Donald Hartsell, 80 of Dowagiac

Published 7:32 am Monday, December 2, 2013

Donald Hartsell, of Dowagiac, died Nov. 28 at his home at Cable Lake. He was 80 years old.

He was born at his family’s farm home on the Marcellus Highway in Wayne Township to parents Guy and Genevieve Hartsell.

Don graduated from Dowagiac High School in 1951. His entire life he worked at only two places: Heddon and Jessup Door Co. in Dowagiac. He also was a member of both the Elks Club and the Moose Lodge of Dowagiac.

Don “Donnie” was a very special person, very kind, and very generous. He befriended many who needed care and assistance, and those who were abandoned by family and society. His love of animals, especially dogs, was unsurpassed. He had a great sense of humor and could be very amusing and entertaining.

The family is thankful for the all professional care given these last few weeks. Those who knew and loved him will miss him very much.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nina; brothers, Richard and Robert; half brother, Carlyle Hartsell; and half sister, Vera Patchett.

He is survived by his brother, Jack Hartsell; longtime close friend and caregiver, Russ Hopson; nieces, Guynel, Jolene, Paulette, and Jeanette; many grandnieces and grandnephews; and a host of friends.

Cremation has been entrusted to Clark Chapel in Dowagiac. Don has asked for no ser-vices. Memorials may be made to the Animal Shelter of Cass County. Those wishing to share a memory, or leave a condolence, may do so at