is with great regret and sorrow that I must inform you of the death of our
Classmate, Don Anselm, on 20 May 2020 in Huntsville, AL, after a long health
Don is survived by his wife, Judy;
daughters, Jennifer English (William) and Deborah Youmans (Gregory); and
grandchildren, Jeffrey and Mary English and Jonathan and Adam Youmans.
A Memorial Service will be held
when Don’s loved ones can travel and be together again.
Condolences may be sent to Judy at
2733 Downing Street SE, Huntsville, AL 35801.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Don's memory may be
made to your favorite Veteran’s charity like Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
or the Gary Sinise Foundation or Hospice Family Care in Huntsville or your local
Well done, Don. Be thou at peace.
Donald "Don" C. Anselm, long-time resident of Huntsville, passed away peacefully
on May 20th after a long health battle. Don was born and raised in Cleveland,
Ohio to parents Charles and Mary Anselm and with his sisters (Mary Jo Cercy and
Judith Cook). He attended West Point as part of the Class of 1961 and earned a
Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. Later, he earned a Master's Degree in
Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Don served his
country for 21 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served in
the Corps of Engineers in Vietnam, New York, Korea, and Thailand until 1975. He
served in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans and
then the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington DC until 1982. After
his military service, Don moved his family to Huntsville where he spent the next
25+ years supporting military defense programs at several engineering firms,
including Teledyne Brown Engineering, The Boeing Company, and Quality Research.
He retired in 2008. In 1967, Don married his wife and registered nurse, Judith–
whom he met on a ski trip – something they loved doing. They have two daughters,
Jennifer English (William) from Madison, Alabama and Deborah Youmans (Gregory)
from Ashburn, Virginia. Don loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time
with his grandchildren, Jeffrey and Mary English and Jonathan and Adam Youmans.
He loved family beach trips, a good cup of coffee and walking his dogs (or
anyone else's dogs!). He had many good friends from West Point and the Army, his
church, and from his work that he was always happy to see. Don was preceded in
death by his parents, his Aunt Margaret Collins, and his sisters, whom he cared
for fiercely. He is survived by his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren,
numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a
donation to your favorite Veteran's charity like Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund or
the Gary Sinise Foundation or Hospice Family Care in Huntsville or your local
Hospice. Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will be held when Don's loved
ones can travel and be together again.