Mr. Donald Dean “Don” Slabough, 66, of Elkhart, passed away at his home with his family by his side on Thursday, May 4, 2023, following an extended illness. He was born on January 31, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Robert “Bob” Bridenthal and Joyce Slabough. He is survived by his long-time companion and sweetheart, Tina Digiacomo, who resides at home.
Also surviving Don are his sons Johnny D. (Tasha) Slabough of White Lake, MI and Edward C. "Chad" Slabaugh of Clarkston, MI; daughters Ashley N. Slabough of Lavonia, MI, Crystal A. Slabough of Perry, MI, Trisha K. Slabough of White Lake, Chelsey J. Slabough of Harrison, MI, Alicia I. Slabough of Holly, MI and Hanna B. Slabough of Elkhart; one brother and six sisters. Don is also survived by 21 loving grandchildren, one great grandchild, a host of extended family, close friends, and good neighbors.
In accordance with Don’s wishes, no services or ceremonies have been scheduled and Don is to be cremated with the assistance of Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elkhart.
Don was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in Okinawa among other places before being honorably discharged. Most would say he was a self-made man who was true to his word and his convictions, but it was also well known that Don had a huge heart and was very forgiving under most circumstances and he tried to help others whenever he could.
After the Marines, he worked in shipping and receiving for General Motors for several years and then went on to do maintenance work. He discovered that that was a job where he could easily be his own boss, so he kind of stuck with this set-up for the rest of his life. The maintenance work seemed to come easily for Don, as his organizational and work skills seemed to be honed by the time he spent with the Marines.
When Don wasn’t working, he thoroughly enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking on his grill and chumming around with his two feline friends, Baby and Star. Although not overly religious, Don was a believer and considered himself “saved”.
Friends and family may leave memories, condolences and pictures on Don’s obit page on the Billings Funeral Home website. Memorial donations may be given on behalf of the family. Thank you for your interest in his life story!
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