Donald J. "Don" Golden
Residence: Buffalo, Indiana
Died: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Location: 8:04 p.m., at the Indiana University Health, Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis, Indiana
 
 
Age: 71
Date of Birth: Saturday, June 30, 1945
Birth place: Hammond, Indiana
 
 
Father: John G. Golden  
Mother: Helen ( Podgorney ) Golden  
Marital Status: Married
Resided in: Don and his wife Pat, have lived in the Buffalo, Indiana, community most all their lives.
Funeral Date: Monday, June 26, 2017
Funeral Location: 10:00 a.m. (EDT), Monday, June 26, 2017, Mass at the Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 543 S. Main Street, Monticello, Indiana, 47960.
Clergy: Fr. David L. Rasner of the Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church of Monticello, Indiana.
Burial will take place: In the Hughes Cemetery of rural Monticello, Indiana.
Visitation will be: 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday June 25, 2017 at the Miller - Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello with Rosary Service at 2:00 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Miller - Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello, Indiana.
Biographical Information: Donald “Don or Donnie” Golden, 71, passed away peacefully, at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. His loving wife of 51 years, and his family surrounded Don during the time of his passing. Don was born as one of three siblings to John G. and Helen (Podgorny) Golden on June 30, 1945 in Hammond, Indiana. He spent his childhood and part of his adult life in Chicago, Illinois. He attended St. Florian Catholic School and Chicago Vocational High School where he received a trade degree. Growing up in the Polish community of Hegewisch, located on the southeast side of Chicago, Don met his childhood sweetheart, Patricia Ann Bugajski. They were married on September 10, 1966. They devoted their life of faith and family to each other and have two beautiful girls; Lynette Ann (Golden) Jacobs and Ann Marie Rose (Golden) Leach. Throughout his career, Don was a plant superintendent for Seaway Manufacturing Corporation, which took him from Chicago to Pennsylvania and back to Chicago. Once back in Chicago, Don started his own aluminum siding business. After his time at Seaway and his aluminum siding business, Don and Pat moved their family to Buffalo, Indiana where they purchased Buffalo Island and started Buffalo Island Deli. They owned and operated Buffalo Island Deli and Pat’s Deli for 10 years. Don also worked for Buffalo Park Discount for a number of years where he crafted the art of custom counter-top making. From there, Don created Don’s Custom Counter-Tops, which he owned and operated for 15 years. Upon retirement, Don and Pat ventured into pleasing festival attendees across the state of Indiana with their famous kettle corn partnered with the amazing personably service they were known for from their days of Buffalo Island and Pat’s Deli. They enjoyed the winter months in Destin, Florida where they truly lived and enjoyed the “salt life”. They made many friends along the way and throughout their adventures, which will always be cherished by our family. Don was an avid woodworker. He enjoyed fishing, joking and laughing with friends and the love of his family. Nothing could put a bigger smile on his face than spending time with, or talking about his granddaughters. Don was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department and Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church. His faith and family were very important to him and they were the driving factors on how he lived his life…to enjoy the blessings of each day. Survived by his loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Patricia Ann Golden; his daughters, Lynette Ann Jacobs (Jim), and Ann Marie Rose Leach (Chris); his brothers, Richard Golden (Sue) and George Golden (Laura). His loving granddaughters, Amber Jones, Hayley Jacobs and Rose Leach, along with his godsons, Robert Golden and Michael Bugajski. Many also survive Don, brother- and sister-in-laws along with several nephews and nieces. He will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who knew and loved him. A funeral service is planned for 2:00pm-8:00pm (EST) on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Miller-Roscka Funeral Home in Monticello, Indiana. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:00am (EST) at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Monticello, Indiana. Burial service will follow Mass at Hughes Cemetery in rural Monticello, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, the family requests Masses for Don Golden at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church or donations made to the IU Methodist ICU Units or the IU Methodist Foundation. Envelopes will be available at Miller-Roscka Funeral Home.
Special Services: Rosary will be held on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) at the Miller - Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello, Indiana.
Memorial Information: May be given for Masses at the Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church or to the I.U. Methodist ICU. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Marriage Information: On September 10, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, he married Patricia Ann "Pat" Bugajski; she survives.
Survivors include:
Wife,
Patricia Ann "Pat" Golden of Buffalo, Indiana;

Daughters,
Lynn (husband Jim) Jacobs, and
Ann (husband Chris) Leach;

Granddaughters,
Amber Jones,
Hayley Jacobs, and
Rose Leach;

Brothers,
Richard (wife Sue) Golden, and
George (wife Laura) Golden.
Preceded in Death:
Parents,
John G. & Helen (Podgorney) Golden.
Arrangements by:
Miller - Roscka Funeral Home, 6368 E. US 24, Monticello, Indiana, 47960 ( 574 ) 583 - 8488.