Donald G. Schelsinger, 87, passed away on Sept. 15, 2017
Donald Gordon Schelsinger, 87, passed away from complications of pneumonia and lung cancer on Sept. 15, 2017.
There will be a celebration of life at El Niguel Country Club to be announced at a later date.
Don was born in Wichita, on March 23, 1930 to Floyd and Edna May Schlesinger. Coming from a large, loving family of 13 children, Don was the oldest son who later followed his father into the insurance business.
For a short time after graduating from El Dorado High School in 1948, Don played in the minors as a pitcher for the New York Yankees until an arm injury ended his baseball career. He subsequently joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the sub Sable Fish (55303) and then during the Korean conflict was assigned to Destroyer USS Haley (DD556).
Returning home, Don graduated from Wichita University in 1956, earning dual majors in Finance and Accounting. He spent 20 years in management with Travelers Corp., the last nine as Regional Equities Marketing Manager for the western US. At age 54, Don and wife Diana started Schlesinger Financial Services, assisting several hundred clients to financial security before selling the business at age 75.
Diana and Don married in 1980 and enjoyed 37 years of a charmed life and have lived in Laguna Niguel surrounded by terrific neighbors and friends since 1988.
Through his lifetime, Don's love of travel with Diana enabled him to reach his goal of visiting 103 countries and 6 continents. Don acquired many close friends and was a longtime member of El Niguel Country Club. Besides golf, he was an avid reader and amateur photographer.
Don is survived by: his beloved wife Diana Vaughan Schlesinger; daughters, Jayna Klesper (Robert) of Portland, Ore. and Shelly Platt (Jim) of Greeneville, Tenn.; son, Ryan Schlesinger (Marina) of Northridge, Calif.; grandchildren, Blair, Stefan, Sheleen, Sophia, Sebastian; great grandsons, Knox, Nash and Elijia.; sisters, Fata Hand, Mary Brown; brothers, Harold and Jon Schlesinger; ex-wife, Jeanne Richey; and his precious cat, Swagger.
Don was a special person and will be greatly missed but he will forever be in our hearts, minds and our prayers.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to a favorite charity.