Donald J. Lett
October 16, 1923 ‒ December 05, 2010
LOUDONVILLE: A bombardier during WWII, Donald Lett’s duty as an Army 1st Lieutenant was to assist in guiding his plane to specific bombing targets, then release his aircraft’s bomb load. Don fought in the European Theater completing air combat missions over the Balkans and Normandy. For gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States, Don was awarded the Silver Star; the third highest military award given to any branch of the military. A member of “Americas greatest generation”, Donald J. Lett, of Loudonville passed away Sunday morning December 5, 2010 in Hospice of North Central Ohio’s Hospice House. He was 87.
Donald was born October 16, 1923 in Ashland and graduated from Ashland high school in 1941. Upon graduation, he served in the Army from 1943 to 1945.
Following the War, Don finished his college education and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1946. Completing Ohio States law program in 1948, he began practicing law as an attorney.
Don moved to Mansfield where he was a successful self-employed attorney.
As a young man he purchased 400 acres of land near Loudonville. A small cabin was soon constructed and “the farm” was used as a weekend retreat for his family. In the late 1970’s Don retired and moved to the farm. By then the cabin had grown to a house and Don loved his new life as a gentleman farmer. He worked the land growing corn, hay, soy and wheat and also raised just about any farm animal you could think of.
An avid skier, Don was a member of the Mansfield Ski Club. Innovative, he helped build one of the first toe ropes in Ohio. It was constructed on his land and members of the ski club had the privilege to be the first to use it.
He loved traveling; the only state not visited was Oregon. Don took trips to Australia and Rome and made it a point to revisit those countries in Europe (England, Scotland and France) that changed his life as a young man during WWII.
He was an original member The Ohio State Universities Presidents Club, and served as board president for Friendly House. Don had a soft spot for those less fortunate. He was a very big supporter of Ronald McDonald House as well as ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
Don was a member of Grace Episcopal Church.
Described as humble, Don’s legacy is one of hard work, perseverance, and gratitude. His life lessons will continue through the generations of his family.
He is survived by his children and their spouses Elizabeth and Jeff Force of Charleston, South Carolina, Nancy Young of San Antonio, Texas, Nicole and Darren Docherty of Mansfield, and Whitney Superstar of Loudonville; four grandchildren Trevor and Connor Young, and Carson and Emerson Docherty;
Don was preceded in death by his parents; sister Jean McDonald and brother Robert Lett.
The Lett family has chosen compassionate cremation services through Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Homes and memorial contributions to Friendly House may be made through the funeral home at: PO Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.
The family request that acknowledgements be mailed to the funeral home.
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