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George Donald Fishtorn "Don"

July 2, 1939 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

George Fishtorn "Don" Obituary

George Donald Fishtorn "Don" age 84, of St. John, IN, formerly of Highland, IN, left this Earth to his Heavenly home on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.  He fought a long and courageous battle with cancer, passing away at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, 15 years after having a debilitating stroke.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Renate E. Fishtorn (Rabeler); his only and beloved child, Renate Evangeline Fishtorn (partner - Jeffrey Dick); beloved grandchildren, Alexander M. Fishtorn, Renate Alexis Lyon (Aiden), Hunter C. Postelmans, George Evan Postelmans, and Evangeline E. Fishtorn; 3 beloved cats and a dog; siblings Marilyn Kortenhoven and Dale (Virginia) Fishtorn; sisters-in-law, Monika Farley, and Sheela Thompson (Peter); brothers-in-law, Frederick A. S. Rabeler (Debbie), and W. Lawton S. Rabeler (Valerie); numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Preceding him in death are his parents, George M. and Martha M. (Wall) Fishtorn; father-in-law, Alexander W. Rabeler; mother-in-law, Elisabeth (Sellhorn) Rabeler; brother, David E. Fishtorn; nephew, Frederick W. Fishtorn; niece, Dana Rabeler.

Donald was his parent's oldest child, born July 2, 1939, at St. Mary's Mercy Hospital in Gary, IN, to the late George M. and Martha Fishtorn. He was raised and lived the early part of his life in Highland, IN. He was of Presbyterian faith and graduated from Griffith High School and Purdue University with an associate degree in architecture. He went on to serve in the United States Army, as a surveyor, at Fort Knox and Fort Sill, OK. Don spent much of his lifetime enjoying working for his father's lumber yard businesses, which included Highland and Schererville Lumber & Supply Companies. Don served as President of Highland Lumber and Supply Company in Highland, Indiana after his father George passed away in 1984. On October 24, 1966, he married the love of his life, Renate E. Rabeler from Bovina Center, New York, and they had a loving and memorable 57 years together. After continuing to live in Highland, IN for several years, they settled in St. John, IN in 1973 in the Homestead Acres subdivision, which his family helped develop in an O'Day/Fishtorn project. After settling in St. John, IN, he and his wife welcomed and raised their beloved, one and only child Evangeline in their family home. He was an enthusiastic, delighted, and loving father. He enjoyed the great outdoors and being out in mother nature. He spent his free time doing the things he loved, which included fishing, hunting, hunting mushrooms, and planting trees. He enjoyed his time on the Tippecanoe and Kankakee Rivers, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, the Gulf of Mexico, and Lemon Bay, and going to Montana on many fishing trips with family, friends, and contractors. He loved sports such as basketball, baseball, and football, playing a lot of baseball in his youth. He enjoyed going to his family's cottages along the Tippecanoe River and his place in Englewood, FL, throughout his lifetime with his grandfather "Pop", father and mother, siblings and cousins, friends, wife, daughter, and grandchildren. Don was a member of the Midwest Sportsman Club and the Lansing Country Club.

Don was a gentle, kind man of few words and soft-spoken, who was a beloved and honored son, brother, husband, father, Opa (grandfather), Uncle, and friend to many. He helped to raise his grandchildren with his wife and daughter. His five grandchildren meant the world to him. He had an especially close bond with his eldest grandchild Alex. He loved his wife, daughter, and each of his grandchildren dearly, delighting in his role as their Opa.

Don will be remembered for his lifelong commitment to Highland Lumber, and his courage, tenacity, and grit when times became tough. He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, determination, loyalty, integrity, dedication to his family and friendships, and his love of nature and the great outdoors. Most importantly he will be remembered and missed, forever and dearly, as an amazing husband, father, and Opa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00pm-4:00pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8941 Kleinman Rd (one block south of Ridge Rd) Highland, IN, 46322 with a funeral service at 4:00pm officiated by Konnie Kuiper.

Funeral and Interment will be held at a future later date. Burial to take place at McKinley Memorial Gardens in Winamac, IN at that time.

Flowers or donations can be sent to Hillside Funeral Home at 8941 Kleinman Rd., Highland, IN 46322.

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January 30, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center
8941 Kleinman Rd.
Highland, IN 46322

Funeral Service
January 30, 2024

4:00 PM
Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center
8941 Kleinman Rd.
Highland, IN 46322


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