In Memory

Don von Chawes

Don von Chawes


Donald Lemuel von Chawes

Don passed away peacefully and with dignity on December 8, 2017 at his home in Howell, MI, after his battle with cancer.  If you have ever met him, you would never forget him or his keen sense of humor.  Also known for his politeness, Don was considerate to friends, family and caregivers who were with him in his final days. He is survived by his sisters Karon and Kathy, a niece and two grand-nieces.

After a trip to Woodstock and some time on the west coast, Don lived and worked in the Lansing area until moving to Howell, MI in 2003. Don enjoyed history, current events, NFL games and, most of all, conversation. He also had a special talent dealing in jewelry, antiques, precious metals and collectables.

Don had a genuine fondness for animals and rescued many homeless cats over the years. He was instrumental in founding Cat Tail Acres Sanctuary. Contributions in memory of Don to Cat Tail Acres would please our friend and classmate. Contact Cat Tail Acres, P.O. Box 183164, Shelby Township, MI, 48318 or on line at Condolences can be sent to Don's family via email at

Information from The Dorfman Chapel online (Farmington, MI.) on December 12, 2017, family and friends


Don, Mike Messer, Steve Jessup (above)

Don, Bill Ragla, Bob Cleveland (above)  3;  2;  1;  zero; blast off

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12/20/17 01:19 PM #1    

Sondra Moffitt (Buckner)

What a great tribute to Don!!  The closeness that he had with many is a testimony to who he was.

12/21/17 09:38 AM #2    

Skip Case

My family moved to Battle Creek midway through the first semester of our sophomore year. When I arrived at Central on my first day I met Don.  We became friends quickly.  After our junior year we moved to Europe where Don visited after we graduated.  We traveled around England, France, and Germany and had a great time.  Even though we lived a part we maintained a great friendship for 50 plus years.  Don was one of a kind and I will miss him very much.  May he Rest in Peace.


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