Donald Craig


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Donald Craig Mielke

Jan 04 1943 - Sep 11 2006

Donald Craig Mielke, age 63, of McKinney, Texas passed away September 11, 2006. He was born January 4, 1943, in New Castle, Pennsylvania to Frank and Nellie (Truby) Mielke. On June 26, 1964, he married Carol Lee Hoover in Wampum, Pennsylvania. Don earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting/Finance from Pennsylvania State University in 1964. He served for six years as a tank commander in the Army National Guard of Ohio’s 107th Cavalry. He worked for Diamond Shamrock Corporation from 1964 to 1987 and held the positions of Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, and Vice President. After Diamond Shamrock’s restructuring in 1987, Don was appointed Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration of Maxus Energy. He later was named Chief Financial Officer at Maxus and held that position from 1989 to 1990. In 1990, he performed independent financial planning and investment consulting. He returned to corporate life in 1993 as the Chief Financial Officer of Indresco/Global Industrial Technologies. In 1995, he was made President and Chief Operating Officer of Global and then retired again in 1997. Don continued financial consulting in his retirement and enjoyed golf, lunch with friends, family gatherings, and work on his family’s ranch. Don was a member of First United Methodist Church of McKinney and the Boomers Sunday School Class. He was a charter member of the McKinney Economic Development Corporation, became a Director in 1993, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1994 to 1996. He was a member of the McKinney Community Development Corporation from 1998 to 2000. He served on the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Northeast Texas from 1997 to 2003 and again in 2005 and 2006, chairing the board in 2002 and 2003. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State University Mount Nittany Society and a longtime supporter of the Smeal College of Business there. He and Carol established the Don and Carol Mielke Trustee Scholarship because Smeal College had prepared him to be successful in his professional life, and it was his hope that the gift would “make it possible for future undergraduate students to lay the educational groundwork to achieve their goals in business.” Throughout his life, he counseled many co-workers and friends, and his words of advice were always carefully pondered and spoken from the heart. Don will be remembered as a man of his word who placed priority on God and family. He was a man of immense integrity who stood by his convictions. One always knew where Don stood. He is survived by his cherished wife, Carol of McKinney; beloved daughters and sons, Julie and Don Macpherson of Plano; and Kristin and John Ruff of McKinney; precious grandchildren, Dillon Ruff, Margaret and Abigail Macpherson; sister, Marjorie Jackson and husband, Rev. George Jackson of Carmel, Indiana; brother, G. Richard Mielke and wife, Carol of Brookville, Pennsylvania; brother-in-law, Bob Conrad of Brookville; and numerous nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Mielke; and sister, Mary Conrad. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2006, at the First United Methodist Church in McKinney with Rev. Van Lazaroff and Rev. Chris Yost officiating. The family wishes to visit with friends following the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Directors. Memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2388, McKinney, Texas 75070.
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