Donald E. Chamberlin
August 01, 1926 ‒ January 23, 2019
Donald E. Chamberlin passed away Wednesday morning, January 23, 2019 at Riverside Ohio Health Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 92.
He was born August 1, 1926 in Mansfield to parents Delos & Velma (Leatherow) Chamberlin. At a young age, Donald was infected with Polio. The long term effect of the illness, did not inhibit him from being active. Praise was given to Don by his track-n-field coaches, at Johnny Appleseed Junior High School, for his determination to overcome his leg paralysis. Through his efforts, he was awarded for competing in pole vaulting. Having an interest in farming, Donald moved in with his grandfather, so he could enroll at Mt. Gilead High School, and participate in their agricultural education program. The knowledge he gained, served him well as he farmed the family property in Bellville, OH for 35 years. During many of those years, he was also working at Stone Container in Mansfield, OH as a die cutter operator. Don retired in 1991, from Stone Container, after 38 years.
Donald was a member of the VFW Post #16 and the Sons of Herman. During his years of retirement, Donald frequented his “clubs” each day, to have a good meal, and to visit with friends. He loved his country music, and could “two step” the evening away on the dance floor. Don was; active, independent, and sharp minded, into his 80’s, insisting on- living in his own home, driving his own car, and completed daily crossword puzzles.
He is survived by his sister, Glorine Smith of Johnsville; his nieces- Vickie (James) Bridges, and Jennifer (Robert) Cobern; and a nephew- Carmel (Annette) Smith Jr.; great-nephew- Justin (Ashley) Smith, great-nieces- Ashley (David) Bowersmith, Halla (Tommy Ostrum) Smith, and Alyssa Fry.
Donald was preceded in death by parents; brother Dalton Chamberlin; and brother-in-law Carmel Smith.
Donald’s family will receive friends, Monday, January 28, 2019 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home with a funeral service immediately following at 2 p.m. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will speak. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Donald’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com