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December 10, 1944 - February 17, 2018

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and a visitation to celebrate Don’s life will take place on Thursday February 22, 2018 from 6-8p at the funeral home.  A graveside service with full military honors will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m.  Those wishing to attend the graveside service are encouraged to be at the cemetery’s cortege area by 9:45 a.m.   There will be a one-hour visitation at the funeral home following the graveside service beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a memorial service to honor Don, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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Age 73.  Don passed away Saturday afternoon, February 17, 2018 after a long journey.  His wife and family were with him to bid him farewell. Don was born on December 10, 1944 in Hartford, Connecticut to Russell G. and Mary (Molyn) McNee.  After graduating from Battle Creek Central High School, Don joined the United States Airforce and was stationed at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas.  He honorably served our country for four years.  Following his service, Don went to work as a technician for Michigan Bell Telephone Company and retired from AT&T after 32 years.  While working for the phone company, he met Janet Luedecking, who also worked for Michigan Bell.  They were married August 11, 1979 and Don immediately and very naturally took on the role of being Tim and Laurie’s dad and was involved in their lives from beginning to end. As their lives evolved, he was so overjoyed to learn he would be a grandfather and he couldn’t wait to spend time with them in all their activities.  When his kids were young, the entire family started the hobby of BMX racing.  This took them on road trips together as a family and they made many incredible memories along the way. Don was an avid Ham Radio Operator and made many friends because of this.  Don and Jan took great pride in keeping their home and their yard in pristine condition as they were the envy of the entire neighborhood. Don was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sally Dempsey.  He has left to cherish his memory, his wife Jan, children Colonel Timothy (Kathy) Luedecking of Fort Hood, Texas, Laurie (Brian) Klok of Kalamazoo, as well as his grandchildren, Courtney Luedecking and her fiancée, Collin Garcia of Arlington, Texas; Justin Luedecking of San Antionio, Texas, Jacob Klok of Kalamazoo and East Lansing, Michigan and Alaina Klok, also of Kalamazoo. He is also survived by many brothers and sisters in law, nieces and nephews.