Donn Michael Cholcher, age 60, of Livingston, Montana left this earthly life to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior on February 5, 2013.
Donn M. Cholcher was born on November 19, 1952 in Saginaw, MI. The son of Donald and Arlene (Lambert) Cholcher, Donn was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in his faith as a youth at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Saginaw, MI. Donn attended and graduated from Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw.
Donn selected police work as a profession, and was hired by the Midland Police Department, where he served with strength and honor until his retirement in 2006. While working with MPD he served in many capacities including Corporal Training Officer, several years with BAYANET drug enforcement team and over 20 years on the MPD SWAT team, ultimately commanding the team. Donn spent the last 16 years of his career in MPD with the Detective Bureau. After his MPD retirement, Donn worked with the City of West Yellowstone Police Department, USIS, and as a Park County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy. Donn also enjoyed working with Irongate Security teams at the Crazy Mountain Ranch.
On May 19, 1984, Donn was united in marriage with Jane Bleiler of Midland. Donn and Jane resided in Midland until moving to Paradise Valley, south of Livingston, MT. They shared over 28 years of marriage.
Donn loved anything and everything about the great outdoors. He had long wished to live in Montana and happily relocated to the Big Sky State upon retirement. He loved hunting, fishing and being a part of God’s beautiful creation in any way he could. Donn felt truly blessed to be a part of the Paradise Valley Community Church family and valued many friendships beyond measure.
Blessed be his memory. Be at peace dear one . . .
Donn is survived by his wife, Jane Cholcher of Livingston, MT; his mother Arlene (Lambert) Cholcher of Saginaw, MI; his sisters Linda Hill and husband Don of Saginaw, and Nancy Deike and husband Rick of Coleman; his father- and mother-in-law Eugene and Barbara Bleiler of Grand Rapids; his sisters-in-law, Marty Faasse and husband Brian of Ada, and Lynne Connor of Grand Rapids. Surviving nieces and nephews are Daniel and Sarah Faasse; Danielle (Deike) Smith and daughter Olivia; Melanie Hill-Pollard, husband Jeff, and sons Eli and Ethan. Also left behind is Donn’s faithful lab Jake who will never stop watching out the windows for his return.
Donn was preceded in death by his father, Donald M. Cholcher.
A Memorial Service will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2565 N. Miller Road, Saginaw. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 5:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in Livingston, MT. Online condolences may be offered at Franzen-Davis.com. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider The Thin Blue Line of Michigan or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland County.