Donald Anthony Weiland
October 16, 1936 ‒ November 19, 2011
LEXINGTON:Don Weiland loved American history. A Civil War historian, Don’s favorite battle site was without question, Gettysburg. Taking tours in winter, spring, summer and fall Don’s passion grew with each experience. This fall, Don was awarded the “Spirit of Gettysburg Award” from the Civil War Education Association. Fitting for Don, after physically and emotionally battling with lung cancer for eight months, his spirit is now free, after passing away Saturday, November 19, 2011, on the 148th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. He was 75.
Don was born October 16, 1936 in Shelby the son of John and Marge (Reinken) Weiland and was graduated from St. Peters High School in 1954. Don was blessed to have married his childhood sweetheart, Doris Ann Mapes. The two started 1st grade together at St. Peters and after dating in high school where married on May 4, 1957.
Don retired from Shelby Insurance where he was senior underwriter for multi-peril insurance and served on the national committee for Inland-Marine Insurance.
Don volunteered so much of his time to the Mansfield and Lexington communities. Sports where his passion as both player and coach. Fostering a likable and pleasant personality, Don was a great coach. He coached Lexington little league baseball teams as well as Lexington flag football teams for many years. Don was the St. Peters eighth grade boys basketball coach for 10 years, and was also the color commentator and radio announcer for St. Peters varsity basketball games. Don also was a member of the Mansfield Senior High School coaching staff.
Don was a member of the 20/30 Club of Mansfield, Knights of Columbus, was president of the Lexington Park Board, served as scout master and was himself a boyscout.
A faithful member of Resurrection Parish, Don originally was a member of St. Peters catholic church until he helped organize Resurrection Parish, where he was the first council president.
Don loved going on vacation, however most were centered around visiting battle fields and historical sites.
A family man at heart, Don’s wife and family were the love of his life. He was always there for support, encouragement, and guidance. A proud and loving grandpa, he will be missed so much.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Doris Weiland of Lexington; daughter Jodie (Randy) Fry of Lexington; son Andy (Lisa) Weiland of Orlando, Florida; three grandchildren Kyle Fry of Louisville, Kentucky, Zack Fry of Columbus, and Jessica Weiland of Orlando, Florida; sisters Margie (John) Szaraleta of Toledo and Pat Dillon of Huron; sister-in-law Janice Shaffer of Lexington; brother-in-law Tom (Valerie) Mapes of Ashland; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by brothers-in-law Dr. Milt Shaffer and Attorney Ray Dillon.
The family will receive friends today, Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 5-8pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where vigil services will begin at 7pm. Mass will be offered Wednesday, at 10:30am in Resurrection Parish with the Very Rev. Nelson Beaver officiating. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to MedCentral Hospice, Adams County Historical Society of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, or to the Don Weiland memorial fund (to help in the purchase of a personalized memorial brick at Gettysburg) may be made through the funeral home and private online condolence to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com