Donald Owen Heimlich

October 17, 1931 ‒ January 08, 2020

Galion, Ohio

Donald Owen Heimlich, 88, of Galion went to be with God on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

He was born October 17, 1931 in Marion County, Ohio and was the son of Franklin Leroy and Imogene (Strine) Heimlich. Don is survived by his wife of 58 years, MaryAnn (Muth) Heimlich whom he married on April 8, 1961.

He graduated from Waldo High School and proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict on the Submarine, USS Toro. Don graduated from the Ohio State Barber College and owned two barber shops, one in Columbus and one in Mansfield. He was employed at General Motors in Ontario and retired after many years.

Don was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was very active with the church over the years by managing and maintaining the St. Joseph Activity Center since its beginning. He was a member of the St. Francis Council Knights of Columbus 1234 of Galion, where he was a Fourth Degree Member. Don was also a member of the B.P. O. Elks Galion Lodge 1191, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 303 of Galion, American Legion Scarbrough Post 243 of Galion and a former very active member of the Pandora Dance Club of Galion. Don was selected as the Gardner of the Year by the Ohio Association of Gardeners and was nominated and inducted to Crawford County Golden Age Hall of Fame.

Don was a very active member of the Galion community. He was always seen working on the flower beds in Heise Park, volunteering with the Pickle Run and the Galion Community Center YMCA.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter Kimberly Sue (Chris Issacs) Heimlich of Cardington, Christopher Owen (Stephanie) Heimlich of Scottsdale, Arizona and Matthew Donald (Jennifer) Heimlich of Stockdale, North Carolina; three grandchildren Nicholas Issac Heimlich, Kiana Raye Heimlich and Brody Owen Heimlich; brother Carroll (Dawn) Heimlich; sisters-in-law Margaret Heimlich and Ruth Muth; many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Charles Heimlich and a brother-in-law Gene Muth.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the St. Joseph Activity Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 135 North Liberty Street Galion, Ohio 44833 with Father Paul Fahrbach as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Galion.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Navy and the Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Activity Center in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Donald Heimlich, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Aunt Mary Ann and Family, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Don. He was a kind and gentle man with an easy smile and laugh! Wish I could be there for the services. Lots of love and prayers to you all.


  • Was very sorry reading about Don’s passing. Always enjoyed being around Don. Such a helper helping the Chamber set up for events and tearing down. Mary Ann we will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  • Mary Ann, I am so sorry. I will be praying for Don’s soul and that you and your family feel the comfort of our Lord during this time. Always loved seeing you two with your smiles that were so genuine!

  • Dear Maryann & Family, So sorry to hear Don’s passing. You have my very deepest sympathy. Bonnie Crase

  • It was always a treasure to sit in front of Don and MaryAnn at church and hear their beautiful voices. We will miss you Don! Hugs and prayers to his family. God blessings!

  • We will always remember his smile and laugh. He was always so helpful when we wanted to use the Activity Center for basketball. A wonderful and caring man who was always so kind. Our prayers God’s strength and comfort for you Mary Ann and your family at this most difficult. May God bless you all. Gary and Helen Burdine

  • Don was a stand up guy, always willing to take part and help anywhere needed. Don could always brighten a room, with his quick wit and friendly personality. Please know that The Heimlich family are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Lisa Dye

  • Chris and family, I’m so very sorry to hear of Mr Heimlich’s passing. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Mike and I send our heartfelt condolences to everyone who knew and loved Don. What a great man. We will be keeping you all in our prayers.

  • Kim and Chris, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Mary Ann, Bob and I send sincere condolences on your loss. Don was a delight to all who knew him. He will truly be missed. We will pray for peace and comfort for you and your family at this time.

  • Matt and Jenn,
    Our thought and prayers are with you and your family. We love you guys.
    Michelle Moorefield

  • So sad to learn of Don’s passing. He was a wonderful man who was friendly to everyone. I am thinking of you and your family. God bless!
    Marty Switzer Jacob

  • Dear Mary Ann; Sending love and prayers. Don was such a wonderful husband and father.He cared about Galion and his influence will always be remembered. I’m here if you need anything.
    Marty Hover Cecil

  • So sorry to hear about Don. He was always there to open up the YMCA for us in the early morning with a smile and Good Morning. We will all miss him there. Thinking of all of you. May he rest in peace.

  • Mary Ann we are so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. What a wonderful man he was. I am sure he is heaven now.Sending prayers for you and your familu.

  • Mary Ann and family,

    What a huge loss not only for St. Joseph but for the Galion community. Be assured you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find much comfort in the days ahead.

  • To the Heimlich Family,
    Don loved to assist wherever he was needed and without any fanfare. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Don,
    The Ron Nelson Family