Donald D. Deatherage, of Chesterton, passed away Monday, March 17, 2008 at
Porter Hospital Valparaiso Campus. He was 68.
He was born Oct. 25, 1939 in Jacksonville, Ill., the son of Lester and Thelma
On March 16, 1963 in Chicago, he married Irene Rigas, who preceded him in
death in Dec. of 2004.
He grew up in Waverly, Ill. and graduated from High School there. He attended
Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill. and graduated with a degree in
Don retired as a Manager from K-mart in Chesterton in 1994. He worked for the
company for 35 years, serving 18 stores throughout his career. Don was very
active in the First United Methodist Church. He attended Alpha several times,
including acting as leader. He was a member of the Men’s Club and had served
on the Finance Committee for several years. He also was on the Ad Hoc
Committee for finance and building and had been worship leader (with jokes)
on several occasions. He was a contributor to the UMW Cookie Walk as well.
Don was an active member of Kiwanis; he served as president, secretary and on
the board. He was twice named “Kiwanian of the Year”. He also was very active
in the Kiwanis’s sponsorship of the Action Club at Opportunity Enterprise,
helping with fundraisers. He enjoyed golf and was also a member of the Moose
Lodge in Chesterton. Don was known for his joke telling. He brought smiles to
many faces in all that he was involved with.
Cremation will take place at Heritage Crematory in Portage.
A gathering of friends will be at the Chesterton United Methodist Church on
Thursday, March 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. with a Memorial Service held at 11
a.m. Rev. Terry Rhine will officiate.
Memorial donations in Don’s name would be appreciated to one of the many
charities in which Don was involved. First United Methodist Church, 434 S.
2nd St., Chesterton, IN; Illinois College of Jacksonville, IL; Kiwanis
International Foundation of Indianapolis, IN; or the American Heart
Association, 460 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141.
Arrangements are under the direction of Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home.