Dr. Donald W. Liechty
Dr. Donald W. Liechty, DVM, 62, of Wood Dale, Illinois, formerly of Berne, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at his home. He was the son of E. Gordon and Myrtle Liechty.
He was owner of Liechty Veterinary LLC and spent most of his adult life taking care of race horses at Arlington Park Race Track. He graduated with a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Purdue University in West Lafayette. He was a graduate of South Adams High School in Berne. During his career, he also practiced in North Carolina and Bennington, Vermont. He loved spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters and his children. He also loved to travel and scuba dive.
He is survived by his daughter, Caitlin (Joshua) Zahn of Aurora, Illinois; son, Joshua Liechty of Wood Dale, Illinois; two sisters, Sharon (James) Vanlandingham of Columbia City; and Susan (Raymond) Christian of North Judson; brother, Michael Dean Liechty of Geneva; two granddaughters, Cheyenne and Savannah Zahn of Aurora; five nephews, John (Amy) Kolb of Kouts; Michael (Lauren) Liechty of Converse; Brandon (Jazmyn) Liechty of Berne; Matthew (Andrea) Christian of Goshen; and Benjamin (Beth) Christian of Indianapolis; two great-nephews, Garrett Liechty of Converse; and Severus Ray Christian of Goshen; five great-nieces, Emily and Maci Kolb of Kouts; and Torie, Harmony and Brea Liechty of Berne; two uncles, Loren (Joan) Liechty; and Rev. Robert (Peg) Liechty, both of Berne; three aunts, Berneta Lehman of Berne; Grace Kolb of Canada; and Esther Hess of Goshen; and three step-nephews, Kent (Teresa) Vanlandingham and family of Berne; Tony (Laurie) Vanlandingham and family of Decatur; and Jeff (Sheila) Vanlandingham and family of Columbia City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; maternal grandparents, Titus and Priscilla Kolb; and paternal grandparents, Robert U. and Emma Liechty.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Glueckert Funeral Home, 1520 N Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004; telephone 847-253-0168.
Memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association, Galloping Out Thoroughbred Rescue Fund, or The World Wildlife Fund.