Don Joseph Attenhofer, 69, passed away on November 27, 2017 at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Columbia, SC. He was born on May 17, 1948 in New Orleans, LA to the late Norman and Nancy (Altieri) Attenhofer.
Don was stationed in Fort Bragg, NC as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army . He served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded a Parachute Medal and National Defense Medal. After the military, Don spent greater than 20 years in the car industry; he loved “the art of the deal”.
Finally, he wound up in the court house searching titles with his wife and flipping houses. He knew every real estate agent and lawyer in Columbia.
Don was a wonderful father and beloved husband who rescued stray cats and gave money to panhandlers because his wife said God was watching.
He loved the outdoors and the men he hunted and fished with. He was a Clemson Tiger and he watched Walker Texas Ranger. He loved surprise visits from his children, expensive shotguns and good bourbon. He was a bass fisherman and a proud Republican. He did not wash dishes.
Don was a good and dear man, who lived life surrounded by the people who loved him.
Don was predeceased by his parents; daughter, Robin Attenhofer; and brother Kirk Attenhofer.
Surviving members include his wife Melissa Bailey Preacher; his children, Kathleen Anne and her fiancé Brian, of Pembroke, MA, James Andrew of Atlanta, GA, and Don Joseph of Henniker, NH; siblings, Jill Marie Smith of St. Petersburgh, FL, Jean Coward of Gastonia, NC and Scott Attenhofer, Visalia, CA; Granddaughter Kelsey Morgan of Plattsburgh, NY and Grandson Bobby McKuin of Manteca, CA.
Family will receive friends at Sauls Funeral Home, 310 W. Adams Street, Ridgeland on Friday, December 1, at 1200, service to follow at 1300.
In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to the Beaufort County Tabby House, 2127 Boundary St., Suite 13, Beaufort, SC, 29902.
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Today I am thinking about my wonderful oldest brother Don. He was always the best brother a sister could have. I could call Don at anytime and he would just sit and listen to me rattling on about my life. He was a great listener and always always had great advise as my oldest brother of three boys. I'm going to miss you D...I'll be waiting to hear form you. I love you so much. We will take care of Bailey for you.XOXO
Submitted by Jill Attenhofer Smith on Dec 5 2017 06:41:29 AM
der Baily and all of Don's family . My deepest sympathy to you all. Sorry I could not be with you at this time. travel is limited at 91years of age.
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May you walk forever peacefully with God my dear. We will all miss you terribly. This was all so unfair
Submitted by Bailey on Dec 1 2017 10:38:53 AM
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To The Family
Please accept my Heartfelt Condolences. The loss of a loved one is most difficult. Please find comfort in the promise our most loving Heavenly Father Jehovah God gives us found in Revelation 21 4 "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more; neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Please be encouraged.
Submitted by Ms. Anderson on Nov 30 2017 10:08:09 PM
Don was one of the sweetest, kindest men we’ve ever known. He watched over all of us at Heyward Point. We will miss him terribly. Now he must watch over us while at the right hand of our Lord.
Prayers are with Bailey and the family during this difficult time. .
Submitted by Mary & John Patterson on Nov 30 2017 03:50:15 PM
Rest in the loving arms of our Savior Jesus Christ and in the place He has prepared for you. You will be missed
Submitted by Debbie Gunter on Nov 30 2017 02:23:46 PM
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Mary Patterson lit a candle on Nov 30 2017 10:49:25 AM
R.I.P. Go rest high on that mountain.
Prayers and comfort asked for the family during this time.
Submitted by Risa Garris on Nov 30 2017 10:23:09 AM
Thoughts and prayers for Don's family and Melissa.
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