Donald Lee Hovis Sr.

July 14, 1945 ‒ September 14, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Donald Lee Hovis Sr., 74 of Delaware passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Grady Memorial Hospital, after a short battle with cancer.

He was born July 14, 1945 in Columbus, Ohio the only son to the late Kenneth & Ruth (Parker) Hovis. He worked as a machinist for Delo Screw for over 50 years, still going to work up until a month ago, even though he was sick. He met Blanche Cain through her brothers and they immediately hit it off. They married and spent 23 beautiful years together before Don’s passing. Donald attended the East Side Mission church when he was able to, and enjoyed spending his mornings with Donnie Akers.

Left to cherish his memory are Wife Blanche, sons Donald Hovis Jr., Michael Hovis, Kristopher (Michelle) Murfield; daughter Holly (Fiancé Timothy Wheeler) Murfield; special grandson Tyler Wheeler; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, especially niece Tina Bailey.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son David Hovis, brother in-laws Lawrence & Harry Cain.

Don enjoyed collecting all kinds of guns. He was also an avid cigarette maker; you could find him making cigarettes at the table while watching his shows, such as MASH and the lone ranger. His greatest achievement in life was stepping up when he needed to and being a father to Blanche’s kids after their father passed away. He was an amazing, loyal, and selfless husband, father, and pappaw that anyone could ask for.

Pastor Donnie Akers will officiate a Celebration of Don’s life  6:00 pm, on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015, where family and friends may call from 3:00 pm until the time of the service.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed towards the Delaware County Humane Society, 4920 OH-37, Delaware, Ohio 43015

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  • Don Hovis was a fine strong silent type whose love of animals was one of his greatest strengths he had a ♥️ larger than himself, he was a wonderful husband and stepfather/father /papaw who left this Earth too soon – Fly high now with the wings of an Eagle as you have earned your animal spirit …In loving memory Blanche Simpson Levasseur

  • My thoughts and prayers to the family and I wish you hope and comfort in this time of sorrow and pain. May you find solace in your memories of Don. I am blessed to call him my friend.