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Daniel  William "Dan"  Determann

Daniel William "Dan" Determann
  • April 17, 1946 - January 15, 2020
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“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...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Sharon Robinson - Battle Creek, MI

“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 ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Gail Edwards - Battle Creek, MI

“Sandy,I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs! ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Angie Kooi - Friend

“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...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Terri Schreffler - Friend

“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 ...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Tim Collins - Battle Creek, MI

“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...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Frank Skeltis - Battle Creek

“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...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Thomas Moore - student

“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...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Dan Kunitzer - St Pete Beach, FL

“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! ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Becky Squires - Battle Creek, MI

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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