Donald Edwin Erb Sr.

October 24, 1931 ‒ October 01, 2021

Delaware, Ohio

Donald Edwin Erb Sr., 89, of Delaware passed away early Friday morning, October 1, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born October 24, 1931 in Nelsonville, Ohio to the late Roy and Ruth (Skiver) Erb. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy and on May 23, 1953, he married the love of his life Shirley Joanne DaRe. Together they shared 68 years of marriage.

Don worked for DuPont Paint Company and retired after 35 years. He was a devoted, faithful and very active member of the Eastside Mission Church in Delaware. Quite the jokester, he enjoyed fishing, woodworking and hunting and collecting arrowheads.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Joanne; children, Don Jr. (Suzanne Howell) of Delaware, Sharla Erb of Wellston, Steve (Geneva Garrabrant) Erb of Hilliard and Edith Diane (Thomas) Lowe of Bryan, Texas; 6 grandchildren and 9 greatgrandchildren; brothers, Lester and Richard Erb of Canton; sister, Barbara Cooke of Canton; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother Charles and 2 sisters Ellen McMillen and Janet Erb.

Services celebrating Don’s life will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 3:00 pm at the Eastside Mission Church, 32 Joy Ave., Delaware. Pastor Donnie Akers will officiate and the Delaware County Veterans Association will provide military honors. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services.

Contributions in Don’s memory may be made to the Eastside Mission Church Building Fund, 32 Joy Ave., Delaware, OH 43015 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or the National Parkinson Society, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr., #360, Columbus, OH 43231.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

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  • I am so sorry for your loss . You and your family are in my prayers.
    Don would greet me and my dogs as we walked by, always with a smile and a hand wave. He was a nice neighbor.

  • Don, So sorry to hear of your father’s passing, prayers for healing being sent your way , love ya Dee Nicholson

  • Don, (Erby), My family and I mourn this tremendous loss for you and your family. I don’t believe I ever met your folks. But the spark and mischief that I have sensed in you since school days at Jerome has taught me something about your Dad’s heart. As your family’s heart breaks, please know that we pray God’s comfort and peace for you and yours as you grieve and cherish the source of your spark and mischief . . . and love. Love, Terry and the Holmes family.

  • Joanne and family. So sorry for your loss. I’ll never forget the hugs and kisses on the cheek he gave me at The Eastside Mission. He was a wonderful man.

  • I would like to offer my condolences to Joanne and the family. It seems that I have known your family all my life. Always a great family. Carol Dixon

  • Oh no! I am so sorry for all of you. He was such a sweet man. So glad that I got to know him. He went thru so much with his health. He will be missed so
    Much but his pain is gone and God must have felt it was time for him to be with him. Sending my love to all of you

  • I will truly miss this man. From the day Steve and I got married he treated me like one of his own . He was a caring person that would have given the shirt off his back to help you. God sure has gain a treasure. Rest In Peace “Dad” till we meet again.

  • Cyndie & I are sorry for your loss. Hold onto each other and allow the comfort that Jesus gives strengthen you each day.

    I will always remember the softball game in your side yard when Mr. Don hit that line drive and put a big knot on my head. I couldn’t get that right-handed glove switched fast enough!

    Blessings & Peace

  • So very sorry for your loss didn”t know your dad but he is and alway be with you sending hugs and prays to you and your family

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