He was 85 and worked for Los Angeles County for 35 years as a conductor on the railroad.
He was a member of the Elks.
Survivors include his wife, Alice; his sons, Frank, Phillip, John and Sam; daughters Brianne and Anita; a sister, Toni; 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Heart Association.
Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.
He had suffered from Alzheimer's Disease for many years and died Nov. 3 at the Windsor Garden nursing facility in Anaheim.
He was known as "Don" to everyone, and his motto was "Let me live in a house by the side of the road, and be a friend to man." He moved to Downey in 1952 and operated two small businesses, one of which was DonRaeRon Fine Confections in Arrington Square. Later he worked as a courier for the Bank of America, retiring in 1977.
He spent the next decade traveling by trailer throughout the U.S. with his wife, Ramona.
He lived on Julius Avenue in Downey.
He was a veteran of World War II, and a lifelong church member. He joined the Downey Memorial Christian Church in 1961. His favorite hymn was "Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine, Oh What a Foretaste of Glory Divine."
Survivors include his wife, Ramona; a brother, Harold; his son, Ron; grandchildren Sean, Thea, Alex, Todd; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to the Rosebud Sioux tribe, P.O. Box 430, Rosebud, S.D., 57570.