Daniel William "Dan" Determann

  • Born: April 17, 1946
  • Died: January 15, 2020
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Daniel William "Dan" Determann, 73, of Battle Creek died peacefully at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Dan was born April 17, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Albert Gerheart and Alice Mary (McCarthy) Determann. He graduated in 1964 from Notre Dame High School in Niles. IL. Dan honorably served his country in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, serving in Korea during the Vietnam Era. After the service he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University. He was employed as a Life Underwriter at Federal Home Life Insurance Company in Battle Creek until they moved their corporate offices. His 12 year teaching career included teaching Social Studies, Economics, American History and World History at St. Philip Catholic Central and throughout many of the school districts in the Calhoun County Area as a substitute teacher.

Daniel William Determann was united in marriage to Sandra Lee Sessions on May 19, 1979 at First Baptist Church in Battle Creek. Surviving are Sandy, his wife of 40 years; two brothers, Francis (Marilyn) Determann of Huntley, IL, John (Linda) Determann of Elk Grove Village, IL; a sister, Mary (Anton) Hecimovic of Billing, MT; ten nieces and nephews, cousins and their families. Dan was preceded in death by his parents.

Dan was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of American Legion Post #298. He was a former member and president of the Battle Creek Jaycees. He loved reading. Dan will be remembered as an outgoing, engaging gentleman always interested in people, hearing their stories and sharing his.

Friends will be received 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where the Knights of Columbus will present honors and a Vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Christopher J. Ankley 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Committal, military honors and interment will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Dan may be made to Hospice Care of SW Michigan, 222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3882 or Companion Cats, P.O. Box 2568, Battle Creek, MI 49016. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. He and I worked together as underwriters at both Federal Home and Farm Bureau. We carpooled to Lansing, and I was thankful for his company in the car. There was lots of laughing and story-telling. Over the years, when I would run into Dan, we would talk, catch up, and I always walked away with a smile. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to you Sandy.

Posted by Sharon Robinson - Battle Creek, MI - Coworker   January 27, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Dan's passing, we worked together, he was a great friend. My condolences to Sandy and the rest of his family

Posted by Gail Edwards - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   January 22, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs!

Posted by Angie Kooi - Friend   January 21, 2020

Sandy, I so sorry to read of Dan's passing. I had no idea he was ill. I'm sorry I can't be there since I'm wintering in Florida. I always enjoyed talking to Dan when I saw him. Will be praying for you during this difficult time.
Sending sympathy.

Posted by Terri Schreffler - Friend   January 19, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. He was a kind and upbeat guy, and I got to know him a little bit when the Jaycees would help out with the "Calling Santa" program on WBCK and WBXX. Dan was often the "head elf", and he and his fellow Jaycee "elves" would screen phone calls for Santa and make sure that goodies were distributed around the studio. He'll be missed in our community.

Posted by Tim Collins - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   January 19, 2020

I met Dan when he substitute taught at WK Kellogg Junior High and as a fellow parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Dan was a warm and kind person both in his teaching and as a truly Christian man of faith. He was very intelligent and knew how to relate to the junior high students in a way that was most unusual for substitute teachers. He learned the kids by name, related to them individually, and cared for them deeply. Dan and I laughed together and felt a comradeship that felt authentic and real. He was a spiritual person and participated in the church as a lector which was perfect for his intelligence and communication skills. He was gregarious and always greeted Jonny and me with a smile and a hearty laugh when we would see him at church. Dan will be greatly missed. I will be singing in the funeral choir and will say my goodbyes at that time.

Posted by Frank Skeltis - Battle Creek - Friend   January 18, 2020

I had Mr. Determann as a substitute teacher while attending Watttles Park Elementary many years ago, and I really enjoyed having him as a teacher. My regular teacher Mr. Wagner was out for an extended period, and Mr. Determann took over while he was out. I remember I was very much into baseball at the time (6th grade), and he would quiz me about baseball facts. He was a very knowledgeable person. After all of these years I never forgot about him. While I only knew him briefly, he left a lasting impression
on me. Please accept my most sincere condolences.

Posted by Thomas Moore - student   January 18, 2020

Sandy & Famiy - sorry to hear of Dan's passing. My condolence and sympathy to all of you. I remember Dan from all the fun days in the Battle Creek Jaycees. He always had a great attitude, smile and was a wonderful energetic President of the Jaycees ! Dan was one the proud members that were the incubator to the Binder Park Zoo !
I thank the Lord for my friendship years with Dan.
God Bless Sandy and all his Famly and Friends .

Posted by Dan Kunitzer - St Pete Beach, FL - Friend   January 17, 2020

So sorry we can't be there as we are in Florida for the winter. We loved Dan dearly and will miss him. Our love and support are with you Sandy!

Posted by Becky Squires - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   January 16, 2020