Donald J. Lockwood

April 15, 1938 ‒ August 10, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

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.

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  • Don was a wonderful man and friend. He was always there for me and Wes no matter what it was. He was our Savior during Wes’s illness. He was a wonderful servant to the Lord and to many people. God has gained an angel that I am sure was welcomed with open arms. Loved you my dear friend❤️

  • Don was not only our Pastor but a good friend as well. He loved the Lord with all his heart and as many know, he was ALWAYS there for everyone who called on him. You will be missed by not only your family but from your church families you served. RIP dear Don. We love you. Prayers to Marlene and family.

  • I’ll never forget when we met each other at the Farmstead restaurant on a Friday evening . I caught his eyes looking at me and I knew I remembered him but couldn’t place it . I knew he was my teacher . I went up to him and he said Margaret Thompson , I’m liked “ You remember me” he said of course I’ll never forget your smile and eyes. We talked and I invited him to my church and ever since that day he’s been so faithful to us all . We talked about a lot of memories of Hayes. I’ve been away traveling some this summer and today I wanted to se if he was here to say hi and that’s when I got the announcement. He’s gone and I’m sadly gonna miss his place here at Grace , a good life to celebrate

    • What a “special pastor and man. My mom requested he do her funeral service And he did 2 yrs. ago. Also did my brothers funeral. almost 4 yrs ago. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer service for both. What a honor to have known him!

  • Such a kind, caring, patient, gentle teacher…years after highschool, ran into him and he was all love… a real representative of what a follower of Christ looks like. Rest in peace…well done Mr. Lockwood and prayers for his family.

  • Mr. Lockwood was great teacher and friend.
    My Mom passed away a couple years ago and he thought enough of my siblings and I that he came to the calling hours to show his respect. I am out of town and wish I could be there to show my respect to him.
    I would often run into him in Delaware and we would talk about old times and the present. He will be missed.

    Rick Yates
    Class of 79

  • Welcomed into Heaven and His open arms. Well done good and faithful servant. Love to Marlene, Doug, Donita and Donelle.

  • What a great teacher and person, the world needs more Mr. Lockwood’s . He genuinely cared about his students. Betsy (Cyrus) Shaffer, Class of ‘83!

  • So sorry for your loss. Keeping the family close to our hearts during this difficult time. ❤️Remembering Mr Lockwood as a kind and treasured teacher.

  • My condolences to Mr. Lockwood’s family and friends. I always thought of him as a kind man and teacher. May he Rest In Peace.

    Kimberly (Brown) Thompson
    Delaware Hayes Class of 1977

  • I became acquainted with Don after becoming a driver for services for Snyder Funeral Homes in my retirement. I always enjoyed conversing with him and listening to him speak of much that is expressed in his obituary. His care and compassion was easily noted shortly after we became acquainted.
    I also enjoyed his recollections of his coaching career, as well.
    I am glad our paths crossed and offer sincere sympathy to his family.

    Roger Marra
    Mount Vernon, Ohio

  • I’ve always remembered him as my 7th-grade Health teacher at Hayes that was very caring and an overall peaceful person to be around. Even though I haven’t seen him since those days some 35 years ago, he left a lasting impression to this day, and that’s a testament to his character.

  • I have truly never met a better person. Don touched every single person that was ever privileged enough to cross paths with him. He did more good in his lifetime than most could do in 10 lifetimes.
    Within moments of meeting Don he could have you talking about things that you have never spoken to anyone before.
    I would love to have another conversation with you and learn why certain things happen to good people. I am certain that you would pull a scripture out of your memory and make everything seem ok. Unfortunately this time I will have to figure it out on my own.
    I was speaking about you recently and I’m sorry that I was unable to give you your last ride, you are in much more capable hands than mine though.
    Until we meet again Pastor Don!

  • Donelle,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a kind and caring teacher who taught us a lot! I have such found memories of him.

  • Mr. Lockwood was a kind and caring teacher. I am sorry for his family’s loss.

    Kristin Basbagill
    Hayes Class of 89.

  • My condolences to the family of Mr Lockwood. He was a very nice teacher and a great pastor. Donita was in my class of 81 and he will be missed. Thank you for remembering me after all the years I have been out of school. Rest in Heaven
    Debbie Kroninger Votaw
    Fredericktown, Ohio

  • Tee it high and let it fly in heaven coach! He used to tell us players to always do that.

  • My thoughts and prayers for all of Mr. Lockwood’s family and friends. In life, far too few people walk the walk – but Mr. Lockwood was the true deal. He touched so many lives – from his teaching days, as a servant, as a very kind, humble, and wise man. A few years ago he eulogized a dear friend. In my eyes, in the course of a few minutes he went from Mr. Lockwood Donita’s dad, and my health teacher, to a true believer, a servant of the Lord. He wasn’t pushy nor overbearing, but was willing to share. One only had to meet him to feel his faith, and it was a true gift. I was lucky enough to speak with him from time to time through the years and will never forget his kindness and light heartedness. He made difficult times be much less so. Thank you Mr. Lockwood. Peace and blessings to his family.

  • Don was a wonderful neighbor to my mother. I will always remember Don for the very caring person that he was. Don spoke to me several times, to ease the pain of losing a family member. Don will be surely missed by all who knew him.

  • Working for Snyder’s in both Mount Gilead and Sunbury allowed me to have many wonderful encounters with Don over the years. Those conversations always felt like time spent with a caring grandfather. He will be missed.

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Don. Just learned of it today. Don was such a special guy. He will be missed. Love and Hugs to all.

  • Gene Mehaffey says:
    August 22, 2019 at 8:57am

    I was sorry to hear to day of Don’s passing. I really enjoyed having Don serve as my assistant basketball for the 79-80 season. I was so impressed with Don hi character and so many fine qualities. He had a good knowledge of the game of basketball, was a great teacher and got along so well with our players. I was very fortunate to have had him as my first assistant at Ohio Wesleyan.