Don F. Goldner

  • Died: October 25, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Covington Knolls

8325 Covington Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

Don F. Goldner died on October 25, surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. He literally did battle Parkinson's with daily exercise and by being an active participant in the Rock Steady Boxing program for many years. He was born October 4, 1934 to Fred and Alice (Eis) Goldner in Chicago, IL. Don graduated from Bradley University in 1956. He had a long and successful career in industrial sales and was a partner in the firm Grand Northern Products. Don was a member of the Fort Wayne Business Forum and was president of Fort Wayne Track Club. He coached a Little League baseball team, ran several marathons and enjoyed tennis, golf and skiing with his special group of friends, the Wednesday Night Racketeers. He and Joan biked in 8 countries, hiked in Greece, sailed in Turkey, and enjoyed spending time in Mexico. Aside from his family and friends, his special loves were his summer home in Pentwater, MI on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Chicago Cubs and music, especially brass bands as he was a fine drummer. Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joan; his two children, Lee (David) Sanders and Jay (Belinda) Goldner; and two grandchildren, Sean and Cass. He was preceded in death by his older sister, Joyce. A celebration of Don's life will be held at Trinity English Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. with calling one hour prior. Memorials may be made to the Trinity English Music Program, Visiting Nurse or donors choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr. "Gono" (the children of Tim and Deezie Miller struggled to pronounce Goldner as toddlers), you will be missed but NEVER EVER forgotten. We will think of you often as the sun sets over Lake Michigan from the shoreline of Pentwater, MI. Our childhoods were ever so brightened by your kindness,sense of humor and our deep and lasting connection to you and your family. Long live the memory of Don Goldner.

With much love and respect,
Mit, John, Becky and Cal Miller

Posted by A friend   November 08, 2019

Don was probably one of the best Uncles out there, with a good sense of humor and fun to be around. He was a belly laugher, which was infectious. I will miss him and am sorry for your loss.

Posted by Megan McKenna - San Francisco, CA   November 04, 2019

I was a neighbor of Jay & Belinda for 20+ years. I had the pleasure of meeting Don & Joan several times. Don was a wonderful man who loved his family dearly. May the memories of your times together comfort you all during this difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy, Peggy

Posted by Peggy Chamberlain - Aurora, IL - Acquaintance   November 04, 2019

My thoughts and prayers to the Goldner family. His son ,Jay, and I were grade school class mates and I have many fond memories of Don's humor and kindness.

Posted by Eric Hesterman - Safety Harbor, FL   November 04, 2019

My condolences to the Goldner family (Don and I were frequent racquetball opponents back in the 70s at the old YMCA).

Posted by Dan Wehrenberg - Chicago, IL   November 03, 2019

Joan and family -- So very sorry to learn of Don's passing. His "battle" obviously made life richer and more fulfilling for the two of you. Praying that you will find peace and comfort as you grieve. Fondly,

Posted by Steve & Deb Todd - Fort Wayne, IN   November 03, 2019

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