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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Thoughts and prayers for Don's family and Melissa.
Submitted by Bob Hall on Nov 30 2017 09:23:20 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with Melissa
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Dear family. Death is an enemy! So says the Word of God. True comfort comes in knowing that God does not cause our death, for He promises to eliminate death completely in the near future. I hope this gives you a measure of comfort during this difficult times. (1 Corinthians 15:26; Isaiah 25:8).
Submitted by pfl on Nov 29 2017 08:00:59 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with Don's family, loved ones, and friends. May he rest in eternal peace in the arms of the heavenly angels.
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As I sit here trying to think of those all-too-used bereavement platitudes, all that comes to mind is Don's smiling face, his laughter, his wonderful ability to make people smile right along with him. I also think of his wife, Melissa.....where I saw one, the other was not far away. I think of the pictures I've seen on FaceBook of all the loves in his life....his family, his boat, his hunting gear, and all of the wonderful kitties he was a part of rescuing. Because of Don and Melissa, my initials and Chuck's are linked together in black marker on a 2 x 4 with a small can of cat food sitting underneath them within the walls of our home. Whenever I think of D, these are the things I will remember. Melissa, my heart aches for your loss, and that of your family. Much love. EB
Submitted by Elizabeth Bessels on Nov 29 2017 04:24:00 PM
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