caregiver at his home on Friday, November 2, 2018. He was born the son of William and Alverda (Schieber) Schleicher on August 18, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan. Donald graduated from Detroit South Eastern High School Class of 1942. After graduation he was drafted into the United States Army Air Force where he served from 1942 – 1946. Donald then continued his education and graduated from Michigan Technical Institute and received a degree in Electricity in 1948. After graduation he started working for the Electrical Local 58 working in various locations where he was needed and later retired in 1985. Donald loved model cars and he enjoyed spending his spare time working on cars he also enjoyed gardening. In 1950 Donald became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was faithful the rest of his life. Donald married Genevieve Race on June 21, 1943 in Madison, Wisconsin and together they raised five children and shared 46 years of marriage before her passing on December 23, 1989. On May 14, 1994 Donald married Sophie Hook in Washington, Michigan and in 1998 they moved to East Tawas and have shared 24 years of marriage. He is survived by his wife, Sophie and three children of his marriage with Genevieve Ted (Lindy) Schleicher, Paul Schleicher and Deborah (Terry) Smith; 12 grandchildren, 30 great- grandchildren and 3 great- great- grandchildren. Donald is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Genevieve, two children, Donald H. Schleicher, Jr. and Susan Rumble and two grandchildren, Guy Schleicher and Joshua Smith. Per his wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on November 24,2018 at 1pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in East Tawas, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made in Donald’s name to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 1745 N. US 23 East Tawas, Michigan 48730. Condolences may be shared at


Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
1745 N. US 23
East Tawas, Michigan 48730


Greenwood Cemetery


We knew Don for over seventeen years. A quiet and mild mannered man, a joy to converse with.
Faithful to his heavenly Father, Jehovah God, to the very end. What a fine example. We look forward to seeing him once again (John 5:28,29)!
— Michael & Sandy Fields
Our condolences to the Schleicher family. It's been many years - but some people you never forget. A very nice man and family. A wonderful example of faithfulness. We long to see our dear ones again, soon.
— Rhonda (Stanzel) Collins; Ann (Stanzel) Kilgore
Along with being a loving husband and father...Don always had a strong love for Jehovah and his organization.
In his later years when he slowed down due to his age that love never did.
He totally appreciated the advancement of Jehovahs organization, and supported it in prayer and financially. His generosity is truly an example that all of us would do well to imitate.
— Kathie Hinz
I have known Don for 40 years. I first met him right after I met his daughter Debbie and I can still remember the day I asked him for her hand in marriage which his reply was yes and he told me we do not believe in divorce and I replied neither do I. Over the years he has been a fine example as a Father, Grand Father, Husband and Servant of Jehovah. We have had many adventures together from fishing in the Florida Keys to East Tawas and we always got along and enjoyed each others company. I will miss him, but I know I will see him again in paradise because that is one of Jehovah's best promises. John 5:28,29
— Son-in-Law Terry D. Smith
My Grandfather was a strong spiritual presence in my life always. I am very proud of the spiritual heritage he provided for me and my children. I truly enjoyed the times I was able to go to meetings or out in service with him, or to hear what he had studied about. We also loved playing cards with him and seeing him be silly. He was the grandpa that would jump of the diving board or join us in a game of kickball. I saw a lot of my mom in him-they were both positive, humble, and private people. I'm going to miss him very much and can't wait to welcome him back.
— Stacy Heidt
One of my favorite memories of him is when we were camping. I swam out way too far in the lake. He came and got me, pulling me in my tube behind his boat. He glanced at me with this look in his eye like he loved that I did something so adventurous. I appreciated and admired the spiritual accomplishments and determination of he and his diligent wife, Sophie. Its unbelievable that hes gone and I am so thankful for the paradise hope of seeing him again, young and full of energy, enjoying his favorites chocolates surrounded by his family and friends.
— Nicole Foley
Don was my Great Grandpa. One time we watched TV together and he told me about aircrafts and what he likes about them. I really liked how he was funny and was always making me laugh.
— Parker Foley

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