Donald E. Kaelber
September 03, 1930 ‒ August 02, 2016
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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