Donald Keith Remillard was called home by God, his Father in heaven, on October 3, 2021. He was born on December 5, 1938, to Lorelda and Raymond Remillard in Hancock, Michigan. His surviving siblings are Lajoy (Remillard) Sheehan and Daryl Rudd (Rita). He was preceded in death by his much-loved wife, Beverly Ann (Raynard) Remillard.
Donald graduated from Sterling College, Sterling, KS, where he had met the most beautiful woman on campus who became his lifelong partner in ministry, Beverly Ann Raynard. He eventually completed his education with a MDiv and STM from Dubuque Theological Seminary. For nearly 30 years he pastored Presbyterian Churches in Michigan and Pennsylvania. His final position was teaching conflict resolution to inmates of Macomb County Jail. He would often joke he was in jail for 9 years.
Don was an avid collector of stuff. His first love was US stamps, a hobby he introduced to all his children. He branched out into foreign coins, amassing one of the largest collections around. His other collections included Avon Cologne Cars and coffee mugs from every college or university his children attended. He placed a very high value on education and was always bragging about the educational accomplishments of his children.
Donald and Beverly had four children: Andrew (Diane), Mark (Melanie), Stephen (Heather) and Lynn (Alexander) Osborne. They have 9 grandchildren, Kathleen Hobby (Brandon), Sarah Milewski (Matthew), Terra Miller, Shawnice Miller, Benjamin, Kyle (Ahn), Rebekah, Kaleb, and Lynnia Ford. Children by marriage: Isaac Harper (Sasha) and their children: Alexandria, Jayson, Jaylen, Jaliyah. They have also been blessed with five great-grandchildren; Tiana, Braylen, Peyton, Alaysia, Elizabeth, Brooklyn, and Brayden. And an innumerable number of nieces and nephews.
Donald and Beverly enjoyed many extensive trips over Europe, Western Asia, two Christian missionary trips to Tuemen, Siberia, Russia, and North America, including the Yukon in Canada.
They also called many places home; from Sterling, Kansas; Woodhull, Illinois; Drayton Plaines, Bad Axe, Traverse City, and Sterling Heights, Michigan. They also enjoyed a couple of wonderful years in Louisville, Ohio. They lived in Bad Axe for a total of 20 of their 61 years of marriage.
Donald committed his life to Christ in his teenage years and faithfully served his Lord ever since. Well done, good and faithful servant.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Aurelius Baptist Church, 4419 Barnes Rd., Mason, MI. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel. Online condolences may be left for his family at www.EstesLeadley.com