Donald O. Piar

August 13, 1929 ‒ March 07, 2016

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Donald O. Piar, age 86, of Mount Vernon passed away unexpectedly Monday afternoon, March 7, 2016 at Knox Community Hospital. He was born August 13, 1929 in Mount Vernon to the late Oscar A. and Mary Alta (Frazee) Piar.

Don was a 1947 graduate of Saint Vincent de Paul High School and a faithful member of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.  He honorably served his country as an MP with the Army 759th Military Battalion during the Korean War.  Don was a lifetime farmer and retired after 40 years with Continental Can and Ludlow.  Don’s favorite pastime was hunting, but his greatest love was his family, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Don is survived by his loving wife, Caroline “Carrie” (Sapp) Piar, whom he married on May 30, 1953; children, Mary Jane (Phil) Wolfe of Duluth, GA, Russell (Charlene) Piar of Wright City, MO, Raymond (Rani) Piar of Mansfield, Edward (Vicki) Piar of Mount Vernon, Donna Johnston of Heath and Kenneth Piar of Powell; grandchildren, Jarrod, Meredith, Maureen and Montannah Piar, Ellie (Corey) Cline, Natalie (Andy) Brenneman, Olivia, Lucie, and Lane Arnott, and Jacob Piar; step granddaughter, Emily Schirtzinger; step grandsons, Phillip and Josh Schiff; 8 great grandchildren; brothers, his twin Ronald of Mount Vernon, John of Mount Vernon, Glenn of Medina and Jim of Arizona; and a sister, Helen Phillips of Mount Vernon; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by brothers, Ralph and Charles; and an infant sister.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon.  The Rosary will be recited following the evening visitation.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016 at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Father Mark J. Hammond as the Celebrant.  Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Don’s memory to Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 303 East High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family by visiting,

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Donald O. Piar.

  • Mary Jane – So very sorry to learn of your loss. We are thinking of your family and hoping you find peace in warm memories.

    Terri Jondahl & Richard Drye

  • Mary Jane and Family

    Susan and I are saddened to learn of the loss of your father. Please know that you all will be in our thoughts and prayers through the days ahead.

    Jeffrey & Susan Wages

  • Carrie & Family

    I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He just stopped at the office last week to talk about some trees. I will be unable to attend the calling hours or service as I leave Wednesday morning on a business trip. Kelly and I can’t ask for a more wonderful daughter in law and mother to our grandson’s than Natalie. Then to share our grandson’s with people like Ed and Vicki is unbelievable. I know Andy thought a lot of Don and he will be truly missed.

    It was my pleasure to have known him.
    Charles Brenneman

    • Thanks Charles– that goes both ways- Don was always so happy that Natalie married into such a wonderful family-Don always had a soft spot for Andy– he is special

  • My deepest thoughts are with you Carrie and kids.Don is with the Lord now and looking down on us.Don was a great guy and I enjoyed every moment with him.He would share all of his recent hunting adventures. God be with you Carrie and your family.

    • Thanks Ron. dOn always enjoyed talking to you and all of Rich’s boys
      Love you,Carrie

  • Mary Jane, Phil, and Family,

    Margaret and I were saddened to learn of your father’s passing. Please know thoughts and prayers are with all of you during these and coming days.

    Margaret and Jay Dennard

  • Carrie,
    We deeply sorry to hear about Don. I really appreciated all of your support when
    I was taking care of Dad. You guys were always there for me. Your children and
    grandchildren are the result of the great having great loving parents. Don was a
    great father, god father and role model for the entire Piar Family.

    Barry and Christine

  • I am so very sorry to hear about Uncle Don. I will never forget when my Dad died. It was Uncle Don and Aunt Carrie who were there with me as my Dad passed away. My Dad and I were not very close, so the love and support you guys gave me will never be forgotten. I felt all alone that day. But the two of you reached out to me and sat with me until my Mom arrived. That meant the world to me. So if I could possibly do anything for you and the family, I gladly would. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Thanks Neil–I remember so well- you were a real trouper–thanks for your kind words
      Aunt Carrie

  • Carrie,

    Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Not sure if you remember me Paul and Isabelle Shrimplin were my parents.

    Patsy Lyons

    • I sure do remember- if fact you were at our wedding– the picture of you and your mother is in my wedding album
      Thanks, love,Carrie

      • that is awesome Carrie – take care. Lanny is really good friends with your brother Paul – he is a sweetheart!

  • To the family, so sorry for the loss of your loved one, you have our blessings and prayers. Fred and Don both served our country in the Korean War. Sorry we cannot make either service. You have our sympathy.l

  • Carrie: our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We have many special memories with you in the past. You are a very special person. Love Bonnie Miller

  • Dear Aunt Carrie and Family,

    Uncle Don and you have always been a big part of our lives. Funny how sometimes words fail to convey what’s truly felt in our hearts and right now seems to be one of those times.

