Donald "Ducky" Kaczala

Born: Mon., Dec. 5, 1932
Died: Wed., Mar. 18, 2020


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Donald “Ducky” Kaczala, 87, passed away peacefully in Maumee, Ohio on March 18th, 2020 surrounded by family.  
Born December 5th, 1932, Ducky was a Toledo, Ohio native who grew up in the “Old Polish Neighborhood” on Buckingham Street.  He was a Libbey Highschool 1951 graduate who enjoyed playing the accordion and woodworking.
After high school the Duck enlisted in the Air Force and spent most of his service as a radio operator stationed at Thule Air Base in Greenland during the Korean Conflict.  He also spent time at the Robbins Air Force Base just outside of Macon Georgia where he delighted in the music of Little Richard and the growing genre of rhythm and blues.
After serving, Ducky moved back to Toledo and became a utility lineman at Champion Spark Plug where he would eventually retire. He was a member of the American Legion and Circle 8 Polish Club.  Donald was a passionate Notre Dame football fan and an avid lake goer spending much of his later years fishing and lounging on the deck or the beach at what became his favorite place:  Lakewood Mobile Home Court on Barton Lake in Indiana.
Never to go a single conversation without making someone stop to wonder if he was being serious or not… Ducky will be lovingly remembered for his courageous sense of humor and contagious smile. Wherever he went he made sure to meet new people and typically found himself learning their entire life story. As a perennial jokester, Ducky was a lighthearted man who did not take life, or himself, too seriously and tried to find the fun in whatever he was doing. He took part in many fun activities at The Lake and became widely known in the small lake community. If Ducky sat down to enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink on his deck it wasn’t long before that very deck was filled with people looking to have yet another riveting conversation. The Lake is where Ducky encountered those in his life who would become his best and lifelong friends.
Donald is preceded in death by his wife Carol (Tomaszewski), mother Stephanie (Koperski), father Walter Kaczala, and brother-in-law Edward “Red” Blaszczyk. Forever remembered by his loving sister Margaret Blaszczyk, son Terry (Lisa), granddaughter Deanna, grandson Adam (Kelsey), granddaughter Callie Rose, great-grandchildren Layden and Teagan, and niece Karen (Steve) Johnson.
Ducky will be greatly missed by all those he encountered. A celebration of life is to be determined and announced at a later date.
As always, we won’t say goodbye. Instead we will say, “Be Safe.”

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ducky’s memory to:
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014
https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate

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Mark Malinowski
   Posted Sat March 21, 2020
So sorry for the Kaczala family for there loss.Lots of fun and memories at the lake.Gave me my nickname there Puka Jasiu.He will be greatly missed.Till we meet again.🙏

Sister Reatha
   Posted Mon March 23, 2020
Donald was such a good friend and could lighten any mood so easily with his wicked sense of humor and artful storytelling. He made me laugh too hard, too many times to count. I could use his reassurance right about now. Grandpa Duck taught me how to master the fine art of sunbathing and watching kids swim whilst staying awake. Good times! He taught me how to see the bright side of things. 😎 I’m better for knowing him.

Ducky was my dads best buddy and a wonderful person. I’m sure they’re together again. Hope there’s coffee in heaven! Our condolences to the Kaczala family and close friends. So sorry for your loss. Godspeed Ducky!

Joan Gerwin
   Posted Fri April 24, 2020
A man very much missed in recent yrs. We always had great conversations.
Don, never missed the chance to say hello to me & my dogs, which I very much
appreciated, Will miss all our conversations in the past 65 yrs. Joan Gerwin the neighbor 2 doors over. I can still hear Carol calling for Terry down the street. My best to the entire family. Joan

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