Donald Chester Merrill

January 16, 1941 - April 12, 2011

Donald Merrill, 70, of Mt. Pleasant passed away in his home on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

Funeral services for Donald will be held at Clark Family Funeral Chapel on Saturday, April 16th at 2 p.m. with Rev. Owen White-Pigeon officiating. Interment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 15th from 5-7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

Donald was born on January 16, 1941 in Mt. Pleasant, the son of Donald Merrill, Sr. and Dorothy Helen Shawano. Donald was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and loved spending time at the casino. He also liked old rock and roll and cooking, and dearly loved his children, grandchildren, and his favorite sister, Annie.

Donald is survived by his mother, Dorothy Helen Shawano; sister, Dorothy Ann Shawano of Mt. Pleasant; brother, Rick (Diane) Shawano of Arizona; daughters, Kelly (Robert) Clouse and Bethel Merrill; son, David Merrill; nieces, Lucy Shawano, Melinda Coffin, Melanie Scott, Shalee Shawano; nephews, Glen Peter Coffin, Mario Shawano, and Dustin Shawano; special friend, Nancy Moore; and many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and cousins.

Donald was preceded in death by his father, Donald Merrill, Sr.; son, Daniel Boone Merrill; aunts, Marie Herman, Bernice Chapoton, and Viola Pelcher; uncles, Clinton Pelcher, Sr. and John Pelcher; and grandparents, Isaac and Lucy Pelcher.

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