Donald James Hahn
July 21, 1926 ‒ October 18, 2018
Donald J. Hahn (Don) passed away October 18, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 92. He was born in Lakewood, Ohio to Harry Hahn and Genevieve Krebs Hahn, who predeceased him. His brother, Robert Hahn, and sister, Carol Hahn Sagraves, also predeceased him. He is survived by one sister, Clarice Hahn Postle, of Avon, Ohio. In addition to his parents, brother and sister, Don was predeceased by his wife, Rebecca Larkin Hahn.
Don spent his early summers on his Uncle Charlie’s 125 acre farm in Amherst, Ohio, where the family grew soybeans, corn and hay and raised milk cows. His summers on the farm fostered a lifelong love of hunting, fishing, gardening and classic farm machinery. He attended Lorain High School, where he played football, basketball (where he was the tallest player at 6’) and ran track. Don was a second team All-Ohio football player, where he played offensive guard, tackle and defensive tackle. The team won the league championship and was undefeated his junior year (1944).
After high school graduation in January 1945, Don enlisted in the Naval Air Force and was assigned to basic training in Memphis. Following basic training, he was sent to Coco Beach, Florida for gunnery school, where he learned to fire a machine gun armed with tracer bullets. He was further trained as a weatherman and flew in a SB2C dive bomber as a copilot to perform weather forecasts. He was also trained in PBYs–an amphibious plane that picked up survivors of ship and submarine strikes.
Following his discharge in 1946, Don enrolled at the University of Kentucky, where he played football for Coach Bear Bryant. The team won the SEC Championship and played in the Sugar Bowl in Miami on January 1, 1951, where they stopped Oklahoma’s 31-game winning streak to become National Champions. Don graduated from UK in 1951 with a degree in agriculture. He later obtained a Master’s Degree in agriculture education from The Ohio State University.
Don taught agriculture at Butler High School for 10 years then moved to Clear Fork High School for nine years, where he was an award winning teacher and advisor of the Future Farmers of America. He finished his teaching career in adult education at the Joint Vocational School in Mt. Vernon and retired in 1981. Don spent his retirement golfing, playing pinochle and bridge and attending OSU football games, where he was a season ticket holder for many years. Each year after the last OSU game of the year, Don spent the winter in Stuart, Florida where he continued to enjoy his favorite pursuits and sang in the choir at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Don is survived by his children: Gretchen Hahn of Honolulu, Hawaii; Amy Hahn Zacharias (husband Tom) of Concord, North Carolina and Kurt Hahn of Columbus. Don, “Papa”, leaves behind two grandchildren who loved him dearly: Andrew and Rebecca Zacharias of Concord, NC.
Visitation will take place Friday, October 26, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at Snyder Funeral Home, 81 Mill Road, Bellville, Ohio with services on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Snyder’s. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kingwood Center, 50 N. Trimble Road, Mansfield, Ohio, to honor Don’s many years as a volunteer environmental educator.
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