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Eberhardt H. "Abe" Desch

November 16, 1923 ~ September 27, 2018 (age 94)

Eberhardt H. “Abe” Desch, 94 of Charlevoix, passed away Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Pineview Cottage in Harbor Springs.  A loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he will be forever missed by his family.

Born on November 16, 1923 in Frankfort, Germany, Abe came to the United States with his family as a baby, settling in Detroit.

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Abe served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army.  Later he went to work at General Motors and attended the General Motors Institute where he earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

It was in Detroit that Abe met and later married Louise S. Baum.  They lived in Mt. Clemens during Abe’s career at General Motors.  After retiring Abe and Louise moved to Florida where they lived for many years before moving to Charlevoix twelve years ago.

In Charlevoix, Abe was a member of the American Legion.  He also enjoyed his weekly golf league in Charlevoix, travel, hunting and fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by Louise, his wife of 68 years; his children, Evelyn (James) Cattaneo of Harrison Township, Gordon Desch of Mancelona and Caroline Desch of Charlevoix; grandchildren, Branden (Catherine) Cattaneo, Justin (Lauren) Cattaneo, James (Pauline) Cattaneo, Gordon Desch, Molly Desch and Matthew Desch;  and great grandchildren, Jacqueline, Kaylee, Brooklyn, Anthony (AJ), Cadence, Kayden, Dylan, Mason, Briella, Elise and Stella.  He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeffrey Moore.

Abe will be buried with military honors at a family service to be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.  Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to Wounded Warriors, Disabled American Veterans or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Please share your memories and personal messages at