Donald James Hahn

July 21, 1926 ‒ October 18, 2018

Butler, Ohio

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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  • My Dad and Don shared an office for years at Clear Fork. I remember him fondly as I spent time in the office in the morning with he and Dad. He made a great impact on many young lives. My sympathy goes out to your family.

  • Dearest Gretchen, Amy and Kurt. Don and I were so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. It was always good to have a chat with him whenever we saw him out and about. He was such a kind, gentle man. Out thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Gretchen, Amy and Curt…. So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing… I used to babysit for your Mom and Dad on occasion… Your Dad will be missed my many… You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Gretchen, Amy (& family), & Kurt; We weep with you at the loss of your dad. He was such a kind gentleman, and will be greatly missed, I’m sure. Peace to all- Brenda (Taylor) Putnam & Dawn Taylor

  • So sorry for your loss,I remember growing up with your family in Butler when we were kids! We lost both of our parents! You should remember them Lou and Charlotte Gilliland or everyone called Mom Mrs G sending prayers your way from the Gillilands Mike,Debbie and Judy so sorry

  • Amy, Gretchen and Kurt:
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Was a great neighbor for many years.

  • Dear Hahn Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He taught Ag and wood shop At Butler High School when I was a student and I also enjoyed our talks then back in Butler in spring.

    He enjoyed life , golf especially and laughed about the church allowing him to sing in the choir in FL.

    Memories are precious. I hope you have many good ones about your dad.
    Standing by you with prayers for peace and comfort, Sandy Dall Sealey
    Class of 1961 Butler High School

  • My deepest sympathies go out to the family. I loved it whenever he came with you for Christmas, because he liked my cooking. I enjoyed his humor, loved talking with him. I believe his spirit will be with you forever.

  • My condolences to the family and all who loved Donald. The seeming finality of death is what makes it especially difficult. But we can have confidence that God yearns to bring back to life the dead who are preserved in his memory. (Job 14:14,15) His Word, the Bible, gives us the wonderful hope of living in a paradise on earth and seeing the resurrection of our dead loved ones. (Luke 23:43; John 5:28,29) May this bring you some comfort during this difficult time.

  • Hi Gretchen, Amy and Kurt,
    Very sorry to hear that your dad passed. Even though we are grown and have been through the ups and downs that life brings it’s still one of the hardest thing when we have the void of our parents. Unfortunately you three learned this at a very young age. My mom, Barbara, was always very fond of your mother. Mom passed away 10 yrs. ago and I miss her every day. I always remember your dad trimming the rose brushes in the front of your house. I ran into them once on my bike, Yikes! I hope you are all doing well and I hope your lives are happy ones.
    Warm Regards,
    Sherry (Loney) Marcozzi

  • Dear Gretchen, Amy and Kurt,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He was always friendly to all, and I remember seeing him walking to the post office nearly morning. He was a quiet neighbor, always tending to his garden when he was able. We appreciate him and you for letting us plant a garden this past summer! We hope it carried on his tradition in some way. He will be missed. With our sincere sympathy! Becky, Bob and Siera Marth

  • Kurt, Amy, and Gretchen,

    The Carroll Family is very sorry for your loss. We sure have a lot of great memories from the College Street neighborhood.

    Dave Carroll

  • High school days with Gretchen we’re special to me. Your dad had a ready, unassuming smile. I feel for all of you.

  • The Flinn and Heller families send their condolences. Don was a wonderful friend and golfing partner to my grandfather, Oliver Heller, in the 90’s and early 00’s. I spent many a Sunday playing golf with them both at Westbrook CC and enjoyed every minute of it.

  • Amy and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I’m thinking of you all during this difficult time. Please let me know if I can help in any way.