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Donald Earl Wirsdorfer Jr

FORT WORTH-Donald Earl Wirsdorfer Jr passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the age of 83.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Ridglea Christian Church, 6720 Elizabeth Lane, Fort Worth, Texas.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Alzheimers Association or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Donald was born June 5, 1935 to Donald Earl Wirsdorfer Sr and A. Irene Wirsdorfer in Chehalis, Washington. Don graduated from Chehalis High School, Chehalis, Washington. He then attended Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1957. He and his family then moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he attended Texas Christian University. Don graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1961. He continued at Brite Divinity School at TCU, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1964. Don was an ordained minister for the Disciples of Christ Church. He served for over 50 years in the ministry, beginning with First Christian Church, Las Animas, Colorado. He then served churches in Texas, which include First Christian Church, Spearman, First Christian Church, Albany, First Christian Church, Lockhart, and First Christian Church, Burleson. Even after retirement, he continued to serve as an interim pastor at Disciples of Christ churches in Quanah, Kilgore, Mineral Wells, and Bethany Christian Church, White Settlement. Don’s love of people even carried over to his interests. Don was an avid runner who ran numerous marathons for the Leukemia Society. He also loved swimming. Don coached and taught swimming lessons at Las Animas, Colorado and later in Spearman, Albany, and Burleson, Texas. Even in his off time, he was enjoying ministering and helping others. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors: Loving wife of 63 years, Faye Arleen Wirsdorfer; son, Donald Earl Wirsdorfer III and wife, Debra; daughter, Donna Shoop and husband, Steve; son, Nicholas Wirsdorfer and wife, Shawn; daughter, Jane English and husband, Kenny; brother, George Wirsdorfer and wife, Sydney; grandchildren, Bryan, Samantha, Joshua, Victoria, Toni, Nathan and Molly; great-grandchildren, Trevon, Aewa, Aaiden, Aaniyah, Makayla and Zaelia; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Cobette and Robert Riza

    I am so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. He was a sweet soul. I will forever be grateful for the friendship he had with my grandparents. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  2. Rob and Mary Thaxton

    Our sincerest condolences. Brings back such precious memories of your sweet family, Faye. Will keep you in our prayers and in ou hearts.

  3. Pam (Howerton) Leinweber

    May God comfort you at this time. So many memories of Pastor/coach Don and his kids. May peace be with you.

  4. Rev. Carolyn Roper-Fowlkes

    I was saddened to learn of Don’s passing while reading the Pension Fund magazine today. Don was a mentor and friend in ministry- the first pastor I served as an associate to. He had a kind approach, allowing me to come to him when I needed guidance, to learn things from doing, and to find my own strengths. We talked on the phone earlier in 2018, having stayed in touch by phone. He was always supportive and encouraging. I will miss him.
    Blessings to all the Wirsdorfer family.

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