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Donald "Don" Eugene Gottschalk

April 20, 1933 ~ April 11, 2018 (age 84)
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            Donald Eugene “Don” Gottschalk, 84, of St. Charles, formerly of Wentzville, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Breeze Park Care Center in St. Charles, Missouri.

            Mr. Gottschalk was born April 20, 1933 in Bellflower, Missouri, a son of Karl and Nellie Irene (Chandler) Gottschalk.

            He was a graduate of Southwest High School in South St. Louis.

            Don served his country in the United States Army entering on April 16, 1953 and being honorably discharged on April 15, 1955, but continued service to his country in a civilian capacity by enrolling in a United States Department of Labor 5 year apprenticeship program under the sponsorship of the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation which set the course for his long and successful career at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corporation.  Don was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal.

            On February 21, 1955 in Nevada, Iowa, he married Margaret Joan Koeder.  They shared over 62 fulfilling years together, before she preceded him in death on September 27, 2017.

            Don and Margaret lived over 40 years in the Wentzville area before Don entered the Lutheran Senior Service Care Center in Breeze Park in St. Charles, Missouri.  Prior to that, they had lived in St. Louis County.

            From his early apprenticeship program, Don progressed in his career at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Aircraft Corporation in St. Louis and retired with over 42 years of service as Superintendent of Tooling in 1994. 

            From an early age, photography was one of Don’s great passions.  He spent time as a professional photographer prior to his military service and blessed his family and friends through the years with beautiful landscapes, family portraiture and chronicles of family events.  He loved nature and spent most of his free time in the great outdoors.  He enjoyed camping, hiking and traveling and had been to every state out West and throughout the South and Mid-Atlantic.  Don loved learning and taught himself many skills throughout his life.  He remodeled homes, built barns, did fine woodworking, restored antique clocks and fixed whatever needed fixing!  He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed science and history.  His love of history led him to the study of genealogy and he spent many enjoyable hours in retirement tracing his family history back to the Revolutionary War.  Don also loved animals, especially the succession of house cats that he cared for throughout his life.

            Don is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John Karl and Rita Gottschalk, of Wright City, Missouri; daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl Ann and Robert Nolda, of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia and Donna Marie and Michael Howarth, of St. Peters, Missouri; three grandchildren, Kristen Gottschalk Townes and husband, Jonathan, of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia and Warren James Howarth II and Devin Michael Howarth, both of St. Peters; great-grandchildren, Owen Matthew Townes and Maddox Parker Townes, of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia; sister, Paula Woodson, of Waldport, Oregon; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Raymond William and Georgiann Koeder, of Nevada, Iowa; extended family, Debra Ann and Dennis Hummel, of O’Fallon, Missouri; in addition to nieces, nephews and cousins.

            He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret Joan Gottschalk; parents, Karl and Nellie Gottschalk; sister, Bertha Lorraine Kriz and brothers, Karl Gottschalk Jr. and Kenneth Gottschalk.

            Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Church in St. Peters, Missouri.  Father Bob Suit officiated.  Serving as organist was Amanda Suchara.  Soloist was Emily Banks. 

            Visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service, Tuesday, at the church.

            Burial was at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 17th at Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown, Missouri.  Deacon Ron Deimeke officiated.  Serving as pallbearers were Warren Howarth, Devin Howarth, Steve Gottschalk, Jonathan Townes, Dan Weitkamp and Michael Weitkamp.  Honorary pallbearers were John Weitkamp and Demetrice Spriggs.  

            Full Military Honors were provided by Wellsville VFW Post 3056.  Missouri Military Funeral Honors folded and presented the United States Flag. 

            Services were under the direction of the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.  

            Memorial contributions were suggested to Lutheran Senior Services (the LSS Living Foundation) St. Louis, Missouri, St. Joseph’s Indian School or All Paws Rescue in O’Fallon, Missouri c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.