Donald E. Qualls

August 02, 1938 ‒ January 27, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Donald E. Qualls, age 81, of Mount Vernon passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Knox Community Hospital with his loving family at his side.

He was born on August 2, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Ohio to the late Orville and Lillie Mae (Wicker) Qualls.  Don was employed at Coopers here in Mount Vernon where he retired after 38 years of service.  After retiring, Don began working at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County and retired a second time after 15 years of service.  He enjoyed bicycling, tinkering out of his workshop and fishing. He was a longtime, faithful member of Faith Baptist Church where he was very active and was a Veteran serving in the United States Navy.  But most of all, Don loved the time he spent with his family, especially his grandsons.

He is survived by his wife, of nearly 51 years, Linda (Bender) Qualls; his daughter, Pam (Ken) Chambers of Westerville; two sons, Scott Qualls of Mount Vernon, Robert (Crystal) Qualls of Mount Vernon; three grandsons, Tyler Chambers, Arek Chambers, Mason Qualls; his sisters, Ruth (Larry) Walters of Utica, Barbara Pantz of Homer; his sisters-in-law, Joyce (Rusty) Rine of Martinsburg, Lillian Wilburn of Florida; and numerous nieces, nephew, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother Jim Wilburn; and two sisters, Doris Hickman and Wanda Grueser.

Friends may call on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 12-2PM at the Faith Baptist Church (8764 Martinsburg Rd. Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050). A service will follow, beginning at 2PM with Pastor Doug Forsythe officiating.  Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veteran’s Council and active duty Sailors, will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions be made to:  Faith Baptist Church, 8764 Martinsburg Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Or to: Parkinson’s Foundation, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, Suite 360, Columbus, Ohio 43231.

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  • I am so saddened to hear of D9n’s passing. I am certainly celebrating for him, but it is so hard for those left behind, that loved him so much! He was such a sweet, gentle man, with a servant’s heart. He will surely be missed! I will be praying for all of you!

  • Will miss uncle Don dearly. He was such a wonderful man that loved his family and was a pleasure to be around. Gone but not forgetting. We love you uncle Don

  • Linda and Family, So sorry to hear about Dons passing we enjoyed visiting with him at Church and the Library. May God bless you all in this time of need. Scott and Julie Zimmerman

  • Linda and Family so sad to hear of Don’s passing he was such a kind and gentle soul you will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead I am so thankful for all the great memories we had with your family rejoicing that Don is home with the Lord God Bless you all!

  • Linda and family. So sorry to hear Don passing May the Lord give you and your family the strength you meed at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers Don was a sweet kind person that loved the Lord. May the Lord keep you in his arms Bill and Phyllis Westenbarger and Christina

  • Linda and family,
    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing, even though he is celebrating right now it is so hard on the family and loved ones that remain behind. Praying that God will give you peace and comfort during this very difficult time.
    We enjoyed serving at FBC with the Qualls family in days gone by.

    Gene and Carol Thurston

  • I am saddened to hear of Don’s passing. The thought of his passing brought back many memories of the times we spent together. May God comfort his family during this time of grief.

  • Qualls Family,
    So sorry for your loss of Don. He always was there to lend a helping hand whenever I asked for help. May he rest in peace. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was my partner in crime at the library where we both worked and was so friendly and helpful. He will be missed by so many and loved as much, May God give you rest dear friend and also help the family in healing and comfort. 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️To all, Wendy

  • Soooooo very sorry to hear about Don’s passing sure came as a shock to us…Ed really enjoyed the years that he worked with Don….
    Sending very special HUGS LOVE and PRAYERS your way to you Linda and your family

    May he rest in Peace 🙏
    Ed and Fran Schlairet

  • So very sorry for the loss of a member of our library family, and sending our love and hugs to Linda, also a part of our library family. It was so sweet to watch Don’s face light up whenever he and Linda would be in the same room, or whenever he talked about his family.

