Date of Death:  March 13, 2023

Service Details

Visitation will be held Monday, March 20, 2023, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers. Visitation will also be held Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with funeral services to follow at noon. Pastor Derl Keefer from Center Park United Methodist Church will officiate.

He will be laid to rest in Howardsville Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Donald Kenneth Workman, 78, of Marcellus, passed away Monday, March 13, 2023, at Edgewood Health & Rehabilitation.

He was born April 28, 1944, in Kalamazoo, the son of John and Helen (Hackenberg) Workman, but was raised by his grandparents, Elmer and Mable Hackenberg.

As a young boy growing up in Moorepark, Don was a farmhand who worked for many area farmers and had a paper route throughout Moorepark. He played tennis and baseball, earning a high school varsity letter.

After graduating from Three Rivers High School with the Class of 1963, he worked at Johnson Corporation for 17 years, then at GM and Constantine and surrounding plants. Following his retirement, he continued farming.

On August 14, 1965, Don married Sandra Kay “Sandy” Muffley. They enjoyed farming together and raising longhorns, plus traveling through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula camping with their truck trailer.

A member of Center Park United Methodist Church for 50 years, he was always available to help with extra needs at the church.

Don loved the outdoors, sports, but most of all spending time with his family. His many interests included farming, camping, canoeing, coon hunting, riding a side by side ATV, pulling ponies, gardening, playing foursquare, bowling, and horseshoes; coaching Little League and girls’ softball; and watching sports – especially the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, and UFC fighting.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his wife, Sandy Workman; son, Clint Workman; daughter, Carey (Christopher) Beurmann; grandchildren, Travis (Crystal) Beurmann, Derek (Laura) Beurmann, Codee (Abby) Workman, Taylor Workman, and Emily Workman; great-grandchildren, Kenley, Connor, Bentley, and Valerie.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Donna Jean Workman and Joan (Ernie) Mowery.

Additional Information

Donations in his memory may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children or to Center Park United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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  1. Sandy & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss, Don was a very kind man and know he will be dearly missed. I pray the Lord gives you and your family peace and comfort in this very difficult time.

  2. Ms Sandy and Family, Our deepest condolences from The Carl Grove Family and The Dan Rhodeback Family. Don was always a light in the room making everyone laugh and smile. Reunions at your house were the best on the farm. Thank you for the beautiful family memories!

    Much Love,

  3. The loss of your patriarch is heartbreaking. Don and the Workman’s have always been family to me. My hope is that god will grant you all peace during this difficult time and allow Don to be free of pain and suffering after a long hard fight with health problems over the last year. The blessings of a strong family will carry you through and defines the legacy you created. Rest in peace.

  4. Sandy and family I am so sorry to hear about Don’s death. We sure had some fun times in Moorepark. I loved going over to play with him as Grandma Hackenburg would always have home made cookies and goat’s milk for us. I often think about our times in Moorepark and wonder how he was doing. He was a special man in my life. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers Sandy and family.

  5. Rest in peace Don, You are like a second father to me and will be severely missed. What a role model you played in my life as well as many others. I am a better person for knowing you and your whole family. Thank you for everything and I hope we see each other again one day and get to throw a few more shoes!

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