Borchard, Dr. Donald A., Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved father, grandfather and brother went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 5, 2010. For 92 years, Donald embraced life and his Savior and as a result, he touched the lives of so very many. Donald was born on January 6, 1918 in Saginaw Michigan. He was one of seven children born to the late Fred W. and Wanda F. (Gehrls) Borchard, which included Arlene, Marietta, Fredrick, William, Robert and Raymond. His sister Arlene Eckert still survives him. He was a graduate of Arthur Hill High school, and continued his education at Ferris State then graduated from Central Michigan State University, and Columbia University. He served in the military service and was commissioned as a lieutenant (JG) in the Navy, stationed in the South Pacific. Upon returning from the war, he married Betty Jean Holmes. He then continued his education at the Ohio School of Podiatry Medicine, where he received his doctorate degree in Surgical Podiatric Medicine. Donald and Betty Jean moved back to Saginaw where he started his practice and they started their family. They enjoyed 52 years of marriage before Betty Jean passed away on June 28, 1997. During their marriage, they were blessed with 6 children, all of which survive them. This includes Donald F. Borchard, Deborah Ann Horne and her three children, Todd, Andrew (Tiffany) and Leah (David), Thomas Borchard and his wife Linda and their three children, Tyler, Austin and Whitney, Charles A. Borchard and his daughter Chelsea and close personal friend Amy Iwen, Sally Bradley and her husband Steven and their three children, Calvin, Libby and Jake, and Dennis Borchard and his wife Elizabeth and their four children, Courtney, Taylor, Travis and Jordan. Donald was blessed to be uncle to many nieces and nephews. In addition to his blood relatives, Donald also considered his close friends Kelly Jo Adomeit-Evans, Honorable Judge Fred L. Borchard and Michael Bafan as his immediate family. Donald came from a family that remained close throughout their lives. He also developed and cherished many close life-long bonds with his friends stemming back to his days in college, known as the "Cherry Street Gang", friends from the U.S.S. Chara, and countless patients that he saw and treated during his sixty years in practice. Donald never retired, and was fortunate that his son Charles joined him in practice twenty-five years ago. Together they shared many social and professional achievements. Donald had a great positive outlook on his life. He was always quick to pay a compliment which was typically followed up with some witty remark. This summary of Donald's life would not be complete without mentioning one of his dearest and closest friends, Pastor Carl Otto. Pastor Otto was with Donald and family at his time of passing, assuring him and family that as a redeemed child of God, his Savior Jesus was waiting for him with open arms. Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2010 at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Court and Bond Sts. Rev. Carl Otto will officiate with entombment in Chapel Hill Mausoleum. Friends may call at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, from 2:00 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 9:00 p.m. on Friday. They may then call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church. www.casefuneralhome.com