Don Rexford Watson

February 13, 1926 ‒ August 19, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

Don Rexford Watson passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday morning, August 19, 2015 after a brief illness at age 89.

He was born February 13, 1926 in Mansfield to parents Tod and Eldora (DeLong) Watson. After he graduated from Mansfield Senior High School with the class of 1944, he attended Wittenberg University until joining the Air Force.

Don was in construction with his father in law for many years and held several patents of suspensions for trailer towing.

Don married Naomi “Zeke” Zediker on November 13, 1948. Don is survived by his three children Judy Hooker and Jone Watson of Mansfield, and Don (Cindy) Watson of Cincinnati; four grandchildren Jennifer (Dean) Cron of Charlotte, NC, Allie Watson (Sam Chamberlin) of Mansfield, Tyler and Jared Watson of Cincinnati, and three great grandchildren Bayley Cron, Maggie and Quinn Chamberlin. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Joyce (AJ) Watson and several nieces, nephews, and good friends.

In addition to his loving wife of 64 years, he is preceded in death by his parents; sister Joan Watson Meese; brother-in-law Bob Meese; brothers AJ, Chas, and James.

Although no public service will be held in Don’s memory, his family hopes that you will hold him in your heart as you remember him in your own special way.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Richland County Foundation Hospice of North Central Ohio Fund.

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

  • I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Don’s passing…. he is now forever with Aunt Omie, his parents, and siblings. I have many fond memories of him as a wonderful and loving man with a great sense of humor. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Barb (Boenau) Bernard

    • We grew-up with Don & “Zeke” – they were both reat people. I know that you will miss them. You are in our prayers.

  • I’m one of Lee Crownover’s daughters and wanted to express our condolences about your father’s passing. My father so looked forward to he and Don’s weekly Wednesday lunches at the Mansfield Restaurant, since they were the only ones that committed to being their every Wednesday!

    Dad always said he’s wished he’d known Don when they were in school so he knew him better, but that they gotten to know each other quite well over the past year or so I know he thought very highly of him.

    Your in our thoughts and prayers in the coming months.

  • Don, so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family in this difficult time. God bless you.

  • To Judy, Joan and Don.
    I am so sorry to read that your father passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have many good memories of him. He built our garage on Rt. 603 years ago. I did a small genealogy on his family before your mother passed. He and your mother visited me just a few years ago.

    May God in His great goodness and mercy be with you not only now but in the future.

    Your cousin,
    Lucille Maglott

  • To Jone, Judy, and Don, I’m so sorry to hear of your Dads’ passing. I will always cherish the years that we enjoyed at Cedar Creek. Your Mom and Dad were always fun to talk to and be around. I know he will be greatly missed but I’m sure he’s glad to be back with your Mom, AJ, and the rest of his family. Sincerely, Dana Blasberg