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Daniel H. Watson, age 85, of Rockford, passed away Friday evening, March 2, 2018 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.  The son of Olga Monica (Block) & George Hamilton Watson, Sr., he was born on December 19, 1932 in the small town of Burt in Saginaw County.  A proud veteran of the U.S. Army, Daniel served during the Korean Conflict, attained the rank of corporal, and earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

On August 22, 1959, in Saginaw, he married Inese Laura Kamaldnieks and together they raised two sons and enjoyed over 58 years of marriage.  Daniel retired from a long career in printing sales, having worked for Michigan Litho and Fort Dearborn Litho.  He enjoyed wood working, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  and two brothers, George Hamilton Watson, Jr. and Frank James Watson.  Surviving are his wife, Inese Watson of Rockford;  their sons, Maris & Teri Watson of Grandville and Erik & Eva Watson of Highland Park, Illinois;  two grandchildren, Aubrey and Sydney;  three sisters, Louise Watson-Small of Charlevoix, Margaret Kennelly of St. Charles, and Olga Crotty of San Francisco, California;  a brother, James & Nancy Watson of Westport Massachusetts;  and several nieces and nephews.

Honoring Daniel's wishes, cremation will take place.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Daniel's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.ChristiansenCares.com  Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.

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  1. Don Beaudoin on March 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Inese:
    Sally and I want to offer our condolences. It’s been many years, probably 30, since we saw you and Dan. I had an extra connection with Dan because my mother was born on Burt Rd. a few miles west of where Dan grew up.
    I’m happily retired. I think Davis is in Florida permanently and is senile. Cowan is OK. I’m not sure if you overlap any others. The group, joined now with the Butterworth group, has at least 100 docs, many CRNAs and others. The annual Christmas bash is a zoo and most of those attending are young.
    I hope you are doing well. I will add Dan to my prayer list.
    Don & Sally Beaudoin



  2. Judi Chelekis on April 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Inky, Peever, and Erik (and families):

    I am so sorry for your loss!-á Dan was the kindest and funniest man I knew!-á I still say, Oh for crying in the sink, one of the many utterances that he put his personal spin on!-á Growing up with your family was part of the sparkle of my childhood!-á Dan will be missed!-á Thank you for sharing him with us all those years!

    Judi Chelekis



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