Donald K. Fichtner

November 04, 1948 ‒ August 16, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Donald K. Fichtner, age 71 of Delaware, OH, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2020 surrounded by the love of his family at his son’s home in Hilliard. He was born November 4, 1948 in Delaware, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph Fichtner and Vera (Cleveland) Fichtner-Piper, and his daughter, Tami Fichtner

Left to cherish Don’s memory are his son, Justin (Chrissy) Fichtner; grandchildren: Brenna Fichtner, Braeden Fichtner, Chad Monte; great-grandson, Chanz Monte; brother, Lynn (Patricia) Fichtner; sister, Patricia Whiteside; nieces: Paula (Dan) Yates, and Sally (J.R.) Krinn; nephew Jon (Samantha) Fichtner.

Don was an electrical worker by trade, having worked a job he loved for over 25 years through the IBEW, Local 71. Prior to becoming an electrical worker, Don worked for Kroger’s in Delaware for 18 years, spending most of that time as the produce department manager. He was an avid music lover, and a talented bowler for many years, holding the record for highest three game series at Delaware Lanes for the better part of a decade. He enjoyed a variety of sports, but he especially loved Ohio State football, and his grandson’s high school football games. Starting with attending the Little Brown Jug as a child, Don became a life-long harness racing fan and attended the Little Brown Jug nearly every year, even while living in Virginia for 18 years. He collected various sports cards and memorabilia, and spent several years as a sports card and memorabilia dealer. He had many close friends and family members, and was known by all as a kind, gentle, patient, and honest man. Spending time with family and friends was Don’s favorite pastime.

The family will receive friends Monday, August 24, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, OH. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 25 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware.

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  • A kind man…every time I see a baseball card I think of him. Sending love & light to our family.

  • Glenn and I will miss you the rest of our lives. We will always see you sitting behind us in the grandstand seats at the Little Brown Jug races on Jug day. Your time on earth was too short. earth’s loss is heaven’s gain. Please tell our daughter Karla hi up above Rest in peace our friend Glenn and Anna Adkins

  • Patty, Lynn and Don’s family,
    I’m thinking of all of you and remembering our childhood. Before we moved to MN last November, I once again looked through all the Fichtner family photos. Such good memories to hold in my heart. My condolences to all of you.

    Karen Stegner Colpitts

  • Donny, I’ll miss you forever. You are a true friend. You were with me when I found my first really good artifact. I’ll always remember you.

  • Don has always been like a brother to me. His kindness, compassion and love was evident in his “smiling eyes”. He was a good listener. He was never judgemental.He will be missed by many. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending you love and compassion.

  • So sorry Patty and Lyn.
    I will keep you in my prayers.
    I didn’t know he died until just this morning.
    It’s sad we never kept in touch. I think of all of you often.

    Shirley Piper Robinson

  • So sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. He was a great kind ,loving person and will always remember him for his laugh and beautiful smile, and great sense of humor. Rest In Peace Don and give Tami a hug for me Aunt Deb. Prayers and hugs to his family And friends that are here to cherish his Memory.

    Deb Cochran-Yoder