Donald J. Berkley, 83, of Tecumseh, passed away April 10, 2010. Donald was born March 4, 1927, in Milan, Mich., the son of Rollo and Vera (Hoskins) Berkley. On Aug. 20, 1949, he married Bonnie J. Buttolph in Britton. She preceded him in death July 17, 1986.
Donald was a graduate of Milan High School, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan with his master's degree. After high school, he served in the U. S. Navy in the South Pacific and the Philippines during World War II. In 1988, he retired from the Tecumseh Public Schools teaching and serving as Junior High School Principal for 37 years. He was a lifetime member of the University of Michigan Alumni association, served on the Tecumseh School Board and a member of the Episcopal Church.
Don is survived by a brother-in-law, Arthur Keller of Milan; brothers, Gerald Berkley of Milan and James Berkley of Oregon; cousin, Sue Martin of Holt: special dear friends, James (Janet) Toole of Tecumseh, Tom (Erin) Toole of Conn. and Charles (Sue) Gross of Tecumseh and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife Bonnie, he was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert and Orlon; and sister, Betty.
At Don's request, a private burial will be in Brookside Cemetery. A service to honor Don's life was held Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh with Dr. Kenneth Boyd officiating. Military Honors were performed by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Team, Toledo, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lenawee County Humane Society. Condolences to the family may be made online at www.pursefuneralhome.com.