Donald Eugene Sautter

January 21, 1928 ‒ January 23, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Donald Eugene Sautter of Lexington passed away Friday morning January 23, 2015. He was 87.

Born in Cardington January 21, 1928 to parents Walter and Lulu (Burggraf) Sautter, Don attended first and second grades in a one-room schoolhouse (Whitehall) and was graduated from Chesterville High School in 1945.

An army veteran, Don served in the Philippine Islands. He managed the Postal Exchange (PX) station from 1946 to 1947 in Manila, earning $96 a month in the Army.

He returned from the service and married Eloise Shipman on June 12, 1948, and they moved from Mt. Gilead to Lexington in 1954.

Don retired in 1990 from Therm-O-Disc in Mansfield as a Senior Supervisor. He previously worked as a foreman with Stevens Manufacturing in Lexington and later Essex Wire Company for 19 years and served as president of the Stevens Credit Union.

Don was a member and trustee of Lexington Congregational Church.

An avid golfer, fisherman and hunter, Don enjoyed camping and vacations with his family. He liked boating and water skiing, and spent 18 winters with Eloise in Myrtle Beach, SC. Their travels included visits to Alaska, England, Branson, Caribbean cruises, Washington, D.C. and the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

He enjoyed watching many sports: Ohio State, Lexington High School and the Cleveland Indians.

A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather, Don is survived by his wife of 66 years Eloise; their children Bill & Sharon Sautter, Jack Sautter and Sue & Rod Durbin; grandchildren Melanie, Chad, Nathan, Barry, Trisha, Amber and Lynn; 17 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law Betty & Bob Chapman, Avalene Barrick and Barbara & Tom Detwiler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Richard Sautter; a grandson Brian Eugene Sautter and a brother-in-law Gilbert Barrick.

The Sautter family will receive friends Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Friends may also call on the family Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service. Pastor David Smith will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery near Mount Gilead.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory to Lexington First Congregational Church may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Sautter family and encourages messages of sympathy and support be made to them online at:

  • Dear Eloise and family, I am sorry to hear of your loss of Don and am praying for God’s love and grace to sustain you in this time. As I was reading this tribute to Don, I was filled with memories of the visits and friendship you both shared with my parents through the years, not only the monthly card parties, but the stopping by when you were passing through Fredericktown. Those visits brought such uplifting to Mom and Dad during their health trials and I will cherish those memories forever.

  • Eloise and family, I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I have so many memories of the friendship shared between you both and my parents. I know in my heart Dad has the euchre table set up and the coffee pot a brewing. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Don was my foreman at Thermodisc. He was always such a kind man . What I respected the most was the fact he would set dwn and work right with us if we had orders we needed to get out. I also worked with Sharon before she was part of your family. Im so sry to see him go my thoughts and prayers are with all your family . May God bless u all.

  • Eloise, my sympathy to you and your family amt this time. Lord bless you with strength and peace. Pauline

  • My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you in this difficult time. My thoughts are with you and I wish you peace and comfort.


  • I have many fond memories of Donald. He was a gentle and kind man. I remember the smell of pop corn coming from his home. Skip and I will be thinking of the family this week.

  • Jack, Sue, Bill, and most of all Eloise, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for the loss of your Husband, Dad and Grandpa too. Dave & Toni

  • So sorry for the loss of Don. My thoughts and prayers for the family. God Bless. Carole and Daryl Haag

  • Eloise and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. I have so many fond memories of the euchre card parties as a child and the warm true friendships shared through the years. May God hold you in his loving arms and give you peace in the knowledge that Don is at rest and no longer ill.

  • Dear Friends,
    I remember when we went to Sunday School together. When I stayed at Grandpa and Grandma Welch’s how Sue and I would be able to hang out. Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed having Don and Eloise as neighbors, because they were always so good to them. After Grandpa died, they were so kind to Grandma and watching over her. I know it has been a long journey for your dad and how hard he tried. He fought the good fight and now he has received his reward. well done my good and faithful servant.
    Your are in my thoughts and prayers, may God hold you in the palm of his hand
    and give you peace.


  • I am so sorry for your loss. I have great memories of our families gathering around a campfire, a card table, the lakes, and laughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Mark Letts