Donald D. “Don” Weber, 93, of Bellefontaine, passed away Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Mary Rutan Hospital.
Don was born Sept. 29, 1923, in Tuscarawas County, a son of the late Percy and Emma Newman Weber. On June 7, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Twila Baker in Dundee, and she preceded him in death June 5, 2016. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Clifford, Warren and Glenn and three sisters, Helen Burrell, Jane Harrold and Marian Weber.
Don is survived by a daughter, Myra Lynn (Michael) Suman of Bellefontaine; and two grandchildren, Brandon Suman of Detroit and Brittany (Daniel) Fenderson of Toledo.
A 1941 graduate of Dundee High School and a 1950 graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, Don served during WWII in the United State Army Air Corps. He was a radio operator and gunner on a B-24 with the 484th bomber group stationed in Cherignola, Italy, in the European Theatre. His crew completed 50 missions. Don’s first job was in sixth-grade as janitor for his one-room schoolhouse. Upon graduating high school, he worked on a dragline shovel until he was 18. He then went to work in Canton as a lathe operator for Hercules Motors and he also coached neighborhood kids in basketball. After graduating from OSU, he worked in agriculture as a farm manager, real estate broker, and farm appraiser, retiring as vice president and general manager of Dowds AG Services of Urbana.
Don was a longtime member of the Waynesfield United Methodist Church. He was a member of Wayne Masonic Lodge 569, having been a Mason for 71 years. He also was a member of Waynesfield American Legion Post 395 and the Waynesfield Volunteer Fire Department. He and his wife enjoyed traveling, sports, gardening and sharing their produce. They also enjoyed being with family and friends and playing cards. They were very proud of their family, especially their two grandchildren.
Pastors Ben Shaeffer and Vera Welker conduct funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the Waynesfield United Methodist Church. Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Shoffstall Funeral Home, 205 S. Main St., Lakeview, and at the church an hour prior to the service.
Burial is in Willow Branch Cemetery, Waynesfield, with military honors provided by Wapakoneta VFW Post 8445.
Contributions may be given in his name to Waynesfield United Methodist Church and the Bellefontaine First United Methodist Church Radio Ministry.
Express condolences at shoffstallfuneralhome.com.