Donald J. Lockwood
April 15, 1938 ‒ August 10, 2019
Donald J. “Don” Lockwood, age 81, of Delaware, beloved minister, coach, teacher and celebrant has “fought the good fight.” He has “finished the race.” He has “kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7. He went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at The Arbors of Delaware. Our earthly loss of Don is truly heaven’s gain.
On April 15, 1938, Don was born on Good Friday in Keystone, Indiana, the younger of two children of the late James E. and Esther E. (Addington) Lockwood. He graduated from Bluffton High School (IN) in 1956. He furthered his education at Manchester College (IN) earning his Bachelors of Science Degree in Education in 1960.
For the next thirty two years of Don’s life, he dedicated himself to the betterment of high school students, inspiring them as a health education teacher, golf and basketball coach. He taught at five high schools and one college, beginning at Monroe Central High School (62-64) in Farmland, Indiana. From there, he moved to Ohio, working at Grover Hill High School (64-65) and Holgate High School (66-71), during which time he earned his Master’s Degree in Health Education from Ball State University in 1967. After three years at Indian Lake High School (71-74), Don found his new home in Delaware, Ohio, at Delaware Hayes High School (74-92). Lastly, he served at the Ohio Wesleyan University as their golf coach and assistant basketball coach (92-96). He also enjoyed working as a football official (71-86).
Shortly after moving to Delaware, Don was drawn to a fellow member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Marlene (Stoner) Rader. He quickly realized he found the love of his life, and they were married on July 21, 1979, there at the church. They have cherished their 40 years together, and have been by each other’s side every step of the way.
Throughout Don’s life, he always knew he wanted to be a teacher and coach, and he knew he wanted to go into ministry. In 1996, after his time at Ohio Wesleyan, he saw his opportunity, starting seminary school at the Methodist Theological School in Delaware. In 2002, he officially completed his schooling at the seminary of Duke University. His first placement was at the Layland UMC and Blissfield UMC charge in Coshocton County, OH. He then found his second home and a loving congregation, at the Edison United Methodist Church, where he pastored for twelve years until his official retirement in 2010. He then served as an interim pastor wherever he was needed for several more years.
For most, two fulfilling careers would be enough, but not for Don. He wanted to continue to be of service to others. In 2010, he felt called to become the first Celebrant for Snyder Funeral Homes, in Delaware, Morrow and Marion Counties. He embraced his role as a Celebrant, designing services for families loved one’s that were deeply personal and unique, reflecting the life-style and character of their loved one.
Since 1974, Don was a faithful member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Delaware. Starting in 2014, he also enjoyed attending the Grace Baptist Church in Delaware. Always giving to the community, Don served on numerous clubs and organizations throughout his life, including the United Way of Morrow County, and HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties.
A sports fanatic, not only did Don love teaching sports, he also loved playing them. He was an avid golfer, hitting the links every chance he got, most often playing at Mill Creek Golf Course in Ostrander, where he has been a member since 1974 and an honorary member since 1992 for his time coaching at Delaware Hayes. In 2005, he was honored to have been inducted in the Delaware Hayes Athletic Hall of Fame. He was proud to have won the senior championship at Mill Creek in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He also loved playing basketball, once making 252 free throws in a row, and riding his bicycle well into his 70’s. If he wasn’t playing sports, he could often be found watching them; rooting on many college and pro basketball teams, and his Cincinnati Reds.
When asked what Don’s proudest life achievement was? He answered quickly that it “was being a pastor.” He took the responsibility to heart, and saw it as his highest honor. Being a caregiver came naturally to him, and his warm and loving heart led him to help anyone he could, however he could. With his ornery smile and a twinkle in his eye, he had a way of making you feel like the most important person in the world. Don was truly a great man who will be dearly missed.
Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Marlene Lockwood of Delaware; eight children: Douglas (Annie) Lockwood of Powell, Donita Barbola of Oshkosh, WI, Donelle Judy of Cynthiana, KY, Stanley Rader of Delaware, Pam Ruthig of Delaware, Mark Rader of Sunbury, Bret (Jennifer) Rader of Hartwell, GA, and Melody (Roy) Cain of Moriarty, NM; fifteen grandchildren: Trevor (Jessica) Lockwood, Jason and Erin Lockwood, Thomas, Charles, and Janetta Barbola, Madelyn (Zachary)Royce, Joseph Rader, Cory (Jim) Rausch, Bernard “BJ”, and Michel Rader, Jack and Scott Rader, and Derek Searles; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and countless dear friends.
Including his parents, Don was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Bill Barbola, daughter-in-law, Lori DeMatteis Rader; and sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Wayne Harnish.
His family will greet friends from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr at W. William St. (SR 36W), Delaware. Services celebrating his life will be at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, at the Funeral Center, with Pastor John Herdman officiating. Entombment will follow in Kingwood Memorial Park in Lewis Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to, Christians United for Israel, P.O. Box 1307, San Antonio, TX 78295-1307, or to Grace Baptist Church, 3744 SR 37, Delaware, Ohio 43015.
Snyder Funeral Homes are honored to be of service to Don’s family and your favorite memories and thoughts may be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.