Donald C. Finnell

June 12, 1940 ‒ February 23, 2019

Johnstown, Ohio

Donald C. Finnell, age 78, of Johnstown, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Licking Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.  Don’s career in the field of Technology included working for high profile tech companies and the City of Columbus, from where he retired as a Computer Networking Specialist. Member of Worthington Baptist Church and attended Genoa Baptist.  Don loved sports, having been a scholarship football player for the SW Missouri State University, loved fishing and baseball. Graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Class of 1959, where he was named All-Ohio for football.  Don and Liz raised their family in Worthington, and Don enjoyed his time with the Worthington Youth Athletics.  He loved and anticipated the annual Finnell Family Reunion.  Don had a great sense of humor, was liked by everyone he met and will be dearly missed.  Preceded in death by his parents and 10 siblings.  Survived by loving wife of 58 years, Elizabeth A. Finnell; children, Eric (Cristy) Finnell of Johnstown, Monty (Donna) Finnell of Buffalo, MN, Barrett Finnell of Johnstown, Karen (Jeff) Cavendish of Ashley and Sunny Finnell of Johnstown; grandchildren, Donovan, Dylan, Cullen, Aaron, Noah, Bridgett and Hunter; also many nieces and nephews in whose lives Don took great interest.  Celebration of life service 2 pm on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3) Sunbury, where the family will be receiving visitors from 1 pm until the time of service.  Pastor Ryan Strother officiating.  The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Don’s family. Special memories and condolences may be shared at:

  • Jim Spicer was his football coach and wanted them to know he was a fun and pleasant young man to coach.
    When someone you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure.
    So sorry for your loss. Jim Spicer (coach) Mt. Vernon high school.

  • Liz & Family; Lance & I are so saddened to hear of uncle don’s passing. Please except our condolences and remorseful we cannot be there for services. Family will truly miss him at yearly reunions which he was always late and all would say “that’s our uncle don”. Lance & I have very fond memories of him and we will keep him in our prayers. Love to all

  • I first came to know Don as a fellow football teammate at Mount Vernon. He was an integral part of our success both on and off of the gridiron. Don was a pleasure to be with. His positive attitude and wit will be missed at our annual team gatherings. God Bless Don and the entire Finnell family.
    Chuck Shuff, Mt. V. class of 1958

  • Sorry for the loss of Don. I played football at Mt. Vernon High School Don was a great teammate and a fun person to be around. I saw Don in July at our class reunion and had a great visit with him Ron Stoneburner Grand Junction Colorado

  • Don and I played football together at MTV even going to southwest Missouri together. We talked about fishing and hunting quite often and always enjoyed the “59” luncheons.
    A great man that will be missed.