Donald E. Neibarger

July 23, 1954 ‒ January 08, 2020

Centerburg, Ohio

Donald E. Neibarger, 65, of Centerburg, passed away unexpectedly at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 with his loving family at his side.

Donald was born on July 23, 1954 in Mt. Vernon, son of the late Ned C. and Reta J. (Beckholt) Neibarger.  Donald grew up on the family farm in Centerburg and graduated in 1972 from Centerburg High School.  During his junior and senior years, he attended the Machine Trade school.  Upon his graduation, he became a Journeyman Machinist, and worked at the former H.P.M. for 28 years, and then worked at Ariel in Mt. Vernon for 16 years, retiring in 2017. He enjoyed fishing, drag racing, scuba diving and hiking.  He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family and the grandkids.

Surviving is his wife, Connie S. Neibarger, whom he married on July 21, 1979; three daughters, Mary Samons (Glenn Mason) of Sunbury, Brandee Neibarger (Brian Crum) of Centerburg and Candee Strouse (Ryan) of Fredericktown; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, Draven, Lane, Kayli Jo, Aurora, Carly and Dana; three brothers, George Lacknett (Marlene) of Thornville, Bill Smith of Centerburg and Wes Russell (Edyth) of Mt. Vernon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents that have preceded him in death was his son, Bill Samons on Jan. 19, 2011; brother, Mike Smith; and sister-in-law, Diana Smith.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 6-9 pm, at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. SR 61, Sunbury, OH 43074, where funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, with the Rev. Kevin Moreland, Pastor of the Milford Church of Christ, officiating.  Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery, Centerburg.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Kidney Foundation.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to be serving Donald’s family.

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  • Sorry for your loss it was a wonderful person he will be miss he was like a brother to me love u guys.

  • I am so sorry to see this……sending prayers to all the family….Donny wasn the nicest person ya ever wanted to meet……he will be missed….

  • Connie and family;
    Jim and I were shocked to hear about Don’s passing. He and Jim share so many memories – starting their machining careers at HPM at the same time then starting at Ariel at the same time, too. Just know that you and your family are in our prayers. Celebrate those great memories that you have created throughout your marriage.

    Lisa and Jim Tharp

  • This breaks my heart. Don was the nicest person you ever wanted to meet he always treated everyone like family. He will be missed so much! We had so much fun at the trap shoot together with the kids. May you ask feel Gods arms wrapped around you for love and support. Prayers, love and peace to you all.

  • So sorry to hear of Dons passing. We worked together at HPM and ran around together in Mt. Vernon. Ill always remember the fun we had in that green dune buggy he had. Rest now my friend

  • Sending prayers out to Connie and the girls and family Donnie is definitely going to be missed we all have a long line of sweet memories we have shared through the years that will withstand everything that he meant to all of us Connie I love you and the girls and my heart aches today is knowing that you’re going to be without him there is this song called I’m a winner either way song by bird Youmans it is very good and it will bring you comfort always in our prayers I love youp

  • Very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a nice man, a quiet guy and a great classmate. Blessings and comfort to the family.

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Don. I have many memories while working with Don at HPM. Blessings to all the family..

  • I am so sorry to hear this. He was a quiet, sweet guy in school. He will be missed! We have loss too many already from school days! Blessings to all the family!

  • Michael Beam. Sorry to hear about Don’s passing. We worked together at plant 2 HPM. Always helpful and fun to work with he was a good guy. Hoping good thoughts and time will ease your pain.

  • Connie and family….. I was saddened to hear of Don’s passing…. you are in my thoughts and prayers

  • Connie and family so very sorry for your loss, it brakes my heart… Sending you prayers and love…if you need me just call LOVE YOU

  • Connie and family. I just heard about your loss today. I’m so sorry. I have so many memories of Donnie growing up. You always opened your house to us when we came to visit and we enjoyed it. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Hugs and kisses to you all. Again. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • I just heard about his passing. I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember the good times me and my brothers and sisters had with his family in the summer time when we visited the farm. He will be missed. Although I didn’t see him often, he would visit at my mother’s when I was here from WI. I enjoy our conversations.

  • So sorry to hear. Don pestered me so much when we came to visit the farm as youngsters. It was his fault that I got my mouth washed out with soap because I said a bad word. [Well maybe mine] I loved his spirit, always full of life. Connie he loved you more then life. I remember when he started to date you. You guys made such a great family together. My heart goes out to you all. As I write this I have tears running down my cheeks for your loss. Love to you Connie and to your lovely family. Rest in peace Don.