Donald 'Don''s Story
Donald "Don" Raymond Sokol, cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on Oct. 16, 2017, at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He was 70 years old.
Don was born on May 8, 1947, in Anderson, Indiana, to his parents, Jean and Raymond Sokol. He graduated from Tri-State (Trine) University with a degree in civil engineering. He married Janice (Lamb) Sokol in 1972, and they celebrated 45 years of marriage this past June. Don and Janice Sokol briefly lived in Georgia before moving to Anderson where they started to grow their family. The Sokol family moved to Flushing, Michigan, in 1995. Don supported his family through his 43 years at Delphi/General Motors, retiring in May 2014.
Above all else, Don prioritized caring for and spending time with his loved ones. He put family before himself without hesitation and was a true man of faith. Through his actions, Don inspired others to emulate the selflessness that he embodied.
Together, Don and Janice built a strong and warm family, and his love lives on within them.
Don is survived by his wife, Janice Sokol; their children and grandchildren, Nate Sokol, Mia and Kevin Royston, and grandchildren, Ethan, Adeline, and Margaret, Elizabeth and Kyle Workman, and grandchildren, Dylan, Aubrey, and Isaac, Allison and Aaron Keel, and awaited grandchild, Emily and Caleb Wright, and Benjamin and Rebeccah Sokol, and awaited grandchild.
Don is also survived by his siblings, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, Thomas and Patricia Sokol; snd their children and grandchildren, Robert Sean and Heidi and their son, Robert Malcolm, Ryan and Crystal and their children, Taylor, Lilly, and Parker, and Anna Kate and Jeffrey and their children, Aaron and Archie; Susan and Mark Weeks; Dennis and Angie Sokol, and their children, and grandchildren, Britney and Tom Pollack and sons, Connor and Henry, Lindsay and Travis Christman, and Mackenzie Sokol; and Mary and Scott Craig and their children and grandchild, Scott and Brittney Craig and their daughter, Emilyn, and Samantha and Bray Dunaway. Don is also survived by his second father in-law, Phil VanEyl; brother- in-law, Jim Lamb and his wife, Julia and their children, Ian Lamb, Olivia and Josh Blossom, and Christopher Lamb and fiancee Sarah Ellis.
Don and Janice opened their homes and hearts to all friends, neighbors, and community members, and so their family greatly extends beyond those listed here.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Jean Sokol; his son, Joseph Isaac Sokol; and his niece, Chelsey Sokol.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff and medical team at Cleveland Clinic's Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit for their compassionate care.
A visitation for Donald Sokol will be held at Rossell Funeral Home in Flushing on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 3 to 7 p.m., with a scripture service at 6 p.m. A second visitation will precede funeral services at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Flushing on Monday, Oct. 23 from 10 to 11 a.m.
A funeral Mass for Don will take place on Monday, Oct. 23 at St. Robert at 11 a.m., followed by a burial service at St. Robert Catholic Cemetery and luncheon at the St. Robert's Activity Center. Don's son, Father Nate Sokol, will preside at the funeral Mass, joined with brother priests from the Lansing Diocese. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Don's life.
In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to Catholic Charities or St. Robert Cemetery for ongoing grounds improvements.
Published on October 20, 2017