Donald E. Kaelber

September 03, 1930 ‒ August 02, 2016

Radnor, Ohio

Donald E. Kaelber died peacefully at Marion Manor Nursing Home on Tuesday evening after a long battle with Altzheimer’s and other health complications.

Donald was born September 3, 1930 to Wesley and Alma (Moyer) Kaelber. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy (Clunk) in January 2014 and his brother Robert (Bernie) Kaelber and sisters Margaret (Melvin) Bernow, Ruth (Richard) Retterer, and Doris (Warren) Groves. He was a member of Central Community Baptist Church.

Donald attended grades 1 – 8 in the old 2-room Norton School. He went to high school and graduated from Waldo High School in 1948. He and Dorothy were married December 29, 1950.  They had 3 children: Dennis (Cindy) Kaelber, Debra (John) Caudill, and Dianne OQuinn.

Dad was a community helper. He served on the state board for Producer’s Livestock Association. He was the President of the Buckeye Valley Athletic Boosters in 1969 – 1970. He served as the Clerk for the Marlboro Township for 53 years. He was a member of the Ohio Wagon Train Association.

Donald livestock/grain farmed for 38 years. He raised lots of hogs, and fed cattle. He spent many nights in the barn helping baby pigs and lambs being born. He was very successful and worked hard; hated weeds and when he planted he insisted on straight rows.

Donald baled lots of hay and straw. He raked hay with his draft horses many evenings while his grandchildren rode with him. He and Dorothy made baling fun with homemade ice cream and water fights.

When he got done harvesting in the fall, he would often help some neighbors who needed help harvesting. At Christmas, he delivered baskets from Mom Wilsons’ to shut-ins and needy folks.

Don loved singing old hymns and for several years sang in the church choir and a men’s quartet.

In later years, he enjoyed mowing, gardening, canning, draft horses, wagon trains and visiting people and businesses in Waldo. He also enjoyed close friendships with several Amish families in the Larue-Kenton area. He and Dorothy for many years hosted a big wagon-train camp out/celebration at the farm and many friends and neighbors attended.

He will be missed and is an example of community service to his 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Friday August 5, 2016 from 6 – 8 pm at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware. Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 6, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Waldo United Methodist Church, 141 S. Marion Street, Waldo, Ohio 43356 and where additional calling hours will be observed one hour prior. Burial will follow in Waldo Cemetery. Following the graveside services, all are invited for food and additional fellowship at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 135 W. Main Street, Waldo, OH.

Contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Kaelber family.

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  • Sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He loved his family, loved to sing and loved his horses. Sincere sympathy to the family.
    Pastor Jim & Pam Will

  • I was saddened to hear of Don’s passing and send my love and prayers to the family. I will always remember the good times of singing and the story telling and good food we shared with the family. Memories like that I will always hold dear to my heart.

  • So sorry to hear that your dad passed away. I sure enjoyed talking to him when you brought him to Marion. You and your family will be in our prayers. Larry and Pat

  • Don was a tremendous individual that was a true pleasure to have known. He always had that smile on his face when he was thinking something ornery. Dennis and I were best friends and I had several opportunities to bail straw or hay on a summer when US Route 23 was being constructed north past their house. He always supported me in many ways in my early life. His legacy is his family who represent him and life just as he and Dorothy would have wanted them to do. A role model for anyone in how to live your life! We never did find Route 35. Rest in peace!

  • So sad to hear of Don’s passing. We have many fond memories of coming to the farm and playing euchre. Our sympathies to his family ~
    Ann Cherry
    Daughter of John & Yvonne Bowland

  • So sorry to hear of Mr. Kaelber’s passing ! He and his wife were wonderful neighbors!

  • Dear Dennis and family,

    We are thinking of you during this sad time. Dennis – Your dad must have been a wonderful example for you. I know it to be true because he raised a fabulous son. Cherish your memories.

    Love and prayers,
    Jeff, Lynette, Eli & Zane Burris

  • Dennis, Cindy, and family,

    You have been in our thoughts and prayers this week with the passing of your father. May God grant you all His peace during this time.

  • I always enjoyed being around and talking with Don and Dorothy. My sympathy to all of Dons family.