    Don always took time to share a smile or a nod at work–even on tough days. He helped me, Randy and our FOL volunteers with crazy projects… and always made it look easy.

    One of my favorite memories was when Don would pop into the Book Warehouse for a cold water when he was out riding his bike. One day he stopped in dressed in full cyclist gear and was all smiles when two kids asked if he was a “professional bike rider.” He took time to show them his bike and patiently answered all their questions.

    What an example of a kind man.. husband… father…and grandpa…who kept the faith and lived it every day.

    Keep cycling the streets of gold ’til we all meet again. –Linette & Randy

  • Linda we are so sorry about Don’s passing. He was a very special person and you two were a super couple. Death takes the body. God takes the soul. Our Mind holds the memories and our Heart keeps the love. Our Faith lets us know that we will meet again.
    This is a very rough time but God’s love will help you get through it and your loving family will strengthen you.

  • Linda and Family,
    So sorry for your loss of sweet Don. He was (and still is) one of the kindest men I have ever met. Soft spoken and gentle and always had a smile for you at work and at church. He will be greatly missed by all. God got a good one when he took Don home. I am sure there is a celebration in heaven on his arrival. Praying for peace and comfort for everyone. God Bless!
    Belinda Wilson

  • Dear Linda and Family, Our hearts are saddened to learn about Don’s passing. He was always so friendly and such a gentle-man. We are so sorry for your loss and we have sadly lost another member of our Cooper Family. Don will be truly missed, but his kindness and gentleness will always be remembered. We are sending you all, our deepest sympathy and friendship. Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • He will be missed.. Rest in peace Don. Deepest Sympathies to all the family. Janelle and Tim Cothren

  • Linda sorry for your loss. Don was a very nice man to work with. I always looked forward to him coming to fredericktown library to help me in any way I asked. He will be missed.

  • Dear Linda and family,

    My sincere condolences to you on Don’s homegoing to Heaven. He was truly a Christian servant and loved everyone. He would do anything for anybody. His sense of humor and twinkle in his eyes will always be remembered. He was gracious to so many. May God comfort all of you, as only He can, both now and in the days ahead. We rejoice in Don’s Christian faith and are assured he is in Heaven now waiting for those who have placed their faith in Jesus.

    I Thessalonians 4:16-17

  • Linda and family, so sorry to see about Don’s passing. Watched the video and know he loved and was loved. May God keep you in his loving arms and care.

  • I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. He was always kind and put up with us as kids no matter what we were getting into from playing in the woods to camping out back. The family will be in my thoughts

  • Dearest Linda and family, Gary and I want you to know how very saddened we are and that we share your loss. Don was a special sweet guy. How he loved you and his family, but you always knew by the way he lived his life how much he loved the Lord. It’s now that faith finally comes full circle and Don is rejoicing with the angels. We are praying for you all for peace and comfort through the days ahead. With our love, Gary and Joanie

  • Lindy and family, Lindy we know that Don is with the one he served his whole life, and is rejoicing, but our hearts are sad that we are separated. Truly Don loved his Lord and he loved his family and others. He was always willing to help anyone, and just made you feel better to be around him. Since hearing Don pray often, and knowing he always said dear Jesus, I am so so thankful that one day we will see him with our dear Jesus. Love you always.

  • Linda and family, Don and I are continuing to pray for you all. We pray the Lord gives you strength, peace, comfort, and joy knowing Don is with his Heavenly Father. Sending you as many hugs as you could possibly need.

  • Linda, Scott, Robert & Pam & Family,

    We are praying for you and the family. We are so thankful for your family and your service to our church family over many, many years. Don was always so friendly and kind and willing to offer a kind word whenever he saw anyone.

    The Giehls

  • Linda and Family,
    Very sad to hear Don passed away. He was a kind man who was such a wonderful example of a Godly Man. Prayers and Grace to all of you whom he loved. Words can not express how kind he was to everyone he met .
    The Conde Family
    Jim Jennifer Alex Brody and Benny