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Donald J. Bambach

February 1, 1930 ~ August 9, 2018 (age 88)

Donald “Don” J. Bambach, 88, of Traverse City formerly of Charlevoix went to be with the Lord on August 9, 2018 at Munson Hospice House.

Don was born on February 1, 1930 in Holland, MI to the late Joseph and Winifred (Cunningham) Bambach.

He graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1948 and joined the United States Air Force during the Korean War Era. He also attended Michigan State University and worked for many years before retiring in 1992 from General Clay Products in Columbus, Ohio.

Don was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He treasured spending time with his family and enjoyed woodworking, golf and fishing.

On November 14, 1952 in Austin, Texas he married Nancy R. Kipke who survives. He is also survived by his children, Katherine Burton of Elk Rapids, Deborah Bambach of Flagstaff, AZ, Laura (Gerry) Mayes of Elk Rapids, Pamela (Steve) Bemis of Traverse City, Steven (Beverly) Bambach of Livonia; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Luanna Best.

Funeral service will be held at 12:00 – noon on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Community Reformed Church in Charlevoix with Pastor Brian Conover officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Private interment will be held at Brookside Cemetery in Charlevoix.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice House at 450 Brook St, Traverse City, MI 49684 or the Community Reformed Church at 100 Oak St, Charlevoix, MI 49720.

Arrangements are being handled by the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Online guestbook at

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