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Donald H. Wachter

October 25, 2012
The Mining Journal

NAUBINWAY, Mich. - Donald H. Wachter, 85, of Naubinway, died Tuesday morning October 23, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born April 6, 1927 in Naubinway, son of the late William and Ellaree (Davenport) Wachter, Don was a 1945 graduate of Engadine High School. He served in the United States Navy as a medic during World War II until his honorable discharge on December 23, 1946. In 1951, Don graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette with a dual degree in chemistry and biology and received his Master's degree in administration from the University of Michigan in 1952. Don started his educational career at LaSalle High School where he served as a teacher and later as an administrator. In 1962, he moved to Gwinn where he continued as an administrator for the Gwinn School System for 20 years, retiring in 1982. Following his retirement, he moved back to Naubinway where he was a commercial fisherman, an employment that he spent as a youth and during his adult summer months.

Don was a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church, the American Legion Post #290, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the Kiwanis Club in St. Ignace formerly serving as president, the Lions Club in Gwinn and the Knights of Columbus Council #7472 in Naubinway.

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Donald H. Wachter

Don was an avid outdoorsman enjoying his seasonal camp in Gwinn and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed woodworking, carving replicas of Naubinway area fishing boats and building furniture. Don was a gifted man who could run a school, build a house, repair an engine and run a commercial fishing boat.

In addition to his parents, Don is preceded in death by his brother Robert "Cy" Wachter.

Survivors include his loving wife, the former Lois Vallier of Naubinway, whom he married June 2, 1951 in Naubinway; children Deborah (Gordon) Boucha of Gaines, Susan (Marshall) Walker of Traer, Iowa and James (Sandra) Wachter of Gladstone; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren with one great-grandchild to be expected; siblings Richard (Betty) of Cheboygan, Carroll "Geno" (Sandy) of Marquette, Gary of Sault Ste. Marie and Winifred (Bob) Wertz of Sault Ste. Marie; sister-in-law Genevieve Wachter of Naubinway; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Naubinway on Friday October 26, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday October 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Fr. Frank Ricca officiating. Rite of Committal with military rites will take place at the Naubinway Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family which will be distributed to various organizations at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.



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