Donald “Don” Schellie, age 81 of Posen, passed away peacefully on Dec. 14, 2017, in Muskegon, Mich.
He was born May 13, 1936 in Belknap Township to Edward and Myrtle (Hopp) Schellie. At the age of 24, Don was called to serve in the United States Army and served his country proudly in Berlin, Germany, during the Berlin Crisis.
Don married Betty Ann Modrzynski on Dec. 8, 1971, in Rogers City and lived in Posen for the next 46 years where he helped to raise his family.
Don enjoyed a 30-year career at Stoneport in Presque Isle where he held many roles, finally retiring as a Tunnel Man in 1998. After his retirement Don helped to manage the family farm in Posen until 2013.
Don loved to work on cars or anything mechanical. He picked up this skill while working at Bob Bedford Auto Sales & Service early in life where he learned the skill of painting cars as well. His brothers nicknamed him “Greasy” because he could always be found in the garage working on cars or tractors.
His sons remember him fondly for his knack for making delicious soups which they referred to as “Camp Soup” because he made so much it would last the family weeks. Don also had a fondness for Polish music, ice cream, fishing and camping.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 44 years Betty Ann, his parents Edward and Myrtle, four brothers Edward “Doc,” Richard “Pete,” Kenny, Billy, and one sister Darlene Pines.
Donald is survived by three sons: Rodney Kasubowski of Posen, Michael (Alison) Schellie of Williamston, Thomas (Kari) Schellie of Grand Haven, one daughter Susan of Alpena, five grandchildren Joseph, Ashley, Jenna, Anthony, and Elizabeth and one brother Gerald “David” Schellie of Posen.
Donald will always be loved, never forgotten, and forever missed.
Friends may visit at the Beck Funeral Home on Saturday, December 16 from 9:30 a.m. through time of his funeral at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Jack D. Ferguson officiating. Posen VFW Post 7804 will render military honors immediately following.
Inurnment will take place in the Spring next to Betty Ann
Memorials May be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Posen.
Online condolences may be addressed through www.beckfuneralhome.org.