Don Tuttle, 86

Donald “Don” Tuttle of Kalamazoo, and formerly of Sturgis, died Nov. 24, 2010, at his home.

Don was born Oct. 24, 1924 in Toledo, Ohio, a son of Ralph and Lorraine Brown, and was raised in Sturgis by his adoptive parents, Fred and Inez Tuttle.

He honorably served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

Prior to Don’s retirement in 1987, he was employed as a plumbing and heating union plumber for 21 years and later worked part-time at the Hotop Company.

Don served on the church board at First Church of the Nazarene in Kalamazoo and was currently attending Lighthouse Community Church in Kalamazoo.

On Aug. 29, 1964, Don married the former Marian Wilson, who survives. Also surviving are three children, Linda (Warren) Giggy of Sturgis, Connie (Richard) Dideriksen of Schoolcraft and Doug Tuttle of Schoolcraft; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Lavan (Beverly) Wilson of Lansing and Robert Wilson of Michigan Center; and a sister-in-law, LaVerne Spicer.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lighthouse Community Church, 4321 S. 11th St. in Kalamazoo, with Pastors Mark Swank and Michael Harris officiating.

Friends may meet the family from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St., and one hour before the service at church.

Memorial contributions in Don’s memory may be made to Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan or Lighthouse Community Church.

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