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Donald Husted Pilette
Donald Husted Pilette

April 6, 1927 - December 4, 2018
Born in Detroit
Resided in St. Clair Shores, Michigan
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Donald Pilette, longtime Detroit newspaperman and educator, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at age 91. Don, a native Detroiter, served in the Navy in WWII. He graduated from Cass Technical High School and Wayne State University. He was a reporter at the Durand Express, Marquette Mining Journal and Gary (Ind.) Post Tribune. As an editor at the Detroit Times, Don was only one of six staffers brought to The Detroit News when the newspaper bought it in 1960. He served in several capacities at The News, including national and systems editor, until he retired in 1992. Don also was an adjunct instructor at Wayne State for 37 years, teaching news editing and reporting. The college honored him in 2011 by naming the journalism lab in his name. He also taught at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Don was a licensed pilot who enjoyed flying to airports across the state.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Stedman Pilette. He is survived by his wife, Cassandra Kanady, daughters Jennifer Pilette (Bill Ladd) and Susan (James) Lawlis, stepdaughters Barbara (Chas Vrba) Kanady, Kelly (Keith) Heier, grandchildren Dawn Abke, Anita Pilette-Phillips, Stephanie Rudzki, Jeffrey Pilette-Phillips, Elizabeth Lawlis, Patricia Lawlis, Danielle Rattray, Maddie Walsh, Natalie Walsh, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with a service following at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods.

Memorial tributes may be made to the Wayne State Journalism Department or United Community Housing Coalition, 2727 Second Ave., Detroit 48201.

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Visitation
A. H. Peters Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe
20705 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI US 48236
Saturday, December 8, 2018
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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A. H. Peters Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe
20705 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI US 48236
Saturday, December 8, 2018
7:00 PM