|Birth: ||Jan. 15, 1920|
|Death: ||Dec. 26, 2006|
Donald was my "Grandpa Chickey." He was born in 1920 to Charles and Grace (Barker) Schlottman. He married Rose McGale in 1943. They had four children, Fredrick, Dwight, Craig and Carolyn. During World War II, Mr. Schlottman served with Dwight D. Eisenhower at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force as a member of Eisenhower's Message Control. While at the German surrender in Rheims, France, he typed up the original VE-Day message to be sent stateside, announcing the end of the war in Europe. In his later years but before he was unable, he would travel around the country with his wife to what they would call "Eisenhower Reunions." His interest in World War II continued up until his death. Donald has a memorial on the Dwight D. Eisenhower website.
When Don was a child, his family was poor and they had to resort to living in a railroad boxcar, where they had no running water and had to take sponge baths. Donald was blessed with a job at Fisher Body in Willow Springs, Illinois where he retired in 1985.
Don enjoyed fishing in Minnesota during his earlier years. Later in life, he enjoyed vacationing at his cabin at Lake Camelot in Rome, Wisconsin. He loved his poodles Angel, Monique and Gi-Gi. When he was able, he loved to tell stories, fix things and do crossword puzzles.
He suffered a stroke and therefore lost his speech in his later years. He remained at home being cared for by his wife up until his death.
Known survivors include his wife Rose, sons Fred, Dwight (Sue), Craig (Linda) and daughter Carolyn, grandchildren Scott (Anna), Cindy (Larry), Justin, Jason, Geoffrey (Cindy), Matthew (Katie), Lisa, Eric, Tracy, Heidi (Jim), Steven and Kristin, great-grandchildren, Kory, Skye, Abigail, Brianna, Johnnessa, Kayla, Skyler, Noah, Cameron, and Elizabeth. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Frederick, and Ernest, sisters Evelyn and Madeline and son-in-law, John.
Since Mr. Schlottman's passing, the family has grown to include great-granddaughter, Hannah, great-grandsons Jonathan, Caden, Michael, Nathan, and JJ, Joe (husband of Lisa), and Erin (wife of Justin).
Thank you so much to The Bodell Family for sponsoring my grandpa's memorial!
Charles E. Schlottman (1873 - 1961)
Grace Elenor Barker Schlottman (1879 - 1955)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: given to children and grandchildren
Created by: Tombstoner & Family
Record added: Dec 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17161766