Donald D. “Don” Farst

April 07, 1924 ‒ September 02, 2008

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Donald D. “Don” Farst, 84, of State Route 97 East, Bellville, died Tuesday morning September 2, 2008, following a short illness.

He was born April 7, 1924 in Richland County to Delbert J. and Mary E. (Hammett) Farst, attended Lexington Schools, and remained a lifelong area resident.

On March 25, 1943 Don entered the U.S. Army to serve during WWII, and was assigned to Battery C, 556th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Armored Weapon Battalion and served three years in the European Theater, with combat service including The Battle of the Bulge.

On furlough, he married Frances Mae “Pud” (Reynolds) Farst August 7, 1944.

Don raised his family in the Bellville Church of Christ, where he taught Sunday school, from teenage classes up, as he and Pud matured, all the way through Seniors Classes. Don was teaching up until this summer. As the church building moved and was later renamed New Life Church of Christ, Don’s commitment to the congregation never wavered. He served the Lord by serving the body of Christ as deacon, elder, and financial secretary through the years.

For more than 40 years Don delivered steel from Mansfield steel mills for Pringle Trucking. His early routes were long distant runs, but most of his years were Ohio deliveries, allowing him to be home at the end of the day.

It was here at home, where Don thrived. Home was his 100-acre farm nicknamed “Don-Derosa,” that is loaded with mushrooms and blackberries, where Don cut wood, fished the lake, maintained the out buildings, and mowed, and mowed and mowed.

Don kept 10 to 12 head of beef cattle to keep the family in fresh beef, and always tended to a massive garden. He always had a favored dog on the farm, usually a Dalmatian. His most recent canine companion has been “Lady,” his black Lab.

The activities on the farm, coupled with Don’s affable personality were a magnet to kids. He and Pud kept so many kids! Don dearly enjoyed having the grandchildren on the homestead. His 1929 Edison & Brunswick pool table got a good workout, and “The Thriller,” his brake-less Jeep initiated many a Don-Derosa novice to the steep slopes of the back lot sand pits.

A natural “Mr. Fix-It,” Don seemed to always be working on a camper or Buick LeSabre, and was the first call a family member made when their car sounded odd. Not intimidated by computers, he remarked “I was the oldest kid in the class,” when he registered for evening adult computer classes at the age of 76.

For nearly ten years Don organized the reunions for the 556th AAA Battalion, a group of men he cherished.

Described as generous, with both his time and resources, Don set aside his Thursday mornings, and so looked forward to that weekly appointed time, when he and Pastor Kistler would call on folks in the church, as the Lord led.

His beloved wife of 62 years, Pud went to be with the Lord ahead of him, on December 2, 2006.

He is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law Becky and Tom Frazier of Mentor and Diane and Steve Chamberlain of Bellville; his son Dallas Farst of Mansfield; 11 grandchildren and their spouses Troy and Michelle Frazier of Mentor, Chad and Kristian Frazier of Chesterland, Tonya and Brian Ferritto of Mentor, Cassandra and Christopher Sager of Mount Vernon, Tony Farst of Butler, Austin Farst of Lucas, Heidi and Matt Martin of Bellville, April and Darryl Manley of Wooster, Crystal and Eric Shultz of Butler, Katie Chamberlain and Jenna Chamberlain both of Bellville; 17 great grandchildren; sisters, brothers and their spouses Selma Bishop of Mansfield, Mary Jane & Medford Riddle of Bellville, Betty Pipes of Mansfield, Milton Farst of Mansfield, Nancy & Tom Llewellyn of Butler and Beverly & Dave Clever of Lexington; a sister-in-law Beverly Farst of Bellville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, and parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Richard, Paul and Kenny Farst; and sisters Nina Mowry, and Marjorie Dillon.

The Farst Family will receive friends Thursday, September 4, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Don Farst, will be held Friday at 10:30 am in New Life Church of Christ, 195 West Durbin Avenue. Pastor Steve Kistler will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to Jefferson Township-Bellville Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home, or mailed to Snyder Funeral Home, P O Box 338, Bellville, Ohio 44813

Online condolences may be made to the Farst Family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com