Don Bahr

February 03, 1932 ‒ October 30, 2015

Bellville, Ohio
Formerly of Lexington, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Donald Glen Bahr went to be with the Lord Friday October 30, 2015 from Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, FL. He was 83.

He was born February 3, 1932 in Mansfield to parents Glen & Zillah (Schindler) Bahr. After he was graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1950, he proudly served his country by joining the US Army. He was a member of the Army Band during the Korean Conflict and eventually retired from the Army in 1972 continuing in the reserves for a combined 42 years of service.

A young lady named Shirley Bowers caught his eye. The pair soon married on January 1, 1955 and together they raised four children.

Don worked for Retail Credit, Patrons Mutual Insurance Co., and Shelby Insurance as an insurance adjuster for 37 years until he retired in 1995. Even after retirement he worked for Ace Hardware, the Comfort Inn, Quality Inn Courtyard Suite, and Enterprise. In spare time he enjoyed golfing and building model ships.

A gifted musician, in addition to the Army Band Don played the flute and piccolo in the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and served as a choir director for many years at Grace Brethren Church in Lexington. He also sang with the FunCenter Chordsman and worked 20+ years with the Lexington Music Boosters.

Along with his wife, Don loved to travel. He and Shirley enjoyed 9 cruises and over 8 bus trips together. No matter where he was, Don read his Bible every day.

Don was a faithful member of the New Life Church of Christ in Bellville. He was also a member of the American Legion Post # 535 of Bellville, the Gideons, the Pandora Dance Club, the Society of Claims Law Association, and was on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Fire Investigators. Don was part of the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department and was the first volunteer fireman at MidOhio Sportscar Course. He also volunteered his time at the Mansfield Reformatory, MedCentral Hospital, and the Renaissance Theatre.

He is survived by his loving wife Shirley Bahr of Bellville; four children: Brad Bahr (fiancée Jane) of Spring Hill, TN, Laura & Kevin Dearth of Bellville, Linda Bahr of Lexington, and Todd & Valerie Bahr of Winter Garden, FL; six grandchildren Aaron Dearth, Amy & Kyle Babcock, Adam & Samantha Bahr, Alison & Michael Baldoni, Madison Bahr, and Joshua Bahr; seven great-grandchildren: Cheyanne, Mason, Lucas, Jay, Olivia, Vincent, and Ava; a sister Joyann Koustenis of Lexington; a brother-in-law: Stan & Bev Bowers of Lexington; a sister-in-law Marilyn & Ralph Clark of New Jersey; along with numerous extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by an infant brother Jack Duane Bahr, and two brothers-in-law James Koustenis and Dave Duffey.

Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Road) where a funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Pastor Steve Kistler will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery with military honors performed by American Legion Post #535 of Bellville.

Contributions in his memory to New Life Church of Christ may be made at or sent to the funeral home (P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904).

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Don’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch his tribute video—at

  • Dear Family, You are in our prayers and have our sympathy.
    We will always remember the good times we’ve shared on several cruises. God has blessed you, dear family, with a “super” man of faith as his obituary mentions many outstanding qualities. May God continue his blessings.

  • Shirley, Todd, Linda, Laura and Brad,
    So sorry for your loss. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your families. Don was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. Hugs and prayers being sent. Love you all

  • Shirley and Family……We are so sorry for your loss. Enjoyed sharing all of the good times following the Band of Gold with Don and Shirley many years ago. Sending prayers for all of you.

  • Dear Shirley and Family,

    We are truly sorry about the lost of Don. May you be blessed with his special spirit until you all meet again.

    Prayers and Blessings,

    Drena, Jimmy, Stephanie, Mike, Theresa-Ann, and isabelle’

  • To the Bahr family,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I had Don’s Mother as my first grade teacher. I’ve known the Bahr family for many years. I too, grew up in Lexington and would see Don from time to time when I visited my parents, Lloyd & Shirley Whitney.

    God Bless You,
    Barb Whitney Earles and family

  • Dear Shirley and Family,

    We are truly sorry for the lost of Don. May you be blessed with his spirit until you all meet again.

    Blessings and Prayers,

    Jim, Drena, Stephanie, Mike, Theresa-Ann, and Isabelle’

  • Shirley and I are saddened to hear of Don’s passing. We trust his family is remembering Don as he was in his prime. He accomplished a lot in his lifetime and was a man of whom all could be proud. I was a member of his class at Lexington of 18 boys and 18 girls, graduating in 1950. We are one less now. Rest in peace, Don.

  • Warner & I are very sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing him sitting in Sunday school. He was a very good man.Our prayers are with you & your family.

  • Laura – I just wanted to say how sorry I am for you at the passing of your dad. I worked with him many, many years ago at Patron’s. He was a very nice person! I pray all the wonderful memories I’m sure you have will bring you a lot of comfort on those days when you are missing him most. Take care!

  • Linda,
    I am Rosemary Shirk’s daughter, I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Shirley and Don were the loving couple. My memory will be of them sitting in church, looking like a million bucks. But more importantly, Don loved the lord and served his fellow man. He passed this down to his children, especially Linda. This time comes to all of us, sad for us, but glorious for him. May God hold you in his loving, comforting arms.

    Larry and Susan

  • So thankful for a good man who led his family well. Uncle Don leaves a legacy of faithfulness behind which will not be forgotten. Asking God to comfort all of you and to sustain you until our reunion in heaven!

  • Shirley,
    Very sorry to hear that Don passed away. I would have been at the viewing, but I just heard about it yesterday. Again, sorry. My thoughts are with you and the family.