Donald M. Machler, 89, of La Porte, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at IU Health La Porte Hospital.
Donald was born in Evanston, IL, on May 21, 1929 to Lawrence and Pauline (Bruck) Machler.
Donald was married on December 17, 1951 to Alice Jane (McLeod) who preceded him in death. He then was married on July 30, 1983 to Nancy (Jeglic) who also preceded him in death.
Surviving are his beloved children, Karen A. Towle of La Porte, Linda S. Machler of La Porte, and Charles A. Machler of Orlando, FL; stepdaughters, Nancy Jeglic of Maywood, NJ, and Julie (David Gugelev) Jeglic of Hackensack, NJ; sisters, Sylvia Thompson of La Porte and Lillian Norton of Mill Creek; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer (Chuck) Morris, Linden (Jennifer) Lantz, Linissa (Michael) Wirtes, Delaina (Brad) Kinnison, Ryan, Eric, and Josh Towle; 8 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jessica, and Sammie Morris, Joseph and Lois Lantz, Keegan and McKenzie Wirtes, and Logan Towle.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nancy Machler; twin brother, Ronald Machler; and 4 brothers, George, Robert, Douglas, and Phil Machler.
Donald served honorably in the US Army in Korea from 1951-1953. He was owner of Supreme Plumbing and Heating. He also did building maintenance for La Porte County. Donald built the first solar home in La Porte County. He enjoyed woodcarving, antique cars, and spending time with his grandchildren and family. He also enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and eating at his favorite restaurants.
A time of visitation will be held from 12 - 3 PM (CT) with full military honors at 3 PM on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Burial will take place privately with the family at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the La Porte City Band, 396 Melrose Street, La Porte, IN 46350.
Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.cutlerfuneralhome.com.