    You’ve been there since I can remember. A card, a call, a kind word or just to listen. Our entire family was made better because of you. One life touching another I guess that’s what family really means.

    Uncle Don – I’ll miss you greatly.


    Terry Piar and Family

    • Thanks Terry– and ort wasn’t too long ago that you and your Dad visited us– Uncle Don was so pleased that you stopped by and we had a good time catching up on the latest
      Aunt Carrie

  • Dear Carrie and family,

    Don being my of my older brothers was always there for advice and support during my early years and continuing to this date.
    During my family grieve events you and Don where always available.



  • Dear Carrie and family,

    Don being my of my older brothers was always there for advice and support during my early years and continuing to this date.
    During my family grieve events you and Don where there to lean on.



  • Ray and Rani,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I pray your memories bring you the comfort and strength needed to get through this difficult time. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Beth Malaska

  • Dear Carrie, Ray and Rani,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I feel like I should say “our loss” as Don was truly loved by all, as are you.

    I have wonderful memories from our travels over many years with Don & Carrie. Please know that you all are in my prayers.

    Barb Schopp-Miller

  • Carrie and family.
    So sorry to here of your loss. I remember Don way back when dad used to help on the farm. I remember getting to play with your kids during that time. I know that Mom and Jerry and I would like to send our condolences. He was a very good man and will surely be missed.

    • Thanks Jim– Your Mom and Dad were very special friends and you and Jerry were special, too,,Thanks

  • One of the pleasures of life are the memories we gain as we meet people during our journey through time. Though it was many years ago one period I pleasantly recall was my time working with Don on his farm and his wonderful family. Don was always kind and patient even when I got his fabulous 5020 John Deere stuck up to the axle in mud! Memories are a great thing. Even those times I had to clean out Mrs VanRoden’s chicken coop when the fields were too wet to plow! I am very pleased I was able to spend time with Don. My condolences to Carrie and all the family.

    • What fond memories, Andy– I remember Don saying, “That Andy isn’t afraid to put in a good days work.”
      Thanks, Andy for the mmemories

  • Dear Mary Jane and Phil,
    We are so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. Please know we are thinking of you.
    –Mary, Dave, RJ & Jack McNeil

  • To Carrie and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I’m so glad I was able to see you and Don last summer. I really enjoyed talking with him. He is going to be missed by so many. I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend his services.

    • Thanks Lary. It was so nice seeing you at Ellen’s burial last summer– we all shared fond memories then- how nice, it was.

  • Kenny, Carrie and family
    So sorry for your loss. Its been a long time. Lots of childhood memories over on Kinney rd. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • You and Kenny were such good friends all through school. lots of overnight stays at each other’s houses.

  • Dear Aunt Carrie and Family,

    You lost a husband, life partner, best friend and father… Such a deep heartfelt loss to your family and so many other lives that Uncle Don touched and had an impact on. I know words alone can never express all that he meant.
    I didn’t grow up or spend time in Mt. Vernon like all the other Piar kids. But I always remember Uncle Don greeting me at family functions and outings with a big smile, a hug and often a positive encouraging conversation. He always showed me respect, kindness and made me feel welcome. I’ll never forget…
    The days ahead will forever be changed by the loss of his presence on earth. May you find comfort and peace in the many loving memories and family ties you share that bind you all together.

    Sending prayers and blessings…
    Tammy (Piar)

    • Thanks Tammy for your kind words– you are a very pretty. Vivacious niece.
      Many thanks
      S for your card to the family and love you for the special card to me.
      I hear you are coming tomorrow- it pleases me greatly- I will be happy to see you
      Aunt Carrie

      • Aunt Carrie,
        You will always have a special connection in my family…
        My mother thought the world of you and always valued the close friendship you shared. You helped her thru many trying and difficult times struggling with cancer when I was a young girl. She was always grateful and I have no doubt she is watching over you too with love from above.
        Thank you for being you and the special aunt you are to us all… I look forward to seeing you and giving you a big big hug. Love you too…♥

  • Please know You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Gordy always enjoyed working with Don at the shop. He loved the hunting stories Don shared. We are retired to Kentucky now so we won’t be able to make it to calling hours. With Deepest Sympathy. Gordy and Pat Biggs

  • Carrie and Family
    Sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Carrie and Family
    Sorry to learn of your loss of Don. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Dear Carrie and Family,
    We are saddened deeply to hear about Don. It is always so hard on the family when they pass away so quickly. We speak of you and Don often, and remember the fun times we had on the trip together with Joan and Peter. These are all such pleasant memories for us all. So glad some of your family live close by, am sure that will help you. Again our deepest sympathy to you and all the family.
    In Christian Love
    Elsa and Dave

  • My deepest condolences to the PIAR family. My dad Walter (Wally) was good friends with the Piar boys. My dad worked with Don at AMERICAN NATIONAL CAN and then LUDLOW. He was also a friend outside of work. The family is in my prayers at this trying time.